Environmental Author All The Buzz At Salve

This piece was an assignment for Into to Media Writing. The assignment was to create a hypothetical story for print news.


A 2008 Salve Regina University alumna returns to Newport Wednesday to present on how local plants affect birds and bees.

Joanna “Jo” Kennedy has a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and a master’s degree in biology. She is the author of a recently published book called The Birds and the Bees: Why We Should Help Them Thrive, published by HarperCollins in December 2015, in which she talks about how birds and bees interact with specific plants.

“We had a little money from the AFB to bring in a speaker and we wanted to find someone that students could really connect with. When we realized that a Salve alum had just published such a relevant book, we knew we were definitely going to invite her to be our speaker,” said Environmental Club president, Emily Enoch.

The talk is co-sponsored by the campus Environmental Club and the Department of Biology and Biomedical Sciences.

Her talk will focus on plants that grow well locally, but she’ll also give some general ideas about how plants, birds, and insects work together. She will talk about why it’s beneficial to provide plants attractive to birds and bees.

During her time at the university, Kennedy majored in Environmental Studies and co-founded the Environmental Club.

“ I remember when she and a friend established the Environmental Club. They were really eager and enthusiastic. You know, at the time, the campus wasn’t that environmentally friendly really, but the Environmental Club helped raise awareness about recycling, keeping the beaches clean, and caring for the trees on campus,” said Associate Professor of Biology and Biomedical Sciences, program coordinator for Environmental Studies, Jameson Chace.

Joanna “Jo” Kennedy will be presenting Wednesday, February 7th, at 7 o’clock in the Bazarsky auditorium, O’Hare Academic Center; the event is free and open to the public.

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