Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has selected University
of North Florida student Cheryl Pakidis, a senior majoring in English with a
minor in Environmental Studies, as the 2010 Southeast Campus Ecology Fellow.
Pakidis, a Southside resident, is the first UNF student to
be selected for this fellowship program. In this year-long position, she will
be working from the University with the NWF
Center to build a Climate Action
Network between colleges and universities in the state of Florida.
“I am looking forward to working
with the National Wildlife Federation, my UNF colleagues and representatives
from other schools and businesses throughout the Southeast in order to create a
climate action network,” said Pakidis. “I have high expectations for myself and
for the other regional fellows around the country, and I look forward to
working towards a greener tomorrow.”
Objectives of the fellowship include:
Pakidis is currently a student assistant in the UNF Environmental
Center and serves as the
student representative for the College of Arts & Sciences on the UNF
Environmental Executive Board. As a freshman, she was selected as one of only a
few students to spend spring break living on a houseboat on the St. John’s River, studying and collecting samples,
so she could learn about the problems facing the river from human impact and
“I have always been passionate about environmental issues
and attending UNF has provided me with the opportunity to immerse myself in a
vast amount of green projects in my school and community,” said Pakidis.
She has been involved in numerous campus green events,
including Garbage on the Green, the University’s annual waste audit;
Recycle-Mania, a nationwide event where colleges and universities compete to
see who has the greenest campus; and has helped plan and construct the first
fully sustainable vegetable garden on campus.
The National Wildlife Federation is America’s
largest conservation organization. It works with more than 4 million members,
partners and supporters in communities across the country to protect and restore wildlife habitat,
confront global warming
and connect with nature.
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