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A Rain Garden is Coming to Russell Courtyard
 
TC Awarded the $10,000 FilterForGood Eco-Challenge Grant
 
TC has been chosen as one of five schools across the nation to receive the 2010 $10,000 FilterForGood Eco-Challenge Grant from Brita, Inc. Colin Schumacher, a M.A. candidate in Inclusive Elementary Education and teacher at the Rita Gold Early Childhood Center, received the grant on behalf of the Teachers College Go Green Committee. The grant will be used to construct a rain garden demonstration site in TC’s Russell Courtyard, which will include an array of native plant species, a composting center, rain collection barrels and children’s mosaics created in collaboration with the Art and Art Education Program.
 
Rain gardens collect water from surrounding rooftops and use the root systems of native plants to absorb storm water and filter it from pollutants. In New York City, “storm water washes across miles of concrete, carrying with it transportation chemicals, salt and numerous other pollutants,” Schumacher says. “With water treatment facilities exceeding capacity, every year billions of gallons of untreated storm water and raw sewage are released into nearby watersheds. Rain gardens, green roofs and public parks are all essential components to a comprehensive storm water management plan for New York City.”
 
Schumacher has been involved in educating the community about environmental sustainability since he enrolled at Teachers College in the spring of 2008. At that time, he founded a community garden which has since been cared for and maintained by the preschool children of the Rita Gold Center. Schumacher plans to collaborate with elementary school teachers to “design and teach curriculum on storm water runoff and rain garden ecology.” Participating classrooms will have the opportunity to design tiles for the Russell Courtyard garden under the guidance of TC artists.
 
Plans for the garden are already underway, with instillation of the garden structure scheduled to begin in early April. The native plants and children’s art will be installed in late May following commencement.
 
For more information about the rain garden, or to get involved, please e-mail Colin Schumacher at cjs2149@columbia.edu. For more information about the Go Green Committee, please contact me at gogreentc@gmail.com or visit our website http://blogs.tc.columbia.edu/gogreen.
 
As always, keep it green!


Welcoming New Employees
 
Teachers College would like to welcome those4 who joined its staff during the month of January. Welcome to TC! (If you were hired during January and are not listed, please contact the Office of Human Resources to be included in an upcoming issue of Inside.)
 
Khadija Mohamed
 
Human Resources Associate, Human Resources
 
Jill Forger
 
Academic Secretary, Summer Principal Leadership Academy
 
 
Deanne DeCrescenzo
 
Assistant Director, Student Activities and Programs


Staff Anniversaries
 
Happy anniversary to the following full-time employees who have provided 10 or more years of service to TC and whose anniversary took place in January. (If your anniversary date was in January and are not listed, please contact the Office of Human Resources to be included in an upcoming issue.)
 
 
Maureen Horgan................ 43
 
Associate Director of Adminstrative Services, Library Administration
 
 
Robert Tucker.................... 36
 
Director of Academic Administration, Health and Behavior Studies
 
Carole Saltz...................... 26
 
Director, TC Press,  Teachers College Press


Lawrence Nartey................. 26
Coordinator of Computer Lab, Academic Computing Services
 
 
Nadine Boston................... 25
 
Loan Counselor, Financial Aid
 
 
Rance Osborne.................. 23
 
Mechanic Painter, Maintenance
 
 
Judith Burton..................... 21
 
Professor of Art Education, Arts and Humanities
 
 
Scott Schnackenberg.......... 18
 
Director, Institutional Studies
 
 
Ivo Antoniazzi..................... 13
 
Academic Computing Analyst, Academic Computing
 
 
Corine Best Campbell......... 13
 
Coordinator, Plant Facilities Director
 
 
Suniya Luthar.................... 13
 
Professor of Psychology and Education, Counseling and Clinical Psychology
 
 
Inkyung Pini....................... 12
 
Human Resources Assistant, Human Resources
 
 
Maureen Coughlin.............. 12
 
Director of Telecommunications and Classroom Technology, Telephone Operations
 
 
Nancy Lesko...................... 12
 
Professor of Education, Curriculum and Teaching
 
 
Graeme Sullivan................. 11
 
Professor of Art Education, Arts and Humanities
 
 
Mauro Bottalico................. 10
 
Senior Programmer/Analyst, Administrative Computing
 
 
Kristine Roome.................. 10
 
Assistant Dean, Provost’s Office
 
 
Debra Jackson-Whyte.......... 10
 
Reprint Coordinator, TC Press
 
 
Lyle Yorks              10
 
Associate Professor of Adult and Continuing Education, AEGIS
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