Breakout Session 3

Breakout Session 3 is from 1:15-3 p.m. 




Arise: Screening and Panel Discussion                                               

A film that captures the portraits and stories of extraordinary women around the world who are coming together to heal the injustices against the earth, weaves together poetry, music, art and stunning scenery to create a hopeful and collective story that inspires us to work for the Earth. Written by Lori Joyce. Running time: 80 minutes. Room H200.


Outdoor Track: Meet on patio between H200 and cafeteria. 

Monica Atwell  

A Hands-On Food Pantry: The North Lake College Community Garden
Yolanda Romero and Phi Theta Kappa 

This session will address how the NLC garden was started, its purpose, its educational opportunities and the societal benefits.  

Dr. Yolanda Romero was the first Mexican-American woman to receive a doctorate in history from a Texas institution, and the 13th in the United States. Dr. Romero spends hundreds of hours each year working with honors students in North Lake’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society. She actively promotes education and civic engagement among area students and is an expert in oral history. Dr. Romero has published countless articles on the multicultural history of Texas, interviewed Las Colinas founder Ben Carpenter and been honored by the Points of Light Foundation, founded by President George H.W. Bush.   

Living and Learning Garden
Chris Marrs

The Living Learning Garden is a product of a collaboration between North Lake’s native garden committee, facilities team and the biology department. This started in 2005-2006 with the reclaiming of the area behind the lake. The plan started with plants that the biology department could use as teaching tools and now includes more of the campus, as outdoor labs, photography settings and peaceful sitting areas. This talk will also cover future plans for the gardens, like alternative energy or aquatic features.  

Chris Marrs is the grounds supervisor at North Lake College and a member of the Sustainable Blazers team. During his time at NLC, the college has added planned native landscaped areas, increased recycling and reusing of green waste, created a metal recycling program and begun adding smart irrigation controllers to reduce overall water consumption. Chris was instrumental in helping NLC become a Tree Campus U.S.A. school.