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Jesse Schomberg

Jesse Schomberg speaks during an Earth Week news conference on the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) Campus. He unveiled the educational signs seen beside him that are posted along Tischer Creek, a campus trout stream. Schomberg and Nicole Hynum, a graduate student in environmental studies, developed the signs with the help of a $1,550 Beautiful U Grant. The grant funded an anti-littering campaign and campus clean-up at UMD, and creation of an attention-grabbing waste receptacle.

Cindy Hagley, environmental quality educator, and Jesse Schomberg, coastal communities educator, along with staff from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, earned an environmental stewardship award in the community category for “A View From the Lake.” The project, which took residents and local officials on boat trips on Western Lake Superior, was noted for its “outstanding efforts to restore or protect the natural environment in the Lake Superior Basin.” The Lake Superior Binational Forum presented the award during July at a ceremony in Superior, Wisc.

Barb Liukkonen, water resources education coordinator; Nick Zlonis, communication designer; and Eleanor Burkett, Extension Service, were awarded the Sea Grant Program Leaders’ Outstanding Program Award at the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Conference in Alpena, Mich., during June for their project to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species via water gardening. Their partners were Wendy Strombeck (oneD.design), Mike Klepinger (Michigan Sea Grant), and Mandy Beall (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources).

By Sea Grant Staff
October 2006

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