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Stephanie Clymer ’11

Thanks to an Arcadia alum, we were able to start our own bee colony. We knew Arcadia would be a good place for a hive. Professors have incorporated the beehives into some of their classes, and we’ve used it in our work for both the Environmental Network and the Biology Club.

Kyrillos Awad ’12

Leading the Biology Club, which aims to increase interest in the field through fun activities, active discourse, and community service events, has taught me the skill of managing simultaneous projects effectively. I have also learned how to coordinate between different parties to achieve a common goal. As a pre-medical student, I have found that both of these skills are invaluable in building a solid foundation for graduate school. I have also been able to apply what I've learned to my studies. For example, a guest speaker of ours was a biology professor who emphasized drawing biological structures to help understand them more thoroughly. I began doing this and as a result my attention to detail has increased noticeably.

The previous Biology Club president, Rachel Palis ’10, originally proposed bringing the bees to campus. During the summer of 2010, I acted as a liaison between members of Arcadia's administration and Suzanne Matlock, an awesome beekeeper without whose help this project would not have been successful. We selected a suitable site for the bees, keeping in mind both habitat and logistical concerns. I then contacted the people in charge of freshman orientation, and they agreed to help get the site cleaned up as part of the orientation's community service requirement. Both hives (and the bees) were donated locally. Since then, both the Biology Club and the Environmental Network have been taking care of the bees, as well as attending beekeeping sessions hosted by the Matlocks. As a result we are now superior beekeepers!

  • Biology Major 
  • Environmental Network
  • President of the Biology Club
  • Pre-Med Club

Tyler Mastria ’14

As a hive steward, we basically tend to the bees and make sure that they are thriving inside their hive. This entails making sure they are taking to their new queen, there are no threats of a swarm, opening up the hive and checking the frames (where the wax and honey is placed; ‘honeycomb’) and checking them for brood. The brood is the larvae of infant bees. We also check for any outside intruders that could have possibly gotten into the hive and also provide them with a sugar-water food substance. Oh, and we can't forget about harvesting the delicious honey

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