Meet the DukeEngage Students

Selene ProfName: Selene Spatz

Hometown: Conway, Arkansas

Year: Junior

Major/Field of study: Mechanical engineering

Environmental Interests: Renewable energy and making aerospace more energy efficient. I also love composting and recycling.

Community partner/position:  The Nature Conservancy–Philanthropy campaign coordinator

Favorite Place in the U.S.: Home! Specifically my grandparents’ house on holidays or while my grandmother is making chocolate chip cookies. I also love the national parks.

Favorite Book: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Favorite Quote: “Let me be a little girl as long as I can.” – Jo March, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetName: Shannon Thoits

Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA

Year: Junior

Major/Field of study: Environmental Science B.S.

Minor/Certificate:Marine Science and Conservation Leadership and Sustainability Engagement

Environmental Interests: Water resources and use, sustainability initiatives, conservation, environmental toxicology

Community Partner: SOLVE-Intern

Favorite Place in the U.S.: Yosemite National Park (and generally the entire Sierra Nevada range)

Favorite Book: East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Favorite Quote: “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks” —John Muir

Alison ProfName: Alison Lee

Hometown: Wake Forest, NC

Year: Junior

Major/Field of study: International Comparative Studies

Environmental Interests: Food/agricultural sustainability, food justice

Community Partner: Oregon Food Bank—Garden and Food Pantry Intern

Favorite Place in the U.S.: Virginia Beach

Favorite Book: The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Favorite Quote: “Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it.” –Ayn Rand

IMG_1200Name: Jeffrey Ho

Hometown: Sudbury, MA

Major/Field of study: Public Policy and Statistics (minor in Philosophy)

Year: Senior

Environmental Interests: Conservation and Energy Policy

Community Partner/Position: The Nature Conservancy – Government Relations Intern

Favorite Place in the U.S.: Zion National Park, Utah

Favorite Book: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Favorite Quote: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

Devin Prof PicName: Devin Nieusma

Hometown: Reston, VA

Year: Sophomore

Major/Field of study: Environmental Sciences & Policy, Economics

Environmental Interests: Urban planning, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy policy

Community Partner/Position: Metro–Intern

Favorite Place in the U.S.: Upper Peninsula, Michigan

Favorite Book: Candide by Voltaire

Favorite Quote: “On the surface, an intelligible lie; underneath, the unintelligible truth”

-Milan Kundera

20160427_122400Name: Elise Nelson

Hometown: Huntsville, AL

Major/Field of study: Linguistics

Minor: French and English

Year: Senior

Environmental Interests: Urban Planning and Land Use; Food Systems; Sustainable, Engaged Communities

Community Partner/Position: 1000 Friends of Oregon–Marketing and Communications Intern

Favorite Place in the U.S.: New York, New York

Favorite Book: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Favorite Quote: “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” – Hamlet to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

IMG_5037Name: Bryan Higgins

Hometown: Fairfax, Virginia

Year: Junior

Major/Field of study: Physics

Environmental Interests: Renewable Energy, Energy efficiency

Community Partner/Position: Friends of Trees-intern

Favorite Place in the U.S.: Outer Banks, North Carolina

Favorite Book: Harry Potter (If I had to choose one, it would be Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)

Favorite Quote: “Every place you’ve ever imagined, it’s real. There’s a fictional city in your mind and you know every corner of it. Your mind is a world. Each of us is a place.” – Porter Robinson

Lindsey Prof picName: Lindsey Zimmer

Hometown: Wilmington, NC

Year: Senior

Major/Field of study: Environmental Science and Policy

Minor: Global Health

Environmental Interests: I am interested in food systems and environmental justice

Community Partner/Position: Crag Law Center–administrative intern

Favorite Place in the U.S.: Yellowstone National Park and my beautiful hometown of Wrightsville Beach

Favorite Book: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Favorite Quote: “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Name: Brandon Hull

Hometown: Broomfield, Colorado

Major/Field of study: Economics

Minor: Environmental Science and Policy

Year: Senior

Community Partner/ Position: Metro–Equity and Community Outreach intern

Environmental Interests: Conservation, Sustainable energy

Favorite Place in the U.S.: Telluride, Colorado

Favorite Book: Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Favorite Quote: “A happy family is but an earlier heaven.”-George Bernard Shaw


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Name: Jordan Bollmann (blog publisher)

Hometown: Marysville, Ohio

Major/Field of study: Linguistics

Minor: Spanish and Chemistry

Year: Senior

Environmental Interests: Land use, water law, and the ethics of vegetarianism

Favorite Place in the U.S.: Hocking Valley, Ohio

Favorite Book: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Favorite Quote: “Shoot for the moon; even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” –Les Brown

Community Partner/Position: Crag Law Center—administrative intern