Sage Magazine Holds Young Environmental Writers Contest

Any aspiring environmental writers out there?  Here’s a chance to make a little money and support our very own SAGE magazine…

The student-run SAGE Magazine is sponsoring its first annual Young Environmental Writers Contest.

The magazine is accepting essays, short stories, memoirs, poetry, graphic novels, reporting, sky-writing and excerpts from longer works. The contest is intended to generate debate on emerging topics in the environment, natural resources and sustainable living, according to co-editor-in-chief Aaron Reuben.

First prize is $500, second prize is $300 and third prize is $200. Finalists will be published online and possibly in the annual print publication.

An independent panel of judges will make final selections: author Bill McKibben; Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer for The New Yorker; Steve Hawk, executive editor of Sierra…

Hi all – an F&ES alum and current student have started a company to help international students learn about higher education in the US.  A 2010 F&ES graduate from Indonesia blogged about her pre-arrival thought process.  Maybe some of you will find it helpful as you try to figure out what to do now that you have been admitted.

Best,

Angela

http://unicq.net/blog-desc.php?id=116&param=1332190918

Among other “sustainability” goals, Yale is committed to reducing its solid waste by 25%, and increasing its recycling rate by 25%, by 2013.  The Yale Office of Sustainability has embarked on an educational campaign which is informative and fun.  See some of the recent campaign posters here and here.

Not surprisingly, F&ES students are very involved with sustainability activities on-campus, and we hope that you are also passionate about these issues.  You  and/or your employer may already be doing some of these things.  If not, try proposing some ideas, especially if you can tie it to reduced costs and increased benefits for individual employees and the company’s bottom line…

Pair Pioneers Ecology & Religion Program by Liliana Varman

After spending four days by himself in the Mojave desert without access to food, Stephen Blackmer FES ’83 DIV ’12 found his calling. The 49-year-old had spent his life working to conserve New England forests, but said that trip expanded his views on how to protect the environment…

Read full article at:

http://www.yaledailynews.com/news/2012/feb/28/pair-pioneers-ecology-and-religion-program/

New Haven's Arts and Culture

I’m really excited—tomorrow night I’m going to my first New Haven Symphony concert at Woolsey Hall in close to 15 years. For over a hundred years, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra has been playing for the citizens of the Elm City, and I really can’t wait to re-expose myself to some of the cultural history of New Haven. Something about entering a space like Woolsey Hall (see the picture!), and being transported to another place through sights and sounds… it is just an occasional indulgence into the arts for me (I’m more of a sports girl), but one I really look forward to!

When living in New York City, my favorite thing to do every summer was claim a piece of grass as my own for a few hours…

Two conference participants viewing the ISTF photo contest

The 18th Annual International Society of Tropical Foresters Conference has begun! Last night we enjoyed our opening Jan McAlpine, and our skype presentation by David Lamb, then joined together for poster presentations and a reception in beautiful, LEED certified Kroon Hall. During this time, many people enjoyed the student photographs on view in the hallway outside of Burke Auditorium. I encourage participants of the contest to cast their vote for their favorite!…

I know I promised you at least two more postings on why I love New Haven (“arts & culture” and “parks and recreation”)… don’t worry, they are coming! However, I wanted to quickly share some important and some fun info for you during this busy admission season.

As the Admissions Office and Admissions Committee pours through applications in order to create the strongest and most exciting incoming class for a Fall 2012 start, I know that many of you are anxiously awaiting final decisions. We do release all decisions at the same time, around March 15… so try and relax and enjoy your winter without worrying too much! Keep developing your careers, study hard, and continue to nurture your interests… it will only benefit you by continuing to help…

In case any prospective FESers might like to view what our neighbors at Yale SOM think about life in New Haven…

Yale SOM students on New Haven

After a whirlwind semester and a two-week long break, I am in the throes of school life again! Am I glad that school has started again? In all frankness, I was initially reluctant to tear myself away from family and friends in my freezing hometown of Ulaanbaatar. However, I did also realize that during my first semester, I was able to build a life here in New Haven. I had a nice apartment and roommates to return to (East Rock is a great neighborhood). I also had friends, a job, classes and the prospect of concocting a whole new thoroughly fulfilling semester. Our semester is not entirely predictable with only classes and academics filling our days. It is ours to enhance with extracurricular activities, social events, weekend outings and independent…

New year’s wishes from Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies’ Dean Peter Crane, “We are all looking forward to welcoming students, staff and faculty back for another busy semester this coming Monday. We return from the holidays in sadness from the tragic loss of our wonderful alumnus and friend David Gaillard, but also with great hope for all that our alumni and the broader F&ES community will accomplish in 2012.
Happy New Year!
Peter”…