Never mind that Warren Wilson College is located hundreds of miles from the North Carolina coast – the college’s Stan Cross and the internship program he manages have received a major award from the N.C. Coastal Federation.
The program and Cross, education director of the college’s Environmental Leadership Center (ELC), have received the federation’s Pelican Award as the Central Coast Education Partner of the Year. The award is given in recognition of “exemplary achievements and actions in protecting and restoring coastal resources” in North Carolina.
In highlighting the efforts of Cross in managing the internship program, the federation observes that he “has been a leader in his field at Warren Wilson for 11 years and makes strong personal connections with students and professors alike. Warren Wilson sends interns to the federation each summer, and they just keep getting better. As long as the federation continues to partner with Stan and Warren Wilson, summertime education programs will continue to grow.”
Cross notes that Warren Wilson interns have provided about 400 hours of work each summer, or thousands of hours of “student work and service to improving the environmental health and integrity of the central N.C. coast. [The federation] is a fantastic organization that has provided our students with meaningful learning experiences year after year that have directly enhanced their academic pursuits – particularly in environmental education, and environmental studies.”
The Pelican Award is just the latest recognition Cross has received. In 2007, he was named Environmental Educator of the Year Award by Environmental Educators of North Carolina.