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Bravo! Linguist wins teaching prize
Faustini wins Ciancio Award
Retiring faculty
Dick Hihn and Kris Szymborski
Intercultural reach and depth Skidmore's first intercultural-studies director
Professoriat What the faculty are up to
Geek squad squareoff Skidmore techies in programming contest
Idea marketplace Guest lectures touch on society and scholarship
Books Faculty and alumni authors
Sky command Using the wolrd's biggest radiotelescope
Shaping campus sustainablity Coordinator goes for the green
On exhibit Now at Skidmore's Schick Art Gallery and Tang Museum
Sportswrap Thoroughbred highlights

Shaping campus sustainability

Skidmore’s first-ever campus sustainability coordinator has arrived. She is Erica Fuller, whose résumé includes local work for the Land Trust Alliance and teaching at Boston University’s Sargent Center for Outdoor Education. She has a 2001 BA in biology with a minor in environmental studies from Hamilton College, and a 2007 master’s in ES with a concentration in environmental education from Antioch New England.

In her new position—part of a three-year pilot program funded by the Educational Foundation of America—Fuller says she’s already impressed by several Skidmore initiatives, from recycling and high-efficiency lightbulbs to geothermal heating and air conditioning. To help the college evaluate and implement even more green practices, she will serve on the Campus Environment Committee and act as a resource for the student Environmental Action Club; she will also help ES faculty integrate sustainability issues more thoroughly into the curriculum and expand opportunities for internships. She reports to two vice presidents: Mike West in finance and administration (including facilities services) and Susan Kress in academic affairs.

After attending an EAC meeting, Fuller says, “I was blown away by the number of students attending. They are concerned about environmental issues and are looking for ways to make more informed choices.” Her aim is to spread environmental awareness throughout Skidmore. —SR