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First graduating class of Kudzu Kollege! September 2005.

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Photo by Paul David Blakeley. © Copyright 2005. All Rights Reserved

Spartanburg Day School students get a tour of the Test Site during September 2006 Kudzu Kollege.

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In January 2007 Kudzu Kollege was held at Broome High School and at the Spartanburg YMCA with Chapman High School students.

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First Photograph: Former Kudzu Kollege students Nancy Lewis (red vest) and Tim Hemphill (white shirt) became active Kudzu Coalition volunteers. They are seen with Coalition volunteers Barbara Daniels (dark jacket) and Paul Savko (blue sweatshirt). February 2007. Second Photograph: The Kudzu Coalition made a presentation at the March 2007 SE-EPPC Symposium in Athens, Georgia. The Coalition is an active member of SE-EPPC.

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First Photograph: Coalition volunteers in orange safety vests share their experiences at an Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) event, June 2007. Note the kudzu vine attempting to invade! Second Photograph: Spartanburg Ski & Outing Club attends Kudzu Kollege during September 2007.

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The first photograph shows Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Gene Kilcawley, Senior Army Instructor for the JROTC Department at Spartanburg High School. He is a key to Coalition success at Spartanburg High School, and among the cadets at three other junior high schools. The second photograph shows one of six classes of JROTC cadets at Spartanburg High School to whom we presented kudzu control information as part of events associated with National Public Lands Day. September 2007.

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First Photograph: The Coalition made a presentation on kudzu control to Tina Gragg’s environmental science class at Chapman High School, also as part of National Public Lands Day. September 2007. Second Photograph: The October 2007 Kudzu Kollege included Master Gardener students. Left to right are Nancy Lewis (instructor), Paul Savko (instructor), Jim Anderson (student), Don Bramblett (visitor), Michelle Perrigo (student), Mott Bramblett (student), Merike Tamm (student), and in the left foreground Margaret Rucinski (student), right foreground Barbara Daniels (instructor).

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The Coalition devotes a lot of time and energy to education, and it takes many forms:

Kudzu Kollege

This course takes place at 9 AM on the last Saturday of each month, in the back room of the YMCA at 226 South Pine St. in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It is the best education offering that we provide: Our most complete coverage of kudzu history, kudzu problems, all of our non-chemical treatments, before and after photographs of demonstration sites, and so on. The classroom education is supplemented by outdoor activities, which includes a walk-through of our experimental plots, and hands-on training and experience killing kudzu. Yep: Participants do "surgical" removal and cut off the heads of kudzu plants! So wear comfortable clothes, long pants, sturdy regular shoes (no flip-flops or sandals!), and long sleeve cover-up. Gloves are useful, but we provide tools. The course finishes with a question and answer session, followed by graduation. Read a recent newspaper article that describes the course. As preparation for the course consider the following links to web pages on our website.

Do not enter the YMCA through the front entrance visible from Pine St. There is a street alongside the YMCA — between Wendy's on the corner and the YMCA. It is best to drive along that street to the back of the building, where there is plenty of parking spaces. A door to the classroom is available at the back of the building, is clearly marked for Kudzu Kollege, and class outdoor activities take place in this area. Use cell phone number 864-641-9144 for assistance from the instructor (Newt Hardie) if you require "real time" directions on the day of the class. Contact us if you want more information about Kudzu Kollege.

Remote Kudzu Kollege

We cannot bring our experimental plots to your location, but we bring everything else: Have PowerPoint presentation, can travel. We train in high school classrooms, at garden club meetings, during neighborhood gatherings, and so on. If this kind of education really interests you, and you can schedule 40 minutes or more of your time for this activity, contact us.

In the Kudzu Patch

Kudzu Kollege (see above) gives you the full treatment, but you need not wait for the next class to see us in action, or try your hand killing kudzu. We work at a patch somewhere every Friday afternoon, and again Saturday morning (except for the last Saturday of each month). And, we can teach you enough to have some fun on the spot. Read our Events Calendar to see where and when we plan to work. You can meet us at the YMCA for transportation, as is explained on the calendar web page. Wear comfortable clothes, long pants, sturdy shoes, and long sleeve cover-up. Gloves are useful, but we provide tools.

On the Internet

The best way to prepare for any of the above training, or to find out if stopping kudzu would interest you, is to check out our web site, www.KOKudzu.com. Clicking around on our site provides a really good education. Especially check out our web page that gives advice on what you can do about your kudzu. We do not award a PhD in kudzu, but you will feel educated on all manner of kudzu matters. Try it. We hope you like it.

Continuing Education

Yep, we are into this too. That is because the Coalition continues to learn new treatments and improved methods almost every week. So the Coalition issues a newsletter about every six weeks or so to report what is new. If you want to STAY in the kudzu know, sign up by contacting us.

Educate Us

You might well know something about kudzu that we do not. We are hungry to learn everything there is to know about this fascinating green plague. Contact us to begin a conversation. We would be ever so grateful.

Thanks for Your Interest in Education,

Barbara Daniels & Newt Hardie
Revised September 2007
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