Ecology club celebrating Earth Week with themed events

By Sydney Endicott, Photographer

You’ve probably noticed all of the Earth Day events happening on campus over the past week.

But what you may not know is that it’s all been put together by Newman’s newest club, the Ecology Club.

The club, founded at the beginning of April, was put together by Joseph Davis, Joseph Luebbe, Emelie Nickel and Ashleigh Pamatmat.

“The primary motivation behind starting the Ecology Club was to raise awareness about environmental issues and promote sustainable practices within the Newman and local community,” Pamatmat said. “We aspire to create a more environmentally conscious and sustainable Newman community by inspiring others to adopt eco-friendly habits, reduce waste, and protect local ecosystems to ultimately contribute to a healthier planet for the current and future generations.” 

Those who want to sign up for the club can email Pamatmat at or Sister Therese Wetta at 

“Celebrate Earth” week has served as the Ecology Club’s kickoff. 

Events started on Monday and continue through this coming Monday.

Today’s event is Garden Day, which starts at 11 a.m. Students will be able to buy seeds and learn to grow their own vegetables with ICT Tree Huggers, a local environmental group. It happens at the raised flower beds between Sacred Heart Hall and Mabee Dining Center. 

At 3:30 p.m., students will also be able to get tips from garden expert Father Tom Welk. That event will happen in front of Gerber Science Building.

During Jet Friday from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Friday, Newman will be able to learn more about what the numbers printed on recyclable materials represent from professor Alan Oberley. 

The club invites people to enjoy fresh air during Newman baseball games at 2 p.m. on Saturday and at 1pm on Sunday, when the Jets will take on Pittsburg State.

Finally, on Earth Day, which is Monday, mass will be held at 12:05 p.m. outside the Marian Grotto followed by the planting of butterfly bushes. Refreshments will be served on Founders Plaza, and students with a meal plan will be treated to Earth-day themed desserts in Mabee Dining Center.

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