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ERC Housewarming Party!

“Snacks, Swag, & s-Prizes!”

As many of you know, the ERC has begun to move into our own building on campus. This is very exciting!  The new facility will enhance our ability to hold events, host projects and promote sustainability efforts more than ever before. A lot of hard work has gone into making this dream become a reality, and we invite you to join us in celebrating this milestone at our ERC Housewarming Party.

  • What: ERC Housewarming Party
  • Where: The ERC (of course!) – the former Printing Services/Warehouse building
  • Date: Sunday October 13th
  • Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm
  • Cost: FREE!

We invite all of our friends, family, collaborators and the general community to stop by Sunday afternoon to tour the facility, see the progress we’ve made, meet our new Sustainability Coordinator, and if nothing else, enjoy some delicious snacks on us! We’ll also have some activities planned like a guided native tree walk along the river with Dr. Jordan Marshall, short ERC updates by Director Bruce Kingsbury, raffles for ERC swag, and munchies provided by some of our favorite local businesses. Come for the whole time or just stop by for a quick hello to show your support. Either way, we’d like to use this time to thank you for your encouragement and discuss how we can utilize your support for the future.

  • Event Schedule Thus Far:
  • 2:00 pm: Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rehab Meet and Greet
  • 3:00 pm: Trees of Indiana guided walk with Dr. Jordan Marshall
  • 4:00 pm: Introduction and tour with Dr. Bruce Kingsbury
  • 4:30 pm: Prize winners announced
  • Snacks and refreshments served entire time

We hope to see you there!

Meet Our NEW Sustainability Coordinator

Samantha Theisen is the Sustainability Coordinator for the Environmental Resources Center at Purdue University Fort Wayne. She came to Purdue Fort Wayne after obtaining her Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) with a focus in Natural Resources Planning and Sustainable Energy. Her degree concentrated largely in Land Use Planning and Social and Policy Sciences.

Samantha Theisen

“My heart is in higher education and I’m excited to be in a position that combines both my education and what I do in my free time. When I’m not in the office you can find me cooking, hiking, basking in the sun, binging reality TV shows, hammocking, or tending to my houseplants.”

Samantha has held several university setting positions during her time at UWSP and also has a wide array of experience in local government settings working on projects surrounding aquatic invasive species, brownfield redevelopment, bicycle and pedestrian route planning, agrotourism, nature-based recreation, and water quality monitoring, just to name a few. She is passionate about all things outdoors and preserving public open space so much that she lived a leave-no-trace lifestyle solely in U.S. National Parks for the first 5 months following graduation. She used this experience as a time to visit the backcountry of 22 national parks all while being an advocate of public lands and natural resource conservation. When you see her on campus or around the community, give her a warm welcome!

Sustainability Coordinator Position Available

The Sustainability Coordinator works collaboratively with Purdue University Fort Wayne constituents including administration, faculty, staff, students and community partners to develop, coordinate, promote and celebrate effective sustainability initiatives to reduce the impact of the University and regional community on the environment.  The Coordinator will advance the University’s mission to engage with the community, to advance the development of the region through the integration of teaching, service and scholarly research and to develop students’ talents and prepare them for success.  Specifically, the Coordinator will work with constituents to provide knowledge, skills and motivation to integrate sustainability into strategic planning, relevant facilities planning and student directed activities.  The Coordinator will work closely with the Director for the Environmental Resources Center (ERC) and the Director of Facilities Management to support sustainability initiatives within best practices, creative endeavor, and the needs of the local community.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Knowledge of life science, environmental science, food systems or some other area that strongly aligns with principles of sustainability
  • One year experience in relevant field
  • Working knowledge and passion for the concept of sustainability and awareness of the central issues and controversies in the discourse on sustainable development
  • Knowledge of sustainability principles and best practices
  • A commitment to sustainability
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral
  • Social media skills
  • Analytical and planning skills
  • A collaborative, enthusiastic approach
  • A commitment to diversity and ability to work with all constituents at a diverse institution
  • Comfortable with all Office suite application


  • Familiarity with university academic environment

Other details:

Interested parties can contact Bruce Kingsbury ( with questions, but ultimately must apply online via one of the following links.

Candidates internal to Purdue Fort Wayne would apply at:

External candidates: