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Penny Feltner

Penny Feltner, Mother of Mercy High School, first came to Thomas More as a high school student for our summer STEM Institute. During this week on campus, Penny became familiar with the Environmental Science program and the Biology Field Station. While at Thomas More, Penny earned a B.A. in Environmental Science, an Associates in Biology, a concentration in Ecology and was a member of the Honors Program. She will graduate in May with a 3.95 GPA. Alongside her academic success, she completed research in environmental education, designing an interactive nature trail guide for the Sister Mary Laurence Interpretive Nature Trail at the Field Station and creating teaching materials for students and educators who visit. She has spoken on the topic of college campus sustainability efforts at the 2010 Bioneers Conference and in the summer of 2011, Penny worked as a sustainable agriculture intern at Gorman Heritage Farm in Evendale, Ohio, where she educated the public about sustainable agricultural methods. In the fall of that year she completed an environmental assessment and action plan for Gorman Farm's pond and stream systems, so that farm management might improve the health and ecology of their surface waters. Her senior research on pemaculture as a sustainable alternative agriculture method has confirmed Penny's desire to pursue research in ecolgically-sensitive agriculture and in educating the public. Upon gradution, she plans to attend the University of Miami, Oxford, to complete her MEn. and serve as a graduate assistant to the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.