Let’s Go, Ecology Club!

Ecolovers, It’s time to begin.

  • The Winter Activities Fair is tomorrow (Tuesday, 26th)! We’ll be tabling from 11am – 3pm in the Tate Grand Hall Ballroom – stop by, help us hold down the table (we’d REALLY appreciate it), and visit the other Go Green Alliance booths.
  • For our first meeting tomorrow, we’ll be taking a tour of the UGA Research Greenhouses! Info here. Please meet tomorrow (Tuesday, 26th) outside the Ecology building (front brick ramp) at 4:50pm SHARP. Cars will be waiting – we’ll carpool over to Riverbend Road and be back within the hour. Get pumped! The Director himself is showing us around!
  • Then, on Wednesday (27th), we’re having a potluck dinner at Dr. Jim Richardson’s house! Please join us at 550 Southview Rd. (it’s REALLY close… map it and carpool/bike/walk) from 6pm – 8:30pm with a dish or drink for some great conversation and friend-time with a favorite professor.
  • But wait! It’s not over! This weekend is the Athens Green Life Expo! Info here. It’s Friday and Saturday, it’s at the Classic Center, it’s all free, and check out some of these seminars – really cool. A lot of us will be here, so join us!

Yay! Remember, all this and more on our website and calendar (website tab – look up).


Georgia and Mark


Spring Break Poll

Club Ecology: Initiate.

Welcome to a brand new year of club domination! Based on majority opinion, Spring meetings will be held every other Tuesday at 5:00pm.
The first meeting will be Tuesday the 26th at 5:00pm in Ecology (exact location TBA).
Coming up in our January schedule:
  • Tour of UGA Research Greenhouses (confirmed but date TBA)
  • Ecology Club “assasins” game
  • EHS Club/Ecology Club Film “Festival” (confirmed but dates TBA)
  • Group Potluck at Dr. Jim Richardson’s house (Jan. 27th 6pm)
  • ACC Green Life Expo (Jan. 29, 30)
Coming after January:
  • Spring Break group trip
  • Pigeon Mountain caving/rock climbing trip
  • Mini-BRAG/camping trip to Washington, Georgia (Misha’s property)
  • IM-field chimney nights
The Ecology Club has been published! Check out the excerpts from Herpetelogical Review, attached. Records are from last year’s Spring Hollow retreats.
FYI: Student volunteers are needed for the Green Life Expo. Free tshirt! See attached and let us know. They could use help in the children’s area and with recycling/composting.
As always, meetings are clothing-optional and pet friendly. See you there!
Mark and Georgia

When Do You Want To Meet This Spring?

Ecology Clubby Winter Break Poll

Great Opportunities for EC Members

Beautiful ecoladies and sustainable gentlemen,

Several opportunities you should know about:

1. Volunteer positions at UGA Ecolodge in San Luis
2. EPA Fellowship for undergraduates
3. “Ecotones” acapella group seeking members
4. SMART Initiative seeking motivated students


1. The University of Georgia’s Costa Rica campus (San Luis de Monteverde, Costa Rica) is currently accepting applications for the following volunteer staff positions:

  • Resident Naturalist: 2 positions available in April/May 2010
  • Administrative Assistant: 1 position available June 15, 2010

More information is available at our website: http://www.uga.edu/costarica/internship.htm. If you know someone who would be a great match for either position, please have them contact me (Lindsay Stallcup) by email at progCR@uga.edu.

2. Awesome EPA fellowship: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2010/2010_gro_undergrad.html#Synopsis

All Vocalists and Ecology Enthusiasts, Last week, I had a party at my place and a few of us ecology graduate students ended up singing some songs together.  The thought came up that we should start a co-ed A Cappella vocal group called the ECOTONES. We would sing arrangements of contemporary songs by U2, Black-Eyed Peas, The Eagles, 10,000 Maniacs, etc.  We’d meet about every other week for rehearsal.  Things would be pretty laid back and open to profs, staff, graduate students, post docs, undergrads, and non-students.  No vocal training or extensive experience is necessary and we won’t have auditions.  All are welcome. We already have 13 people signed up but we need more vocalists to fill out our sound.  We are also looking for a beat-boxer or vocal percussionist.  Drop me a line if you think this sounds fun.  I’ll need your name, email, vocal part, and phone number.  Hope to hear from you soon.  Thanks. -Blair Prushaprushab@uga.edu 919-881-0783

4. From Cody Parmer: The SMART initiative will be continued next semester through internships provided by Dr. Pickering as ECOL 4940 which counts as an elective for the major. Currently we have 11 enrolled and we need a minimum of 10 or the class doesn’t go through.  Is there anyone interested in taking this course for 3 hours of credit? The course will be very non-traditional and will basically be focused on taking SMART to the next level.  Our goals for the semester are to work with the administration on internalizing energy costs on a building to building basis, working across campus to establish standard indoor temperatures of 65-68 degrees in the winter and 75-78 in the summer and launching an educational campaign across campus to teach sustainable and responsible energy use practices.  We really just need 4 or 5 motivated individuals to make sure this thing is done right next semester.
If interested them e-mail Cody at James.Parmer@gmail.com.

Love always,

Mark “most likely to get arrested on purpose” Milby

Add to the EC Test Bank!

Hey Ecolovers!

We hope you’re doing great with your finals! We know you can’t wait to get home for the holidays.

But before you go, we’d like to remind you NOT to just recycle your old notes and tests from this semester (although throwing them in the bin is quite cathartic), but please add them to our test bank! It is in the Ecology lounge cabinet, bottom right drawer. You’ll see folders labeled for all the different classes. If you can’t part with them, make copies! This will really help out everyone next semester and is available for any of us to use!

Thanks for a wonderful semester, love and luck to all of you!!


Georgia “the better-looking co-president” Cobb