Biology Student, Justin Duncan, Participates in SCA's Alternative Spring Break (March 2012)
Unlike many students who head for the beach during spring break, UNCP's biology student Justin Duncan spent his spring break in Wyoming. In January, Alvi Seda of the the Student Conservation Association (SCA) visited campus to recruit students for Alternative Spring Break and for SCA summer internships. The Biology Department's Administrative Assistant, Ms. Tonya Locklear, coordinated Mr. Seda's campus visit. Justin was one of a few lucky students chosen for the paid Alternative Spring Break, co-sponsored by SCA and the National Park Service. Below is Justin's story.
"I wanted to thank you [Ms. Locklear] again for bringing the SCA's to UNC Pembroke University! I was able to be impacted directly by this organization and [it] has been nothing short of life changing! The 2012 National Park Service Academy was March 4-10, in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Diverse students from across the country came together to gain a better understanding of the mission of the National Parks Service while discussing the issue of diversity in the federal government. The week-long experience provided participants with the opportunity to learn about park resources, career paths within the National Park Service, development of leadership and team building skills, and guidance on how to apply for federal employment, which included a resume building session.
Students also worked with the staff of the Student Conservation Association and Teton Science Schools, who provided ecological and environmental education. The week went extremely well and looking back there was nothing else I [would] rather do! It was truly a life changing experience for me as well as the other students that attended. We spent a lot of time outside identifying plants, learning about the local wildlife, bird watching, and getting the chance to connect with the environment as well as one another. We learned a lot from the local indigenous people and representatives from the Mandan and Crow tribes. I took from this opportunity several lessons that I will never forget, lessons like diversity means more than just color, and lessons like we are all brothers and sisters and that we all inherit this Earth so it is everyone's responsibility to maintain it."
Justin Duncan and biology undergraduate student Davon Goodwin were chosen to participate in a SCA summer internship program. Justin will be heading to Washington state, and Davon will serve on the Veterans Fire Corps in the South Dakota portion of the Black Hills National Forest. Their paid internships last for ten weeks.
(Pictured from left to right are Davon Goodwin and Justin Duncan in the Green Swamp Preserve in North Carolina.)
Updated: Wednesday, May 9, 2012
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