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Immigration lawyer brings new lens to policy course

Laura Pontius, Albion, Ind., has found her legal career moving increasingly toward public education. This fall, her speaking gigs will include teaching Environmental Policy and Politics in Merry Lea’s Sustainability Leadership Semester (SLS).

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Merry Lea prepares to host nature preschool

This September, a forest clearing near Merry Lea’s Kesling Wetland will be home to a nature preschool four days per week. Tree trunks will serve as seats and an open shelter will keep off the rain.

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Olivia Downey, ‘22

Imagine you were kept in the same room 24 hours a day with nothing in particular to do except eat. Human beings would experience a rapid decline in both physical and mental health under these circumstances. Most farm animals live limited lives like this. 

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Stephen Lowe, ‘21

Stephen Lowe approaches agriculture with an appreciation for the complexity of the profession and an educator’s eye. 

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Cailin Smith, ‘21

What’s a molecular biology and biochemistry major doing in Merry Lea’s Agroecology Summer Intensive (ASI)? Cailin Smith, a rising junior from Knightstown, Ind., says she joined the group because a lot of biochemical research is agricultural.

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Heather Gabel, ’21

One of the gifts a liberal arts school like Goshen College offers its students is the freedom to explore and connect multiple disciplines. Heather Gabel, a rising junior from Orange City, Iowa, has taken full advantage of this opportunity.

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Lily Kauffman, ’21

Lily Kauffman, a rising junior from Mountain Lake, Minn., has a wide range of hands-on interests. The Agroecology Summer Intensive helped her think further about justice issues, her love of plants and a sustainability major.

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Georgia Ringle, ’20

Georgia’s goal is to become a sustainability consultant for large industrial agriculture operations. While sustainable practices are usually associated with small family farms, she sees ways that industrial agriculture can make choices that are healthier for people and the planet as well.

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Ostergren Named Acting Executive Director at Merry Lea

The search committee for a new executive director of Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College has invited David Ostergren, Ph.D., to serve as acting executive director for July and August 2019.

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Gascho Retires from Leadership at Merry Lea

After almost 22 years as executive director of Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, Dr. Luke Gascho will retire June 30. The Merry Lea Team invites the public to a retirement reception from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 at the Farmstead Pavilion, 2152 S 425 W, Albion. A short program will take place at 3 p.m.

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