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Environmental Hero, EcoArt Awards Presented on Earth Day PDF Print E-mail
Friday, April 23, 2010
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University of Southern Mississippi assistant professor David Holt and junior graphic design major Meredith Kresge walked away with the top awards as part of the university’s Earth Day festivities on Thursday, April 22 at Cook Library.

Holt, who teaches geography on the Gulf Park campus, was named the inaugural winner of the Environmental Hero Award, while Kresge captured first place in the EcoArt Exhibit. Each received a commemorative glass piece and $500 in prize money. Honorable mention winners received $100 in scholarship funds.

Larry Lee, chief sustainability officer at Southern Miss, noted that 22 students submitted items for the EcoArt Exhibit, far exceeding his original expectations. “I was hoping for maybe half that many,” he said. “But that goes to show you that we continue to lead the way in sustainability efforts at Southern Miss and we will continue to do so.”

Kresge, a Hattiesburg, Miss., native submitted a piece she titled, “Atlas Bagged.” The unique sculpture, which resembles a giant handbag, was constructed from plastic Wal-Mart shopping bags and monofilament for binding.

“It took me about two weeks to finish,” said Kresge. “I was trying to incorporate some Native American culture into the design because that’s part of my heritage.”

Asked if she made a conscious effort to employ eco-friendly practices, Kresge said, “I try my best. I believe it’s very important, and I recycle whenever I can.”

Holt has been extremely active mentoring undergraduate research and directing student activities on the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina five years ago. He has helped secure funding from a variety of sources to support environmental protection along the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas.

“I don’t think of myself as a hero when it comes to environmental efforts,” said Holt. “But it is certainly nice to be recognized in this manner. It lets you know that someone is paying attention to all the hard work being done by everyone involved.”

For more information about the Office of Sustainability at Southern Miss visit www.usm.edu/green


Larry Lee, left, chief sustainability officer at The University of Southern Mississippi, presents the inaugural Environmental Hero Award to Dr. David Holt, assistant professor geography at the Gulf Park campus, during Earth Day festivities on April 22, 2010 at Cook Library. (Office of University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

 

University of Southern Mississippi junior graphic design major Meredith Kresge, left, captured first place in the inaugural EcoArt Exhibit. Pictured with Kresge is Dr. Jan Siesling, assistant professor of art and design and director of the Southern Miss Museum of Art. (Office of University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

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