Archive for January 30th, 2014

January 30, 2014

Welcome, Diana, Spring 2014 Intern!

by Melissa Harding

This spring we have a new intern joining our team. Please join us in welcoming her!


Diana is the Science Education and Research Department’s Environmental Education intern for the 2014 Spring semester. She is an adult student earning her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and minoring in Environmental Policy from Chatham University. She is also a busy mother of three and veteran of the United States Air Force. After completion of her degree she hopes to continue on to graduate school, specifically at programs through Chatham’s Eden Hall campus. Her ultimate goal is lobbying for and educating in progressive environmentalism for the public. She believes very strongly in educating today’s youth with awareness of the choices and consequences of our impact on the planet. When she does get a break from her responsibilities, she enjoys getting her hands dirty in her own garden, and particularly enjoys the practice of growing food and using various preservation techniques to minimize her household’s dependence on the environment.

We are excited to have Diana with us this semester!

The above photo was taken by Melissa Harding.

January 30, 2014

This Weekend: Students on the Radio!

by Melissa Harding

For the third year running, the Saturday Light Brigade radio show will feature interviews with Fairchild Challenge at Phipps middle school challenge winners. The first place winners of all middle school challenges will be invited to appear on the Saturday Light Brigade radio program. On the air since 1978,  The Saturday Light Brigade is a Saturday morning public radio program that blends acoustic music with  live performances by youth and adults, participatory puzzles, on-air telephone calls, and interviews with other community-based nonprofits serving youth and families.

This coming Saturday at 10:40 am, the winners of the latest challenge will be interviewed about the biophilic designs that they created for their school.  Students from Shaffer Elementary 6th Grade, J. E. Harrison Middle School and Shaler Area Middle School will be joining SLB host, Larry Berger, who will interview them live on the air during the “Youth Expression Showcase” segment of the show.  Throughout the school year, all the young winners will have a chance to discuss their achievements and the environmental issues that they have been exploring through the Fairchild Challenge at Phipps.  It’s a great opportunity for students’ voices to be heard, literally, around the region and beyond!

The Saturday Light Brigade can be heard every Saturday morning on WRCT 88.3 FM. It also streams live at where the interview will be archived under Neighborhood Voices.

The above photo is used courtesy of the Saturday Light Brigade.


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