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Hemlock contributes to LHU culture, raises environmental awareness

Lock Haven University’s environmental online journal, The Hemlock, has been offering information to the LHU community since March 2008. It was launched by the LHU Environmental Focus Group (EFG), a group of faculty and administrators with a goal to make the natural world a bigger part of the university’s identity. The EFG also developed LHU’s first environmental studies minor and an associate degree in sustainability.

Bob Myers, professor of English and director of environmental studies, has edited The Hemlock from the beginning. He also is a founding member of the EFG and has served as the chair of the committee since its formation. Myers said The Hemlock has remained remarkably consistent over the years. Contributors in each issue of the publication include faculty, staff, students, administrators, and members of the community.

“The articles have always centered on our goals of stewardship or natural resources (environmentalism), meaningful outdoor experiences, and appreciation for the heritage of the region,” Myers said. 

The membership of the EFG includes Myers, Md. Khalequzzaman, Lenny Long, Jeff Walsh, Barrie Overton, Todd Nesbitt, Jamie Walker, Steve Guthrie, John Reid, Lynn Bruner, Kevin Hamilton, Keith Roush, Elizabeth Gruber, Joby Topper, Michael McSkimming, Stephen Neun, Jared Conti, Marcia Kurzynski, Colleen Meyer, Bo Miller, George Rusczyk, Ally Spielman, and Heather Bechdel.

The Hemlock celebrated its 10th anniversary in April with a commemorative issue, representing “the best of” The Hemlock. There also was a celebration held on Earth Day, April 20, 2017, in Akeley Hall.

“Working with the EFG and editing The Hemlock has been the best experience of my academic career,” Myers said. “I feel that the journal represents an important contribution to the culture of Lock Haven University as well as to the environmental movement.”

The fall 2017 issue included articles on the legends of Pine Creek, the Great Shamokin Path, climbing mountains in the Adirondacks, a faculty member’s memories of growing up outdoors, a history of LHU’s Sieg Conference Center, and two poems. The spring 2018 issue is planned to be released in mid-April.

For more information about The Hemlock, and to view current and back issues, visit Any members of the university or the community who wish to contribute to The Hemlock or would like to be included on the distribution list, can contact Myers at

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