"UTTC SEEDS Chapter" » Bismarck, North Dakota
The United Tribes Student Chapter provides opportunities for underrepresented minority undergraduates of United Tribes Technical College to experience active solution-based research in ecology while interacting with positive role models and mentors.
Plans for 2008-2009
- April Little Ghost is our new Student Campus Representative. She will lead the chapter to work even more actively with other campus organizations to reduce energy consumption, expand the recycling program, and explore opportunities to deploy alternative (renewable) energy sources such as solar heating units, photovoltaic cells, and wind turbines. We will also work closely with other organizations to more closely monitor waste generation, improve energy consumption auditing and monitoring, and landscape the campus to provide a living laboratory as well as providing more natural habitat for wildlife.
Activities of 2007-2008
- Lisa Colombe, Primary Chapter Advisor, resigned from her position at the college , so Mike Collins resumed responsibility for advising. The United Tribes SEEDS Student Chapter works with and supports the activities of the Faculty and staff, campus Green Committee, the Campus Climate Challenge “Green Team”. as well as, Land Grant Committee, and Facilities and Maintenance Departments to ecologically educate students/faculty/staff and assist in reducing the “Ecological Footprint of UTTC.
- The SEEDS chapter consists of student members interested in ecology from all areas of vocation education at UTTC. The chapter also includes approximately 10 UTTC staff members and local volunteers/environmental professionals.
- May 2005 - May 1, 2006: Overall, the SEEDS Chapter on United Tribes Technical College Campus has been devoting their meeting and activity time toward assisting other campus environmental goals and objectives. Activities include planning and design of nature/wellness trail incorporating it into the capus master plan. External funding for the 1.8 mile trail is being sought. Meetings have been held monthly work of the cooperating organizations, groups, and departments has resulted in plantings and placement of additional educational signs on campus which inidentify and describe various existing and new native plants and trees. The nature/wellness trail pavement planning has targeted additional funding sources and SEEDS chapter moved ahead with additional tree plantings in April 2007.
- June, 2007 Micki Lindeman attended the SEEDS fieldtrip to the Konza Tallgrass Prairie LTER in the Flint Hills of Kansas.
- September, 2007: Chapter members attended a 3-day conference , Tribal College Forum 6, hosted by UTTC, USGS, and NativeView. Several students gave oral presentations and presented posters of their undergraduate research projects. Winona LaDuke and an organization called Tree, Water, People out of Boulder, CO, came to campus and presented a solar heating workshop which culminated with the installation of a demonstration solar heating panel on one of our student family housing units. We are working with the facilities department to get the necessary metering installed to quantify the energy savings associated with the unit. If the winter heating costs are reduced by the anticipated 15 to 20 %, the Facilities Department will seriously consider installing similar panels on all 46 housing units.
- March 2008: Chapter members participated in the Annual AIHEC student conference hosted by the North Dakota Tribal Colleges. In all, there were 38 tribal colleges and an estimated 1,200 attendees. Our chapter members competed in a variety of competitions.; most notably the Science Bowl, where we won second place.
- May, 2008: We had four of our members graduate with their AAS degrees in Tribal Environmental Science. One, Elisha Yellow Thunder, graduated with honors. Six of our our members were awarded summer research internships at regional USDA Agricultural Stations for the Summer.
- Jennifer Janecek-Hartman
- Rebekah Olson
- Mandy Guinn
"United Tribes Wellness Pathway" Special Project
The primary purpose of this project was to complete the initial phase of the United Tribes Wellness Pathway, a 1.86 mile long combined walking path, nature trail and fitness course. This is a combined project
sponsored by several campus organizations including the UTTC Green Committee, the ESA SEEDS Chapter, the AISES Student Chapter, and the Tribal Environmental Science vocational club.