The Cove's Earth Project Encourages University Creativity

by Andrea Speros, Public Relations Writer

Cedarville University’s Academic Enrichment Center (the Cove) is encouraging University members to appreciate the world around them through its earth project. Inspired by a freshman student’s idea five years ago, the Cove’s Earth Project seeks to collect and showcase pieces of earth from home and around the world. 

Kim Ahlgrim, the associate dean of academic enrichment, and Deidre Sizer, the Cove’s tutoring and office coordinator manage the Cove’s Earth Project and are always looking for new additions to the collection. To Ahlgrim and Sizer, earth can be more than sand and stone. “It’s wide open to interpretation; it could be anything from a stick to a scorpion – anything natural.”

Over the last five years, University faculty, staff, alumni and students have contributed over one-hundred and twenty five pieces to the growing collection. Contributions include a scorpion from Zimbabwe, turquoise from Peru, and a buffalo hair tuft from Yellowstone National Park.

The Cove, located in the Biblical and Theological Studies Center, provides academic resources and support to facilitate learning. Their Earth Project provides an opportunity for fun and creativity. “It’s an artistic display that we started out of pure fun and the idea of leaving a piece of yourself in the Cove. In having fun, that’s when we discovered the creativity of God” Alhgrim said.

The earth project is showcased in the Cove. To learn more about their project, visit the Cove Facebook page.

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