Fall Events Turn Focus to Energy

September 17, 2009

More than a dozen programs and activities this fall will introduce the Hartwick community to the issues surrounding energy policies, carbon footprints, greenhouse gas inventories, and how the decisions we make today will affect our future. All of the events focus on this year’s academic theme—Energy.

This year’s first workshop, Leave No Trace, kicks off at 6 p.m. September 17 in the Strawbale House at Pine Lake. Traveling trainers Kate Bullock and Tracy Howard will host the event, which helps build awareness, appreciation, and respect for public recreation areas while promoting responsible recreation and environmental stewardship. For more information about Leave No Trace, visit

Past academic themes have focused on Climate Change, Globalization, Food in Our Lives, and the Global Community. The 2008-09 academic theme, Balance, looked at ways to help students, faculty, and staff juggle their own needs while understanding how their way of life impacts the world around them.

Here’s a look at this semester’s other upcoming Energy events:

September 18
Energy Roundtable: Natural Gas Drilling

Karl Seeley, Associate Professor of Economics, will lead a discussion of issues surrounding regional natural gas drilling.
Noon-1 p.m., Chesebro Room, Dewar Union

September 26
6th Annual Great Cardboard Boat Race at Pine Lake
Boat-building begins at noon; time trials at 3 p.m. Form your own team to build a boat and navigate the course, or just come and cheer for time-trial participants.

October 2-4
Homecoming & Reunion Weekend

Pine Lake welcomes back all Hartwick College alumni and their families.

October 9-11
Family Weekend

Pine Lake welcomes all Hartwick College students and their families. Activities will include apple cider demonstrations, bread baking in the cob oven, tours, hikes, and more (haywagon rides, music, and ropes course may be open).

October 16
Energy Roundtable: Peak Oil

Mark Davies, Associate Professor of Education, will lead a discussion of issues surrounding peak oil.
Noon-1 p.m., Chesebro Room, Dewar Union

October 17
Service Project Day at Pine Lake

October 21
Campus Sustainability Day

Founded in 2002 to support cross-departmental, cross-disciplinary, cross-functional, integrated campus planning for sustainability. Details TBA.

November 3
Moonlight Hike to Mud Lake

Departing from Robertson Lodge, Pine Lake Environmental Campus, 6 p.m.

November 7
Invitational Event for First Year Students

Details TBA.

November 12
Leslie Rude Memorial Lecture

Paula DiPerna, executive vice president of the Chicago Climate Exchange, will speak on the cap and trade system.
6:30 p.m., Anderson Theatre

November 13
Delivery Deadline for fall photo contest entries

All photos must be submitted to Pine Lake Program Coordinator Dan Morse '97 in 124 Golisano Hall by noon. Full submission guidelines will be released early in the fall.

November 20
Energy Theme Roundtable

Details TBA.
Noon-1 p.m., Chesebro Room, Dewar Union

December 2
Moonlight Hike to Mud Lake

Departing from Robertson Lodge, Pine Lake Environmental Campus, 6 p.m.

December 9
Pine Lake Holiday Dinner/Fall Photo Show Opening

Join us for a potluck holiday dinner celebrating the end of the semester, the opening of the fall 2009 photo show, and the arrival of the holiday season.
7 p.m., Robertson Lodge, Pine Lake Environmental Campus

All programs and events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information or to request student transportation to and from Pine Lake, contact Pine Lake Program Coordinator Dan Morse '97 at

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