Wilkes University welcomes the Ecology Club to campus

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Ecology Club members (from left to right): Alexander Miner, vice presdient; Amina Mustafa, club member; Nikki Hart, secretary; Bridget Regan, treasurer; and Laura Zielinski, president.

Shannon O'Connor, LA&E Asst. Editor

   Ever wanted to be involved in a club that encompasses all your scientific interests? From bugs and plants to saving the environment and renewable energy, Wilkes University welcomes you to join one of its newest clubs, the Ecology Club.

   Ecology Club was created with the purpose of starting a community for science majors to go where the main goal was not focused on entering the health science field. Whether that be a major in biology or in environmental engineering, and all those alike are welcome. This club provides its members with countless opportunities to become immersed in the community and gain experience for the future ahead.

   The Ecology Club was designed as a way for students to gain professional experience, become involved in professional research and advocate for their beliefs on the Wilkes University campus.    

   “There are other science clubs but there is no one advocating for sustainability, conservation, and the way our own actions affect our environment around us and how our environment shapes us. Not only would the club be a fun experience but it would be a club that represented by own personal values,” stated Bridget Regan, the club’s treasurer.

   Ecology club is involved in multiple volunteer events, as well as collaborating with other clubs, such as Biology Club in a local trash clean up. 

   Alexander Miner, the club’s vice president, stated, “We do different things to help raise funds for the club and reach out to the community. We went on a canoe trip with the club. We like to do different team bonding activities.”

   One such event that the Ecology Club participated in last semester was a holiday party where local kids would come and visit Wilkes where they were surrounded by other clubs and fun activities.

   Amina Mustafa, a club member, states “It was really nice to come and see all the other clubs and make the kids happy and educate them and get them interested in ecology.” 

    In the next few months, you can expect to see an Ecology Club event where plastic bugs are placed around campus and for a small fee you can search far and wide until you find a bug. Once you have your bug, you will be able to then see the members of the Ecology Club and receive your prize.

    The club’s main goal over the next few years is to start a community garden at Wilkes and also possibly create a student market like the one found at Public Square.

   Laura Zielinski, the club’s president, explained “It is our goal to be able to have this garden where students can go there and pick fresh foods whenever they need it. It would be a resource that everyone would have available to them. We are also interested in starting a small student market at Wilkes.”

   Ecology Club meets the first Tuesday of each month at 11:15 a.m. in the Cohen Science Center in room 222.

   “For anyone who is looking to be involved with the ecological sciences but also want a mix of biology, chemistry, research and they just want to hang around and have fun, the Ecology Club would be the best way to invest their time,” states Bridget Regan.

     For more information about the Ecology Club, please contact Laura Zielinski at [email protected] or Professor Stratford at [email protected]

          

“For anyone who is looking to be involved with the ecological sciences but also want a mix of biology, chemistry, research and they just want to hang around and have fun, the Ecology Club would be the best way to invest their time,” states Bridget Regan.

         For more information about the Ecology Club, please contact Laura Zielinski at [email protected] or Professor Stratford at [email protected]