Alumni College Details.


Alumni College Details

Alumni College: Rare Wildlife Revealed

Saturday, June 2 | 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Seminary Hall Patio and Atrium
With Tammy Windfelder, Associate Professor of Biology, and David Wheeler, Executive Director, Conserve Wildlife Foundation

In contrast to the state’s reputation, New Jersey offers unmatched wildlife and an array of outdoor nature adventures—all within a short drive of anywhere in the state. Nature author and Conserve Wildlife Foundation executive director David Wheeler spent a year exploring the state’s unparalleled diversity of wildlife species that call New Jersey home, its dramatic range of wildlife habitats and its ample opportunities for thrilling nature activities like dogsledding, mountain hiking and wildlife boat tours. From bald eagles and bobcats to horseshoe crabs and tiger salamanders, wild New Jersey brings nature to life!

David Wheeler has served as the executive director of the nonprofit Conserve Wildlife Foundation (CWF), which works to protect rare wildlife in New Jersey and beyond, since 2012. CWF has partnered with the renowned artist James Fiorentino C’99 on Rare Wildlife Revealed, a popular three-year traveling exhibition that has reached audiences throughout New Jersey and New York. Mr. Wheeler also teaches environmental communication at Rutgers University’s School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. He has written for the Star Ledger, E the Environmental Magazine, NJEA Review and other media. He wrote the 2011 book Wild New Jersey: Nature Adventures in the Garden State, and wrote the foreword to the Jim Wright book Bald Eagles in the Meadowlands and Beyond. Mr. Wheeler earned his MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and his BA from American University in Washington DC, and was a 2017 Fellow with Lead New Jersey.

Tammy Windfelder has been at Drew for 16 years. Her research interest is behavioral ecology, with an emphasis on animal behavior and population biology. Current research in Professor Windfelder’s lab focuses on small mammal species on Drew’s campus and at the Great Swamp Watershed Association’s Conservation Management Area, investigating the impact of white-tailed deer on the small mammal community as well as the responses of wild mammals to natural disaster and disease. Her previous research focused on primates in both the Peruvian Amazon and the rainforests of Uganda, where she studied ecological factors influencing patterns of group-living and social behavior, as well as primate communication.

Alumni College: Outsiders, Populists and Nationalists in American History

Saturday, June 2 | 3:30-5:00 p.m.
With William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor Emeritus Perry Leavell

Democracy has seldom been beautiful. Watching it in action has been compared to watching how sausage is made. Professor Emeritus Perry Leavell will discuss how American Democracy has been shaped by outsiders like Andrew Jackson, populists like Huey Long, and nationalists like Henry Cabot in search of context for the current political moment. Perry’s talk will be followed by opportunities for discussion by the audience.


The James Fiorentino C’99 Traveling Art Exhibition in Partnership with Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey

Rare Wildlife Revealed

Opening reception Friday, June 1
4–6 p.m.
Korn Gallery
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts

James Fiorentino’s evocative watercolors of some of New Jersey’s most endangered and vulnerable wildlife species educate and engage viewers about the precipitous declines that many of these species have undergone. By putting a spotlight on these charismatic yet often-overlooked, wildlife species, James’ partnership with CWF seeks to bring attention to the very tangible steps that people can take to save and strengthen these wildlife populations.

Join us for the opening reception on Friday, June 1, where the Raptor Trust of NJ will host a special presentation with a live bird of prey. A book about the exhibit, with a foreword by Governor Tom Kean, will be available for purchase.

Sponsored by Omni Distribution, LLC, Flying Fish Brewing Company, Merrill G. & Emita Hastings Foundation, Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery and Somerset Patriots.