Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity.- Ralph Bicknese

Aotearoa New Zealand: Sweet As!

Eighteen students, thirty-thousand sheep, two Kiwis, twelve days, and one incredible experience in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

These numbers only begin to describe the study abroad I recently participated in. This trip was organized for more than two years by two Kiwis: Dr. Ross Stewart, SBGE Dean and Professor of Accounting, and Dr. Daniel Schofield, Professor of Chemistry.


Daniel and Ross at the Waimangu Inferno Crater Lake. Photo courtesy of Daniel Schofield.

After Fall Quarter finals, eighteen students studied abroad in Aotearoa New Zealand. We focused on aspects of environmental and cultural sustainability from both accounting and chemistry perspectives.

“Aotearoa is the [indigenous] Māori name for the country of New Zealand. The literal translation of Aotearoa is ‘land of the long white cloud’” (Māori Tourism Lmtd.).

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Dealing with Stress

Student in a library surrounded by piles of booksSchool stress has made its annual return, and you may already be feeling stretched thin with the daunting tasks outlined on syllabi adding up to form one big intimidating mound of academic labor. If you’re a freshman, not only do you have the new weight of college education hanging over you, it’s likely that you’re also experiencing a massive adjustment to your living situation. It’s so easy to feel buried, and each hour that passes without feeling like you’ve made it one inch upwards can cause exponential amounts of stress. While such challenges seems to be unavoidable in college, I think we can all utilize certain strategies when trying to cope with it. A lot of it will probably come down to what works best for you. Here are a few methods that I find useful: Continue reading

Staying Green in the Face of Increased Obligations

iStock_000009013281XSmallThose involved with SPU will know what I’m referring to with “increased obligations.” School started today, on a date so late in September it began to seem like it wasn’t ever going to happen; as such, I found myself buying basic school supplies like pencils and a notebook twenty minutes before my first class. I might as well have had “PROCRASTINATOR” stamped on my forehead as I waited in line. As hard as it can be to remember the little things that make up a green lifestyle during the summer, it becomes even more difficult when we’re thrown into another level of busy, one that is always brought on by the arrival of textbooks, syllabi, essays, and classrooms to be in at certain times. Continue reading