Newsletter_Oct2015 - Marquette Breakfast Rotary Club



Newsletter_Oct2015 - Marquette Breakfast Rotary Club
A Chat With...
Jim Cantrill, Ph.D.
You have a Ph.D. in Speech Communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Your area
of expertise is environmental communications. What exactly is environmental communications? It is the
study of how we communicate about the
environment. How we understand it,
make use of it, make sense of what others say about it. It evolved out of science, nature and health writing to be a
specific sub discipline in the mid to late
1980s. It is about the study of place.
Place is not physical. We create places
in our minds and hearts. Understanding
sense of place is the best way to communicate to others about environmental
issues. For example, climate change.
How do people understand the science
of climate change? People have different perspectives based on where they
live and visit. What is the best way to
communicate to those that are skeptical?
Who do people trust on this topic? Typically, it’s rarely scientists or politicians,
but we’ve found that meteorologists have
a big impact. You have written many
books, text chapters and articles in
your career.
What publication or
presentation stands out as one of the
most satisfying for you? An article I
wrote in 1993 titled “Communication and
Vol 3, Issue 2
Oct 2015
Our Environment: Categorizing Research in Environmental Advocacy.”
Journal of Applied Communication Research, 1993. It changed the way environmental communication studies categorize research to deal with the psychological and social issues. As Department Head of Communication and
Performance Studies at NMU, what is
a typical day like for you? I serve
multiple roles: researcher, professor,
consultant and administrator. As a professor, I am teaching a course this semester. As administrator, I provide service to the university and the community. I meet with faculty on budgets and
schedules and with students to solve
problems. My role as consultant provides services to outside agencies. A
typical day has me sitting in my cave,
addressing email, helping faculty and
students that need assistance and basically problem solving. I like that part helping faculty and students reach their
potential. I least like budgetary issues
and grading. What are you working on
A study of blended landscapes. These are spaces around metro areas where sprawl moves into undisturbed territory and fragments natural
habitat and how we manage it. I will
present this paper in Kenya in January
at a Human Dimensions of Fish & Wildlife conference. Also continue to work
with the Brazilian government on their
goal to preserve the environment in a
natural, social and economic way for
future generations. Includes addressing
conserving water, deforestation, malnutrition and diversifying crops. When you
were a kid, what career did you envision having? Astronaut. My father
worked in the aerospace industry and I
was fascinated by it. I had an appointment from Washington Senator Henry
Jackson to the Air Force Academy when
I finished High School. But then came
Vietnam and I turned the offer down.
What would surprise us about you?
The wide range of jobs I’ve held. I have
herded sheep, been a janitor, a cook,
and worked in the oil fields in the Gulf of
Mexico. I’ve taught high school, college, and been a consultant for government agencies. I am even an internetordained minister and have married
people! For you, what is the best part
about being a Rotarian? Rotarians in
word and deed put service before self. I
really believe in community service – it
makes us whole. I wish more people
would serve. We are blessed and we
give back. Besides your career, what
are you passionate about? What I
love is to fly fish for trout in the Rocky
Mountains after riding horseback all
day! In the past I’ve been passionate
about mountaineering, having climbed
in the Cascades, Mount Rainier, part
way up Half Dome, and 18,000 feet up
into the Andes about 7 years ago.
What’s on the bucket list? I still
would like to climb above 20,000 feet.
There is a mountain in Pakistan, Siri
Kangri, which until a few years ago was
the world’s highest unclimbed peak. I’d
have to get in shape though! I want to
sky dive, travel to Antarctica, the high
Arctic, Switzerland and go back to China. My dream trip is to travel with Beth
(Jim’s wife is fellow Rotarian Beth
Casady) to Kashgar in far western China (an important city on the legendary
Silk Road). Take a Land Rover (or
camel), and head south to the Karakoram Highway (one of the highest paved
international roads in the world at an
elevation of 15,397 feet) which drops
down into North Pakistan and then go
east to New Delhi. What is the most
daring thing you have ever done? It
was the summer after 9th grade. I had
just finished herding sheep in the Cascades (Seattle area). Walking back I
stuck my thumb out and hitchhiked to
Denver. Thought I’d look up an old girlfriend for a visit. Hitchhiked next to San
Francisco and then went home. I was
gone about a week. My father thought I
went climbing in Canada.
A publication for Rotarians to foster deepening
friendships through shared life stories.
Prachi’s Corner
RYE Inbound 2015-16
Hey, everyone! I wanted you all to know
that I am having the best time of my life
right now! Marquette is the prettiest
place I have ever seen and everyone I
meet is very helpful and friendly. I have
almost completed a month here now
and all of my days are filled with fun and
firsts! I have had my first eggs, peanut
butter, first visit to a church, first time
visiting a chapel, my first pasty (it was
delicious ), my first rotary meeting, my
first s'more and so many more firsts that
I lost count of! I love my family and I am
amazed at how much they help me and
cooperate with me so that I don't have
difficulties. We also celebrated my
birthday and it was one of the best evenings of my life. Almost all of my favourite people were there and everybody gave me REALLY good gifts and
we had an amazing cake and I had a lot
of fun! my first week in school so far has
been confusing but fun! I met so many
2015-2016 Board of Directors
Bob’s Archives:
Prachi Shaw
The Board meets the 4th Wednesday
of every month, 7:15 am at the Landmark Inn. All members are welcome to
Chuck Weinrick, President
Johanna Novak, President Elect
Mary Erbisch, Treasurer
Dave Luoma, Secretary
Cathy Enright, Past President
Scott Knaffla
Reed Benton
Mike Ansel
Jenn Huetter
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Oct 2015
new people and found out about things
I never knew! We also had a weekend
filled with joy and fun when all the other
inbounds came to Marquette and I
would like to thank Ellen, Roger and
Bob for organizing that! The rotary
meetings too have been great and are
fun and I often find myself waiting for
Thursdays instead of Fridays!! Thank
you all for hosting me and I couldn't
have asked for anything better!!
A step back in time. Each month we look back over 10
years and see what Bob was informing (or humoring) us about. From the
October 2005 newsletter:
At the last Board meeting: The Board has approved the application of
Leanne Simmons for membership. She is Supervisor of the Baraga Ave.
Branch of the Marquette Catholic Credit Union. A Marquette native, she
and her husband, John, live on Craig Street in Marquette.
By the Numbers:
Marquette Breakfast Rotary
50 Members Strong!
District 6220
1,235,536 Rotarians Worldwide in 35,109 Clubs
The Rotary Four-Way Test:
Of the things we think, say or do:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
A publication for Rotarians to foster deepening
friendships through shared life stories.

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