Bioneers Conference on campus draws lots of interest
Bioneers organizer David Colnic (center) confers with volunteers during the program.The Great Central Valley Bioneers Conference held October 19-21 at California State University, Stanislaus enjoyed strong participation from the campus community and others who turned out for programs on the environment and other important social topics.

Each morning, nationally known speakers presented via satellite from San Rafael, the home site of the Bioneers Conference. In the afternoons, local programs were featured. These included discussion sessions led by faculty and community leaders, a reading by author Gerald Haslam, a reception with music by Boscoe’s Brood, and the Wild and Scenic Film Festival.

Student explains process of making biodiesel More than 200 students, staff, faculty, and community members participated. Students were especially well represented and enthusiastic. During the weekend’s discussions, many of them offered thoughtful suggestions for helping CSU Stanislaus become a model for sustainability in the Central Valley.

The event was hosted by the Council for Sustainable Futures in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and funded by the CSU Stanislaus Office of the Provost and Office of International Education through the Global Learning in the Colleges Project (U.S. Department of Education Title Via). Additional resources were provided by the Office of Service Learning. The faculty leaders included David Colnic, Politics and Public Administration; Ida Bowers, Geography; Philip Garone, History; Jennifer Helzer, Geography; Tony Perrello, English; Eric Houk, Economics; Allison McNally, Geography; and  Richard Wallace, Anthropology. Student volunteers were led by Ashley Murray from the Master’s in Public Administration Program.

Over the course of this academic year, the Council for Sustainable Futures plans to host more events, including films, speakers, and workshops.
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