Wednesday, December 3 was Phi Theta Kappa’s (PTK) Fall Chapter Awareness Day. The chapter’s 2019 college project goal hoped to provide more physical activities on campus this semester. “Campus and Community Engagement: Yoga” became the chapter’s focus. Alpha Phi Nu (APN) invited Hope Stauffer, owner of the yoga studio A Hopeful Balance, to share relaxation techniques during the lunch hour with “Yoga on the Lawn.”
Due to cold weather, the event was held in the Naumann Community Room with the floor covered in yoga mats. In the afternoon, the chapter met Stephen Laskovics, Environmental Scientist with FRC East, at Pasty Pond Nature Trail in Newport, NC. Under the theme “Networks of Life,” APN has been studying endangered habitats and species in Eastern NC–specifically interdependence of the Longleaf Pine Forests, the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker, and forest fires. In November, Hugo Cobos, a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Forest Service, gave a presentation to the chapter in preparation for the December 3 field research trip. APN has been researching this topic as part of its 2019 PTK Honors in Action project.