Thinking Like A River Initiative
Thinking Like A River is a three-year initiative funded by a $383,000 grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation that aims to shape a culture of sustainability centered on local waters by offering unique, hands-on experiences with area rivers for students, faculty and area residents. The project will integrate perspectives from natural sciences, social sciences and humanities and arts in experiential learning environments to connect, protect and reflect on rivers. Thinking Like A River encompasses three central components - a floating seminar series, a curriculum designed to encourage and engage visitors at the Goodall Center, and a Fellows program.
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- October 9-10, 2014 - Thinking Like A River Symposium - "Blueways"
October 9th - 2:30pm-5:30pm - Anna Todd Wofford Center, Andrews Field House - A panel discussion is planned on rivers and "blueways" with guest speakers, John Cronin, Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs, Pace University; T.S. McMillin, Professor of English at Oberlin College; and Leslie King, Director of the Rivers Institute, The University of Dayton.
October 9th - 7:00pm-8:30pm - McMillian Theater, Campus Life Building - Guest speaker, John Cronin, Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs, Pace University.
October 10th - 3:00pm-4:30pm - Gray-Jones Room, Burwell Building - Guest speaker, T.S. McMillin, Professor of English at Oberlin College - "Am I Blue? The Strange Ways of an Urban River"
October 10th - 6:30pm-8:00pm - Gray-Jones Room, Burwell Building - Guest speaker, Leslie King, Director of the Rivers Institute, The University of Dayton - "Rivers Institute at the University of Dayton; Partnering on the River"
See press release
in the Wofford Newsroom.
- October 3-4, 2013 - Thinking Like A River Symposium II -
October 3rd - 2:30pm - Anna Todd Wofford Center, Andrews Field House - A panel discussion on "Undiscovered Tributaries" with guest speakers, Margo Farnsworth, a consultant in strategic sustainability development, an adjunct faculty at Lipscomp University's Institute of Sustainability, and an Fellow for Biomimicry 3.8; and Jon Calabria, professor of landscape architecture at the University of Georgia.
October 4th - 7:00pm - Gray-Jones Room, Burwell Building - A continuation of our panel discussion, "Undiscovered Tributaries II", with guest speakers, Hal Crimmel, professor of writing and literature at Weber State University; and our guests from the previous panel discussion, Margo Farnsworth and Jon Calabria. See press release in the Wofford Newsroom.
- October 11-14, 2012 – Thinking Like A River
11th - 2:30pm - The topic of “Thinking
Like A River? A Roundtable Discussion & Workshop,” moderated by
Professor John Lane and Dr. Kaye Savage, included an introduction of our four
guest panelists: Susan Fox Rogers, author of My Reach, A Hudson River Memoir; Mike Freeman, author of Drifting, Two Weeks on the Hudson;
Allison Hedge Coke, author of Blood Run;
and David Furbish, hydrologist at Vanderbilt University and author of Fluid Physics in Geology and many
research articles. The afternoon
event concluded with a workshop.
October 11th – 7:00pm - Our topic of “Confluence Thinking: A Science/Humanities
Conversation,” featured a dialogue between two of our guest panelists,
Allison Hedge Coke and David Furbish, and was moderated by Dr. Laura Barbas
Rhoden, associate professor of Spanish.
October 12th – The symposium continued with an
afternoon visit to the Goodall Center with ENVS students and a 7:00pm program “The Hudson: One River, Two Voices” which
featured a dialogue between Susan Fox Rogers and Mike Freeman and was moderated
by Dr. Gerald Thurmond, professor of sociology.
October 13th & 14th – An overnight
float trip down the Pacolet River with a group of 12 including three of the
visiting authors, three ENVS students, faculty from two departments, the
Goodall Center outreach coordinator, and our outfitter.
- Fall 2012 - ENVS 203 and 101 Lab Classes on River Floats
Dr. Savage and Professor Lane both took their ENVS students
down the Pacolet River during lab classes.
Outreach at the Goodall Center
- Freeman Owle – “Native Americans & Natural
September 27, 2012 - Freeman Owle, a recognized Cherokee
folklorist and educator, visited Wofford this past week to talk about “Native
Americans and Natural Resources.”
He walked and visited with students from several Wofford classes at the
Goodall Center in the afternoon and also told stories to a group of Cleveland
Elementary School students as part of the “Three Sisters Garden” project.
Three Sisters Garden project works with local youth from the
Boys & Girls Club to develop and expand their knowledge of our region and
further their appreciation of our environment and natural surroundings. The project is coordinated by Melisa
Emkjer. Melisa is an environmental
education instructor and has a B.A. in Middle Grades Education with
concentrations in Science and ELA. She also has experience in the visual
arts and working with at-risk youth. As a strong believer in
environmental education, she loves to share her enthusiasm for nature and
active living in the great outdoors.
October 30, 2012 - We welcomed the Glendale
community to the Goodall Center on Tuesday evening for a Halloween program for
the kids. Goodall outreach
coordinator Haley Briel put together a program full of snakes, spiders, crafts,
and goodies. Dr. Gerald Thurmond (Wofford Sociology Department) and Rev. Stuart
Jones (Fernwood Baptist Church Associate Pastor & Youth Minister) both
brought a variety of beautiful non-venomous snakes that could be handled. In addition to the nature component of
the event, there were also two craft projects for the children to make and
decorate – a pumpkin photo frame and a bat with moveable wings. They had a
great time decorating while munching cupcakes and candy.
February 20, 2013 - Professor John Lane introduced Clemson professor, Dr. Drew Lanham, who addressed the crowd gathered to dedicate the Aldo Leopold Shack for outreach education in the Carolyn Converse Garden at Glendale Shoals. "The Aldo" was researched, planned, designed, and sited by ENVS students Rob Kennedy, Rob Richardson, and Steven Bearden as their capstone project then built as an independent interim project during January 2013. A reception and dinner followed the ceremony along with a screening of "Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic of Our Time" (2011). The film, by the Aldo Leopold Foundation, explores the life and legacy of famed conservationist Aldo Leopold and the many ways his land ethic philosophy lives on in the work of people and organizations all over the country today.
March 12, 2013 - Goodall outreach coordinator, Haley Briel, and Wofford professor, Steve Zides, held a star gazing event at the Goodall Center.
March 23, 2013 - The Glendale community was invited to bring their children to the Goodall Center for an afternoon Easter Egg Hunt.
September 24-27, 2013 - 4-evening camp teaching kids about animals of the Shoals, Glendale mill history, and arts and crafts. Jack Turner from USC-Upstate did a forging demonstration on how to make nails.
October 6, 2013 - Revs. Ron Robinson and Heidi Campbell Robinson officiated the ceremony at the Glendale Amphitheater.
October 17, 2013 - Dorman High School STEM group participated in a water quality lesson and learned how to take water samples and study them.
October 25, 2013 - AP Environmental Science students learned about geology, river mechanics, and stream ecology.
November 1, 2013 - 20 students from Cleveland Academy worked in Three Sisters Garden.
November 2, 2013 - Wofford's Fierce Green Fire student group hosted a 2-mile scenic run/walk through historic Glendale. Participants also enjoyed rock climbing provided by Glendale Outdoor Leadership School and kayaking on the Lawson's Fork.
November 16, 2013 - 10 participants were given GPS units to help them locate the four different treasures that were hidden around Glendale Shoals.
January 26, 2014 - Many signs of nature and life are hidden in the cold winter months, but if you know what to look for there is a lot going on! Participants walked the Shoals and looked for signs such as animal tracks, burrow holes, buried insects, and nests.
May 4, 2014 - Wofford students organized a river clean up day in memory of Wofford graduate, Martha Cammack '13.
May 11, 2014 - Over 1000 people gathered at Glendale Shoals for live music by Zac Parks and Rachel Chalmers. In collaboration with Local Hiker, an outdoor sporting goods store in downtown Spartanburg, hammock were made available for purchase and over 20 hammocks were put up all over the Shoals.
February 25, 2014 - 47 Clifdale Elementary 3rd graders visited the Goodall Center for a geology lesson.
April 25, 2014 - 60 students from Cowpens Elementary visited the Goodall Center.
May 14, 2014 - 40 Cannons Elementary students visited the Goodall Center to learn about water quality.
Thinking Like A River Fellows
a culture that embraces river sustainability requires that community leaders be
informed about conditions that threaten river health, and enthusiastic about
watershed protection. The Fellows program will invite citizens including
business leaders, governmental representatives at several levels, and nonprofit
agents as well as Wofford alumni to participate in the floating seminars and
other events. The Fellows will develop projects to improve river awareness
and/or water quality.
Renee Phillips – Literacy Coach,
Spartanburg School District Three
Peyton Howell – VP of Project Development - Yeargin Potter Shackelford Construction
Ned Barrett – Partnership
Coordinator, Partners for Active Living
Alissa Ritzo Duncan – Program Manager, Ten at the Top
Bonnie Webster - Upper School Environmental Science teacher - Spartanburg Day School
Shelley Robinson - Sustainable Communities and Clean Air Associate - Upstate Forever
Winthrop Allen - Senior Associate - Pacolet Milliken Enterprises
Ben Palmer - Outdoor Recreation Coordinator - Spartanburg Parks Commission