A Sense of Belonging

The University’s first-ever chief diversity officer will draw on a lifetime of personal and professional experience to make Sewanee a more welcoming home for all who come here. Meet Sibby Anderson-Thompkins.

Sibby Anderson-Thompkins was just a toddler when the public schools in Pitt County, North Carolina, were desegrated in the 1960s, but the effects of the court-ordered effort would reverberate in her family and in her personal and professional life for years to come.

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First-Gen Voices

This week, the University is joining colleges around the country in celebrating first-generation students. We sat down with Sewanee students, faculty, and staff who identify as first-gen to learn about the unique challenges they face and the many ways they’ve overcome them.

The Apple Queen’s Gambit

While most people think about biodiversity loss in terms of disappearing elephants and rainforest, Eliza Greenman, C’06, views it in terms of apples. As one of the world’s leading apple experts, Greenman is spreading the word that apple varieties—or “cultivars”—are disappearing from the planet every day. Learn how she’s working to save the world’s apples.

Probing the Secrets of the Universe from Snowden Hall

What happens to geological materials when a pressure equal to that of 880 African elephants standing on one square inch is applied to them? Sewanee planetary geologist Lily Thompson and her students are working hard to find out—and to expand our understanding of deep Earth, other planets, and beyond.

Bigger Fish to Fry

Lauded for his groundbreaking work battling invasive Asian carp, ecologist David Lodge, C’79, is actually working with a broader goal in mind: Using applied science to tackle the world’s environmental problems.

Spice Girl

With small portions of bold flavors packaged in airtight pods, Lisa Carson, C’12, wants to change the way you cook by helping you use fresher spices and reduce waste.