Bethelhem Alemu / Nicky Phear

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Bethelhem Alemu


Bethelhem is an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Gondar with a passion for teaching, researching, and leadership. She graduated with a BSc in Architecture from Addis Ababa University, and just completed her first year at Gondar, where she taught five classes for around 240 students. Her classes include Urban Design, Architectural Design, Communication Skills, AutoCAD and professional practice.

Her research interest is in the intersection of mental health, environment, and design. For her bachelor’s thesis project, she designed a stroke rehabilitation hospital that integrates art and nature as a way to improve patient health outcomes. She now integrates design projects into her teaching, using the University’s ongoing construction projects for students to practice their profession. Bethelhem is applying for a Master’s program in Architecture Engineering and would like to study and/or research abroad the U.S. or Europe.

She grew up in the small town of Woreta, Ethiopia, with 3 sisters and 4 brothers. Her mother and father both worked education, her mother as a teacher and father in the ministry of education. In her free time, she likes to read and watch documentaries, and with her love of graphic design is working on a tourist guide for the historic city of Gondar. Below is a photo of her with friends at a cultural event and above is a picture of her at work.

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Bethelhem Alemu is pictured in yellow.
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Nicky Phear

(Climate Change)

Nicky Phear has been leading environmental field-based programs for university students for the last 20 years throughout North America and parts of Asia. She directs the University of Montana’s interdisciplinary Climate Change Studies program, develops experiential learning opportunities through internship and field courses, and teaches several core courses, including a three-week study abroad program in Vietnam.

Nicky is a founding member of Climate Smart Missoula, has led numerous campus and community climate discussions, was a member of UM’s inaugural Women’s Leadership Initiative, and co-directs a Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative program. Nicky also developed and led several bicycle trips focused on energy production and climate change, one in Montana and another across Bhutan.

Nicky has a BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, and a PhD from Prescott College in Sustainability Education. Both her parents were born in Zimbabwe; her oldest brother was born in Zambia, and she was born in Boston, MA, three years after her parents immigrated to the USA. She discovered Montana in 1993 and has lived here ever since. In her free time, she is an avid backcountry skier and mountain biker.