Shannon Brennan is director of media relations at Lynchburg College; she also writes a nature column for The News & Advance. The Messiah Rain Garden piece was contributed by Messiah College Office of Marketing and Communications.

Jeanne Aranovitch is a graduate of Colby College who works in the Communications Office at the University of New England on its Biddeford Campus. She promotes the university both in print and online and serves as a contributing writer for the UNE Magazine.