Other Activities and Academic Initiatives

Sustainability - Challenges and Opportunities



Friday, March 6 - The International Film Club will examine food recycling during “Waste Not, Want Not.” The event will start with a screening of “The Gleaners and I,” a 2000 French documentary which highlights the recycling of objects and food waste from grocers, restaurants, markets and farms. Following the screening, attendees will hear from Joe Tilton, Fairmont Creamery, and Elizabeth Murphy, Murphy Farms, during a panel discussion and question and answer session. The event takes place at 6:30 p.m. in the CETES Conference Center.

Monday, March 9 - “The Future of Food in a Crowded World with a Changing Climate,”featuring plant biologist Dr. Roger Beachy. Goodyear Lecture Hall, Room 100, Sciences Complex, 7 p.m. Beachy serves as founding director of the World Food Center at the University of California, Davis. He is internationally known for his scientific leadership and groundbreaking research related to disease-resistance in crops.

Monday, March 9 - “Interpreting the Dust Bowl: Disputes, Blind Spots and Correctives,” featuring historian Dr. Alvin Turner. Turner's presentation will address the lack of sustainable agricultural practices that were in place during the Dust Bowl and the steps taken to mitigate the negative impact those practices had across Oklahoma. 7 p.m. in the CETES Conference Center.

Wednesday, March 11 - "Sustainable Communities Are Mentally Healthy: What Can You Do To Help?" presented by the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Psychology. 11 a.m. in the Goodyear Lecture Hall, Room 100, Sciences Complex

April 23-26 - The Department of Theatre Arts presents "110 in the Shade," a musical version of the romance comedy, "The Rainmaker." The plot focuses on Lizzie Curry, a spinster living on a ranch in the Southwest, and her relationships with local sheriff File, a cautious divorcé who fears being hurt again, and the charismatic con man Bill Starbuck, who poses as a rainmaker and promises the locals he can bring relief to the drought-stricken area. Shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday will begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday performances start at 2 p.m. For tickets, call 581-2346.

Previously during the 2014-15 Academic Year

Wednesday, October 22 - The School of Science and Technology will present "Moving Towards a More Sustainable Agriculture," featuring Doug Rushing, Ph.D., Director of Global Industry Affairs, Monsanto Co. The event starts at 7 p.m. and takes place in the Shepler Ballroom. Open to the public at no charge. A meal will be served.

Thursday, October 23 - The School of Liberal Arts presents "Sustainability and the Liberal Arts: Ecocriticism and Critical Thinking," a lecture by Dr. James Warren. Warren will discuss how the new field of ecocriticism - the study of the relationship between literature and the physical environment - has highlighted issues such as sustainability, species extinction and bioethics and brought them into the conversation of what constitutes a liberal education. Starts at 7 p.m. in the CETES Conference Center. Open to the public at no charge.

Monday, October 27 - Cameron University-Duncan will host a canned food drive, "Hunt for Hunger." This drive is coordinated by the CU-Duncan Programming Activities Council. Collected food will be donated to the local Christians Concerned food bank. To donate or for more information, contact Emily Prichard at 877-282-3626.

Monday, November 10 - The School of Liberal Arts and the Department of History and Government will host "The Time it Never Rained: Water, Sustainability and the Future of Texoma." This panel discussion will take place at 10 a.m. in CETES Conference Center and is open to the public at no charge. Offering their perspectives will be panelists Afsaneh Jabbar, Assistant Director/Water and Wastewater, City of Lawton; Daniel Nix, Operations Manager/Water and Wastewater Operations, City of Wichita Falls; and Russell Schreiber, Director of Public Works, City of Wichita Falls.

Thursday, November 13 - The School of Business presents "Sustainability of Water Resources in Southwest Oklahoma: Past, Present, Future." The panel discussion will feature Will Archer, District Manager, Mountain Park Master Conservancy; Tom Buchanan, Manager, Lugert-Altus Irrigation District; Afsaneh Jabbar, Assistant Director, City of Lawton Public Works; J.D. Strong, Executive Director, Oklahoma Water Resources Board; and David Taylor, District Manager, Waurika Lake Master Conservancy District. Moderated by Barry Duren, Jones Drilling. It starts at 7 p.m. in the CETES Conference Center. A reception will follow the panel discussion.

Thursday, January 29 - The School of Education and Behavioral Sciences  joins with Duncan Regional Hospital and CU-Duncan to present a screening of "Fed Up." The 2014 documentary, which focuses on the causes of obesity in the U.S., will be shown at 5:30 p.m. in the Duncan Regional Hospital Auditorium. Following the film, attendees will hear from Dr. Ashley Weedn, a national expert on childhood obesity, and Casey Campbell, a registered dietitian.

February 19-22 - The Department of Theatre Arts presents "The Heretic," a black comedy that tackles the divisive issue of climate change and its skeptics. Dr. Diane Cassell is a lead academic in earth sciences. At odds with the orthodoxy over the cause of climate change, she finds herself increasingly vilified and is forced to ask if the issue is becoming political as well as personal. Cassell questions the position of science in the global argument, inviting us to honestly consider what we think we know.

Friday, February 20 - “Take a book, leave a book, or both.” That’s the message of Cameron University’s four new Little Free Libraries, each of which will be filled with free books for community members to take and exchange later for additional books. A ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the establishment of the Little Free Libraries will take place on Friday, February 20, at 2 p.m. in Bentley Gardens.