FSC students participate
Lake Hollingsworth restoration
LAKELAND, Fla. (Feb. 3,
2003) - Eleven Florida Southern students are participating with
the City of Lakeland on wetland restoration work at Lake Hollingsworth.
The students are conducting preliminary tests to establish a baseline
study on Anchor Park, also called "The Sump," across from the college
campus. In May, the city plans to dredge the area and create wetlands
that will filter pollution from stormwater runoff draining into
Dr. John R. Haldeman, professor of biology, created the directed
study course Biological Survey Methods to allow students to participate
in the wetland restoration process from the planning stage through
completion. The course also gives students the opportunity to take
part in a project of importance to the Lakeland community. "These
are really 11 of the best students on campus," Haldeman said. "They
all have an expertise, they've trained three to four years at FSC,
and they are now putting their skills to use in the community."
The recreated wetland will also become a park with boardwalks and
informational displays on the plants and wildlife situated there.
"It will be very aesthetic and pleasing," said Haldeman. "The whole
area will be the focal point of the lake."
Haldeman's course concentrates on developing an environmental impact
statement from data collected by the students on water quality,
soil composition, and surveys of vegetation and wildlife. The students
have their own assigned tasks, but all participate in every aspect
of the project and are graded by their peers for their efforts as
"There is a tremendous amount of information that has never been
consolidated into one place," says Haldeman. "The idea has been
that this will be a baseline for ongoing studies for years to come."
The city will pay for the restoration work on the lake but not the
surveys. FSC is seeking grant support while currently funding the
students' project independently by providing the classroom space,
equipment, and faculty expertise. "I'd like the community to know
that we are doing research, that the students are putting their
skills to work," Haldeman said.
Listed below are students participating in this project. All are
biology majors planning careers in professional environmental work
or heading to veterinary and medical schools.
Kelly Aurich, the project's water analyst, is a senior. She
is the daughter of Robert and Roberta Aurich of Lakeland, Fla.
Joshua Berman, a sophomore, is documenting the project work
for use in public presentations. He is the son of Glennalee Berman
and step-father John Hatch of London, Ontario.
Allison Greenstein is a junior working on water analysis.
She is the daughter of Robert and Linda Greenstein of Vero Beach,
Christine Higbie, a senior who plans to go to veterinary
school, is handling the faunal surveys. She is the daughter of Steven
Higbie and Karen Sheehan of West Islip, N.Y.
Kendra Holland is a senior handling vegetation and soils
analyses. She is the daughter of Mark and Jan Holland of Milbank,
Andrea Kucharik, a junior, is collection manager. She is
the daughter of Charles and Patty Kucharik of Wyoming, Del.
Vincent Paolillo, also heading for veterinary school, is
a senior. He shares duties with Higbie on the faunal surveys. He
is the son of Regina and Vincent Paolillo, Sr. of Lakeland, Fla.
Jennifer Rudock, a senior, is archives manager. She is the
daughter of Robert and Linda Rudock of Lake Worth, Fla.
Jessica Scott, a senior, is Geographic Information Systems
analyst. She is the daughter of Ronald Scott and Nancy Scott of
South River, N.J.
Stephanie Shermeta, a senior, is in charge of the environmental
impact statement. She is the daughter of Robert and Candace Shermeta
of Largo, Fla.
Michelle Sims is a senior working as the microbial ecologist.
She is the daughter of Walter Sims and Brenda Sims of Lake Wales,
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.