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March 30, 2022, Adrian, Michigan – In the midst of the wildly fluctuating Winter-to-Spring weather in southeastern Michigan, Adrian Dominican Sisters on the Motherhouse Campus were treated to visions of the upcoming Summer. They were listening to the March 16, 2022, quarterly Sustainability Update offered by Jared Aslakson, Permaculture Specialist; Joel Henricks, Director of Facilities and Grounds; and Sister Corinne Sanders, OP, Director of the Office of Sustainability.

Jared spoke of his late-winter work in the greenhouse, propagating about 50 species of native flowers. “So far, so good,” he said. “This year we’re getting serious about ways to extend our growing season both at this end and at the end of the season as it starts to cool down.”

Summer landscaping projects include planting wildflowers near the Weber Center parking lot to beautify it and turn it into a habitat that pollinators would enjoy, as well as giving a facelift to the circle around the statue of St. Dominic behind Weber Center and Madden Hall, Jared said. He also plans to build another pollinator garden and a raingarden.

Joel gave an update on the campus sustainability projects he has undertaken, noting that many are awaiting equipment. The carport in the parking lot of the Regina building is closest to completion, he said. The carport is equipped with solar panels on its roof and houses electric vehicle charging stations, which can charge up to six vehicles at a time. Upcoming projects on the grounds include stocking the newly renovated pond with fish; replacing 23 trees that were taken down from the field where the solar array was installed; and reopening the Cosmic Walk, which was redesigned to avoid areas that are often muddy, Joel said.

Corinne Sanders showcasing items that can be recycled
Sister Corinne Sanders, OP, Director of the Office of Sustainability, offers a “show and tell” of the various items that can be recycled at the Adrian Dominican Sisters Motherhouse Campus.

Sister Corinne updated the Sisters on campus composting efforts. “We’re looking at how we can expand the compost capacities” on campus and at ways to handle compostable products – such as plates and napkins – without overwhelming the system, she said.

Sister Corinne also reminded the Sisters to pay careful attention to the requirements of their local recycling centers. “Wishing that something is recyclable is not helpful, because it could contaminate the rest of the collection and force it to go into the landfill,” she cautioned. She added that, while recycling is a good practice, it is always best to repurpose an item – or not buy an unneeded product – rather than recycling it.

Finally, Sister Corinne addressed a recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, suggesting that the time that we’re in might be more urgent than originally thought. “We’re really looking at the fact that the goal that we have had to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees may be out of reach,” she said. “We keep on doing what we are doing, but maybe with a little more urgency. But I don’t think urgency needs to go to panic.”

Sister Corinne ended on an encouraging note. “We are really engaged well in our goal of mitigating our [carbon] footprint,” she said. “But there’s more work we can do.”

Watch the entire update in the video below.

 


image from online presentation of Motherhouse Art Tour

February 22, 2022, Adrian, Michigan – Not many people have the privilege and joy of living in an art museum, but Sister Suzanne Schreiber’s virtual tour of artwork on the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse Campus demonstrated that the Sisters who live on the campus do, indeed, live in an art museum of sorts. 

Sister Suzanne Schreiber, OP

The February 7, 2022, presentation was part of Weber Retreat and Conference Center’s popular Lunch and Learn Series – held virtually until the retreat center can reopen to the public.

“Our Motherhouse buildings are full of artwork,” Sister Suzanne said. “Just about every hallway, every space, every room has the artwork of Sisters and others on display. It’s like one big gallery.” But too often, she added, Sisters, Associates, and Co-workers walk through the halls of the Motherhouse and glance at the artwork without stopping to really see and appreciate it. Sister Suzanne invited her audience to really see the artwork featured during the tour – and all of the artwork on display on campus.

During her presentation, Sister Suzanne showed slides and discussed a number of artworks, from paintings and photographs to weavings, sculpture, stained glass windows, wooden carvings, and Cuadros – textile work created by women of Peru. In many cases, she offered the backstory of various works of art and discussed the creative process used by artists.

As you watch the presentation below, you are invited to savor the beauty and uniqueness of the artwork displayed throughout the Motherhouse Campus.

 


Feature photo: 
My Father’s Garden, a series of paintings by Sister Barbara Cervenka, OP, lines a wall of Weber Center near the parking lot entrance. Sister Barbara’s work was one of many works of art featured in a tour of the artwork gracing the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse Campus. 


 

 

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