IC Delegation Participates in UN Climate Change Conference

12/22/2005

Contributed by Peter W. Bardaglio

A delegation of Ithaca College faculty, staff, and students attended the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference, held in Montreal.

This framework convention sought to track global progress toward implementing the international climate change treaty called the Kyoto Protocol and to formulate next steps toward future agreements. Ithaca College applied for and was granted official status as an observing non-governmental organization (NGO) for the event, which took place November 28 to December 9, 2005.

The College created a 1-credit Block II course around the delegationís active participation in this milestone event. Almost 60 students expressed interest in attending the convention. This overwhelming response necessitated a blind drawing to determine the final slate of delegates. Jason Hamilton, biology/environmental studies, and Casey Malsam, Office of Residential Life, chaperoned the delegate team attending the first week of the convention. Tom Shevory, politics, and Sean Vormwald, Office of Alumni Relations, led the team attending the second week of the convention. Student delegates attending the convention were

Jennifer Chen
Jennifer Whitney
Alison Reesman
Amanda Block
Beth Pallo
Katie Finnigan
Lisa Seltzer
Bradford Milnes
Krystal Sarcone
Jeremy Graham
Anjuli Kronheim
Zachary Orsulak
Wendy Diaz-Huarcaya
Jonathan Connors
Brittany Mason
Sophia Morris
Scott Baker
Gonzalo Perez
Thomas Nevinger

Susan Allen-Gil, biology/environmental studies, and Gordon Rowland, OCLD, joined Tom Shevory and Jason Hamilton in helping IC participants prepare for the conference, providing background on the environmental impact of global warming and the history and politics of the Koyoto Protocol.

Thanks to these individuals, as well as Marian Brown and Cindy Neal from the Office of the Provost and Keith Davis from Media Relations, for providing additional assistance to the IC delegation. The following provided financial support: the Office of the Provost; School of Humanities and Sciences; School of Business; Roy H. Park School of Communications; Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies; H&S Honors program; the departments of politics, drama, philosophy and religion, environmental studies, biology, and organizational communication, learning, and design; culture and communication program; and the Office of Residential Life.

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