Kristian Hajny (’15) is a Chemistry and Sustainability Science double major from Mooresville, NC. Kris became the Junior Assessment fellow last year working under the experienced Senior Assessment fellow Anne-Marie and this year works on assessment projects again as the one Assessment fellow. He has completed both this and last year’s greenhouse gas inventory, which is a compilation of the greenhouse gases produced through many campus driven activities. He will also be in charge of the AASHE sustainability tracking and assessment reporting system (STARS) next year. This system focuses on different aspects of campus life which contribute to a sustainable campus that may not be related to emissions, such as community engagement. As a scientist and environmentalist, Kris was drawn to the very quantitative and information oriented work that this position offered and intends to stay with the Shi Center until his senior year. Kris intends to move onto a graduate degree in either environmental engineering or environmental chemistry after Furman.
Elisabeth Schatke (’17) is a Sustainability Science major from Marietta, GA. Elisabeth was the Assistant Farm Manager last year and is now one of the Sustainability Assessment Junior Fellows. Her focus this semester is on the AASHE sustainability tracking and assessment reporting system (STARS), which looks at how sustainable a college/university is and allows for comparison between institutions as well as marks a school’s progress over time. Second semester will be spend analyzing the STARS results and finding ways to make improvements at Furman. Sustainability has always been one of Elisabeth’s passions and she plans on pursuing a career in the field after graduating.
Logan Richardson (’18) is an Economics and potentially Sustainability Science major from Columbia, SC. She is a Junior Assessment fellow for the Shi Center, which includes collecting information for the AASHE sustainability tracking and assessment reporting system (STARS). This assessment focuses on a variety of aspects across campus that contributes to sustainability such as community engagement and academics. The data collected serves to help Furman understand the next steps needed towards a more sustainable campus.
Ben Riddle (’16) is a University Innovation Fellow, Ben works with partners from Stanford University and student leaders across the United States to equip undergraduates with tools and skills needed to compete in the economy of the future. Through his work at Furman University, Ben partners with students, faculty, administrators and alumni to create new initiatives that use design thinking as a tool for engaged learning and creative problem solving. Recently, Ben has represented the Furman and the Fellows at the d.school, the HPI School of Design Thinking, the Deshpande Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education and at the National Academy of Engineering. Over the course of his academic career, Ben has studied Sustainable Development at Freie Universitat Berlin and Furman University, where he serves as a Research Fellow at the Shi Center for Sustainability. Ben is currently active in Greenvile, South Carolina, where he is a project facilitator for Victory Village, a mixed-income community that is built upon service, stewardship and sustainability.
Victoria Wornom (’16) is from Richmond, Virginia and is one of the Communication and Outreach Fellows for the Shi Center for Sustainability. She is double majoring in Environmental Science and Communication Studies and hopes to pursue a career in environmental consulting or lobbying. Victoria’s job at the Shi Center consists of managing the communication and outreach for sustainability on Furman’s campus. She helps manage this blog and other social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Her job also includes assisting with events on campus like Arbor Day, Earth Day, and Campus Sustainability Day. Victoria wants to promote a healthy and environmentally conscious lifestyle to Furman’s students and faculty. Victoria is also an involved member in Furman University’s Student Activities Board (FUSAB) and Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. Her other interests include doing anything outdoors, singing, perusing different fashion and food blogs, and spending quality time with friends and family.
Anna Leger (’18) is from Naperville, Illinois and serves as a Communication and Outreach Fellow for the David E. Shi Center. She is planning on double majoring in Archaeology and French, and hopes to pursue a career in the archaeological field. Anna’s role at the Shi Center consists of managing the various social media outlets, including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and the Green Scene Blog. She also works on events such as Arbor Day, Earth Day, and Campus Sustainability Day. On top of this, Anna is involved with the Upcountry History Museum in downtown Greenville and enjoys volunteering there in her free time. Her other interests include hiking, biking, camping, baking, and clarinet musical performance.
Ben Longnecker (’17) is an Economics major and the Energy Systems fellow from Knoxville, Tennessee. He currently pursues the policy and economics behind renewable (specifically solar) energy, in order to find empirical evidence that it “pays” to go green. Ben also is the secretary of Pre-Law Society, the Campus Leadership/External Relations Director for the AEI Executive Council, and participates on Furman’s highly ranked Mock Trial team. Last summer, He worked in Washington, DC at a Non-Profit that advanced free-market ideas around the world and attended political seminars at both the Leadership Institute and at Cato University. Ben dreams of one day attending both law and business graduate school to obtain his JD/MBA and eventually owning his own international company.
Phoebe Ferguson(’17) is from Lakeland, FL.Phoebe’s major is technically undeclared, but her interests sync with Sustainability Science. Phoebe worked as the Assistant Farm Manager at the Furman Farm this past summer and is now continuing her experience with the Shi Center as an AVD Fellow. She is working to create a video evidencing how Full Cost Analysis can be applied in the community. Pursuing the topic of food systems and farming, her project addresses food access in Greenville County and follows the story and the viability of solutions, such as community gardens, farmer’s markets, mobile markets and more, for food deserts. Understanding the role of Mill Village Farms and Gardening Good in the community gives insight into what defines success of such ventures in farming as they help bridge the food access gap which encompasses various economical, environmental, and social factors.
Elisa Edmondson (’15) is a Communication Studies major and Poverty Studies minor from Philadelphia, PA. At the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability, Elisa worked as the Communications Fellow last year and is currently an AVD Video Story Teller Fellow. Focusing on transportation within sustainability, her first project is to create a documentary featuring the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail, a path which connects the communities of Greenville, Furman, and Traveler’s Rest. From creation to its final product, the documentary will include full-cost analysis research- a look at the economic, environmental, and social benefits of the Swamp Rabbit Trail. These benefits will depicted through stories of people with special connections to the trail. On campus, Elisa serves as the Director of Recruitment Records for Delta Gamma Fraternity as well as the Student Diversity Council Representative for Baba Africa. Upon graduation from Furman, Elisa hopes to pursue a Master’s Degree in Global Communication, subsequently entering the public relations field with organizations which support impoverished children. Aside from sustainability, Elisa is passionate about children and animal rights, travel, and the outdoors.
Kate Stevens (’18) is a freshman music major from Charlotte, NC. As an AVD Story Telling Video Fellow, she plans to explore the relationship between full cost analysis, ecoacoustics, and ecomusicology with an educational video. Working with Assistant Professor of Percussion Carmenates, Kate will help organize and facilitate a performance of a contemporary percussion piece by Matthew Burtner. Comprised of 6 movements each representing an element or material, the piece will be recorded in its entirety and featured in the AVD video. The video will also include interviews with both the Burtner and Carmenates, giving their insights to the connection between full cost analysis and ecomusicology, while also explaining the importance of the ecoacoustics in the future. Kate is heavily involved in musical opportunities on campus as a violist in the Furman Symphony Orchestra and potential music education major. In her free time, Kate enjoys playing and listening to music, traveling, and being with friends and family.