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Adrian Dominican Sisters Honor Co-workers for Milestone Years of Dedicated Service

June 6, 2018, Adrian, Michigan – Co-workers with milestone years of service to the Adrian Dominican Sisters were invited to walk the red carpet as they were honored at the Congregation’s Annual Service Awards and summer picnic. Together, the Co-workers who were honored have given 460 years of service.

Janice Faulhaber, a Food Services Co-worker, was recognized in a special way for 45 years of service to the Congregation. Julie Rodgers, Resident Services, was honored for working for the Congregation for 30 years.

Marking 25 years were Denny Lahart, Maintenance; and Annie Taylor, Nursing.

Celebrating 20 years with the Adrian Dominican Sisters were Debra Blohm and Janine Zimmerman, Office of Financial Services; and Tiffany Brown, Brenda Gallippo, Carrie McCarty, and Kristi Scholz, Nursing.

Co-workers who spent 15 years in service were Susan Kreighbaum and Dawn Miller, Nursing; and Richard Rodgers, Maintenance.

Celebrating 10 years as Co-workers were Kristine Cooper, Portfolio Advisory Board; Gina Ku and Karen McMordie, Support Services; and Rachel Ramos and Charlotte VanSickle, Nursing.

Co-workers who have served the Congregation for five years are: Sister Beverly Bobola, OP, Archives; Jennifer Hunter, Campus Administration; Jennifer Kopke, Dominican Life Center Administration; Wendy Garcia and Crystal Hosler, Environmental Services; Karen Beyer, Office of Financial Services; Theresa Booth, Food Services; Jason Cox, Maintenance; Sarah Byrd, Deborah Coon, Otreace Cooper, Elva Flores, Stephanie Garza, Brandy Jezierski, Sue Kane, Yvonne Sanders, Kandace Senkewitz, Katie Tiede, Sherrill Whittern, and Lisa Winkler, Nursing; Jan Bourg, Office of Information; Brad McCullar, Technology; David Dickerson, Transportation; and Krystal Baker, Weber Center.

Feature photo: Susan Kremski, right, Director of Food Services, stands with Janice Faulhaber, who has worked for the Adrian Dominican Sisters for 45 years.


Barry and Siena Heights University Students Share Environmental Leadership Experience

June 5, 2018, Adrian, Michigan – Rain gardens, berms and swales, Permaculture, eco-systems, zero waste, watersheds, bio-regions, planting guilds – this is the language of a two-week summer program for selected Barry University and Siena Heights University students as they explore and experience the environment and learn to work with and for nature.

Now in its second year, the Environmental Leadership Experience brought a disparate group of students to the Adrian Dominican Motherhouse May 13-27, 2018. Through team work, hands-on work, talks, meditation, and tours of local sustainability efforts, the students learn about eco-systems and the principles and practices of Permaculture, a system of learning from and working with the systems of nature in designing and implementing agriculture.

Pictured right: Sister Corinne Sanders, OP, and Sabrina Meli transfer worms and compost from the original vermicomposting container to the newly built system assembled by the Environmental Leadership Experience students.

The program is coordinated by Sister Corinne Sanders, OP, Director of the Congregation’s Sustainability Office; Elaine Johnson, Permaculture Specialist for the Adrian Dominican Sisters; and Sister Carol Coston, OP, founding Director of Permaculture. Both Siena Heights and Barry Universities collaborate in the program. Speakers included Sister Patricia Siemen, OP, Prioress of the Congregation and former Director of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence; and staff members from local sustainability sites that students visited.

Participants spent much of their time outdoors, working in the permaculture area of the Motherhouse. Service projects included installing deer fencing around the community garden; conducting a waste audit of the Motherhouse; planting an edible forest garden; and building a vermiculture system, in which worms are used to compost organic waste. In a blog, students described their experience and what they’d learned.

A key experience for Pa Sheikh Ngom, a Barry University international business major from Gambia in West Africa, came toward the end of the experience. “We saw everything we talked about [earlier in the experience] come together.” After spending their time drawing sketches of a garden, the students had the opportunity to plant trees and shrubs. 

But along with specific skills needed to work in agriculture and to be good stewards of the environment, the students learned to think in a new way about the environment and about life.

“As humans we impose so much on our surroundings – but nature was already there,” said Ashley Ferguson, a Master’s of Social Work candidate at Barry University. “Now I understand that you can look to nature to learn how to build.” She hopes to use some of what she learned in the program to enhance her own garden.

Participants spread straw and plant perennials in the newly installed rain garden on the east-side of the Dominican Life Center parking lot. Rain gardens help slow storm-water runoff on paved surfaces, also known as "planting the rain."

The daily practice of meditation and opportunities to speak to the Sisters also gave the students inspiration and a new perspective. Matthew Mohammed, a business and mathematics major at Barry, said the experience “motivated and inspired me to want to travel more. [The Sisters] showed me that there’s more to life than the simple problems we go through every day.” Matthew said he also learned to appreciate the beauty around him – whether the buildings in Miami or the natural surroundings in Michigan.

The students – most of whom had never met one another before the Environmental Leadership Experience – came to see themselves as part of a team.  

“Through this experience, we have developed a deeper understanding of what the term ‘sustainability’ truly means, and learned that simple changes, big and small, can be quite effective at making a difference,” wrote Stephanie Bingham, Associate Professor of Marine Biology at Barry University, in her blog entry. “In the process, we have also built strong alliances in our quest for creating a more sustainable future for ourselves and those who come after us. … We leave this experience inspired to do our small parts in raising the level of consciousness surrounding more sustainable and ecologically responsible approaches.”

 

 

 


 

 

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