Skidmore Defends SteerHead Title in 2013 Bike to Work Day Challenge

2013groupshotblogSkidmore College successfully defended their title as SteerHead Trophy Champions in this year’s Bike to Work Day Challenge. The challenge, organized by Bikeatoga, encourages individuals and organizations around Saratoga Springs to bike to work as a way to promote bicycling as a safe, alternative, and sustainable commuting option.

The College had a total of 30 riders bike into work on May 17th, earning them the SteerHead Trophy for a second year in a row, an award given for having the most riders of any participating organization. Ballston Spa High School followed closely with 26 riders while Quad Graphic came in at third with 21 riders.

Overall, the 2013 Bike to Work Day Challenge was very successful. A total of 287 riders registered for the challenge, biking a total of 3,267 miles, over 500 miles from last year’s total. According to Bikeatoga, the event saved 127 gallons of gasoline and prevented over 1 metric ton of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere.

The SteerHead trophy is only one of several trophies offered by Bikeatoga. Others include the GearHead Trophy and Chrome Crank Trophy, which award organizations for having highest percentage of employee participation in the Bike to Work Day Challenge. Bikeatoga also recognizes the individual with the longest commute, an accolade that went to Josh Mock of Serotta who rode 71.73 miles.

Skidmore was very excited support Bikeatoga in this event. The group, which is entirely volunteer-based, has been extremely supportive throughout the year in helping students repair bicycles used in the Skidmore ThoroughTreads Bike Share Program. Bikeatoga donated over 10 bicycles to support a successful re-launch of the bike share program this past spring, many of which are being used daily on campus and in Saratoga Springs.

Bikeatoga offers free bike workshops to community members every Thursday and Saturday in Saratoga Springs. These workshops provide community members with the opportunity to repair their own bicycles for free, or individuals can donate time and earn a free bicycle for themselves in the Earn-a-Bike Program. For more information about Bikeatoga and to learn how to get involved, please click here.

The Saratoga Wire also covered Skidmore’s participation in the Bike to Work Day Challenge, which can be read here.

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Free Books!

Did you know that educators can get free GIS-related books through ESRI to preview and use?


Here is just a sample of the types of books they offer:


Placing History: How Maps, Spatial Data, and GIS Are Changing Historical Scholarship






“Over the past decade, historical GIS has emerged as a promising new methodology for studying history. In this companion piece to Past Time, Past Place, editor Anne Kelly Knowles presents a collection of case studies that illustrate how GIS technology can be utilized to reorganize and reevaluate historical data. Complete with a digital supplement, edited by Amy Hillier, Placing History is the perfect tool for engaging a classroom of young historians by demonstrating how GIS can be used to awaken the past.”



Map Use: Reading Analysis Interpretation







Map Use: Reading, Analysis, Interpretation, seventh edition, is a comprehensive, foundational textbook designed for the college curriculum. Now updated with a new section on map interpretation, Map Use provides students with the knowledge and skills to read and understand maps, and offers professional cartographers a thorough reference resource. Nearly 600 full-color maps, photographs, and graphs illustrate the concepts behind communicating with maps, while an extensive glossary and resource DVD for instructors (lecture slides, lab exercises, and answer keys) further support use of the text in the classroom. The book renders basic cartographic principles accessible to all, from students of cartography and map design to those without a formal education in geography. Accommodating new developments in GPS and geographic information system technology (GIS), this newest edition could serve as an introductory GIS text as well.”




The Look of Maps: An Examination of Cartographic Design







“Originally published in 1952, The Look of Maps documents Arthur H. Robinson’s pivotal observation that the discipline of cartography rests at the crossroads of science and art. Based on his doctoral research, this book attempts to resolve the apparent disconnect by covering a range of topics related to the visual characteristics of cartographic technique, including: lettering, structure, and color. Robinson offers advice that even the modern cartographer will find relevant: adopt a “healthy questioning attitude” in order to improve and refine the graphic techniques used to present information visually through maps. The Look of Maps is a classic text and an essential component to any cartographic library.”




GIS Tutorial 1: Basic Workbook







GIS Tutorial 1: Basic Workbook, Fourth Edition meets a growing demand for effective GIS training by providing tutorials and assignments that teach you how to collect data, create maps, and perform spatial analysis. Presented in a step-by-step format, the book can be adapted to your specific needs, whether these involve learning GIS in a classroom or using the book for independent study. Updated for ArcGIS 10, this workbook demonstrates a range of GIS functionality, from querying interactive maps to running geoprocessing tools, and it introduces ArcGIS extensions for advanced analysis. Reader-friendly exercises make GIS Tutorial 1 the perfect choice for beginners.  Also included is a fully functioning 180-day trail version of ArcGIS 10 software on DVD and CD of data for working through the exercises.”





Fun with GPS





“Millions of people love their global positioning system (GPS) devices but do not know how they can use this amazing technology to do much more than simply calculate a location. The dozens of illustrated examples in Fun with GPS show how GPS devices can be attached to just about anything or anyone. Each example includes maps and photographs that will inspire hobbyists, airline passengers, athletes, animal lovers, drivers, teachers, and students to track and map their activities. This book also discusses ways to incorporate GPS technology in the classroom to reinforce science, math, and geography curricula, and provide groundwork for project-based learning.”
Click here to see the complete list of books and access the order form.

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Summer Reading

Has anyone checked out this site before? It’s got TONS of student travel blogs! You can search for blogs based off the country you’re interested in or what US college/university the student is from.

p.s.  Skidmore is not on the list! Is there anyone studying abroad next semester that’s up for the challenge?!

OH! Another thing you can read this summer: OCSE just created a twitter account!! You should follow us! No tweets yet but we’ll get there. First a blog and now twitter?! What’s next?! #babysteps #welcometothetwentyteens

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Happy Rainy Friday!

Anyone else feel like living vicariously through another traveler’s blog?! Me too.

Check out Maya Gittelman’s first post! She’s studying abroad in Limerick, Ireland this summer through API and will be keeping us all in the loop through the API blog:

Are any of you traveling this summer? If so, leave a comment and let us know where you are!

(I’m in Starbuck 202…all summer)


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World Wildlife Fund Summer Internship

WWF’s Market Transformation team works to reduce the environmental impact of the world’s increasing consumption of natural resources and commodities. We focus on the production and trade of commodities that have the greatest potential to threaten the places and species WWF seeks to protect.

Illegal products are entering the global marketplace in many forms. Some raw commodities are illegally harvested from lands or waters that are protected, while others are harvested in legal areas but through unlawful means—in violation of trade agreements, using banned practices, etc. Still more products are improperly labeled, falsely claiming certain ingredients or certifications to hide unsustainable practices or steal market share from sustainable commodities.

The Markets unit at WWF seeks four interns to research illegality in the supply chains of forest products, seafood, minerals, and agricultural commodities. Each sector will be assigned to a different intern, though all four interns will function as a collaborative research team, sharing findings regularly and identifying commonalities across commodities. The final deliverable will be a report to the Senior Vice President for Market Transformation, containing a chapter on illegality in each sector and an executive summary highlighting the global breadth of the issue. Interns will present their findings to WWF staff at a brown bag presentation in August.

Minimum Requirements:

All applicants must be:

Proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
Available at least 30 hours/week
Current university student or graduate concentrating in agriculture, fisheries, forestry, natural resources, international trade, or supply chains
Fluent in English and an excellent writer
The ideal candidate will also have:

  • Superb research skills, including experience researching obscure topics in unpublished records
  • In-depth knowledge of the fisheries, forestry, agriculture, and/or mining sector
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong proofreading and editing skills

Location:  Washington, DC

Compensation:  Paid

How to apply: Please email a resume & cover letter with the subject line “Internship Application” to Margaret Arbuthnot at

* Please note that WWF does not provide VISA sponsorship to interns

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How can we miss you if you won’t go away…

Well, have I got some good news for the last minute crowd – SIT has extended the fall semester application deadline for a few of their programs to June 1st. This means that if you work fast, you too could be studying abroad this fall.

If you’re not into these options but still wish you were studying off-campus this fall, give our office a call or send me an email. There are a few other programs that are still accepting applications.


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Coos Watershed Association positions, Oregon

There are two job openings starting this August at the Coos Watershed Association. Both would be perfect for a graduating senior or recent grad. One is a VISTA position, focused on development. The other is an AmeriCorps direct, focused on fieldwork and intern management.

There are also several summer internship positions available.

For more details, see:

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Summer Internship with AECOM

Education Required:  Bachelors

Why Choose AECOM?   Imagine working for a truly global company whose 45,000 employees share a singular passion: to make the world a better place. We enjoy what we do at AECOM. We bring projects to life in the cities and communities in which we work, and we’re driven by a set of values and a common purpose — to create, enhance and sustain the world’s built, natural and social environments. Innovation is built into every project we manage and every community we serve. We’ll provide you support in an environment that allows you to grow and succeed. Come share your passion with us.

About the Business Line:  Design + Planning
Our professionals specialize in design, master planning, environmental and ecological planning, strategic planning and economic development. We create implementable solutions that promote sustainable land use and enhance quality of life.

Job Responsibilities:

* Conduct site surveys/investigations
* Provide input to a variety of planning, design and engineering projects.
* Coordinate input with other AECOM disciplines and sub-consultants
* Assist with project management tasks
* Report and presentation preparation


* Master’s or bachelors degree in environmental science/management, landscape design, water resource planning or related disciplines.
* Experience in the environmental planning or design sector, with emphasis on environmental planning, ecological design and/or water sensitive urban design is highly regarded.
* Knowledge in design (e.g., AUTOCAD), GIS-based (e.g., ArcGIS) and/or water management (e.g., HEC-RAS, MUSIC) software are preferred.
* Strong communication skills are essential to successfully work in our teams with diverse disciplines and cultures.
* Excellent command of both written and spoken Chinese and English

If you are interested, send your CV and date of availability to

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Program Intern – Conservation Finance Network

Program Intern – The Conservation Finance Network at Island Press

The Conservation Finance Network (CFN) is a new multi-institutional effort based at Island Press in Washington, D.C. This program is designed to help conservation practitioners utilize innovative funding and financing strategies for land and resource conservation. We are seeking a Program Intern to assist with all aspects of the program, including research, website development, fundraising efforts, and strategic planning.

The Program Intern will work closely with the Program Manager and Island Press’ Development team to strengthen CFN’s overall campaign. This is a 12 week, paid internship. Start and end dates are flexible, and compensation is commensurate with experience. The position is ideal for someone hoping to learn more about conservation finance tools and strategies.

For more information, see:

Please send cover letter and resume to by May 17, 2013.

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Summer Outreach Associate – Providence RI

Summer Outreach Associate / VISTA

The Program:
You’ll have the opportunity to make a credible and measurable impact on the families you serve through your role in launching our financial/health-coaching program and research study. The goal of this program is to transform the lives of children by empowering their family to be healthier and more financially stable. The Program’s unique approach ties together education, health, and finances to tackle the unique barriers to success faced by many families in the Providence Public School District. Because it stands to reason that a child that is hungry and stressed will not succeed in school, we expect that Financial and Health Coaching will eliminate this barrier to educational and life success for vulnerable children.

In order to measure the success of this program, we will be providing free coaching to 375 families as part of a research study being conducted in partnership with Brown University’s Department of Epidemiology.

Your Role:
You’ll be reaching out to and connecting with families to educate and enroll parents in our free, one-on-one financial & health coaching program and associated research study. You’ll be in charge of outreach for one of our partner schools and, working together with our 8-person outreach and research team, will host community presentations and workshops aimed to increase the health and financial literacy for both parents and children. Additionally, associates will aid in the research by conducting intake surveys for each family they enroll.

Successful candidates will have experience in community organizing or canvasing, public speaking, family engagement and education, and will be a leader in their community

Required Skills:
The Enrollment/Research Associate must be:
·Comfortable giving public presentations.
·Able to approach strangers and create a trusting relationship in person or on the phone.
·Able to form/strengthen partnerships with other community organizations and schools.
·Extremely outgoing, passionate about ending educational inequalities, eager to work hard and transform lives.
·A leader in their community.
·Be able to work independently and within a team environment.

Preferred skills/experiences:
·Fluent in Spanish.
·Experience working in low-income/distressed communities.
·Experience as a community organizer, educator or canvasser.

Training and Compensation:
The Associates will receive intensive training during their first week: the training will acquaint them with the FC+ Schools program and the research supporting it, community organizing and behavioral psychology techniques, group presentation skills and one-on-one motivational interviewing skills. Additionally, all Associates will be trained on the products and services offered by CGF.

This position is through AmeriCorps VISTA which comes with $983/per month living allowance and a $1,175 education award.

Lastly, CGF offers 0% APR loans of up to $2,000 to all employees for emergency needs, such as a damaged vehicle, health emergency, or other unexpected expense. Employees are also entitled to 10 hours of free one-on-one financial coaching.

Please visit the Corporation for National Service’s VISTA website for more information on the VISTA program, compensation, benefits, etc.

To apply:

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