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Hendrix College Music Professor Presents to United Nations Organization

Dr. Gretchen Renshaw spoke on sustainability and the Wind Ensemble’s SUSTAIN Concert

CONWAY, Arkansas (June 24, 2024) — Hendrix College Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Assessment Dr. Gretchen Renshaw on May 20 was the invited presenter for Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), a United Nations-supported organization focused on the advancement of sustainability in business and management education. Attending the hour-long virtual presentation were Dr. Isabel Rimanoczy and other academics from the United States, Mexico, Brazil, and Germany.

Renshaw presented on the SUSTAIN concert, which occurred in November 2023 and featured the Hendrix College Wind Ensemble (led by Renshaw), Jazz Band (led by Dr. Barry McVinney), and Printmaking students (led by Professor of Art Melissa Gill). Renshaw developed the SUSTAIN concert around the twelve Sustainability Mindset Principles (SMPs), created by Dr. Rimanoczy, which encourage what Rimanoczy calls “a particular way of thinking and being that is expressed in actions for the greater good.” Each piece of music connected to and evoked one or more of the SMPs, and printmaking students created prints based on the ways each piece of music related to their respective principles. 

The idea for the concert came when Renshaw attended the three-day Sustainability Mindset Workshop, hosted by the Associated Colleges of the South and led by Rimanoczy. “In talking with other professors who came from a variety of disciplines, so many ideas started ‘sparking’ in my mind about how we could use band music to carry the message of the SMPs to Hendrix and beyond,” said Renshaw.

“The climate crisis impacts us all, regardless of background,” Renshaw said. “Sometimes it can feel so huge that efforts on that level of the individual person may feel futile.” Through conversations about SMPs and the development of sustainability mindsets, Renshaw believes we can create a global movement and change the future of the planet. “Music provides a way to connect to our own emotions and to our own humanity, and that opens the door for some really powerful change.” 

Renshaw plans to bring back the SUSTAIN theme for another concert in March of 2025. “Although I didn’t realize it when I was first creating the SUSTAIN concert, what we have now is a framework to do as many iterations of this concert as we want!” said Renshaw. Renshaw hopes to bring people together from across campus and in the greater Conway community for the next iteration of this interdisciplinary event. 

A recording of Renshaw’s presentation is available here: Storytelling: Gretchen Renshaw converts the Sustainability Mindset Principles into music ( A recording of the SUSTAIN concert is available on the Hendrix College Wind Ensemble webpage.

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