Mary Washington

Capital PKAL Regional Network Fall Meeting

Sustainability Improves Student Learning In STEM

November 15, 2014
University of Mary Washington
Jepson Science Center 100
1301 College Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

The theme of the first Capital PKAL Regional Network fall meeting at the University of Mary Washington is “Sustainability Improves Student Learning In STEM.” The Keynote Speaker is Dr. Thomas Pfaff of the Multidisciplinary Sustainability Education Project and Professor of Mathematics at Ithaca College. The morning session includes a Sustainability Panel featuring “what works” best practices for successful incorporation of sustainability into courses, the curriculum, and campus life. Lunch will feature 5-minute Lightning Talks where participating teams can showcase their work connecting sustainability with student learning. In the afternoon session participants will divide into working groups to plan how to strengthen the network and to discuss ideas for future meetings.

Agenda (as of 10/29)

9:00 AM Coffee & Welcome
9:30 AM

Keynote Session: Increasing Student Engagement through Multidisciplinary Sustainability Education
Dr. Thomas Pfaff, Multidisciplinary Sustainability Education Project & Professor of Mathematics, Ithaca College

10:30 AM Break
10:45 AM

Panel: Sustainability Pedagogy
Thomas Pfaff, Professor of Mathematics, Ithaca College; Jeremy Larochelle, Associate Professor of Modern Foreign Languages; D. Jay Sullivan, Director of Utilities Management; Melanie Szulczewski, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science - all from University of Mary Washington

Noon Lunch & Lightning Talks
(Showcase 6 participant teams, 5 minutes each)
1:00 PM

Plenary Talk: Harvesting Policies and Dynamic Implications in the Pacific Halibut and Atlantic Cod Fisheries
Dr. Abdul-Aziz Yakubu, Professor of Mathematics, Howard University, and North East Fisheries Science Center, Woods Hole

1:30 PM Working Groups on Ideas for Future Meetings
(MOOCs, Big Data, Life/Work Balance, Community Colleges, Grant-Writing, Etc.)
2:15 PM Break
2:30 PM Report Back from Working Groups, Event Debrief, Evaluation & Closing Thoughts
3:30 PM Tour of UMW Information and Technology Convergence Center
4:00 PM

Event Concludes

















To contribute a Lightning Talk
Please contact Suzanne Sumner at

Registration is online. The registration deadline is November 10, 2014. The registration fee of $50 includes lunch and meeting materials.

Meeting location:
The meeting will take place at Jepson Science Center 100, Main Campus, University of Mary Washington, 1301 College Avenue, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401.

Directions and Campus Parking
Click here for a map and directions to campus. Event parking is in Jepson Science Center #32 parking lot and Simpson Library #34 parking lot.  Participants can also park along College Avenue. For more parking information, visit here

In keeping with our sustainability theme, we ask participants to bring their own nametags. Extras will be available on site, if needed.