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Winter 2008/09

New Faculty/ New Minors..2 CDAE in the World.............3

Thesis Notes/ New Lecturer..........4 A Window into Service-Learning...5

Intro to Intense

From , CDAE’s courses accommodate many, but don’t skimp on experience

Photo: Bill DiLillo

Students are attracted to CDAE because they are inspired by what faculty and students are doing and learning and are excited by the opportunity to become a part of it. Some are shocked to discover that they’ll be taking Assistant Professor Dan Baker in the classroom. introductory courses like CDAE 002 World Food, Population, & Development taught by Dan Baker with over 200 other students. But even in this intro course, Dr. Baker’s dynamic personality and small discussion sections give students every opportunity to engage in learning the theories and concepts that form the foundation of community development and applied economics.

Regardless of what path within community development and applied economics that a student ends up taking, they will find the intensity of experience that they crave both in the classroom and in the real world.

Photo: Provided by Dan Baker

Dr. Baker also teaches small courses in which students delve into the hands-on learning of sustainable development and community transformation both here in Vermont and internationally.

Dan Baker at work with communities in Honduras. by Anna Masozera

Entrepreneurship Week.........6 Curious about Peace Corps?..7 CDAE Blogs...........................8

In just eight (short) years, CDAE has undergone a tremendous transformation, from what was considered a fledgling department into one of the most soughtafter and productive departments at UVM. This transformation is due entirely to the

Reflection from Jane Kolodinsky, Chair

“It is an exciting time to be part of CDAE.” willingness of faculty members to consistently go above and beyond in teaching and research. The introduction of the public communication major has complimented our mission of public service and continues to evolve in exciting ways. Right now, CDAE has over 300 students majoring in community and international development, public communication, and community entrepreneurship. We have worked with over fifty community organizations. We have introduced new minors that attract students from throughout campus. CDAE has added new faculty positions and hired outstanding new faculty throughout the department. In addition, CDAE has excelled in research activity in both grants awarded and publication output. As I write this, we have several exciting proposals in the works. In short, it is an exciting time to be part of CDAE.

CDAE Welcomes Asim Zia and Tao Sun Appointment Focus: Public Administration Education: Ph.D. in public policy, Georgia Institute of Technology Position Prior to CDAE: Assistant Professor at San Jose State University Research Focus: Adaptive decision making in the design, implementation and evaluation of public policies at multiple governance levels. Planned Courses: Fall: > Introduction to Public Policy (graduate) 208E Morrill Hall Spring: 656-4695; > International Climate Change Policy (graduate)

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Photo: Anna Masozera

Two new Assistant Professors in CDAE are a boost to Public Administration and Public Communication

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Taking the Leap in Vermont:

Kayla Grant She’s definitely not afraid to try something new. Kayla Grant, fall 2008 exchange student from Belize and international business and economics major from Galen University not only opted to spend this semester at UVM, but also participated in a ropes course and participated in an intercollegiate debate.

> Public u icc C Communication Beginning spring 2009, students at UVM can opt for a minor in public communication. Effective communication tools are essential to any student who wants their career to create positive change in their communities.

Photo: Jay Ashman

Community Commun C Com Co om mmun mm mu unity un nit nity ni ity tyy D De Des Desig esig ees sig si sign ign The Green Building and Community Design minor is well underway within CDAE attracting students from throughout campus that are committed to designing structures and communities that are sustainable, equitable, and practical. Students can take courses as Yestermorrow Build/Design School for credit as well. More details online.

Appointment Focus: Public Communication Education: Ph.D. in mass communication, University of Minnesota Position Prior to CDAE: Assistant Professor at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire Research Focus: The effects of media on the lifestyles of consumers Planned Courses: Fall: > CDAE 128 The Consumer and Advertising (undergrad) Spring: > CDAE 127 Consumer, Markets, and Public Policy (undergrad)

The ropes course, organized by Jay and Meg Ashman was preparation for UVM students who are signed up for Spring 2009 Belize Semester Abroad Program in Sustainable Development.

Kayla will be the teaching assistant for Jay Ashman’s service-learning course Applications in Sustainable Development this coming spring in Belize. “I’m very much devoted to the development of Belize. Working on projects with students and people in the community will be a great experience to help me advance that goal,” she says. After participating in a recent debate, she’s found another interest that she wants to develop as she moves forward in her career, and her country. “It’s not just about me. I am connected to this world and everyone in it. Right now I feel the best way for me to help my world is by starting in my home country, Kayla says. Kayla Grant was featured in a CDAE Story, at

CDAE in the World On October 19, a chilly but sunny day, the students preparing for Spring 2009 Belize Semester Abroad Program in Sustainable Development completed a ropes course together. “We did the ropes course for two reasons,” explained Jay Ashman, Academic Director for the abroad program. “First, we wanted our students to get to know each other before going to Belize so that they could focus on getting to know their Belizean counterparts after they arrive. Second, we wanted them to be better prepared to address the issues that inevitably arise when a group of people live, work, and travel together in a foreign country.”


The service-learning course Renewable Energy Workshop is traveled to Dominica over Thanksgiving break. Students were partnered again with the Sustainable Living Initiative Center and had a UNDP contract to install renewable energy at six local schools. We took load and energy potential measurements at all of these sites. This included using wind measuring equipment from NRG Systems in Hinesburg. We installed the equipment and hope to make it web accessible so it can be monitored remotely from UVM. In addition we will conducted another biodiesel workshop at the local community college, and completed a photovoltaic installation at the Grand Fond Pre-school begun last year.

Honduras The CDAE-Honduras course completed its eighth year last May--bringing twenty students to work on service-learning projects led by Dr. Dan Baker. Alongside partners in rural communities in the Lake Yojoa region, student groups continued conducting efficiency research for the Ecological Sugar Project and gathering water quality data from village drinking water systems. Students moved up the watershed in the village of Jaitique from its water system—laying the groundwork for exploring innovative watershed protection initiatives such as a potential payment for ecosystem services scheme. Other students taught environmental education through a games-based curriculum to local elementary school students. Students also developed marketing materials and provided an emergency management workshop for the village of Cerro Azul’s Ecotourism Committee. We look forward to building upon the momentum from these projects in May 2009.

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From Gary Flomenhoft: We will continue with “Futbol for Life” HIV/AIDS education program using soccer as a tool for HIV/AIDS education and awareness with young people. This project started last year, and continued over the summer. It is conducted with the assistance of “Grassroots soccer” a program in which Professor Jon Erickson is involved in The Dominican Republic. We will continue to work on Renewable energy including repairs to a wind turbine installed last year and additional solar equipment at Latille Falls where we previously installed a hydroelectric system. We also hope to design a website for the facility. A community Garden project will be conducted in partnership with two elementary schools, where some computers were installed last year. Also, the St. Lucia government in conjunction with the UN, has funded a project we began last year to install constructed wetlands to treat domestic sewage waste in some local communities.

Photo: Meg Ashman


Thesis/Research Notes Mark Cannella The impact of market uncertainty on the financial performance of dairy farming systems in the Northeast David Chappell Occupational Spanish instruction in the Vermont dairy industry: evaluations and implications of pilot project implementation Jessica Hyman Local development pressure and land use decisions: farmland change in a diversified agricultural sector Robin Kemkes Policy tool choice for ecosystem service provision: payments and public informations Sara Coblyn Porth Then CDAE graduate student David Chappell (left) An evaluation of the youth horticulture project participates in a program in Franklin County designed to Amanda Richardson help farmers communicate with migrant Willingness-to-pay for improved drinking water and the feasibility of workers on their farms. payments for ecosystem services in the Fod D’or Watershed, St. Lucia Erin Roche Individual investment in health: an evaluation of policies and programs

Photo: Louise Waterman

MASTER OF SCIENCE Theses Defended in Summer/Fall 2008:

SENIOR RESEARCH Thesis Defended in Fall 2008: Marlow Duffy (CID major, CEnt minor, Nutrition and Food Science minor) Exploring marketing strategies and potential for agricultural tourism farmers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Most Recent CDAE Publications (see more at Farley, Josh and B. Miles. 2008. Science and problem solving in a political world: lessons from Katrina. Ecological Economics and Statistics 11:3-20. Hogarth, J., Jane Kolodinsky, and T. Gabor. 2008. Consumers’ electronic payment choices. Int J of Electronic Banking 1(1):16-35. Kolodinsky, Jane. 2008. Affect or information? Labeling policy and consumer valuation of rBST free and organic characteristics of milk. Food Policy 33(6):616-623. Kolodinsky, Jane, J. Labrecque, M. Doyon, T. Reynolds, F. Oble, F. Bellavance, and M. Marquis. 2008. Sex and cultural differences in the acceptance of functional foods: a comparison of American, Canadian, and French College Students. J of American College Health 57(2):143-149. Liang, Kathleen and Paul Dunn. 2009. Entrepreneurial couples in new venture creation: reflections on expectations, reality and family relationships. Int J Management and Enterprise Development 6(2):165-183. Timmons, David, Qingbin Wang, and Dan Lass. 2008. Local foods: estimating capacity. J of Extension 46(5): article 5FEA7

Prominent Community and Economic Development Scholar and Practitioner, Rhonda Phillips, to teach CDAE course

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CDAE will welcome Dr. Rhonda Phillips this spring as an adjunct lecturer for the graduate-level course CDAE/PA 326 Community Economic Development. Dr. Phillips is editor of Community Development, the journal for the Society of Community Development and brings over 20 years of diverse experience with her. She is former director of two academic research institutions, the School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University as well as the Center for Building Better Communities at the University of Florida. Phillips took time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions about what she does and what she hopes to achieve this next semester, her full answers available on the grad student blog:

A Window into Service-Learning

Photo: Anna Masozera

CDAE graduate student Kelly Hamshaw has a new role this semester as CDAE-CUPS Graduate Liaison. The UVM Office for Community-University Partnerships & Service-Learning (or CUPS) developed this position with support from CDAE to conduct a departmental assessment of community engagement and identify concrete ways of improving the experience for faculty, students, and partners alike.

Kelly Hamshaw in her office at 409 Billings

Kelly has a history with international service-learning courses, taking her first trip to Honduras in the international service-learning course taught be Dan Baker when she was an undergraduate. Now as a graduate student in CDAE, she has transitioned to conducting applied research on issues surrounding affordable housing in Vermont while she stays active in the Honduras program as well.

Kelly Hamshaw Liases CDAE with CUPS Fall 2008 Service-Learning Courses CDAE 106 SL: Renewable Energy Workshop (Dominica) CDAE 120 SL: Strategic Writing for PCom CDAE 195/295 SL: Sustainable Development in Island Economy CDAE 250 SL: Applied Research Methods CDAE 273 SL: Project Development & Planning CDAE 295 SL: Community Design Studio

In Meg Ashman’s CDAE 120 SL:Strategic Writing for PCOM course, students were challenged to put their writing skills to use for local non-profit agencies. The service-learning partnerships were a semester-long application of the material studied in the classroom, and students learn how to write documents regularly used in the professional world. The feature stories and brochures the students completed were tailored to suit the needs of the agencies to promote special programs and events. Fall 2008 partnerships included Essex ground, Rebuilding Together, and CHIPS & Teen Center, Winooski Underground, d Gro rowi ro w ng n Vermont store. the CDAE-initiated, student-operated Growing

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In addition to assisting with training of service-learning teaching assistants, she also helped to coordinate the UVM Global Citizenship Conference held this November. Kelly is currently administering a survey to all CDAE faculty as the basis of this assessment and will be presenting the results and suggested actions back to the department later this academic year.

Spring 2009 SL Courses CDAE 124 SL: Public Communication Media CDAE 171 SL: Community & International Economic Transformation (Honduras) CDAE 195 SL: Application of Sustainable Development (Belize) CDAE 195/295 SL: Preparation for Field Work in Honduras CDAE 291 SL: Community & International Development CDAE 295 SL: Intro to Nonprofit Field

Although not a designated servicelearning course, CDAE 168 Marketing g for Community Entrepreneurs students Ke Bauer and Michele Cranwell Schmidt’s CDAE 250 SL: Applied Research In Ken were paired with vendors of the Growing Meth Methods course, students completed a project with the Vermont Micro Business VT Store. The outputs generated for each Development Program (MBDP). Student pairs interviewed entrepreneurs in vendor were Wikis with images, customer Burlington and MBDP alumni to evaluate outcomes of the training programs interviews (as podcasts), and a complete that MBDP runs across the state. This is the second semester this course provided marketing plan. evaluation partnerships between students and a community NGO to conduct evaluations based on literature reviews, phone surveys, and interviews.

Community Entrepreneurship Week by Hayley Duval, ‘09 public communication

Entrepreneurship faculty members Dr. Kathleen Liang, Dr. Qingbin Wang, and Dr. Ken Bauer spearheaded the entrepreneurship week efforts along with Growing Vermont director and ‘05 CDAE MS alumnus Michael Moser. Guests were welcomed in Billings North Lounge surrounded by displays from local entrepreneurs- snow bikes, geometric bikes, fashion magazines, soy products to name only a few, small business programs, as well as food sales to benefit area charities, and the opportunity to vote in a student business model contest.

Photo: Anna Masozera

Although CDAE has never sponsored the event in previous years, the entrepreneurial spirit has long been present on campus and in the Steve Norman with Linearc, LLC, Greg Huber (‘07 community classroom. Dr. Kathleen Liang’s Dollar Enterprise students made more entrepreneurship) now with New England Financial (NEF), money than ever this fall, and almost $16,000 of project revenue has John Bourland of NEF, prominent author Michael Shuman, Kathleen Liang of CDAE, Tom Ference of Invent Vermont, been donated to local charities since 2005. Students selling coffee or and Ken Bauer of CDAE after the launch of Community flower seeds for this project have become a fixture on the library steps, Entrepreneurship Week on Nov 17. which marks the beginning of the hands-on approach entrepreneurship students take to developing working business plans.

Photo: Anna Masozera

CDAE participated in its first celebration of Global <Community> Entrepreneurship Week, sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation, in November adding in the word “Community” ourselves. For four consecutive days, students, faculty, staff and many esteemed guests discussed the role entrepreneurs play in today’s local and international economy and community. Panelists discussed product innovation and development, creative production, and the social value entrepreneurs have in Vermont and around the world.

In Dr. Liang’s Strategic Planning for Community Entrepreneurs course, seniors embark on a semester-long journey to create a feasible business model. Instead of the candy apple and hot chocolate-peddling ventures of the introductory course, these students committed to such projects as producing bio-diesel fuel to use in farm operations and opening a farm-to-table restaurant in Woodstock, Vermont. Some students have even brought established innovations into the classroom, seeking to maximize their parents’ or their own ventures. Along with Entrepreneurship and Business Administration majors, the class hosts students from Vermont Technical College selected to receive a Vermont Farms Program scholarship for completing a bachelor’s degree at the University.

While refining each part of the business model, students have several valuable resources for consultation. Each step of the process is reviewed throughout the Kathleen Liang and Paul Dunn walk semester by outside professionals who are experienced in business planning to the Introduction to Entrepreneurship strategies, offering an important real-world perspective. Guest lecturers include course across the UVM campus. research specialist Scott Schaffer and Dr. Paul Dunn, Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and a pioneer in bringing entrepreneurial concepts into the classroom. The culmination of the course is an opportunity for each group to defend its proposal before a mock loan committee, showing in-depth market research, financial analyses and growth projection. Students complete the course with not only experience in financial management, but also the skills needed to develop a community-focused business. This enthusiastic approach to creative enterprise development was certainly highlighted during Global Community Entrepreneurship Week, and students, faculty, and community members alike were inspired by the ideas and innovations shared.

Other 2008 CDAE Events CDAE in the World

Photo: Caitlin Thomas

April 23, 2008. Connected by shared learning experiences abroad, over 100 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents celebrated CDAE’s international service-learning courses to Honduras, St. Lucia, Dominica, and Belize.

Photo: Cheryl Dorschner

20 0 2008 Commencement DaVaughn Vincent-Bryan receives his diploma from CDAE Chair Jane Kolodinsky.

May 18, 2008. University-wide honors went to DaVaughn M. VincentBryan, Andrew Kehl, and Ashley Michelle Fowler during the 2008 Commencement at UVM.

CDAE’s Jonathan Leonard and the Haywire String Band play in the background while students, alumni, and faculty reunite and browse student photo essays and country project displays.

CUPS Service-Learning Awardss

October 4, 2008. The Center for Rural Studies celebrated its 30 anniversary with an all-day symposium centered on Vermont’s Civic Culture, Food Systems, and Rural Communication. The day also included a reception honoring CRS founder and co-director, Fred Schmidt.

Photo: Anna Masozera

CR CRS 30th Anniversary

Curious about Peace Corps? by Jeff Frank, Peace Corps Recruiter and CDAE Graduate Student The CDAE department and Center for Rural Studies has been a longtime partner and host of the Peace Corps Recruiting Office at UVM. In its tradition of both volunteerism and applied service, the CDAE department is a fitting home for the Peace Corps. In 2008 Vermont was ranked as the #1 Peace Corps Volunteer-producing state per capita and UVM sits as 15th highest volunteer-producing university nationwide. Recently the Peace Corps was ranked by Business Week as the 8th Most Ideal Employer. If you’re curious about serving in the Peace Corps or just want to know more about what the Peace Corps can offer, stop by the recruiting office or contact me any time. Office Hours for the Spring (207 Morrill Hall) Tuesday: 10:00 – 2:00 Wednesday: 2:00 – 4:00 Thursday: 10:00 – 2:00

Peace Corps Recruiter Jeff Frank (center standing) poses with a group of men from the village in Belize where he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Contact Jeff Frank: 802-656-8269 or Facebook Group: Peace Corps UVM Info & Recruitment

Photo: Provided by Jeff Frank

Photo: Sally McCay

April 30, 2008. CUPS Associate Director Carrie Williams Howe (at podium) salutes the dedication and hard work of Corey Beach, of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity and ‘07 CDAE alum, who received the Outstanding Service-Learning Community Partner Award.

CDAE Student Blogs U Undergraduate ad Undergraduates Ben Bezark, ‘09 community and international development major, and Francy Lang, ‘09 public communication major, both blog for UVM and you can find them at:


And ‘08 public communication grad Pat Floyd’s blog is still available: This fall, graduate students within CDAE initiated a blog to post interesting finds, inquiries, surveys, and potential and current research topics. The graduate student blog touts more than one post per week, and almost as many comments. All are welcome to participate:

About CDAE The Community Development and Applied Economics Department (CDAE) is part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Vermont. CDAE supports sustainable local, regional, and international communities through interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach that serve the public interest. The department offers undergraduate students the following majors and minors: Community and International Development, Community Entrepreneurship, and Public Communication. Additional minors are also offered in Applied Design, Consumer Affairs, Consumer and Advertising, and Green Building and Community Design. Two graduate opportunities are available within the department: Master of Science in Community Development and applied Economics and Master of Public Administration (more at: and participates in the Peace Corps Fellows Program (more at: ). 205 Morrill Hall, Burlington, VT 05405


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