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Commencement 2011 Edition

University Awards Two CID minors....... Honors Day......................................... MPA Reception..................................... Service-Learning and Research Day.....

Liang Receives University Award.....6 2 3 4 5 How will they change the world?

CDAE charges More Alumni Than with the task of changing the world


Photos: Dan Kirk

Photos: Top: Composite photo of all of the CDAE graduates lined up before proceeding into the ceremony Bottom Left: Professor Kolodinsky, CDAE Chair, awards graduate Brittanie Booker with her diploma. Bottom tRight: Profs Patterson (L) and Leonard (R) with Claire Packet.

*And the most in CALS

Ninety-six grads majoring in community entrepreneurship, community and international development, and public communication received their diplomas along with ten earning a Master of Public Administration and eight with a Master of Science in Community Development and Applied Economics Community Development and Applied Economics Department at the University of Vermont | 802.656.2001 |

CID Minors Receive University-wide Awards

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Photo: Ben Sarle for the Burlington Free Press

Gregory Herman and Kimberly Davy are honored

Gregory Herman, CID minor, is recognized for the 2011 Elmer Nicholson Achievement Prize, recognizing the greatness of the students’ UVM experiences and the expectation that they will make a major contributions in their fields of interest.

Kimberly Davy, CID minor, is recognized for the 2011 Class of 1967 Award, presented to seniors who best exhibit leadership, academic competence and character, and who have earned the respect of faculty and fellow students

CDAE Honors CDAE recognizes the graduating seniors who are nominated by faculty for continuous academic excellence and outstanding professional potential: Community Entrepreneurship CDAE Teaching Assistant Award Jacob Bobrow and Robert Mullins Michael Nazzaro (pictured opposite, F) Community and International Development E. Claire Goodwin (pictured opposite, A) Public Communication Lindsey Bachelder (pictured opposite, B) Molly Dunham-Friel (pictured opposite, B) Scholastic Recognition Top ten percent of CDAE seniors based on cumulative grade point average. Clare Albers (pictured opposite, G) Lindsey Bachelder Caroline Caligari (pictured opposite, C) Elizabeth Durfee (pictured opposite, E) Claire Goodwin

Rebecca Roche Michael Verla Annie Whalen Karia Young-Eagle (pictured opposite, D)

Distinguished Undergraduate Research Rachel Glaser Conducting the SWOT Analysis for Telemedicine Applications Faculty advisor: Kathleen Liang

Photo: Dan Kirk

CALS Honors Day in Pictures

Clare Albers raises her hand as CDAE Chair Jane Kolodinsky describes her piece of the biographical sketch describing all CDAE Honors Day recipients. From left: Claire Goodwin, Karia Young-Eagle, Clare Albers, Becky Roche, Molly DunhamFriel, Michael Nazzaro, Lindsey Bachelder, Caroline Caligari, Liz Durfee, and Rachel Glaser









All photos Dan Kirk, except photograph G, courtesy of Todd Pritchard, ASCI

Photo provided by Sarah Heiss

CDAE Welcomes Sarah Heiss Tenure-track Assistant Prof. joins faculty

Fall 2012 will bring a new face and presence to the CDAE department. Sarah Heiss, PhD, will join CDAE as a new Assistant Professor in Public Communication with a focus in Food Systems. Her current research “stems from the belief that the fields of health and communication are interconnected and can be better understood using an interdisciplinary approach. Specifically, I am dedicated to contributing to theoretical and empirical understandings of the social practices that shape how we define, make sense of, and manage the relationships among health, food, and the body.� Sarah will be coming to Burlington from Ohio University with her fiance Russ Elek and their two cats.

MPA, MS Graduation and Reception A) MPA grads before the hooding ceremony


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Photo: Leslie Barchard

B) 2011 MPA graduates are celebrated at the MPA Reception held in Waterman Manor.


C) MPA Director Chris Koliba presented Beth Holtzman (right) with the 2011 Marshall E. Dimock Award in the presence of her friends and family.



D) 2011 Frank Smallwood recipient, Louise Sutton, smiles to a sunbathed crowd on the patio of Waterman Manor.

Photo: Leslie Barchard

Photo: Dan Kirk

Photo: Dan Kirk

Photo: Dan Kirk

The MPA Program recognized graduates at a reception on Saturday, May 21. Six students and were inducted into the Pi Alpha Alpha Professional Honor Society and three awards were given. Beth Holtzman received the 2011 Dimock Student Award and alumnus Michael Loner received the 2011 Dimock Alumni Award. Loner is currently the Executive Director of the DREAM Progam. Louise Sutton received the 2011 Frank Smallwood Award from her graduating peers. The Frank Smallwood Student Award is presented annually by the members of the graduating class to one of their class mates who is the most collegial, helpful, and supportive person in the class...a person whose commitment to colleagues and positive energy makes the complex and challenging aspects of a graduate program a cooperative and uplifting experience.

Nate Towne, MPA ‘11 received both his MPA and Master of Accountancy degrees at this year’s hooding ceremony

Newly hooded CDAE MS students (from left) Dan Kirk, Kelly Hamshaw, Nicole Mason, and Guangxuan Zhang

Outstanding Service-Learning

CUPS 7th Annual Celebration of Service-Learning

On May 3rd, the Community-University Partnerships and Service-Learning Office (CUPS) announced the recipients of its Engaged Scholarship Awards at the 7th Annual CUPS Recognition Reception. Nominations were judged on the quality of engaged scholarship demonstrated in courses between Spring 2010 and 2011 semesters. The Outstanding Service-Learning Student Award was presented to Alex Finn, an active member of the Dewey House for Civic Engagement. As a student in the Civic Engagement and Self-Reflection course, Alex has demonstrated outstanding commitment to service beyond course expectations. The Outstanding Community Partner Award was awarded to Peter DeGraff of Otter Creek Engineering, who worked enthusiastically with students from CDAE 171 “Community and Economic Transformation” to create successful community-based water systems projects in Honduras.

Service-Learning Planning grants support the development of new initiatives or partnerships that will result in servicelearning or community-based research in the future. A spring 2011 grant has been awarded to Thomas DeSisto & Kelly Hamshaw (CDAE) for developing a holistic assessment model for the CDAE 186 Saint Lucia international servicelearning experience.

UVM Student Research Conference Once a year, UVM’s Davis Center hosts a hotbed of research conversation as graduate and undergraduate students display posters and give presentations based on the research they are doing on (and off ) campus.

This year, twenty-two CDAE and MPA graduate candidates students presented their research to audiences from across campus. “At the end of my presentation, I found it really beneficial to get questions from folks in other disciplines,” reflects second-year M.S. candidate Abby Smith, whose presentation, Taste of Place Market Assessment: Exploring the General Demand for a Placebased Designation System for Vermont Food Products in the Northeastern United States, examines Vermont’s Second year CDAE MS candidate Abby Smith presents on Vermont’s terrior terrior, or “flavor” (think Champagne and compté cheese from France, or Charlevoix lamb from Quebec). “Interactions like that are invaluable, especially as a CDAE student with a transdisciplinary research approach.” The range of research topics stemming from these students is impressive: quality of life in food deserts and classifying food hubs; media, advertisement and market analysis; and local studies on Vermont’s food, revenue streams from natural resource extraction, and terrior. Photos: Dan Kirk

The CDAE M.S. and MPA programs have historically had a strong presence in UVM’s Student Research Conference, sending over fifty students to the conference since 2009. First year CDAE MS candidate Minghao Li presents on survey research regarding credential food attributes in the northeast

Dr. Liang receives prestigious University award By Dan Kirk Community Development and Applied Economics (CDAE) Associate Professor Chyi-Lyi (Kathleen) Liang, PhD has been named one of the recipients of the 2011 Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award. The award is given each year to recognize UVM professors and lecturers for excellent instruction in—and beyond— the classroom. According to the award’s website, criteria for consideration include “excellence in instruction (including learning experiences outside the traditional classroom), capacity to animate students and engage them in the pursuit of knowledge and understanding, innovation in teaching methods and/or curriculum development, demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity, ability to motivate and challenge students, and evidence of excellent advising.”

Liang is the fourth CDAE faculty member to receive the award since it was first given in 1987, and joins Dr. Daniel Baker (2003) and Dr. Jonathan Leonard (1991) as current faculty members to receive the award. She is the first winner at the Associate Professor level from the department. “I am really humbled to be honored by my colleagues. I always love what I do,” reflects Liang. “Being anAeducatorBis the most precious experience for me: to work with the younger generation and assist them in becoming our future leaders. I Dr. Liang, a recipient of the 2011 Kroepschteach them how to succeed and how to fail in all aspects of life. Students help me to Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award, teaches to become a better teacher everyday, and they push me to learn new things all the time.her CDAE 267 course Receiving this award raises my own expectations of how I need to do more in the future. It marks a new beginning of my life.”

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Alexandra Curtis, a student in Dr. Liang’s upper-level, culminating CDAE 267: Strategic Planning for Community Entrepreneurs course, agrees that Dr. Liang is a deserving recipient, “Dr.Liang is one of the best professors I have had at UVM, …, she is among the best. Her unique and engaging way of teaching keeps students interested in class. I actually walk out of her class feeling like I have learned something that will benefit my life.”

Kroepsch-Maurice award recipients have historically hailed from the College of Arts and Sciences; however, in recent years the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) has had a growing number of recipients. The CDAE department boasts the largest pool of recipients within CALS. The other 2011 award recipients include: Professor Gagan S. Mirchandani of the Compuster Science Department, Assistant Professor Sayamwong E Hammack of the Psychology Department, Lecturer, Cuong T. Mai of the Religion Department.

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, Food Systems, 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: Both graduate programs participate in the Peace Corps Fellows Program (more at: ). 205 Morrill Hall, Burlington, VT 05405 | | 802.656.2001

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