In mid-August, I headed down to the southeast coast of North Carolina to join a two-day retreat of Davidson’s Environmental Studies Department. We decided to get off campus and meet up at the Bald Head Island Barrier Island Study Center, which is near Wilmington, NC and a beautiful place to have a retreat. It was a great opportunity to hang out with my ENV colleagues more, and also get some work done on some pressing departmental business.
Our first class of majors is graduating this year, for example, and are beginning their set of capstone courses this fall. So we spent a good amount of time talking through the plans for these courses and the students’ associated capstone projects. As a new department and new major, there are a number of these types of issues that it was really helpful to have a chunk of time to focus on. We also had a little bit of time to walk on the pristine beach and get a tour of the research facilities that the Bald Head Island Conservancy manages. There are a lot of possible research possibilities for students there, both in the natural and social sciences, and we look forward to exploring them more in the future.
Photo credit: http://www.bhic.org/