College adds Delta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Omicron

kao-logoMarietta College recently established the Delta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Omicron, an organization for students and faculty who learn and work with subjects like Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Sustainability, and other interdisciplinary fields.

“The order was chosen in terms of founders/presidents of IEA,” said Dr. Eric Fitch, Chair of Marietta’s Environmental Science program. “I was granted the distinction of being an honorary founder due to my service to the organization. It is my hope that just as the IEA has attracted members from throughout the world (Japan, Nepal, Bhutan, India, Germany, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, etc.) so too someday KAO will have chapters all over the globe fulfilling the same fundamental purpose: creating a home for interdisciplinary environmental scholars planet-wide.”

Kappa Alpha Omicron’s Greek letters represent the different perspectives that environmental issues can be approached from: kosmos, the universe; anthropos, humanity, and oikos, the household or the family. While KAO is still in its early stages, the first chapters are expected to be installed within the next year. As it stands, five chapters are currently in place at Assumption College, Bethune-Cookman University, University of Witwatersrand, Stetson University and Marietta.

Marietta’s Environmental Science program, which began in 1995, offers degrees that help prepare students to work in a wide range of careers from the traditional areas of natural resources conservation and preservation to the emerging arenas of environmental sustainability.