Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.97
Liaison Becky Haney
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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Calvin University
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Becky Haney
Associate Professor
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Does the institution offer at least one immersive, sustainability-focused educational study program that is one week or more in length?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused immersive program(s) offered by the institution, including how each program addresses the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainability:

First Year Research Seminar: FYRES students have the opportunity to take a physical science course in which they learn by doing science. From the beginning to the end of the semester (and beyond), students are immersed in research activities that focus on Lake Michigan coastal dunes. Naturally, these activities include spending considerable time at the dunes!

The program works to help restore the dunes to their natural, sustainable state by planting new grasses and building sand fences. This helps stop erosion and the gradual moving of the dunes toward roads and houses.

See a 2017 report from FYRES here (Evaluation of Stability and Restoration
of a Michigan Coastal Dune): https://calvin.edu/academics/departments-programs/fyres/files/research-reports/FYRES_2017Report25_Jacques.pdf?language_id=1

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Other options for immersion experiences that could be reported include:
1. Wilderness Passport
2. Creation Care Study Program https://calvin.edu/offices-services/off-campus-programs/creation-care-study-program
3. Several Off-campus Interim courses around sustainability, including :
"Faith and Nature in the Range of Light," https://calvin.edu/offices-services/off-campus-programs/faith-and-nature-in-the-range-of-light-dcm-students-only
"Dutch Landscapes" https://calvin.edu/offices-services/off-campus-programs/idis-w45-dutch-landscapes
(JW 1.22.19)

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