2017 Summer Contributors

IMG_1635Austin Powell (’20) is a sustainability science major from Greenville, South Carolina. He is the Communications and Outreach Fellow this summer which involves keeping other fellows on task for different projects. Austin is also the Vice-President of the Bartram Society for the 2017-2018 Academic year. 





Josie Newton is a recent graduate of Furman University (May ’17) where she studied Sustainability Science. She currently works as the Greenville County Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Summer Fellow through the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability where she is researching and proposing stream restoration techniques that may be employed in Greenville County along future segments of the Swamp Rabbit Trail. Josie held previous positions as the Shi Center’s Rain Garden and Lake Restoration Research Fellow during the 2016-2017 academic year and Furman Farm volunteer during the previous year.  Josie’s other interests include sustainable agriculture and organic farming, hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, going to see live music, nature photography, jewelry-making, and ceramics.

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetLaura Johnson is a Political Science and Religion double major with a minor in Poverty Studies from Winston-Salem, NC. Currently, she is the AccessHealth Greenville Fellow through the Furman University David E. Shi Center for Sustainability where she is researching health literacy and social determinates of health in hopes to provide uninsured patients with more resources to manage their health as well as provide patients with access to primary care. Her other interests include reading, running on the Swamp Rabbit Trail, hot yoga, watching food documentaries, and hanging out with her
high school friends through Young Life.

17523226_10210871427493918_6805149609197268023_nCallie Yow graduated from Furman in May ’17 and received a BA in Communication Studies and a minor in Environmental Studies with a focus in Ethics. She is working at Carl Sandburg National Historic Site as a Climate Change Educator and Citizen Science Coordinator as a Shi Center Fellow. In these roles, she is developing educational programs to inform the public about the effect climate science has on the health of plant and animal ecosystems while also training volunteers to collect citizen science data within the park to be submitted to the National Penology Network. In her four years at Furman, Callie pursued many interests and activities including color guard, symphonic band, Alpha Phi Omega, sustainable agriculture, and the Slow Food Movement. Callie’s other interests include hiking, reading 20th century literature, cooking, and traveling.

Cousins - Copy (2)Lauren Prunkl is a rising senior studying Sustainability Science. This summer she is working with City of Greenville Parks and Recreation department. She will be working with park projects and Bikeville Greenville. After working with the Village Wrench as a Shi Center Fellow last summer, Lauren realized the importance of building community relationships. She hopes to engage with the Greenville community while working on city projects. Studying sustainability in Copenhagen, Denmark last semester has made her excited about urban livability, bike lane infrastructure, and participatory planning with the community. She is living at the Vista House this summer, and she loves to hike, bake,explore, and bike in her spare time. 

IMG_0133Sarah McLean is a sustainability science and Spanish double major with a minor in Poverty Studies from Winston-Salem, NC.  This summer she is the Food Choices Research Fellow at Feed & Seed, a nonprofit food hub project aiming to increase the accessibility of local food in the Upstate, especially in low-income neighborhoods.  Sarah is working to improve Feed & Seed’s community engagement in West Greenville and is researching specific interests in foods in a multicultural context.  Her other interests include traveling, running, cooking, and biking.

17309995_737213209793463_3744489285636388951_oSam Hayes is a rising sophomore double majoring in History and Political Science. He is currently the summer fellow at the East Cooper Land Trust, which works to conserve open space around Charleston, SC. Sam’s primary job at the East Cooper Land Trust is planning community outreach events to celebrate their 15th aniversary and bring more community awareness to the mission. Sam also spends one day a week doing improvement projects on Thornhill Farm, which is an active farm owned by the land trust. When he’s not working to save the environment, Sam likes to read, run and play with his dogs. 

Eric Soffronoff
is a rising senior sustainability science major and poverty studies minor. He is originally from the South Jersey area but currently resides in Hilton Head, South Carolina. This summer he is working for a non profit called Mill Village Farms as a youth crew leader. Eric is responsible for 6 high school students as they grow produce, take classes, and develop soft skills to help their futures.



FullSizeRenderAdele Robinson is a rising sophomore at Furman from Rock Hill, SC. She is a computer science major with a great interest in sustainable practices and environmental education. Currently, she is working at the Greenville Zoo as an Education and Conservation Fellow through the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability. She is researching feasible sustainable projects that the zoo can implement to decrease their carbon footprint and encourage guests and citizens of Greenville to recycle, compost, and use rain barrels. She is also developing programs for children to encourage nature play, in which only natural materials are used during play time to increase creativity and cultivate a love for nature at a young age. Her other interests include hiking, gardening, and frozen yogurt.

38162e50127a45fab1afd0dda74b632dEva Frank is a rising Sophmore from Asheville NC who is majoring in health science. Having grown up in Asheville she has become a huge fan of hiking and adventuring to find a beautiful view. Her free time is basically her love to be outside! As of now Eva’s future plans are to work with other people in a field that promotes health among the community, what specific job that will be is still a mystery! Maybe public health, nutrition, health education with a dash of sustainability science… the possibilities seem endless!



fullsizeoutput_2Natalie Scott is a 2017 Furman graduate, receiving a BA in Art History. Currently she is working with Upstate Forever as Shi Center for Sustainability Fellow. During her time as a fellow she will be working with the Land Trust team to conserve and protect critical lands in the Upstate, specifically in the rural region of South Greenville County. In her free time she enjoys long walks through the Trader Joe’s aisles, buying overpriced smoothies, roller blading along the Swamp Rabbit Trail and checking out local art.


fullsizeoutput_5ebHalie Ziobron (’20) is an intended Public Health major at Furman University. This summer she has been working with LiveWell Greenville as their At Play Intern. She has been working specifically on their Park Hop program communications, planning, and social media. She is also working to assess park access and is helping create park assessments for the City of Greenville parks. Through these projects, she is working to help children and adults initiate healthy and active living habits which will last them a lifetime. Some of her interests include trying new foods, running and adventuring along the Swamp Rabbit Trail, hiking at any free moment, and attempting to do yoga.




001Peter Wilson is a rising Junior and Sustainability Sciences major at Furman. He is currently working with Trees Greenville as the Community Forester Fellow through the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability where he is working to create new educational materials as well as helping with tree care and management all over Greenville County. Peter has always been interested in the outdoors and the environment and is excited to be spending his summer working to make Greenville a greener and more beautiful place. Some of Peter’s interests include hiking, camping, biking, and bass fishing.