Archive | May, 2011

Two Cool Ecology Related Websites

29 May

The Wedges Game

Stabilization Wedges Game

Game Resources

Seven Ways to Reduce Carbon Seven Ways to Reduce Carbon
A musical lecture by Glenn Wolkenfeld based on the stablization wedges.
Video | Lyrics (PDF)

The Stabilization Wedges Game is a team-based exercise that teaches players about the scale of the greenhouse gas problem, plus technologies that already exist to dramatically reduce our carbon emissions and get us off the path toward dramatic and damaging climate change.

Players pick eight carbon-cutting strategies to construct a carbon mitigation portfolio, filling in the eight wedges of the stabilization triangle.

The game has been used with players from variety of groups, from university researchers to industry professionals to high school students, and we’d like to help you play with your class or organization:


Tree City USA

What is Tree City USA?


The Tree City USA® program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of towns and cities that more than 135 million Americans call home.

The many benefits of being a Tree City include creating a framework for action, education, a positive public image, and citizen pride. Read more about the benefits of becoming a Tree City.

Did you know?

  • There are more than 3400 communities that are currently a Tree City USA.
  • There are more than 500 communities that received a Growth Award.
  • Over 135 million people live in a Tree City USA.

14 Trees

28 May

My classes planted 14 different trees grown from maple seeds produced by trees on NDA’s campus.  As of now, 11 of the 14 trees have found permanent homes.  I liked the project on several fronts.  The symbol of our Alumnae Association is a tree and having students take seedlings home that came from trees on NDA’s campus has a nice consonance with our Alumnae symbol.  Environmentally trees provide habitat for any number of insects and animals, trees provide protections against erosion, trees produce oxygen whiule sequestering carbon dioxide, and trees provide shade that can cut cooling bills.  Beyond that trees beautify our communities and our lives.

NDA Environmental Club 2011-2012

27 May

This will be our electronic home for the next academic year.

Relay For Life Link

26 May

Here it is

Event Details

RFL FY10 BP - Event Details1June 3-4,2011 7:00 PM-7:00 AM
Dixie Heights High School

RFL FY10 BP - Sign Up Btn RFL FY10 BP - Donate Btn

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. At Relay, teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length.

Although every Relay For Life is different, there are certain traditions at all Relays, no matter where they are held. These traditions help participants celebrate, remember, and fight back.

RFL FY10 BP - Event Details2Celebrate – The Survivors Lap
Relay starts with a Survivors Lap an inspirational time when survivors are invited to circle the track together and help everyone celebrate the victories we’ve achieved over cancer. The Survivors Lap is an emotional example of how Relay participants are creating a world with more birthdays like those of each individual on the track.

Remember – The Luminaria Ceremony
After dark, we honor people who have been touched by cancer and remember loved ones lost to the disease during the Luminaria Ceremony. Candles are lit inside bags filled with sand, each one bearing the name of a person touched by cancer, and participants often walk a lap in silence.

Fight Back – The Fight Back Ceremony
Last, there is a Fight Back Ceremony, where we make a personal commitment to save lives by taking up the fight against cancer.

No matter where you are, there’s a place for you at Relay and you can make a difference today by signing up online to start your own team or by simply making a donation.

Thanks to Relay participants, we are creating a world with more birthdays a world where cancer can’t claim another year of anyone’s life.

For more information about Relay For Life, visit our Relay For Life information page

Church History Documents for the Exam Essay

26 May

Notable quotations from the papal encyclical

Rerum Novarum (On the Condition of Workers)
Pope Leo XIII, 1891

This Land Is Home to Me
Appalachian Catholic Bishops, 1975

Church History Videos

24 May

Roman Catholic – Eastern Orthodox Dialogue 

History of Methodism Video

I will try to play them tomorrow in class – DM

Church History Review Sheet

24 May

Church History Review Sheet

  1. Universities 358
  2. Scholasticism p. 363
  3. Thomas Aquinas p. 364
  4. Franciscans and Dominicans – How they differ from Benedictines
  5. Gothic Cathedrals 377
  6. Vernacular Literature 381
  7. Avignon Papacy/ Babylonian Captivity p. 395
  8. Black Plague p. 399
  9. Western Schism p. 409
  10. Council of Constance p. 412
  11. William of Ockham p. 414
  12. Jan Hus p. 416
  13. Humanism 430
  14. Dante p. 432
  15. Machiavelli 436
  16. Michelangelo p. 438
  17. Erasmus p. 444
  18. Renaissance Popes p. 447
  19. Marranos and Moriscos p. 459
  20. Martin Luther 466
    1. 3 Alones
    2. 95 Thesis
    3. View of Peasants
    4. 2 Swords
  21. John Calvin 476

a. Predestination

b.     TULIP

c. Theocracy

  1. Henry VIII 479

a.   Originally a Defender of the Faith

b.   Politics of Reform

c.   Property

  1. Council of Trent 1545-1563

a.            Seminary

b.           Liturgy

c.            Clarifies Teaching

  1. The Jesuits

a.        Ignatius of Loyola

b.       Education

c.        Travels

d.       Francis Xavier

  1. Missionary Church Ch. 15

a.   India – Thomas Christians

b.   Columbian Exchange

c.   Conquistadors

d.   China – Chinese Rites? Matteo Ricci 562

e.   Japan

  1.  Enlightenment Ch. 17
  2. Scientific Advances
  3. Gallicanism 582
  4. Rousseau 602
  5. Thomas Hobbes
  6. John Locke
  7. French Revolution and anti-clericalism 630
  8. Ultramontanism p. 666
  9. Vatican I p. 670
  10. Freud, Marx and Nietzsche* 684
  11. Rerum Novarum 689
  12. Vatican II p. 735
  13. Open the Windows of the Church
  14. Religious Freedom
  15. Liturgy
  16. Church and the Modern World
  17. John Paul II 745
  18. Anti-Catholicism in US History
  19. John Carroll 767
  20. Lay Trusteeism p. 768
  21. Cardinal Gibbons and the Knights of Labor
  22. John A. Ryan, Rerum Novarum, and the 1919 Letter
  23. Cesar Chavez and Dorothy Day
  24. Communion of Immigrants in the US
  25. Catholic School System in the US

Church History Short Answer and Essay Topics

Short Answer Topics – Answer 3 of 6

  1. Select one region of the world (chapter 15) and explain the Church’s relation to that region of the world during the period of colonialism.
  2. What role did the parish and the parish school play for Catholics in the US? (remember 1919)
  3. Describe some differences between Martin Luther and Henry VIII’s splits with the Catholic Church.
  4. How did the Babylonian Captivity and Western Schism weaken the Church?
  5. What did Cardinal Gibbons do on the question of labor?
  6. How did the Jesuit Order respond to the crisis of the Reformation?

Essay Topics – Answer 1 of 2

  1. Evaluate selections from Rerum Novarum and the Appalachian Bishops’ Letter (documents provided).  Explain what is similar about each document.  Explain how each document responds to the historical circumstances of 1891 and 1975.
  2. Select and explain three instances from the entirety of Church History that demonstrates creative fidelity to Jesus’ call for discipleship.  Two of your three examples have to come after the year 1000 AD.