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School of Environment and Natural Resources


Welcome New and Returning Students

Aug. 21, 2013

We are excited to welcome our new students and our returning students. Nearly 59 new freshmen, 36 new transfer students and 23 graduate students are joining us this semester. The School is offering 46 distinct courses this semester with two new course offerings: Introduction to Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability (EEDS) taught by Dr. Jeremy Brooks and Urban Soils & Ecosystem Services: Assessment and Restoration co-taught by Drs. Nicholas Basta and Brian Slater.  Three courses will be offered at the Schiermeier Wetlands for the first time, including Methods in Aquatic Ecology taught by Dr. Lauren Pintor, Stream Ecology taught by Dr. Mazeika Sullivan and the Wetland Field Laboratory taught by Mark Dilley.

The School offers many interesting and engaging opportunities to become involved in or participate.  Here are a few to check out: 

  • A new student welcome is scheduled for Monday, August 26 starting at 5:05 p.m. on the Kottman Hall patio near the Gazebo.  Students will have the opportunity to meet SENR’s Director, Dr. Jeff Sharp and learn about being a student in SENR.  Please contact Renee Johnston if you have questions ( or 614-292-0097). 
  • Thursdays starting August 29 and throughout the semester – SENR Seminar Series in room 103 Kottman Hall at 4:10 p.m. (and videolinked to SENR at Wooster, room 123 Williams Hall).  Dr. Richard Moore, Executive Director, OSU Environmental Sciences Network; Associate Director of Academics, OSU Office of Energy and the Environment; and Professor, School of Environment and Natural Resources, will kick-off the series with a presentation on Water Quality Trading: An Analysis and Comparison of Programs in Ohio.
  • Environmental Professionals Network Monthly Breakfast.  Some student support is provided – contact David Hanselmann for details.
  • Get Involved with GradRoots - GradRoots is seeking nominations of individuals to serve as graduate student representatives or Board Members. This opportunity allows you to serve your fellow graduate students while developing your own professional and academic abilities. Details of the Representative and Board Member positions are available at Interested grad student can self-nominate or nominate a fellow ENR graduate student by Friday, August 23. More information is available from GradRoots Chair, Keith Norris
  • For a listing of clubs and student organizations with an emphasis on environment and natural resource topics students may visit: to learn more.

This week the SENR Academic Services Team is offering Express Service hours on Friday, August 30. Students can sign up for a 15 minute meeting with one of the team members and should have their degree audit with them at the time. Help will be offered in scheduling, adding or dropping a class, and prerequisite concerns. Express Service hours will continue throughout the semester.