The Student Team

The Red Oak Rain Garden Student Team has grown this semester!

Communications Internship

The UIUC Department of Communication offers internships and academic credit for students in their major. For spring 2023, the RORG Team welcomes Abbey Ascolani, who will help promote RORG and distribute knowledge of rain gardens and native plants to campus and the greater public.

Abbey Ascolani
Communications Intern

Abbey is currently a Junior at UIUC and is studying Communication with a minor in Legal Studies. Her interests include traveling to national parks, learning about film and television, and spending quality time with family and friends. From being a camp counselor to hammocking around campus, Abbey has a profound passion for the outdoors and will never say no to an opportunity to explore. She is eager to contribute to the missions of the Red Oak Rain Garden, such as community and student engagement, and develop her educational goals through this internship. 

Student Engagement Coordinator

This semester, RORG Student Engagement Coordinator Maddy Craft is studying abroad. To fill in while she’s away, the RORG Team welcomes Erin Schimenti, who will work to enhance student participation at the rain garden, support the development of a student docent program, and support various RORG events.

Erin Schimenti
Student Engagement Coordinator

Erin Schimenti is a Sophomore at the University of Illinois who loves being outside and exploring the natural areas around campus. She is pursuing a dual degree in Sustainable Design and Communication. She is especially interested in urban nature and sustainable architecture. In the future, she hopes to combine art and sustainability to help communities and their local environments thrive.

Past Student Teams

Summer 2022 – Spring 2023 – Piper Siblik

Spring 2022 – Sydney Nielsen

Spring/Summer 2021 – Sandra Bjerga

Fall 2020: ENVS 492 – Lauren Lindow, Ariel Gomez, Maggie Nutter & Nina Jurko

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