Higher education briefs: Students fighting climate change by planting cypress trees

— Students fighting climate change by planting cypress trees

Florida Gulf Coast University students are mobilizing Saturday to fight climate change by planting 350 cypress trees on the university’s campus.

Oct. 24 is recognized worldwide as International Day of Climate Action, or 350 Day, a time to ramp up efforts to curb carbon emissions and save the environment. The international campaign 350.org is aimed at lowering carbon dioxide emissions, and the students on FGCU’s campus are planning to do their part by planting the trees, an important part of Southwest Florida’s ecosystem.

Students and other interested volunteers are meeting at the recreation field on FGCU’s campus at 8 a.m., and plan to keep working until all 350 trees are planted.

Adult education investment class announced

A four-week class on charting stocks aimed at adults in Collier County was announced by the RBC Wealth Management.

The class, beginning October 28, runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Barron Collier High School. It will be taught by Bob Belcastro, a vice president and financial consultant with RBC Wealth Management’s Naples Office in Park Shore.

A press release billing the class as a “fun course” states that adults will learn how to “decide what stocks to buy, when to buy, then when to sell.”

Naples resident establishes chair at FGCU

A Naples resident has established a chair for habitat restoration and management at Florida Gulf Coast University.

According to a university press release, Judy Sproul established the Juliet C. Sproul Chair for Southwest Florida Habitat Restoration and Management at FGCU. Proceeds from the endowment will be used to help the university attract and retain an eminent scholar in the field of tropical systems and ecology.

According to the release, the establishment of the chair is expected to positively impact the Southwest Florida environment into the future and enhance the education of FGCU students majoring in environmental studies and environmental science. The university is conducting a national search to fill the position, the release states, and the first scholar is expected to begin work in the fall 2010 semester.

Sproul has been a member of the FGCU Foundation Board of Directors for six years.

Edison State College adds “Green Education” to curriculum

Edison State College announced recently the addition of a green education curriculum to its drafting and design program with the help of a $150,000 grant.

Architect and Professor Albert Dambrose said in a press release that sustainable design and construction is an expanding sector of the economy, and that Edison’s new curriculum is designed to help the college keep pace. The addition was announced on the heels of a $150,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, awarded based on Dambrose’s grant “Green Building and Alternative Energy Curriculum Infusion,” according to a press release from Edison.

Public invited to FGCU wellness fair

Florida Gulf Coast University is inviting members of the public to its Ninth Annual Campus and Community Health and Wellness Fair.

The university’s Prevention and Wellness Services announced it will host the fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 3 in the Student Union Ballroom. More than 30 presentations on wellness information, giveaways, free health screenings and consultants will be available at the fair, which is free and open to the public.

FGCU hosting SEC speaker on corporate governance

Florida Gulf Coast University will host a senior advisor for the Securities & Exchange Commission Nov. 13, to speak about corporate governance practices.

Kayla Gillan, senior advisor and deputy chief of staff for the SEC is expected to speak from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Sugden Welcome Center on campus. She will present a discussion titled “The controversy over the SEC’s pending governance proposals.” As a founding member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, Gillan has worked to advocate the needs of investors during the auditing process of publicly traded U.S. companies, according to a press release.

A speaker reception will follow from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Continuing Ed office to hold grand opening

Florida Gulf Coast University’s Office of Continuing Education plans to hold a grand opening for its new office at the Atrium Professional Building, 8695 College Parkway, in Fort Myers.

The opening celebration will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 28, with a ribbon-cutting by FGCU President Wilson Bradshaw at 5:30 p.m. Call 425-3279 or visit www.fgcu.edu/ced for more.

FGCU faculty participating in national engineering symposium

Florida Gulf Coast University’s U.A. Whitaker School of Engineering is sending two teaching staff members to a national symposium hosted by the National Academy of Engineering in Herndon, Va. The academy is an independent, nonprofit organization.

The symposium, which runs Nov. 15 through 18, will feature 49 engineering scholars, including FGCU Assistant Professor Tanya Kunberger and Associate Professor Lisa Zidek.

The program will focus on effective ways to ensure that students learn engineering fundamentals and the expanding knowledge base of new technology.

FGCU and Lee Memorial Health System host end of life care conference

Florida Gulf Coast University and Lee Memorial Health System will host an end of life care conference for the public including health-care providers, hospice workers, church participants or individuals working with an aging population.

The conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14 in the Student Union Ballroom on campus.

“Body, Mind and Spirit — Managing End of Life Care: An Interdisciplinary Approach,” is a one-day health care conference featuring leading health professionals who will provide updates and insights on the physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of end of life care.

Keynote speaker is Dr. Ladislav Volicer, former medical director at the E.N. Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center, Dementia Study Unit in Bedford, Mass. He is currently a full professor in School of Aging Studies at the University of South Florida.

For more information: http://www.fgcu.edu/CEd/2339.asp.

— Contributed by FGCU

FGCU announces corporate directors series schedule

Current and former corporate directors, senior executives and governance professionals are invited to the Florida Gulf Coast University Corporate Directors Series.

The FGCU Institute for Responsible Corporate Governance released the season schedule, set to begin Nov. 19 with a speech by Kayla Gillian, senior advisor to the chairman of the Security & Exchange Commission. That program, along with the rest of the monthly programs in the series, will be 3 to 5 p.m., at the Sugden Welcome Center on the FGCU campus. Registration for each program begins at 2:30 p.m., with a reception from 5 to 6 p.m.

Cost is $25 in advance and $35 at the door.

For a full schedule: fgcu.edu/cob/ircg.

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