Hugh Brown, professor emeritus, has exited "retirement" to take a full-time position as field station director at the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings, Michigan (northwest of Battle Creek).
We hosted a good send-off reception in his honor on Wednesday, January 12, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Ball State University Alumni Center. This event was co-sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM), and the NREM Alumni Society.
Brown’s new position is similar to his recent role with the Field Station and Environmental Education Center at Ball State. The Pierce Cedar Creek property is protected by a conservation easement held by the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy, and Brown will continue his involvement with land trusts.
He begins work in Michigan on January 17, 2011, and will develop a research program at the institute and supervise their undergraduate research program. You can visit the website (http://www.cedarcreekinstitute.org/) to get more information on facilities and programs. He describes the facility as "a lovely 661-acre property and some of the nicest buildings that I have seen on a field station." You can be sure that faculty, students, alumni and friends will want to visit the Institute over the ensuing years.
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