We’re near the end of the year, so there’s a lot going on, so I’m going to cover a lot of short snippets today.
Some of you film buffs know that the Cannes Film Festival is running now in France. That reminded me of two short films I saw earlier this semester. The first one was sent to me by Dave Santucci ('06 RSENR ENVS). Dave works as an educator with the Boston Harbor Islands. Dave is inspired to connect ALL of Americans to our national parks (and nature). A few weeks ago, he sent me a video that he and some colleagues put together about engaging kids with nature on the islands. Give it a look here.
The second film was produced by some current ENVS students in Katlyn Morris’s ENVS002 class this semester. Brianna O’Brien (ENVS ‘17) shared it with me. It’s a pretty artistic and moving look at food waste. It’s really really cool to see products like this from our beginning students. Keep up the good work! Oh, and you can watch it here.
There’s also a feature-length film that some of you might’ve heard of. It’s called “Waking the Sleeping Giant,” and our own Jon Erickson had a big hand in putting this documentary together. It’s been winning awards at film fests around the country, and the Burlington premier is next Friday night (May 26). I hope you can still get tickets to see it. To get you excited, here’s a teaser.
It’s been fun celebrating ENVS students at various banquets and celebrations. Tuesday night’s event on the terrace of Waterman was pretty special. Most of the faculty and staff were there, as were many of our graduating seniors. I’ve posted a couple of pictures from the evening here, if you’re interested.
I hope to see many of our graduating seniors at our celebration at The Bittersweet tomorrow afternoon from 1-3. Bring your families! We’d love to meet them.
Finally, thanks to many of you for making me feel so welcomed in this wonderful community of the past, present, and future our Environmental Program.