“Accurate communication is crucial to understanding pressures
on the natural environment,” according to Dr. Helen Varner,
dean of the College of Communication.
In order to help people do just that, and in response to marketplace
demands for graduates who can do it, the college has created
a new course, Environmental Commnication, that aims to assist
students from many disciplines in presenting environmental
information to the public in accurate and understandable
Students will study classic and contemporary environmental works
in print, television, and film,” said Dr. Jan Knight, who
developed the course. “And they will take occasional
field trips to local natural areas."
A course adviser is Dr. Chris Winn, director of Marine and
Environmental Science at HPU. Students will be introduced
to the program’s
work in Kane‘ohe Bay, which focuses on tracking changes
in O‘ahu’s near-shore environment. As their final
project, students will design materials aimed to educate the
public about the Kane‘ohe Bay effort and its implications
for the natural environment at large.
COM 3804, Environmental Communication, will be offered for
the first time this fall from 12:30 p.m. to 1:55 p.m. on
Tuesdays and Thursdays downtown. Call 544-0829.