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SEEDS UNT at University of North Texas

 

Chapter Information

  • Academic Year: 2013-2014
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Advisor Information

  • Jeff Johnson,
  • Email: jajohnson@unt.edu

 

Chapter Activities

 

A descriptive summary of each of the major Chapter activities (seminars/workshops, field trips, fundraisers, outreach/community service, etc.) during the past academic year. The activity, the timeframe, and the persons involved (Chapter members, campus, school students, community, etc.). People who were included and served, and how many.

University of North Texas SEEDS Annual Report: Fall 2013/Spring 2014
Prepared by outgoing President Justin Fischer, 2014-2015 President Lauren Griffith
March 11, 2014
The 2013-2014 academic year for SEEDS UNT brought a revitalization to the group. The official announcement of the Ecology for Environmental Sciences Bachelors of Science degree solidified our importance as a resource for motivated ecology students. At the end of the previous school year, the majority of the group graduated, making recruitment a necessity. In October of the fall semester, President Justin Fischer and new motivated member Lauren Griffith spoke in front of introductory-level Ecology and Biology courses to spread the word about the mission of our SEEDS chapter. After speaking to over 300 students, our group began to grow as the first cohort of ecology majors showed interest. On December 3, the highlight meeting of the semester was held. Lauren Griffith presented on the possibilities of SEEDS group research in the coming semesters. Justin Fischer presented a PowerPoint on the different types of undergraduate summer experiences for ecology students. Contact information and membership forms were collected by Lauren. At the conclusion of the presentations, the group of six students in attendance discussed the feasibility of various group projects for the spring semester. The takeaway concept was a native landscaped area on campus or publicly accessible in town. The primary focus of the fall semester was bringing up our numbers, and by December we had eleven students on our contact list, with five being dedicated members at monthly meetings. The secondary focus was the distribution of resources for summer research and internship experience. By February, 18 students were receiving links to individual opportunities as well as listservs through our email group. Several new members responded in appreciation of the resources being sent out. Manda Arnold, once of our newest spring members, shared with us that she has submitted applications to several.
The first half of the spring semester has been dedicated to researching the feasibility of a native Texas garden for pollinators, student field work, and public education. After failed initial attempts to contact the appropriate campus and city departments, a breakthrough occurred in late February. The UNT Silvey Society contacted us with the suggestion of working together on a native garden. The Silvey Society is a well-established science organization of graduate and undergraduate students working to honor the legacy of university Biology pioneer Doc Silvey. Within one week, a dialog was initiated between SEEDS officers, Silvey Society officers and UNT landscaping. Approval from the landscaping department has been granted, and the planning discussions continue via email.
Justin applied his native landscaping experience to assist Silvey Society officer Heather Perry with prioritizing and drawing up a design that has recently been submitted to the university landscaping. With the financial support of a reissued maintenance grant from SEEDS, we will be able to contribute at least 20 plants to the project, in addition to purchasing attractive bordering and a stone walkway. Planting will be done in mid-April. This project has sparked excitement amongst the active group members. In the coming fall, an established native landscape will be ready for biodiversity investigation in a campus setting.

What best describes the activities of your chapter this past academic year?

Chapter Invigoration/Recruitment, Community Outreach, Environmental Stewardship, Field Trips

A summary of the Chapter’s ideas or plans for the next academic year.

Moving forward, the group will continue to meet and discuss management of the garden, as well as delving into outreach on campus to promote ecology and sustainability for our diverse student body. A group field trip has been proposed and destinations will be considered for the fall. Additional recruitment efforts will surely increase the presence of SEEDS UNT on campus in 2014.