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The King’s University College Becomes Newest Au Sable Sustaining Partner Institution

Apr 10, 2014

The King's University College (Edmonton, Alberta) has officially become a Sustaining Partner college of Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies. Au Sable Executive Director Fred Van Dyke visited King's this week to celebrate the new partnership. The agreement deepens a relationship with King's that began over three decades ago when King's became a participating college with Au Sable. The strengthening of the relationship marks a strong desire in the King's administration and faculty to strengthen their environmental curriculum and equip their students, says Dr. Vern Peters, Association Professor of Biology and Au Sable faculty representative at King's.

"King's students want to be educated as global citizens," explains Peters, "Students can now directly claim Au Sable field stations as their field stations. More importantly, education at these campuses will inform our students of the far reaching effects of present-day society on the health of people, ecological communities, and biomes elsewhere, while equipping them to serve as environmental professionals."

The partnership means King's will make a financial commitment to the Institute as well as to their students by creating an annual scholarship fund to assist King's students in attending the Institute. In addition, King's students will receive guaranteed financial aid and priority summer research positions from this Institute. 

"Our sustaining partnership agreement has effectively doubled our course offerings in ecology, environmental biology, and sustainability," explains Peters, "permitting greater specialization in each of these fields, while making courses more affordable for King's students."

The partnership will go into effect for this summer 2014, which is good news for the four students currently registered to take courses at the Institute this summer.

Says Van Dyke, "We are pleased to join with King's University in this joint commitment to achieving our Christian mission, integrating faith with our academic life and efforts of serving, protecting, and restoring God's earth."