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  • Spring 2021 Updates

    The University has finalized changes to the Spring 2021 schedule and registration:

    • The spring semester will begin on Monday, January 25th (instead of the 19th).
    • There will NOT be spring break this year. Instead, there will be three non-instruction days (February 17, March 24, and April 13). Because NRES online graduate courses are almost exclusively one night a week, courses that meet on Tuesday or Wednesday will have asynchronous material and assignments in weeks of non-instruction days or will have an additional meeting day added.
    • The class schedule goes live on November 6th. There may be courses showing on the online.illinois.edu site before that, but it can't be considered final until November 6th. The schedule of NRES Online Graduate Courses will be posted on this blog as soon as it's complete.
    • Degree seeking students' registration time tickets will allow registration beginning at 11:20 am on December 2nd (log into Self-Service after November 16th to see your earliest registration time). Registration for non-degree seeking students begins December 14th.
  • Illinois Extension Forestry - Upcoming Events

  • ILMA-Lakes Scholarships

    The Illinois Lakes Management Association (ILMA-Lakes) is offering two scholarship opportunities for which graduate students are eligible.  The application deadline is December 31, 2020. Full eligibility and application information is available at https://ilma-lakes.org/scholarship.

    Illinois Undergraduate/Graduate Scholarship ($1,000): Full time undergraduate or graduate students who have a college or university cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on an undergraduate 4.0 scale and 3.0 on a graduate 4.0 scale, enrolled in a natural resource discipline related to lake and/or watershed management. Eligible applicants include Illinois residents enrolled in accredited colleges and universities within the above listed six states and/ or students enrolled in an accredited Illinois college or university. Emphasis will be placed on scholarship money going towards work or project related expenses in a lake / watershed area.

    Robert Esser Student Achievement Scholarship ($500): Illinois resident attending an Illinois accredited college or university. A full time junior or senior undergraduate student or graduate student is preferred. Attendance at the Annual Meeting of the Illinois Lake Management Association (ILMA) is strongly encouraged. Student must be enrolled in a lake-related curriculum with clearly articulated personal goals and objectives geared toward Illinois lakes. Emphasis will be placed on volunteer experiences.

  • Capstone Presentation by Kerry Martens: Children as Environmental Stewards

    Children as Environmental Stewards: Addressing the Need to Provide Innovative Low-Cost Professional Development Providing Teachers with Strategies to Assist Disadvantaged and English as a Second Language Students in Environmental Science Classroom

    Kerry Martens

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020

    5:30 pm

    https://illinois.zoom.us/j/86907543762?pwd=WmdocHEyaWtJQUxFVzJCaVFLcVZqUT09

  • Wired Digital Magazine: Can a Genetically Modified Bug Combat a Global Farm Plague?

  • More Useful Info than Ever

    During semester you are degree-seeking grad student registered for at least one class, you will receive the weekly "Grad Links" from the Graduate College. Now that most workshops and sessions are online, there are many more opportunities for YOU! Click on this article to see the announcements from this week's Grad Links relevant to degree-seeking students in the NRES Online M.S. Program. If you don't receive Grad Links on Sundays, you can subscribe at https://emails.illinois.edu/subscribe?emailId=1735847690

  • Capstone Presentation by John Grant: Comlara Forest Rehabilitation and Autumn Olive Removal

    M.S. Capstone Presentation
    John Grant
    Comlara Forest Rehabilitation and Autumn Olive Removal
    Friday, August 28th at 2:00 pm
    https://illinois.zoom.us/j/94179639941?pwd=YXBwTHZJRVF0cE5yU2V6dFNxOURUUT09
  • USDA NRCS: Introduction to High Tunnels in Organic Systems

  • How's My Waterway - Watershed Academy Webinar

  • Writers Workshop - Graduate Writing Productivity Groups

  • Wired Digital Magazine: How to Stay Productive When the World Is on Fire

  • Illinois Extension: Summer Plant ID Walk & Talk Webinar

  • Two Capstone Presentations on Friday, July 10th

    Minimum Sampling Effort to Detect Bat Species Richness in Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge, New Jersey
    Jennifer Bonta
    Friday, July 10th at 10:30 am

     

    Understanding the Effects of Land Features on Avian Mortality Incidents at Electric Power Lines and Poles
    Samantha Davies
    Friday, July 10th at 3:00 pm
  • Reminder: Two Capstone Presentations Tomorrow

    Minimum Sampling Effort to Detect Bat Species Richness in Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge, New Jersey
    Jennifer Bonta
    Friday, July 10th at 10:30 am
    https://illinois.zoom.us/j/97512583556?pwd=Q2wvMStVeVhrVXMzM1BZd2tpM09mUT09

     

    Understanding the Effects of Land Features on Avian Mortality Incidents at Electric Power Lines and Poles
    Samantha Davies
    Friday, July 10th at 3:00 pm
    https://illinois.zoom.us/j/93762390565?pwd=WmdJcWh2QTR2cW0wMHBuRXhLTXJ6Zz09 
  • UIUC Graduate College - Building an Effective Web Presence: LinkedIn and Beyond

  • Time Management, UIUC Counseling Center

  • Writers Workshop Upcoming Events

  • What Makes a Successful Online Student?

  • Graduate College at Illinois - Grad Careers Newsletter

  • Upcoming Advising Sessions

    There are five advising sessions coming up in the next three weeks:

    • What? Capstone Monthly Report Meeting
      Date/Time? Tuesday, May 5th at 7:00 pm
      Where? See your University email. The link has been sent to the students for whom this is relevant.
      Who? Students currently working on their capstone projects.

    • What? Overview of Summer and Fall Courses
      Date/Time? Thursday, May 7th at 7:00 pm
      Where? Register at https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/8516837 to receive Zoom link.
      Who? All prospective and continuing students planning to take courses in the summer and/or fall.

    • What? Capstone Project, Getting Started
      Date/Time? Tuesday, May 12th at 7:00 pm
      Where? Register at https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/23224 to receive Zoom link.
      Who?  Students who hope to begin working on their capstone project within the next six months.

    • What? Capstone Project, Crossing the Finish Line
      Date/Time? Thursday, May 14th at 7:00 pm
      Where? Register at https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/1465115 to receive Zoom link.
      Who?  Students who hope to schedule the presentation and oral exam over their capstone project within the next six months.

    • What? Preparing for the Program Written Final Exam
      Date/Time? Tuesday, May 19th at 7:00 pm
      Where? Register at https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/7728981 to receive Zoom link.
      Who?  Students planning to take the written final exam in August.
  • This morning! Capstone Presentation by Melissa McCabe: An Audit of the Philadelphia Park System

    Melissa McCabe
    An Audit of the Philadelphia Park System: How well do the parks serve minority and poor Philadelphia residents?
    Research Advisor: Dr. Michael Krassa
    Wednesday, April 22nd at 10 AM CST
    Join Zoom Meeting: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/97813707926?pwd=S2NvNlBiOTFYMkRZSWhvSXBaS0JGUT09.
    Meeting ID: 978-1370-7926
    Password: NRESonline

    Parks are an essential community resource that can promote the interaction between humans and the natural world. The connection between time in nature and the positive physical and mental health benefits one can reap is being researched in various subjects, including environmental science, medicine, psychology, and city planning. With a consistently increasing urban population worldwide, the incorporation of parks in urban settings is integral in promoting healthy lifestyle choices for residents. This study investigates the equity of park accessibility and quality in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Through the adaptation of public space auditing tools and with the use of Google Earth Imagery, ArcGIS, and United States Census data, this audit suggests non-significant relationships between both the accessibility and the quality of parks and race or socioeconomic status (SES) in Philadelphia. This analysis did reveal a connection between the accessibility and quality of parks, however, regardless of race and SES.

    This institution is an equal opportunity provide.

  • Writers Workshop Upcoming Events

  • Capstone Presentation by Melissa McCabe: An Audit of the Philadelphia Park System

    Melissa McCabe
    An Audit of the Philadelphia Park System: How well do the parks serve minority and poor Philadelphia residents?
    Research Advisor: Dr. Michael Krassa
    Wednesday, April 22nd at 10 AM CST
    Join Zoom Meeting: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/97813707926?pwd=S2NvNlBiOTFYMkRZSWhvSXBaS0JGUT09.
    Meeting ID: 978-1370-7926
    Password: NRESonline

    Parks are an essential community resource that can promote the interaction between humans and the natural world. The connection between time in nature and the positive physical and mental health benefits one can reap is being researched in various subjects, including environmental science, medicine, psychology, and city planning. With a consistently increasing urban population worldwide, the incorporation of parks in urban settings is integral in promoting healthy lifestyle choices for residents. This study investigates the equity of park accessibility and quality in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Through the adaptation of public space auditing tools and with the use of Google Earth Imagery, ArcGIS, and United States Census data, this audit suggests non-significant relationships between both the accessibility and the quality of parks and race or socioeconomic status (SES) in Philadelphia. This analysis did reveal a connection between the accessibility and quality of parks, however, regardless of race and SES.

    This institution is an equal opportunity provide.

  • Capstone Presentation by Michael Beaudoin:

    Michael S. Beaudoin
    Developing a Central Sierra Fire-Resistant Landscaping Guidebook
    Advisor: Piper Hodson

    Friday, April 17th at 3:00 PM CST
    https://illinois.zoom.us/j/457678045?pwd=Z1Z1NmVsRmdSeGRPSmlEQ2c1SlI2Zz09
    Meeting ID: 457-678-045
    Password: NRESonline

    Catastrophic wildfires threaten homes throughout California. Understanding what motivates homeowners to prepare for wildfires helps fire managers better understand how to encourage homeowner action. Once homeowners are motivated to act, hardening a residence’s home-hazard ignition zone with fire-resistant landscaping is an effective tool. However, many homeowners lack knowledge about selecting the appropriate plant species to improve their home’s survivability in a wildfire. Many communities lack educational programs and tools to educate their residents on fire-resistant plant materials.

    I examined the most commonly used metrics for determining the flammability of plant materials and developed a rubric to help homeowners select plants that possess the best fire-resistant traits. I also examined the current educational materials available to homeowners and developed a guidebook of fire-resistant plants species. The results provide homeowners and fire managers in the Central Sierra with an educational program and outreach materials to better educate residents about wildfire preparedness and fire-resistant landscaping.

  • Smartphone Apps in Natural Resources – Webinar April 20th

    Smartphone Apps in Natural Resources – Webinar

    Kevin Rohling, Extension Forestry Technician, NRES and University of Illinois Extension

    April 20th, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Central

    Register at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=22174

    This webinar will discuss a variety of smartphone/tablet applications used in the natural resource field, from field guides to databases and mapping options that are available to private landowners, volunteers and land managers.  This is a 1-hour Zoom webinar.  It is free and open to the public.

  • Annual Review Advising Meeting TONIGHT

    Have questions about the Annual Review due March 22nd? Join us for Annual Review Advising Meeting TONIGHT, Monday, March 2 at 6:00 pm central at https://illinois.zoom.us/j/784406545.

  • Upcoming Events and Opportunities

  • Working on your capstone? It's time to check in

    Those students working on their capstone projects are required to submit monthly reports. You can do this in writing (in the OPEN LEARNING-Capstone Progress Compass page) or verbally on the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm. Since it's the first one of the semester, I encourage you to attend the live session tomorrow at 7pm via https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/e6b5b00032a8447293b08b6c8e89f5fd. I hope to see many of you advanced students there!

    If you have not yet started actively working on your capstone project, you can ignore this message. I hope your classes are going well!

  • Illinois Lake Management Association Opportunities for Students

    The Illinois Lake Management Association is seeking applicants for our scholarship programs and Student Posters/Presenters for our upcoming conference in March of 2020.   The organization's scholarship deadline is December 31st. Instructions and the application form are available at https://ilma-lakes.org/scholarship. Details on proposing a poster or presentation for the March 2020 conference can be found at https://ilma-lakes.org/conference.  Abstracts are due December 31.

  • Change of Time for Friday's Presentation: 2pm

    Student: Tyler Steury

    Capstone Presentation: Enhancing Quality Assurance/Quality Control: An Internship in a Municipal Water Quality Control Laboratory

    Date and Time: November 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm Central

    Location: N120 Turner Hall or  Online at https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/366a83fbcfd24b51814876c968d770b0.

    The Bloomington, Indiana Water Quality Control Laboratory analyzes drinking water, wastewater, and water used for recreational purposes. The internship position had three primary goals: to enhance water quality assurance through laboratory contributions, to understand the historic role of water quality policy and management, and to improve water quality management. Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) water quality analysis methods were learned and conducted for 21 water parameters. Understanding national and state water quality policies and the history of water quality maintenance were vital for revising and updating the laboratory Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Handbook to be used by current and future laboratory technicians. Standard methods, using current technology to support operations, will enhance laboratory QA/QC, ensure the validity of analysis data, and improve water quality maintenance. The intern is grateful for an opportunity to author the new SOP Handbook as part of this internship.

  • Capstone Presentation by Tyler Stuery

    Student: Tyler Steury

    Capstone Presentation: Enhancing Quality Assurance/Quality Control: An Internship in a Municipal Water Quality Control Laboratory

    Date and Time: November 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm Central

    Location: N120 Turner Hall or  Online at https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/366a83fbcfd24b51814876c968d770b0.

    The Bloomington, Indiana Water Quality Control Laboratory analyzes drinking water, wastewater, and water used for recreational purposes. The internship position had three primary goals: to enhance water quality assurance through laboratory contributions, to understand the historic role of water quality policy and management, and to improve water quality management. Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) water quality analysis methods were learned and conducted for 21 water parameters. Understanding national and state water quality policies and the history of water quality maintenance were vital for revising and updating the laboratory Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Handbook to be used by current and future laboratory technicians. Standard methods, using current technology to support operations, will enhance laboratory QA/QC, ensure the validity of analysis data, and improve water quality maintenance. The intern is grateful for an opportunity to author the new SOP Handbook as part of this internship.

  • Tonight: Spring Courses Webinar

    With graduate student registration opening on November 11th, it's time for our Spring 2020 Advising Webinar:

    Monday, November 4th
    7:00 pm
    Join at https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/f5f68ddcfd4d49888dd4b31fe9b162c7

    To find your registration time ticket (the earliest day and time you can register), log into Self-Service at https://apps.uillinois.edu/selfservice/. If you do not have a time ticket, the most likely explanation is that you need to complete the re-entry process (details found at https://grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply/reentry under "Re-Entering the same Graduate Program").

  • Tomorrow: Capstone Presentation by Kate Drahota

    Student: Kate Drahota

    Capstone Presentation: Conservation Plan Development for Ecological Services Provided by Wet Prairie Land

    Date and Time: October 29, 2019 at 1:00 pm Central

    Location: Online https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/7ff416bac6694c95b39b8750c9b24f02

    As a volunteer for a local Conservation District and in consultation with a private landowner, land management strategies were explored toward the development of a long-term conservation plan. The SWAPA+H model was used to identify the landowner’s resource concerns as per the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s nine-step conservation planning process. Resource concerns include a decreasing duration of meadow saturation and vernal pool presence, beaver reintroduction, habitat for Greater Sandhill Cranes and Mardon Skipper butterflies, and a reduction of native species while invasive species increase. Management goals strive towards the landowner’s vision of a wet meadow sanctuary protected from future development, timber sales, recreation, hunting, and trespass beyond her lifetime.

  • Spring Courses Webinar November 4th

    With graduate student registration opening on November 11th, it's time for our Spring 2020 Advising Webinar:

    Monday, November 4th
    7:00 pm
    Join at https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/f5f68ddcfd4d49888dd4b31fe9b162c7

    To find your registration time ticket (the earliest day and time you can register), log into Self-Service at https://apps.uillinois.edu/selfservice/. If you do not have a time ticket, the most likely explanation is that you need to complete the re-entry process (details found at https://grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply/reentry under "Re-Entering the same Graduate Program").

  • Capstone Presentation by Kate Drahota

    Student: Kate Drahota

    Capstone Presentation: Conservation Plan Development for Ecological Services Provided by Wet Prairie Land

    Date and Time: October 29, 2019 at 1:00 pm Central

    Location: Online https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/7ff416bac6694c95b39b8750c9b24f02

    As a volunteer for a local Conservation District and in consultation with a private landowner, land management strategies were explored toward the development of a long-term conservation plan. The SWAPA+H model was used to identify the landowner’s resource concerns as per the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s nine-step conservation planning process. Resource concerns include a decreasing duration of meadow saturation and vernal pool presence, beaver reintroduction, habitat for Greater Sandhill Cranes and Mardon Skipper butterflies, and a reduction of native species while invasive species increase. Management goals strive towards the landowner’s vision of a wet meadow sanctuary protected from future development, timber sales, recreation, hunting, and trespass beyond her lifetime.

  • Restoration related activities -- Chicago Area - Oct 26 & 27

    Environmental Restoration Events - Oct. 26 weekend- Chicago Area

     

    NRES online students are invited to join NRES 420 students for an exciting weekend of learning and service, Oct. 26 and 27, 2019, in the Chicago area.

     

    Oct 26 – am – Deer Grove Restoration and Service

    Oct 26 – pm – Morton Arboretum Tour – tour including resource/forest management

    Oct 27 – am – Bluff City Fen (tentative)

    Oct 27 – pm – Tour of Chicago’s Wild Mile and research opportunities for NRES students

     

    Join fellow students and NRES alumni/practioners who are working to restore and revitalize degraded landscapes in and around the Chicago area.  

     

    Transportation to and from all sites and meals will be the responsibility of the student, but carpooling is an option. Admission fees for various activities will be covered by the NRES department. For more information or to indicate your intent to join us for the weekend, please contact Renee Gracon (gracon1@illinois.edu).

     

    We must have a final tally of participants by October 10th, but we would appreciate confirmation of interest as soon as possible. You may RSVP your intent to join us by going to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WVJNSYP.

     

     

    Renee Gracon

    gracon1@illinois.edu 

  • NRES Weekend Field Experience in the Chicago area - Oct. 26 & 27

    NRES Weekend Field Experience in the Chicagoland Area

     

    NRES online students are invited to join NRES 420 students for an exciting weekend of learning and service, Oct. 26 and 27, 2019, in the Chicagoland area. The event will include hands-on restoration work at Deer Grove, a guided tour of the Morton Arboretum with an emphasis on resource management, and exploration of the "Wild Mile" - a system of floating islands in the Chicago River intended to enhance wildlife and restore ecosystem function - and much more! Join fellow students and NRES alumni/practioners who are working to restore and revitalize degraded landscapes in and around the Chicago area.  

     

    Transportation to and from all sites and meals will be the responsibility of the student, but carpooling is an option. Admission fees for various activities will be covered by the NRES department. For more information or to indicate your intent to join us for the weekend, please contact Renee Gracon (gracon1@illinois.edu). We must have a final tally of participants by October 10th, but we would appreciate confirmation of interest as soon as possible. You may RSVP your intent to join us by going to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WVJNSYP.

    Renee Gracon

    gracon1@illinois.edu 

     

  • There's Still Time to Register for Fall 2019 Courses

    Fall classes begin on Monday, August 26th. Check out our offerings at https://uofi.box.com/s/x632ni1fu1y6ffwmfvotpad3j5mue0a6. In addition, we've added a field course to the Bahamas that will meet in the second 8 weeks of the semester and travel to the Bahamas January 2-10th.  This course is available to any degree-seeking student. You can learn more and apply at https://app.studyabroad.illinois.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgramAngular&id=11672. If you are considering the Bahamas field course (NRES 499 section BCR), you are invited to attend an online information session next Wednesday, August 28th at 5:00 pm CDT; join the meeting at https://illinois.zoom.us/j/807930049.

  • Reminder! Capstone Presentation by Michael Nosbisch

    In one hour: Michael Nosbisch, Using Nonindustrial Private Forest Owner Data to Further the Understanding of Landowner Behavior and Improve Forest Policy Implementation, on Wednesday, July 24th at 2:00 pm CDT.

    To attend remotely, log in to the Compass Open Learning site or go directly using this link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/c2bd413f589e47dbbb9e04874ec5b95e. More details are available here.

    For more information, please contact Piper Hodson (phodson@illinois.edu)

  • Capstone Presentation by Michael Nosbisch

    Join us for a capstone presentation by Michael Nosbisch, Using Nonindustrial Private Forest Owner Data to Further the Understanding of Landowner Behavior and Improve Forest Policy Implementation, on Wednesday, July 24th at 2:00 pm CDT.

    To attend remotely, log in to the Compass Open Learning site or go directly using this link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/c2bd413f589e47dbbb9e04874ec5b95e. More details are available here.

    For more information, please contact Piper Hodson (phodson@illinois.edu)

  • Reminder: Courses Webinar TONIGHT

    This evening at 7:00 pm (CDT), we will provide information about upcoming NRES online Fall Courses. Please join the presentation using this link:  https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/9fdbf4e40b5149e6ac5d505f643a8638 

    For additional questions about registration or enrollment, please contact Piper Hodson at phodson@illinois.edu.

     

     

  • Reminder-Capstone Presentation by Jeff Turner - July 17th

    Join us for Jeff Turner's capstone presentation, "An analysis of soil conservation plans: An internship with the Guilford Soil and Water Conservation District in N.C."

    Wednesday, July 17, 2019 1:30 p.m. 

    To attend this presentation virtually, please login at https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/474628b98f2d4ec79076918191b8ec92.

     

  • Fall 2019 Courses Webinar

    Monday, July 22nd at 7:00 pm (CDT), we will provide information about upcoming NRES online Fall Courses. Please join the presentation using this link:  https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/9fdbf4e40b5149e6ac5d505f643a8638 

    For additional questions about registration or enrollment, please contact Piper Hodson at phodson@illinois.edu.

     

     

  • Capstone Presentation by Jeff Turner - July 17th

    Join us for a capstone presentation by Jeff Turner, “An analysis of soil conservation plans: An internship with the Guilford Soil and Water Conservation District in N.C., on July 17th at 1:00 pm CDT.

    To attend remotely, log in to the Compass Open Learning site or go directly using this link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/474628b98f2d4ec79076918191b8ec92To attend the presentation on campus go to Room N-527, Turner Hall. Please try to arrive at least 5 minutes early. 

    For more information, please contact Piper Hodson (phodson@illinois.edu)

  • July 1st Webinar--Volunteer Monitoring: Connecting Volunteer Data to the Water Quality Portal

    The National Water Quality Monitoring Council is offering this free webinar on Monday, July 1st from 2:00 to 3:00 pm EASTERN time. Registration is required; go to the article for full information.

  • In the Chicago area? Join us for 2019 NRES Summer Field Day

    Join us for seed collection, invasives removal and conversation

    Saturday, June 29th
    Deer Grove Forest Preserve (East) in Palatine
    8:45 am-Noon
    Followed by lunch (provided)

    This event is free, but registration is required at https://go.nres.illinois.edu/summer_field_day_registration.

    Our restoration efforts will be led by two graduates of the NRES Online M.S. program, Mark Krivchenia and Jeff Weiss. We'd love to have some online M.S. students, alumni, and prospective students join in. Learn more at https://blogs.illinois.edu/view/6466/798003.

  • Capstone Presentation - June 12th (6:00 pm) - Using Geographic Information to Increase Safe, Sustainable Recreation on the Mississippi River Water Trail

    You are invited to the capstone presentation of Katelynn Dearth, "Using Geographic Information to Increase Safe, Sustainable Recreation on the Mississippi River Water Trail" on June 12th at 6:00 pm.

    Recreation fosters appreciation and stewardship of natural areas. However, many barriers exist between user groups and recreational opportunities. By providing geospatial information of the Mississippi River Water Trail to the public, the Mississippi River Water Trail Association is fulfilling their mission of promoting conservation through recreation. Developing user-oriented geographic information required collecting and interpreting data from many stakeholders, a rigorous decision-making process to define pertinent versus erroneous or irrelevant information. Using these guidelines an interactive online map and twenty-six printable maps were created. The resulting website, included maps, aims to reduce barriers to recreation and promote stewardship of the Mississippi River Water Trail.

    To attend, log in to the Compass Open Learning site or go directly using this link: https://us.bbcollab.com/collab/ui/session/guest/d3208c2312004df5b7161f8657d92186.

  • Live meeting cancelled because of connection issues

    I seem to be having irreconcilable connection issues tonight. It would figure that it would happen on the first night that we are without Renee. Those of you who are trying to do the update at the live session, please just do a voice recording or written summary of your update. You can email the voice recording or the summary to me. If you need a meeting with me please include that in your email, and suggest times on Thursday and or Friday that might work for you. I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Capstone Progress Report Meeting TONIGHT!

    If you are working on your capstone paper and want to be considered a student in good standing currently pursuing the degree, you must provide a monthly progress report due in one of two ways:

    1. By the 1st of each month submit a written report for that month's assignment in Compass (OPEN LEARNING - Capstone Progress) or
    2. participate in the monthly progress meeting that occurs at 7:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month.

    Since I've received just two monthly reports that were due June 1st, I look forward to seeing many of you there this evening. If you have not yet submitted your monthly goals and accomplishments status report for May/June please take one of two actions before the end of this week:

    • Join us at 7:00 pm this evening (Tuesday, June 4th) via the NRES Virtual Office (https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/da64eb94e2bb41d1a67252fcbda69ac9) or
    • Log into Compass 2g (https://compass2g.illinois.edu), go into OPEN LEARNING - Capstone Progress, and select Assignments in the left menu. At the top of the page, you will find the May 2019 - Monthly Capstone Progress Report where you can type or upload a report that includes the following information:
      • The goals and action items you established for the month of May and the extent of your progress on each;
      • An overall assessment of the quality and quantity of progress you have made this month. Feel free to discuss any triumphs or challenges you experienced.
      • Goals and action items for the upcoming month.
  • Retirement notice

    I will be retiring from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences on May 31st. It has been a pleasure working with each of you and I wish you continued success in the program and bright, successful professional careers. Starting May 27th, any program-related questions should be sent directly to the Director of the Online Program, Ms. Piper Hodson (phodson@illinois.edu). Personal email will be redirected to me for a limited time. 

    Renee