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MUSAC Mission


Marylhurst University is a responsive and evolving institution of higher learning that prepares students, engages staff, faculty, and alumni, and collaborates with other institutions, networks, and communities to actively and effectively contribute to personal, social, economic, and cultural shifts that align the needs and rhythms of humanity to those of our planet and the diverse life it supports.

Grounded in the values and deep integrity of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, Marylhurst University sets an internationally respected example of sustainability through its programs, practices, and facilities, and through the contributions of its members and graduates to work in the service of life in balance in the world.


In support of Marylhurst University’s mission to “aid students in advancing their goals for responsible participation in a rapidly changing world”; and to foster university-wide responsibility towards earth stewardship and building sustainable community; and to work to establish the university as a model of ecological sustainability; the Marylhurst University Sustainability Advisory Council seeks to:
            Encourage, advise and support university-wide implementation of sustainable operational practices

            Act as a liaison among community stakeholders including the university administration regarding sustainability concerns and recommendations

            Promote community education by making resources available, planning and/or participating in events for public awareness

            Engage the Marylhurst academic community in dialogue around, and encourage integration of, sustainability across the curriculum

Definition of "community": Unless otherwise articulated, “community” refers to Marylhurst students, alumni, staff, faculty, our campus neighbors ( Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus & Mary, Holy Names Heritage Center, Mary’s Woods ).

MUSAC Brown Bags

MUSAC offers brown bags on sustainability and environmental topics. Check the main Calendar of Events or My Marylhurst calendar for announcements of upcoming events. Open to Marylhurst community and general public. 

Current Proposals

Recommendation to Ban Use and Sale of Bottled Water on Campus
Recommendation to Sign Talloires Declaration
Recommendation to Divest from Investment in Fossil Fuels

MUSAC Self-Nomination Process

Every year interested persons may self-nominate for open positions. Open to staff, faculty, students and alumni of Marylhurst University and interested members of the community. Membership on the council is approved by the President's Leadership Team.

Nominations for 2014-15 now closed. Nomination Process for 2015-16 opens in July 2015.
Download>> Self-Nomination Forms for 2015-16 (word doc) (available soon).

MUSAC Co-chairs
Greg Dardis, chair, Department of Science & Mathematics
Lisa Jo Frech, faculty, Department of Science & Mathematics

Council Members
Rod Endacott, student, BA-Interdisciplinary Studies
Lisa Jo Frech, faculty, Department of Science & Mathematics
Molly McDonald, student, BFA-Interior Design program
Alex Mihm, student, BA-Sustainability program
Shaii Stone, student, MS-Food Systems & Society program
Sister Carole Strawn, SNJM, student, alumna, Sisters of the Holy Names
Paul Ventura, chair, Sustainable Business programs
Grace Wikander, student, BA-Art program
MUSAC Committees
Executive Committee
Co-chair: Greg Dardis
Co-chair: Lisa Jo Frech
Secretary: Carole Strawn, SNJM 
Campus Practices/Facilities Team:
Alex Mihm, Rod Endacott, Lisa Jo Frech, Grace Wikander
Communications Team:
Carole Strawn, SNJM; Molly McDonald, Grace Wikander 
Curriculum Team:
Paul Ventura, Greg Dardis, Shaii Stone