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About the Center

The mission of the Alvord Center for Global & Environmental Studies is to promote global and environmental literacy, sustainability, and engagement.

Alvord Center Faculty

Marley Aloe Matlack, Director

phone: 860.687.6329 Email


Marley Aloe Matlack, Director of International Education Programs and Associate Director of the Alvord Center, has been an international educator since 2004. Over the course of her international education career, Marley has developed, coordinated and led short-term secondary school study abroad programs to more than ten countries, has lived and worked abroad at an independent secondary school in Northern England, and has participated in professional development programs in the Caribbean, Cambodia, and Canada. In addition to her professional experience, Marley has traveled extensively around the world – exploring more than 35 countries in her journeys.

Marley has a B.A. in Environmental Science from Wesleyan University, an M.S.W in Social Work (with a Group and International Social Work focus) from The University of Connecticut, and an M.A. in International Education from The School for International Training (SIT). In addition to her work at the Center, Marley teaches Environmental Science and is an affiliate in Carter Hall.

Jeff Dyreson, Associate Director

phone: 860.687.6132 Email


Jeff Dyreson
, Director of Environmental/Sustainability Initiatives and Associate Director of the Alvord Center, has been a Loomis Chaffee science faculty member since 2002 teaching biology, chemistry, AP environmental science and various environmental science electives. Jeff has developed the Environmental Proctor program, led in the establishment of the Gilchrist Environmental Fellowship, launched the newly developed agriculture program and coordinates sustainable best practices on campus including, energy monitoring, energy audits and conservation in faculty residences along with water conservation initiatives such as hydration stations and low flow showerheads in dormitories.

Jeff has a B.S. in Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an M.S. Ed in Outdoor & Environmental Education from Northern Illinois University. In addition to his work in the Center, Jeff is the head coach for girls varsity volleyball and girls golf, and is an affiliate in Taylor Hall.

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