2018 Summer Contributors

 

IMG_3642Imani Grace-King is a senior studying Communication Studies and Politics and International Affairs from Greenville, South Carolina.  This year she is one of the Communication and Community Outreach fellows. She is overseeing the social media presence of the Shi Center and researching social and environmental justice to create campaigns and promote awareness. In her spare time she enjoys kickboxing, cooking, and writing scripts for television shows.

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IMG_0465.jpgOriginally from Charleston, SC, Matthew Martin is a junior studying Applied Mathematics and Communications Studies. This year he is one of the Communications and Community Outreach Fellows managing daily affairs at the Shi Center and sprearheading sustainability initiatives around the larger Greenville community. In his spare time, Matt enjoys going to the beach, heading to concerts and going on road trips with friends. Matt is looking forward to studying intercultural communication and software engineering while abroad next year in Scotland and Belgium.

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Gabby Haddad is from Spartanburg, SC and she is a Business Administration and Spanish double major. She is working with Michael Corley, an attorney at South Carolina Environmental Law Project, as a research assistant on coastal law and policy this summer. She plans on attending law school after graduation and will also be taking the LSAT this summer. Gabby loves walks around the Furman lake and sitting down to share a cup of coffee with friends and family.

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Sean Thompson is Minneapolis, Minnesota, and just finished her junior year as a Public Health and Spanish double major. This summer she is a Summer Intern at Project Host, where she will be designing and teaching healthy eating classes for kids.  In her free time, she loves to travel, cook, be outside, and spend time with friends.

 

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Lauren Coury is a graduated senior from Knoxville, TN. She majored in Politics and International Affairs and minored in Environmental Studies. Currently, Lauren works at Upstate Forever as the Critical Lands in Our Communities Fellow. She has a passion for environmental justice and environmental policy, specifically that which focuses on land conservation. She will follow these passions as she heads-off to law school in the fall to pursue environmental law. In her free time, Lauren greatly enjoys painting, hiking, running, and exploring the Greenville area.

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Lauren Prunkl is a recent graduate who studied Sustainability Science. This summer she is a crew leader at Village Wrench. She is supervising four teenagers at the non-profit free repair bike shop, where these student participate in job skills training, entrepreneurship classes, and cooking classes. Through her Shi Center summer and academic year fellowships, her capstone major project, and her abroad experience in Copenhagen, Denmark, Lauren has developed a passion for urban policy, community engagement, and transportation equity. In her spare time, she loves to hike, bake, explore, bike, and spend quality time with friends and family. After this summer, she plans to begin working with Furman’s Community-Engaged Learning department as a GIS analyst (computer mapping) and collaborator.

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Abbey Hocket is from Boone, North Carolina, and will be a senior this upcoming year at Furman. She is a religion major and on the pre-med track. This summer she is a crew leader for TreesGreenville. She’ll have a group of youth with me this summer who will assist me in caring for the trees that our organization has planted all around Greenville. While she may not be a sustainability major, environmentalism has always been a passion of hers. Ultimately, she is looking toward forward more school in the future; whether that leads to becoming an OBGyn or having a doctorate in Religious studies, she hasn’t decided just yet. Her main hope is to devote her time to caring for and loving others well, and lead them toward healthy and more fulfilled lives.

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Emily Anderson is a recent Furman graduate of Biological Sciences. She will spend her summer away in Flat Rock, NC, working as an intern at Carl Sandburg National Historic Site. During her time at the park, Emily will oversee the Citizen Science, Nature’s Notebook, Monarch Larva Monitoring Program, and Cornell Ornithology Lab Neighborhood Nestwatch programs, and collect data in each program. She will also assist in Gypsy Moth trapping, manage garden and citizen science volunteer coordination, and tend to the tree nursery. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, farming, gardening, photography, and anything outdoors. 

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Image-1.png.jpegWill Sanders (‘19) is a psychology major on the pre-med track from Greenville, S.C. He is the Greenville Health System’s Accesshealth fellow with the Shi Center for Sustanability at Furman. He is working with Accesshealth to provide healthcare options and support for uninsured people living in Greenville County. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf, fishing, and hanging out on the water.

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Julia Clements (’20) is a Biology major on the pre-vet track from Omaha, Nebraska. This summer she is working as the Greenville Zoo Education and Conservation Programs Fellow.  Here she works to evaluate and improve the Zoos conservation efforts and update the Zoos publication on conservation achievements, as well as create conservation oriented programs for visiting school groups and summer camps. In the future, she hopes to work at a Zoo as a veterinarian or work in wildlife conservation medicine. In her spare time, Julia likes to eno, hike, nap, and work at the Greenville County Animal Shelter.

 

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Sophie Friis (’20) is a Sustainability Science major from IMG_1060Greenville, South Carolina. This summer she is working for Feed and Seed as their summer intern. She is working towards affordable food access through redefining the community garden model. Feed and Seed recognizes the importance of inclusive local food movements which she is passionate about. Sophie hopes to own a farm in the future and continue to participate in Greenville’s food and farming industry.

 

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Kassy Potamis (’18) is a Sociology major from Melrose, Massachusetts. This summer she is working with the Carl Sandberg National Historic Site. Her primary responsibilities are managing their educational programs and assisting with the maintenance of their citizen science program and goat farm. In her spare time she enjoys crafting, being outdoors, spending time with friends and watching television, specifically Disney.

 

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Brooke Kritikos (‘20) is a Public Health major and a Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies minor from Naperville, IL. This summer she is the Communication and Outreach Fellow at LiveWell Greenville, which is a non-profit organization that works with over 200 partners throughout Greenville County to promote healthy eating and active living. Her work includes managing social media accounts, creating blog posts, and brainstorming other ways for LiveWell to expand their communication to the community. In her spare time, she likes to roam thrift stores, explore coffee shops, and watch the sunset. Post-graduation, she hopes to join the Peace Corps and then get her master’s in Public Health.

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Tindall Ouverson (’18) graduated this May but can’t seem to leave Furman quite yet. Next year, she will be headed out to Bozeman, Montana to do an M.S. in Land Resources and Environmental Science at Montana State. This summer, she is working at Oak Hill Café, a farm to table restaurant with its sights set on being a leading innovator in that field. Tindall’s responsibilities are broad but will focus mainly on helping Oak Hill’s farm get to the point where it can support a vibrant and productive CSA (community supported agriculture) program and supply delicious produce to the restaurant within the next year. Other duties include research and development in small scale sustainable agriculture for implementation at Oak Hill’s farm, learning about “root to leaf”  and “snout  to tail” cooking, mushroom farming, and experimenting with creative ways of pickling, fermenting, and preserving foods.  When she’s not making compost or testing soil quality, Tindall likes bumming around outside, crafting and creating art, and taking care of her remaining houseplants.

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cjlane.jpgCJ Lane (’18) is a recent graduated with a degree in Earth and Environmental Science. Fe was the Recipient of the Wallace Fallaw Outstanding Senior Award. This summer he is working with Mill Community Ministries, where he is learning about non-profit daily operations and their impacts on the wider community. Post Summer, he is planing on continue work in the non-profit field, with hopes of doing environmental awareness and restoration. In his free time he collects vinyls, bikes, hikes, and spend time surrounded by good people doing good things.

 

 

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30051797_10209325776939676_6176170713881520366_oSusie Wold is a graduated senior Sustainability Science major from Hickory, NC.  This summer, she is working with the City of Travelers Rest in developing a comprehensive pedestrian plan for the city.  After this summer, she is combining her love of science and the outdoors by working at an outdoor institute in southern California.  She plans to pursue a masters degree in landscape architecture and work to make our communities more walkable, bikeable, and green!  Susie loves climbing, theater, and painting.  Her dream is to combine all three into a one-woman musical about an artist who lives in a tree house.

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Image.pngBurke Lipscomb (’21) is a rising Sophomore from Travelers Rest, SC studying Earth and Environmental Sciences. This summer he is the City of Greenville Environmental Fellow and will assist the city’s engineering department in recording data for several of the streams in the city’s watershed. When not outside with sports or hiking, Burke can be found eating or hanging in an Eno. Most of the times simultaneously. Traveling and finding ways not to be in an office are the only future plans for him, as of now.

 

 

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fullsizeoutput_e3aConnor Copeland (’20) is a Physics and Earth and Environmental Science double major from Winston Salem, North Carolina. This summer, he is the Student Assistant Farm Manager Fellow. When he’s not working, you can find Connor outside in nature–– hiking, camping, and adventuring. He plans to continue his time at Furman learning new ways to help better the planet and maybe explore engineering classes.