Offer co-curricular programming and activities of distinction.
EcoHouse is a living laboratory for students and faculty to conduct experiments with sustainable design, alternative energy sources, and other technologies and ways of living. It allows students to demonstrate environmentally sustainable technology in a residential setting, to collect and disseminate information about sustainability, and to help others live in more sustainable ways. Students live in EcoHouse and take a lead role in “green renovation” and installation of renewable energy systems. They provide workshops, seminars, and demonstrations of how the average single family home can be retrofitted locally for sustainable design. Last summer the first of many major projects involved replacing the house foundation to restore structural integrity and improve energy efficiency.
College of University Studies Housed and Expanded
The College of University Studies creates a home for “undeclared” students. We prefer to call them “deciding” students. The College of University Studies is located on the garden level of Mary Lyon Hall and provides a living learning environment to help students choose a major and stay on track for four-year graduation. The first cohort through the College of University Studies just completed its fourth year and graduated at nearly double the rate as students not enrolled in the program.
$MART – Financial Literacy Program Developed
$MART is the Plymouth State University Financial Aid Team’s personal financial literacy program. $MART stands for $tudent Monetary Awareness and Responsibility Today. $MART offers ongoing individual and confidential counseling, a personalized portfolio containing their financial aid information, financial literacy tools, and a personalized packet with information about student loans and helpful tips for managing personal finances. $MART has a presence on Facebook.
Sustainability Fellows Extend Work
Sustainability fellows are students living in residence halls who are taking an active role in their living environment to spread the word and to lead initiatives about how to live a greener life. Their main roles are to increase awareness of sustainability and environmental issues, to promote campus-wide initiatives, and to help students make conscious choices about the way they live their lives.