Know Your Fellow Campus Residents
Drew Magazine publishes a poster and interactive guide to the species that surround you
You know who heads back for thirds in the Commons and you know who’s addicted to Twitter. You know who’s talkative at faculty meetings and who’s worked here for decades. But how much do you know about the other species in the Forest—the graceful pin oaks, the sun-loving painted turtles or the ill-mannered blue jays, about whom the wife of a former seminary professor had nothing kind to say?
“I for one wish he would migrate,” wrote Mrs. Olin A. Curtis, whose husband taught systematic theology at Drew at the turn of the 20th century. “And I wish he would take with him that imported pest, the English sparrow.”
In the Winter 2012 issue of Drew Magazine, Roberto Osti, an adjunct professor in the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, captures 45 of these species in “Four Seasons at Drew,” a luminous watercolor. Besides teaching courses such as “Introduction to Medical and Scientific Illustration” and “The Botany of Healing,” Osti is also a fine artist whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including Natural History and Scientific American.
In the print magazine, the illustration is a pull-out poster that can dress up drab walls. Online, the drawing has pop-up boxes that elucidate the marvels of the Forest, from lists of bird sightings and book recommendations to visual tips on how to tell one type of oak leaf from another. The interactive version also links to a glorious description, by Mrs. Olin’s less crabby spouse, of trees at Drew, which itself is worth reading.–Renee Olson