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The College received a 119-acre donation of ecological wonder to be conserved in a natural state and used as a “living classroom.” On June 21, Adrian College announced its acquisition of “Walden West,” a 119-acre nature reserve. The Lenawee County property is home to a remarkably unique ecosystem. “I don’t believe I have encountered a greater diversity of habitats in 119 acres anywhere else in the world,” said Dr. Jeffrey Lake, assistant professor of biology and environmental science at Adrian College. The real estate was generously donated by Jim and Mary White, who reside in Ann Arbor. As for the motivation behind this kind act, Jim cited his hope that “a wide range of teachers and students will use it — and love it.” To secure their dream, the couple worked with two nonprofit conservancies prior to making the official donation, guaranteeing the permanent protection of

the property’s numerous habitats. The impact of the Whites' gift has already become apparent to many. As Dr. Lake noted, “We have found at least four species of carnivorous plants, three types of orchids, several types of milkweeds and numerous other species of plants already … and that is only about 5 weeks of collecting.” In the words of Dr. Jeffrey Docking, Adrian College president, “this gift will truly benefit the entire community and state for decades to come.”

Bringing Up Baby, Bulldogs On August 15, the Baby Bulldog Center opened at Adrian College. Located on the first floor of Valade Hall, the BBC provides high-quality daycare for up to 12 children. Youths up to three years of age including newborns, are eligible for enrollment. These “Baby Bulldogs” are led in educational, developmentally appropriate play by licensed childcare professionals, who work under the direction of Mary Bruggenwirth. The Center will provide a “laboratory classroom” for Adrian College’s teacher education students. Working under the

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supervision of the head teacher, these elder Bulldogs can further their pursuit of an Early Childhood General and Special Education (ZS) Endorsement. According to Dr. Andrea Milner, the former director of the Institute for Education and recently named dean of graduate studies, “Schools are looking for teachers who have credentials, such as the early childhood endorsement, beyond the basic certification . . . We want to give all our students ­­­— babies and undergraduates — the best start we can.”

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