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Leading-Edge Environmental College to Hold Open House, Unity College Campus Events Slated for November 9

Posted Nov. 06, 2013, at 6:41 p.m.

Unity, Maine – November, 2013 – As the green jobs market continues to blossom across the United States and internationally, one of America’s premier environmental colleges is blazing a new path for higher education.

Prospective students will have the opportunity to learn the range of in-demand environmental career paths available to them during Unity College’s Open House, slated for Saturday, November 9.

Events begin with an 8:30 a.m. registration in the Student Center, which is located in the Student Activities Building. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in campus tours, attend information sessions on financial aid, career resources and internships, and learn about student life from undergraduates.

Demonstrations will take place in different locations across campus throughout the day. The community fair showcases each of the 16 career friendly majors offered at Unity College. Faculty and staff from each program will be in attendance to meet students and their families, and answer questions.

Unity College students have ample opportunities to pursue research as undergraduates. In 2013, the College began a multi-year black bear study in central Maine. The study is the first in the United States to directly involve college undergraduates in the trapping and tracking of bears, specifically, Maine black bears. The Open House will feature a bear study demonstration with students who were featured in a National Public Radio story about the study.

Other demonstrations include tracking squirrels using radio telemetry and a sustainability energy / agriculture tour of the campus.

Full details and registration materials are on the Unity College web site at www.unity.edu. Unity College is located at 90 Quaker Hill Road, Unity, Maine.

Through its hands-on approach to learning and first in the nation focus on sustainability science, the leading-edge of transdisciplinary (collaborative) environmental problem solving, Unity College prepares students not only for current environmental careers, but for careers that are only now being imagined.

President Stephen Mulkey, an internationally recognized scientist, says that graduates are uniquely poised for long-term success.

“Our graduates are prepared not only for their first job, but for their fifth,” Mulkey noted. The hands-on learning, personal attention received, and real world skills that students develop give them a strong head start on their careers, he says.

“Graduates have a comprehensive set of science, communications, and problem solving skills that allow them to flourish not only in their first job after graduation, but throughout their career as they adapt, develop, and become environmental leaders,” explained Dr. Melik Peter Khoury, Senior Vice President for External Affairs. With one of the best retention rates among like sized colleges, Khoury says that students who choose Unity College are clearly well informed decision makers.

“Being well informed does not mean following a rigid path to graduation,” said Khoury. “Some students begin their studies at Unity College by sampling a broad range of courses. They are then in a strong position to choose the right career path after their first year, while still graduating within four years.”

Unity College students develop skills and experiences that employers prize, pursuing internships across the United States and internationally. For example, Unity College students have recently pursued career track internships in Israel, Namibia, Belize, and China.

An important aspect of Open House is for prospective students to gain a glimpse into what life as a Unity College student can be for them.

“The objective of Open House is to allow students to get to know Unity College,” noted Joe Saltalamachia, Director of Admissions. “This is part of a comprehensive process designed to help prospective students find out whether Unity College is right for them.”

Nestled in the verdant farm country of mid-coast Maine, only a short drive from the coast, Unity College is ideally located for its environmental mission. Students utilize the area’s natural resources on a daily basis during classes, research, and recreational activities.

The quality of the educational experience offered is embodied by the host of accolades the College has received.

Unity College has been nominated as the Green University of the Year for the 2013 Climate Change Award by Responding to Climate Change (RTCC). This international award nomination recognizes Unity College for its green leadership, Unity being the only institution of higher learning from the United States to be nominated.

In recent years Unity College has gained national attention for a variety of achievements including for its focus on sustainability science, the leading-edge of 21st century ecological problem solving and the vanguard in the fight for the mitigation of global climate change; its ground-breaking green innovations such as the award-winning TerraHaus, the first student residence on a college or university campus built to the Passive House standard, the most energy efficient building standard in the world; and being the first college in the United States to divest from investments in fossil fuels, igniting a growing national movement in higher education.

Unity College is a private college in rural Maine that provides dedicated, engaged students with a liberal arts education that emphasizes the environment and natural resources. Unity College graduates are prepared to be environmental stewards, effective leaders, and responsible citizens through active learning experiences within a supportive community.

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