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Miami and Talawanda students LEED together

11/19/2009

Miami University welcomes students from Talawanda schools Nov. 20 and Nov. 21 as programs under the Farmer School of Business outreach initiative, ComMUnity, culminate with a flurry of all-day seminars and project presentations.

About 200 seventh-grade students become guests of the Buck Rodgers Leadership Program and ComMUnity Friday for activities and classroom experiences for a Trip to College day at Miami.

Then, on Saturday, Nov. 21, environmental science students from Talawanda unveil environmentally focused projects in a special ComMUnity Foundation for the Future —Taking the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Environmental Science Fair 10 a.m. – noon at the Farmer School.

During the last several weeks, Miami students mentored Talawanda middle and high school students by guiding them through the research process of their projects. This is the first year of this initiative, according to Terri Barr, associate professor of marketing and director of ComMUnity. It was inspired by the Farmer School’s and the Talawanda School District’s efforts to design and build environmentally friendly and sustainable educational facilities for the community. Student projects range in topics from local issues to global, including how to recycle computers to the benefits of wind power.

“The experience of helping others learn has been amazing for our students,” Barr said. “Talawanda teachers are thrilled and have asked our students to come more than the originally planned mentoring times.”

About 40 Miami students have worked on various projects through ComMUnity, including the upcoming Red Mitten Campaign. This 7-year-old program provides needed items for the community at holiday time. This year’s campaign, coordinated by Megan Gerhardt, associate professor of management, and Barr, kicks off Nov. 23.

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