First Breakout Session

10 – 10:50 a.m.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: Inland Fisheries Management Overview

Cynthia Holt

Breakout 1

P141

 

Discussion of Inland Fisheries Management Practices.


About the Speaker:
Cynthia Holt

 

Cynthia was born and raised in the great state of Tennessee (Go Big Orange!). She received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Tennessee Tech University in 2007, her Master of Science degree in marine and environmental biology from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La., and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Mississippi State University, working on her doctorate in wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture.

Cynthia has been with Texas Parks and Wildlife since August 2016. Her research interests include sport fish management, pond management and fisheries habitat enhancement. She is currently examining the effects of artificial habitat structures on fish catch rates by anglers in small ponds in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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Make It A Year of Wellness

Ejiro Erogbogbo

Breakout 1

T222

 

HealthSelect Participants are invited to hear about the wellness offerings and mobile tools available to them through the HealthSelect plan. A Q&A session will immediately follow the presentation.


About the Speaker:
Ejiro Erogbogbo

 

A wellness consultant for ERS with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX), Ejiro has more than 10 years of experience in the wellness field. Prior to BCBSTX, Ejiro worked in corporate wellness and served as a senior fitness specialist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She was the site leader for one of the fitness centers and was responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the facility, teaching fitness classes and implementing health promotion initiatives. Before the CDC, she served in multiple capacities in campus recreation at Georgia State University. Her roles included personal trainer, health educator, 5K running clinic instructor and teaching assistant in the Department of Kinesiology. Ejiro has ample experience working with diverse populations and strategically cultivating behavior change.

Ejiro earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and holds a master’s degree in exercise science: fitness and health promotion from Georgia State University. She is also a certified exercise physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). In her spare time, you can find her training for a half marathon, reading a good book or spending quality time with loved ones.

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The Impact of Our Food

Stephen Sturdivant

Breakout 1

F102

 

The environmental impact of our food and how we can reduce those impacts with smarter decisions.


About the Speaker:
Stephen Sturdivant

Stephen Sturdivant has worked for the Environmental Protection Agency Region Six’s sustainable materials management program for nine years.  

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Sustainable Youth Development Programs for Success

Nicole Sias

Breakout 1

C229

 

Who is Raising the Bridge? Our mission and the four impactful ways Raising the Bridge will implement sustainable goals for youth communities. We will discuss the importance of why these four sustainable goals — No Poverty, Quality Education, Partnerships for the Goals and Decent Work and Economic Growth — are important to Raising the Bridge.


About the Speaker:
Nicole Sias

 

Nicole Sias is the chief operating officer for Raising the Bridge. She is responsible for making sure that the organization's operation runs smoothly and coincides with the ultimate mission. Nicole believes that teenage youth are the future for tomorrow, so it is the job of those before them to help teach and guide them to become extraordinary young adults. Nicole has 10 years of experience working with youth groups. She is also the creator of Beauty in a Shell (currently known as the Young Ladies Program), a girls mentoring program housed under Raising the Bridge.

Nicole has an associate degree in business administration and is currently working on a bachelor's degree in business administration at Liberty University. By day, she works for backgroundchecks.com as the data quality team lead for the Data Acquisition Department and currently resides in Mesquite, Texas.

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Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program

Missy Singleton

Breakout 1

C110

 

Overview of the partners for fish and wildlife programs.


About the Speaker:
Missy Singleton

 

Missy Singleton has a degree in wildlife ecology and management from Texas A&M University. She spent the first part of her career in the private sector. She currently works for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a private lands biologist. Her role with the Service is to implement the Partner for Fish and Wildlife Program.

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Fish Sampling Lake Demo Technique (Electrofishing Boat, Trap Net, Gill Net)

Rafe Brock and Tom Hungerford

Breakout 1

Lake ThunderDuck

 

Discussion of Fish Sampling Techniques.


About the Speaker:
Rafe Brock

 

Rafe is a native of south Georgia. He received his associate degree in biology from Middle Georgia College, his bachelor’s degree in forestry resources (fisheries emphasis) from the University of Georgia and his master’s degree in fisheries from Mississippi State University.

Rafe is a 23-year veteran of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. His research interests include developing sustainable fish populations in high use urban lakes and increasing catch rate of anglers fishing in urban lakes.


About the Speaker:
Tom Hungerford

 

Tom grew up in the Kansas City area. He received a bachelor's degree in fisheries biology from Kansas State University. He then went on to a Master of Science program in fisheries at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Tom has been with TPWD since July 2002. His research interests include urban fisheries management, largemouth bass management and trophy catfish management. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing and spending time with his wife, seven-year-old son, and five-year-old daughter.

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Partnerships for Sustainable Education — Examples of Student, Faculty, Staff and Community Sustainability Initiatives and Opportunities at Richland College

Dr. Tara Urbanski

Breakout 1

C140

 

This presentation focuses on sustainability education and initiatives on the Richland College campus. Topics examined include the campus living labs, the variety of partnership opportunities for student internships, faculty participation/collaboration opportunities and community engagement activities. Examples of each are examined and handouts provided for students, faculty, staff and community members interested in participating with sustainable education initiatives and partnerships within the Dallas County Community College District and beyond. At Richland College, we strive to be the best place to learn, teach and build sustainable local and world communities.


About the Speaker:
Dr. Tara Urbanski

 

Dr. Tara L. Urbanski is an experienced professor with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry for the past 10 years. She is skilled in geological and environmental sciences, online education and 3D virtual geology. Her educational background consists of a Bachelor of Arts in geography and a Master of Science degree in environmental science from the University of North Texas, and a Master of Science in geosciences and a doctorate in geosciences from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Dr. Urbanski is a lead faculty member and program coordinator at Richland College, part of the Dallas County Community College District, where she teaches earth and environmental science courses and is a faculty sponsor of the student green team. Dr. Urbanski is also a member of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers and the Geological Society of America.

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Compost-ology: Backyard Composting and Vermicomposting

Lori Delacruz

Breakout 1

SH117

 

In Compost-ology, learn how to turn lawn trimmings into valuable mulch. Participants will also learn two easy methods for composting food scraps.


About the Speaker:
Lori Delacruz

 

Lori is the sustainability coordinator at Mountain View College where she specializes in providing programming regarding sustainability, climate resilience and waste reduction. She is a Master Composter and Master Composter Trainer.

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