Mount Union Names Green Raider Awardees

May 08, 2012

ALLIANCE, Ohio — The University of Mount Union’s Sustainability Management Advisory Committee is pleased to announce the inaugural class of “Green Raider” award recipients.

The Mount Union “Green Raider” Sustainability Awards are presented annually to a faculty member, staff member and student who have enhanced sustainability at Mount Union through actions that promoted the principles of social, financial and environmental responsibility in a way that created a more sustainable, efficient and healthy atmosphere for the campus community. This year’s recipients are faculty member Dr. Deborah Boyd Kimball, associate professor of chemistry and co-director of the Honors Program; staff member Lorie Miller, director of community educational outreach; and student Zac Suhar, a senior management and Spanish major of Cedarburg, WI.

Boyd Kimball was nominated by Dr. Stephen Kramer, professor of psychology.

“Deborah has been interested in the area of sustainability throughout her teaching career and demonstrated this interest by being the lone Mount Union participant in last year’s two-day Sustainability Workshop offered at Stark State Community College, and for which the five colleges in Stark County, including the University of Mount Union, provided support,” Kramer said. “Following that workshop, Deborah decided to offer and teach the first course at the University of Mount Union that was devoted entirely to the topic of sustainability. It was an honor’s course. This was a significant undertaking for her and involved considerable time and energy for the development of this course.”

Miller was nominated by Heather Eichner, Service-Learning Liaison, on behalf of the staff of the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement.

“When each of us think of someone who has gone above and beyond to create a sustainable community, both on and off campus, we think of Lorie,” Eichner said. “Her work with the Dowling Mentor Program, National Neighborhood Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Women’s History Month and the annual Trash to Treasures Sale leaves no doubt in our minds that Lorie Miller is a Green Raider.”

Suhar was nominated by Dr. Chuck McClaugherty, professor of biology, co-director of the environmental science program and director of the Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center.

“Zak has been involved in sustainability his entire time at Mount Union,” McClaugherty said. “He is an environmental science minor and has been a leading student advocate for sustainability on campus, working on the student sustainability group with Dr. Steve Kramer and as a student member of the Sustainability Management Advisory Committee. He was involved in developing the eco-rep handbook, which is being used now to develop our residence hall based Eco-Rep Program. He has done summer work with a company engaged in recycling and waste minimization and plans to pursue a career related to green business.”

Nominations were accepted from any member of the campus community. Awardees were selected by a sub-committee of the Sustainability Management Advisory Committee and will be honored with a plaque and a tree planted in their honor during the Sustainability Festival in the fall of 2012.

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