Volume IV, Number X
April 23, 2004'
Students Compile First Field Guide to Mt. Mitchell,
Future College Textbook
by Jennifer Kaiser
In the past year, envirounicutal studies majors, Andrew Call, Clay Hanna. Brant Bullock, Tiffany
Stoddart, Leah Kelley, and Monica Hclderman, researched material for the first Mount Mitchell field
guide. Once published, the book will serve as an informational tool for Mt. Mitchell visitors and as a
textbook for students learning about the highest peak east of the Mississippi River.
Writing Center Attendance
Dips and Stabilizes
by Batchimeg Sambalaibat
Early this semester, the
number of visitors to The Writ
ing Center (TWC) dropped
compared to previous spring
semesters. But finals and end
of year assignments propelled
involvement and compensated
for the initial lull.
The consultants typically,
service more students, espe
cially freshmen, in the fall
semester than in the spring.
Kortney Blythe, two-year
TWC veteran consultant, attri
butes this to the fact that, “as
the year progresses, freshmen
gain confidence in their work
and many students procrasti
nate more and more, leaving
no time for visiting The Writ
Writing Center Director and
English Adjunct Betty Sue
James attributes this decrease
to faculty members who have
gotten away from requiring or
strongly advising students
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"/ have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live,
but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by
faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself
- Galatians 2:20 NIV
Last fall, six Environmental
Studies majors set out to write
the first comprehensive field
guide to Mt. Mitchell. Now,
seven months later, they are
nearing the end of the second
phase of this project.
Under the leadership of Envi
ronmental Studies Professors
Dr. Brad Daniel and Dr. Mike
Sonnenberg, Leah Kelley, Clay
Hanna, Tiffany Stoddart, Brant
Bullock, Andrew Call, and
Monica Helderman hope to pub
lish a book that will be helpful
to future Montreat students and
visitors to Mt. Mitchell.
In Fall 2002, Brad Daniel
suggested that students consider
creating a field guide for Mt.
Mitchell which, despite being
the highest peak east of the Mis
sissippi River, has never had a
field guide published about it.
“The real significance of this
book,” says Daniel, “is that no
book of this type exists on Mt.
This field guide will be a
comprehensive collection of
information relative to the Mt.
Mitchell State Park. There will
be sections devoted to the his
tory, geology, and hydrology
of the park, as well as informa
tion on the plants, mammals,
amphibians, and reptiles found
in the area. The team estimates
the book at about 250 pages
long, complete with extensive
photographs of native wildlife.
Sonnenberg says, “these stu
dents are not just trying to enrich
their lives, but the lives of the
people who will read this book.”
Environmental Studies majors
are required to complete two
semesters of a project-oriented
class, called Naturalist Practi-
cum. For this course, they can
select and tackle an environmen
tal project of interest to them.
This year, six out of seven of the
students decided to work on the
Mt. Mitchell field guide. For the
fall semester, these students
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Seniors Sarah Tangalakis and Rob Breinich danced the night away at the Spring Formal held on April
3,2004 at the Biltmore Estate. For more Spring Formal pictures, go to www.montreat.edu/whetstone.