Events Calendar

Albatross Project: Oct. 10 Events

Join the campus community for two-days of events focused on sustainability.

Date: October 10, 2018 - October 10, 2018
Time: All Day Event
Location: St. John Fisher College Campus

Inspired by the documentary film, “Albatross,” the Albatross Project includes a series of events and activities that seek to explore the economic, social, cultural, political, and environmental dimensions of sustainability through collaborative teaching sessions, film screenings, a sustainability fair, public panels, and student projects.


Panel Discussion: Sustainable Food
9:05 to 11:05 a.m. in Golisano Gateway Midlevel
Led by Drs. Deborah Uman (English) and Ginny Maier (Biology), this discussion will focus on sustainability within the food industry.

Discussion: Public Choice and Complications When We Make Policy
11:15 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. in Golisano Gateway Midlevel
Drs. Clair Smith and Katie Donovan will discuss public choice and some of the complications when we make environmental policy.  It will expose some of how the legislative sausage is made, including the compromises and considerations that impact policy deliberations.

Film Screening: “Albatross”
12:20 to 2:20 p.m. in Basil 135
The inspiration for the project, the film uncovers the devastating affects pollution has on the albatross population of North Pacific Ocean, showing thousands of horrifying photographs of dead birds, their bodies filled with plastic.

Student Presentations: Disasters and Their Social Contexts
3:35 to 5:35 p.m. in Basil 135
Students in Dr. David Bell's Disaster, Hazard, and Risk anthropology course showcase their research related to international health, disaster or crisis response, humanitarian intervention, human rights issues, environmental health, and other elements of public health risk.

Business Workshop: The Power of Impact Assessment: Tools and Strategies for Measuring Business Success
4:30 p.m. in Golisano Gateway Midlevel
$25 for the workshop* Register online until Wednesday, Oct. 3
Designed to help businesses and organizations better understand how to become more environmentally and ethically sustainable. Speakers include Patricia Donahue of Measure Up Finger Lakes; John Nichols and Bob Rissburger of the Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation; and Debbie Friedel, director of sustainability at Delaware North Companies, who will present new initiatives and programs designed to build strong, competitive, and sustainable businesses and community services for Rochester and the Finger Lakes region. The hour-long presentation will be followed by a networking reception.

Lecture: You Don't Need To Be a Scientist To Be Sustainable
6:30 p.m. in Basil 135
Scott Socha '93, president of parks and resorts at Delaware North Companies, will discuss his journey toward sustainability at Delaware North. The keynote is free and open to the public.

Discussion: Sustained Dialogue Discussion of “Albatross”
7:30 to 9:20 p.m. in Wilson Formal
Using sustained dialogue techniques, students, faculty, and staff will discuss the documentary, “Albatross,” and the issues the film raises through its narrative.


For more information about the Albatross Project, email Linda MacCammon at