This past Monday (September 5th), North Woods Stewards Charlie Glassberg and Adam Schmelkin, accompanied by Sustainability-Rep (“S-Rep”) Jon Markowitz ’14, talked to first-year students about the North Woods and sustainability on campus. The three were stationed at Falstaff’s, administering stamps to eager first-years during the “Skid-Mazing Race” (but only after they listed 12 plant species that exist in the North Woods….the team was lenient in the responses).
The first-year students participated in the “Skid-Mazing Race,” an interactive scavenger hunt that requires the students to solve riddles about campus resources and find important locations. The race was a fun way for the students to learn about a variety of campus resources, including (but not limited to) Career Services, the Library, the Center for Sex and Gender Relations, and of course, the North Woods and the Office of Sustainability.
Jon highlighted his responsibilities as a dorm S-Rep: to raise awareness of sustainability initiatives on campus, encourage environmental advocacy, and serve as a model of sustainable living. Charlie and Adam talked about how the North Woods is used by the Skidmore campus and the greater Saratoga Community. The students were excited to learn that the North Woods is used as an academic resource in a variety of classes, and not just as a “living laboratory” in the sciences. The Stewards encouraged the first-years to explore the Woods (on the trails, of course) and find their own special spot beneath the trees.