Throughout 2015, the EARTH University community has come together in many different ways to celebrate our 25th Anniversary. I am reminded now, more than ever, that this institution is made possible only with the energy, passion and commitment of those who share our mission – people like fourth-year student Kevaughn Bonner, who dreams of creating a more self-sufficient Jamaica, and graduates Karen Albuja and Pablo Baumgratz, who you will read about in this edition of EARTH Connections.
From its very inception, our founders realized that EARTH needed to be different in order to prepare a new kind of ethical professional. I’m proud to say that, thanks to the efforts of many, we succeeded in creating an innovative and experiential curriculum that other institutions around the globe have chosen to implement for their students. Earlier this year, I had the honor of presenting EARTH’s educational model to international audiences in Spain and Lebanon at the invitation of the Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for Agricultural and Life Sciences (GCHERA) and was received with much enthusiasm. Supporter Dr. Barbara Butler sums us up wonderfully: “EARTH is unique, it’s not a copy of anything, and that’s the kind of place that it is so needed today.”
In May, EARTH’s global impact was celebrated at a London event that included a discussion panel moderated by former CNN journalist Glenda Umana. Accompanying me on the panel were EARTH graduates Sharon Againe (’09, Uganda) via Skype and Gustavo Manrique (’96, Ecuador), Moses Osirus of RUFORUM, Iman Nuwayhid from the American University of Beirut and Ann Cotton, founder and president of Camfed. To make a great evening even more special, we also had a surprise visit from long term supporter Franklin Chang Diaz, who shared his own thoughts on the importance of EARTH during the panel.
There is still so much to look forward to this year, including the Illuminator’s Event in October, where we
will welcome our board members and benefactors to campus in recognition of their contributions to the success of EARTH’s first 25 years. The visit will culminate in a concert given by the Costa Rican National Symphony in San José, where EARTH University’s founders will be recognized for their pioneering vision and transformative impact on the University and our students.
Join us this year and see for yourself the difference that an EARTH education can make in the world.
EARTH University President