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Ferrum College to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Earth Day with Noted Activist Ted Strong


For immediate release:
April 19, 2010
Contact: John Carlin, (540) 365-4300


Native American activist Ted Strong will highlight Earth Day activities at Ferrum College on April 22. Strong, who is noted for a long list of environmentally sensitive accomplishments related to his heritage as a member of the Yakama Nation in the State of Washington, will appear with his granddaughters, Monet Becenti and Marianne Gonzales. “It will be an honor for my granddaughters and I to attend and provide an intergenerational perspective about sustainability from a Native American perspective that ties in with the Ferrum curriculum,” said Strong.

Strong’s list of accomplishments include serving on the President’s Council on Sustainable Development for President Bill Clinton. He also successfully mediated disagreements between Native Americans and governmental agencies in the Pacific Northwest over the salmon fishery. He is currently the owner and President of Twilight Lodge Development Company, specializing in cultural resources management, tribal economic development and natural resources management.

Strong will participate in a number of activities on campus including an Earth Day Blessing with Ferrum College Dean of the Chapel and Religious Life Wes Astin at the edge of Adams Lake. The days’ activities will be capped by a presentation by Strong, Becenti and Gonzales in the Blue Ridge Mountain Room at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

“Ted Strong’s message of responsibility to the earth fits perfectly with our sustainability efforts here at Ferrum College,” said campus Sustainability Coordinator Rachel Troyer. “The fact that his granddaughters are following in his footsteps and are willing and able to give a younger generations perspective makes the visit even better.”

Earth Day 40th Anniversary events on the campus of Ferrum College are as follows:

12:30 - 2 p.m. Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming (webcast and brainstorming)

12:30 – 3 p.m. Tree Planting in memory of Jess Goode -- Arboretum

4:00 p.m. Trash pick up -- Meet at Garber Hall

6:30 p.m. Earth Day Blessing – Adams Lake near Stanley Library

7:00 p.m. An Intergenerational, Native American Perspective on Sustainability: presentation and discussion by Ted Strong – Blue Ridge Mountain Room Refreshments to follow.