WCC recognized as Bee Campus USA for fifth consecutive year

June 7, 2024 Rich Rezler


Washtenaw Community College has been recognized as a Bee Campus USA affiliate of the Xerces Society for the fifth consecutive year.

Bee Campus USABee Campus USA is a program that recognizes, supports and encourages pollinator conservation on college and university campuses. The recognition is awarded for working to enhance pollinator habitats, reduce pesticide use and educate the community.  

Over the past year, the WCC Bee Campus USA Committee has highlighted a student art design project.

In the Fall 2023 semester, an ART 112: Basic Design I course with instructor Jill Jepsen supported the WCC Bee Campus USA initiative through a student service learning project. The final project for the class focused on the 'Metamorphosis of Bees' and is on display in the Bailey Library.

The project guidelines required students to create an accordion book and compile a list of words associated with bees. Additionally, students were tasked with finding a theme related to the study of bees that can transform from one idea or image into another.

Additional information about the initiative can be found on the WCC Bee Campus USA website.

The WCC Bee Campus USA Committee is led by co-chairs Sandy McCarthy, a Professional Librarian, and Holly Herman, WCC's Landscape and Grounds Maintenance Manager. Other committee members include WCC faculty members Emily Thompson (Biology), Kimberly Hill-Edwards (Math, Science & Engineering Technology), Dave Wooten (Biology) and Monica Milla (Corporate Training & Lifelong Learning); Washtenaw Technical Middle College science teacher Lisa Babe and WCC Facilities Management Landscape Planner Jeremy Podolak.

Tags: Awards, Bee Campus USA, Sustainability

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