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Funding for Sustainable Community Agriculture Education

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF UNIVERSITY FUNDING FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY AGRICULTURE EDUCATION

Approved November 7, 2005

Whereas,    the Mission Statement of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University states that “The Associated Students…[shall] provide an official voice through which students’ opinions may be expressed;” and,

Whereas,    the Mission Statement of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University states that “The specific purpose of this corporation is to…stimulate the educational…well-being of the University community;” and,

Whereas,    Humboldt State University’s Vision Statement states that Humboldt State University is “a premier institution that is devoted to the study and preservation of the environment and its natural resources;” and,

Whereas,    Humboldt State University draws students for their interest in sustainable communities and development; and,

Whereas,    sustainable and community agriculture is considered one of the single most influential choices in reducing human’s ecological footprint/impact on the environment; and,

Whereas,    Humboldt State University has offered hands-on courses such as Engineering (ENGR) 380: Community Agriculture, which utilizes the Arcata Educational Farm as a laboratory and educational forum; and,

Whereas,    ENGR 380, Community Agriculture, had funding discontinued in 2003; and,

Whereas,    no other courses regarding community and sustainable agriculture are currently offered through Humboldt State University; and,

Whereas,    ENGR 380 is not being offered at Humboldt State University after the Fall of 2005 because the volunteers who have lectured ENGR 380 since 2003 are unavailable to teach without pay; and,

Whereas,    previous attempts to secure the future survival of sustainable and community agriculture curriculum have failed; and

Whereas,    no supplemental courses or programs to this course and curriculum are planned to be offered in the future at Humboldt State University; and,

Whereas,    the Environmental Science degree concentration “Soils

            and Alternative Agriculture” does not have a complete curriculum without a course regarding sustainable

            agriculture; therefore be it,

Resolved,  the Associated Students of Humboldt State University support an administrative decision to fund a course or courses teaching community and sustainable agriculture; therefore be it further,

Resolved,  that copies of this resolution shall be sent, but not limited to; HSU President Rollin Richmond, Rick Vrem, Provost, James Howard, Dean of the College of Natural Resources & Sciences, Sayeed Mortazavi, Chair of the Academic Senate, Beth Eschenbauch Chair of Environmental Resource Engineering Department, all campus clubs and organizations, all A.S. Programs, the Lumberjack News, and the local media.

Authored by:  Michaela Neumann & Jennifer Fusaro

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          Michaela Neumann                                       Jennifer Fusaro

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    Noah Schillo, Representative                       Carl Shoemaker, Representative

College of Natural Resources & Sciences                       Graduate Studies

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            David Backues,                                    Nicole Alvarado

        Legislative Vice President                                   President

Original signatures on file with the Associated Students