Breaking Ice

Getting down on Fridays
by Megan Hayes -- February 6th, 2015

A typical Friday schedule at the Nicholas School is generally pretty open; some students will have forestry labs or tropical ecology, however most just have their MP Seminar in the afternoons. Fridays are great for wrapping up the week with team meetings, lunches with friends, and finishing up assignments so the weekend is somewhat free.

Except Fridays are rarely ever “free” – It’s the perfect day for student groups to host events! Last Friday I managed to squeeze in three great events:

Women Leaders in Business and the Environment – Hosted by the Nicholas School of the Environment, and the Business and the Environment Club
A panel of experienced and successful women explored the challenges of how to find success in the business world, leverage networks and face challenges – followed by a series of topic-specific breakout sessions led by the speakers that allowed more personal interactions

Two Hour Job Search – Hosted by the Career and Professional Development Center 
An interactive presentation by author Steve Dalton on how to efficiently conduct a job search and build networks to land a job.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival  – Hosted by the Environmental Internship Fund

Proceeds from this event contribute to small grants for Nicholas School student internships and research in such locations as Gabon, Brazil and Indonesia. The event included a raffle, a silent auction, inspiring and beautiful films, and a great social! The event successfully raised over $3000 that will go directly towards amazing student work!

Congratulations to all of the student leaders for putting on amazing events that filled my Friday!

Scroll down to see photos from all three events!

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Women Leaders in Business and the Environment: Moderator Katie Kross Managing Director of Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment at Duke University

 

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Women Leaders in Business and the Environment: Glenda Lee of the Career and Professional Development Office speaking with a MEM student in the audience

 

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Women Leaders in Business and the Environment: (From Left to Right) Sloan Freeman – CEO and Director of Geodynamics, LLC Paula Alexander – Director of Sustainable Business at Burt’s Bees Kristine Young – Former director of Sustainability at Ocean Spray

 Women Leaders in Business and the Environment: Here are all the panelists and some of the amazing first year MEM's who made the event possible!


Women Leaders in Business and the Environment: Here are all the panelists and some of the amazing first year MEM’s who made the event possible!

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Two Hour Job Search – Steve Dalton and Rhonda Sarmento pose for a shot after the presentation

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Wild and Scenic Film Festival – MEM Students mingling

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Wild and Scenic Film Festival – Phd Students excited for the films!

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Wild and Scenic Film Festival – MEM Student rolling in compost bins to assure the event is sustainable in all ways!

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Wild and Scenic Film Festival

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Wild and Scenic Film Festival – MEM second years who were influential in planning the event last year, and co-hosted it this year!

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Wild and Scenic Film Festival

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Wild and Scenic Film Festival – MEM first year students running the silent auction

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Wild and Scenic Film Festival – Community member participating in the silent auction

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Wild and Scenic Film Festival

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Wild and Scenic Film Festival – MEM Student looking to sneak in a last minute bid in the auction!

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Wild and Scenic Film Festival – My spoils from the auction! What Grad Student DOESN’T run on coffee!?

 

Hope you enjoyed the photos! The semester has only just begun! More great things to come!

 

 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Tawnee
    Feb 6, 2015

    I know when we talked awhile ago you had mentioned you were thinking about getting a new camera, Megan. Did you ever end up doing that? These pictures are fantastic! (Not that your earlier ones weren’t, but these have a nice shallow depth of field normally seen with more prof cameras)

    • Megan Hayes
      Feb 6, 2015

      I did!! I went with a mirror less model that you had recommended! Sony a6000- I absolutely love it!
      Thank you for the feedback!

      I SO WISH I HAD IT FOR MY ICELAND TRIP! Guess I need to make the trip again!

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