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Sustaining Our World

Professor Robert Hellström and other BSU community members do their part

Also in this issue: Commencement Plans for Classes of 2020 and 2021, New Scholarships Announced, Alumna Works with NASA Mars Project

President's Perspective

President Frederick W. Clark JR., ESQ., ’83

"Writing this in the early spring of 2021, I can tell you that Bridgewater State University is standing strong. Members of our community have been tested time and again, and each time have found a way to rise. Reflecting on this, I can only say that I am prouder than ever to be a Bear."

Read President Clark's full letter »

Student Perspective

Student Perspective

Matthew Donohue ‘21
Faculty Focus

Faculty Focus

Dr. Elizabeth Englander / Psychology

Natural Resources

By John Winters, G'11

Faculty members do their part in examining critical environmental topics of the day

Faculty researchers at Bridgewater State University hail from every discipline and often are engaged in important, interesting and cutting-edge work. Many of them also mentor students involved in their own research projects.

Knowing well of all this richness, we decided to seek out some faculty members who have made environmental topics the focus of their work. In the pages that follow, we highlight some of their research, as described in their own words.

Dr. Robert Hellström
Professor of Geography
Microclimates’ Impact
Carol Carson
Department of Biology
Saving Stranded Marine Wildlife
Dr. Thilina Surasinghe
Associate Professor in Conservation Biology and Wildlife Ecology
Biodiversity Conservation, Geckos and More
Dr. Brian Payne
Professor of History
Seafood and Sustainability
Dr. Xiangrong Liu
Associate Professor of Management and Marketing
Business Operations in Renewable Energy
Dr. Donald Padgett
Professor of Biology
Turtles and Botany

Featured Stories

Students in Permaculture Garden/Electric car charger at BSU
BSU’s focus on the environment – then, now and into the future
Environmental Action Team
Student group addresses environmental issues through education and events
Ivana George
Professor Ivana George draws attention to the environment through her photography
Dr. Phil Klotzbach, ’99
Dr. Phil Klotzbach, ’99, seeks answers to questions concerning climate change and hurricanes
Annika Jurgilewicz, ’21
Internship points the way ahead for Annika Jurgilewicz, ’21
Through their professional and personal choices, professor and librarian seek to raise students’ awareness of the environment around them

Sustaining Work

By John Winters, G'11

Three alumni do their part for social justice and the environment

Danielle Robidoux, ’10
Alumna’s work in fair trade mixes her passion and interests
Nikki Sauber, ’12
Alumna ensures important programs are effective and can last
Anthony Hebert, ’16, G’18
Double Bear promotes resiliency and sustainability in his work for a Rhode Island city

Alumni Update

Stay Connected: Send your news to the Office of Alumni Relations via email to or mail to: Jones Alumni House, 26 Summer St., Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA 02325.

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Alumni Events

  • Crimson Pride Classic Golf Tournament: Monday, June 28, Waverly Oaks Golf Course, Plymouth
  • Athletic Hall of Fame Induction: Friday, October 22
  • Homecoming: Friday and Saturday, October 22 and 23
  • Donor Appreciation Celebration: Wednesday, November 10

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