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Environmental Studies & Planning

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From Department Chair, Laura A. Watt

Welcome to the Department of Environmental Studies and Planning (ENSP)!  It is currently summer, and everything's quiet on campus, but we are looking forward to a fabulous Fall semester!  All five of our regular faculty will be on campus, and many of our wonderful lecturers are returning to teach more ENSP classes.  Dr. Rocky Rohwedder has put together an amazing line-up for our Environmental Forum class -- please remember this lecture series is open to everyone, not just enrolled students, so check out the list of visiting speakers, and please attend when you can!  Please also be aware of several deadlines early in the semester: new internship paperwork (completely filled out and signed by the student, internship supervisor, and academic advisor) is due no later than August 27, and graduation applications (required for those graduating in Dec. 2014, highly recommended for those graduating in May 2015) are due no later than September 15.  Please get in touch with your advisor(s) early and often, as that is your best way to stay on track to a smooth graduation.  Looking forward to a wonderful semester!

  • Press Democrat reports on SSU's student-run farming group and its impact on the campus.
  • Congratulations to Prof. Tom Jacobson who was inducted into the College of Fellows by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) as part of its 2014 National Planning Conference held in Atlanta in late April. This organization "recognizes planners who have made exceptional contributions to their communities and to the planning profession. They demonstrate outstanding achievements and excellence whether through professional practice, planning research, teaching and mentoring, or community service and leadership," said AICP President Lee Brown, FAICP. Our ENSP faculty and staff are very proud of your continuing accomplishments.
  • Dr. Laura A. Watt had a new article published over Summer 2014, in the Journal California History, titled "The Bay Area's Solar Salt Industry: An Unintended Conservationist."  This article is co-authored with a former masters student from the CRM program on campus, Ellen Joslin Johnck -- yes, if you do research work with faculty, you too might get published!  You can find the journal on-line via the Library, or email Dr. Watt for a copy if interested.