Article: “Natural Degree”

Lorraine Berry ambersands creative amber sands Ithaca College interviews academic reporting

Lorraine Berry ambersands creative amber sands Ithaca College interviews academic reporting

This article was a unique challenge: Ithaca College was getting ready to debut a brand-new major, and, as one of Ithaca College Quarterly's regular freelance writers, Lorraine was asked to not only introduce the new major to the alumni/ae, she was also asked to challenge the major's faculty to make it clear to potential donors why the new major had been a great idea for Ithaca College to add to its curriculum.

For this article, Lorraine not only researched the history of wilderness conservation in the United States, she also interviewed faculty members, students, and other campus staff who had been a part of creating one of the first "recreational leadership" programs in the United States.

The article was greeted with great enthusiasm – not only by those who had championed the new major – but also by the readers of the alumni magazine, who were proud to see Ithaca College move into a leadership position in training young people to be those leading future generations out into the wilderness in safe and environmentally responsible ways.

Read the full article here.
Read the follow-up article, "The Making of the Major," here.