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So You Want To Work With Animals...

Posted by Jonathan Twining on Sep 29, 2015 4:13:08 PM

When I ask a biology student about his/her career interests for the first time, I often hear “I don’t know … I just want to work with animals.” Unfortunately, beyond a career in veterinary medicine, most students don’t know what possibilities exist for working with animals. And for some, becoming a practicing veterinarian may be out of reach for a variety of reasons. But that shouldn’t stop you from working with animals. One of my former students, Jen (Kitchen) Shepard, just completed an excellent veterinary technician program and is enjoying her work at South Coast Animal Hospital.

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Topics: Education, Academics, Environmental Science, Biology

Social Media and Psychology – What Do They Have In Common?

Posted by ENC on Sep 23, 2015 10:00:13 AM

We all know that social media is immensely popular nowadays. But did you know psychology plays a huge role in why social media is off the charts popular with nearly all ages? Social media is also changing just like we are, and it’s changing the way we relate to one another, communicate, share and yes, even form our own personal identity.

 

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Topics: Academics

Costa Rica Cup 'O Joe

Posted by Jonathan Twining on Sep 15, 2015 6:00:00 PM

I’ve been teaching college long enough to know that coffee is the first thing on the mind of most students in the morning.  As a scientist, I would hypothesize that out of 16 or so students on the first day of my upper division conservation biology course this fall, there will be at least 50% with a Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts cup.  And I can say with 95% certainty that at least one person will come to class late in the first two weeks of school because they were “in the line at Starbucks”.    Or they will come to class and immediately ask if they can please go get a coffee and come right back.

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Topics: Education, Academics, Environmental Science, Biology

Face-To-Face Learning; Why Is It Important?

Posted by ENC on Aug 25, 2015 1:30:00 PM

Over the years face-to-face has been the go to method for learning because it provides students with hands on experiences that apply to real life. It also gives students and teachers alike the opportunity to interact with and be accountable for each other. This is not to say that online learning has no value, but rather to point out the essentiality of face-to-face learning. 

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Topics: ENC Faculty, Education, Academics

Teaching in the STEM Fields

Posted by Lorne Ranstrom on Jul 7, 2015 8:26:00 AM

Have you ever thought about entering the teaching profession, particularly in a discipline where there is a need for teachers? When thinking about entering the profession, many focus on a particular age of student with whom they would like to work such as 3rd graders or high school seniors. I often hear students become animated when talking about working with students. I also hear students who are considering entering the profession become animated when talking about a particular content area in which they have an interest. 

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Topics: ENC Faculty, Education, Academics

Thinking Outside the Box (Part 2)

Posted by Bill McCoy on Jun 18, 2015 2:00:00 PM

In Part 1 of this blog post, I talked about the necessity of cultivating a habit of "outside the box thinking" and how I experience that in my work as a historian. Such habits of thought are, I think, among the most valuable elements of the kind of education we pursue at Eastern Nazarene College.

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Topics: ENC Faculty, History, Academics

Thinking Outside the Box (Part 1)

Posted by Bill McCoy on Jun 16, 2015 2:00:00 PM

At the end of every academic year, it is our habit in the History Department to hold an end of the year Senior Banquet, when we celebrate the achievements of the past year and say our farewells to graduating seniors. Amidst the festivities, we usually pause for a few minutes of reflection we call “Thoughts from the Chair,” when the department chair offers a few words of reflection, inspiration, and/or challenge to those in attendance. 

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Topics: ENC Faculty, Academics

Exploring Costa Rica (And Encountering A Terciopelo) - Part 2

Posted by Jonathan Twining on Jun 11, 2015 2:00:00 PM

“Can you hear the dink frog in the vegetation over here?” I said to my colleague Dr. Darrin Grinder of Northwest Nazarene University. I went looking for this tiny frog that made such a loud, chirping call, but had no success. As I gave up, a thought went through my head … “Turn and look before you step”. As I turned, I gasped, for there before me was a large terciopelo (or fer-de-lance), one of the most venomous and dangerous snakes in Central America. She was about 5 feet long, and curled up on the path next to an enormous pile of brush. This was a snake I had longed to see (from a safe distance) since I started going to Costa Rica. I stood there admiring this beautiful animal until she finally decided she could no longer tolerate my presence, and moved off into the brush pile. The encounter was over. Or was it?

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Topics: ENC Faculty, Academics, Environmental Science

Exploring Costa Rica - Part 1

Posted by Jonathan Twining on Jun 9, 2015 2:00:00 PM

The alarm went off at 4 AM, and I scrambled to get together my video gear and eat breakfast. We were leaving at 4:30 AM to drive to the top of Cerro de la Muerte, the 4th highest peak in Costa Rica at 11,322 feet, to catch the sunrise. From there my colleagues, Dr. John Cossel and Dr. Leslie Hay of Northwest Nazarene University, and their 19 students would hike down to the Quetzal Education Research Center (QERC) through the cloud forest. We caught just a glimpse of the sunrise before the clouds moved into the valley below us, obscuring the sun’s rays.

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Topics: ENC Faculty, Academics, Environmental Science

5 Reasons To Study Physics And Engineering At Eastern Nazarene College – Right Here In Boston

Posted by ENC on Apr 30, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Did you know that earning your degree in Physics or Engineering at Eastern Nazarene College positions you extremely well to get a job after graduation? Boston is known as one of the top Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) innovation cities in the world offering unparalleled internship and research opportunities for students. Boston is also home to numerous science-related companies looking to hire college graduates - just six miles from ENC's campus.

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Topics: Academics, Boston and Quincy Opportunities