Community and our People Fall 2013
FROM THE CHAIR, Dr. Jane Kolodinsky This issue of the Compass focuses on the COMMUNITY in Community Development and Applied Economics. From working across majors and disciplines within our CDAE department and with colleagues and disciplines across campus, to partnering with the greater Burlington community and beyond, CDAE faculty, staff and students experience all types of community. As you read this issue please note of some major takeaways. First, CDAE is an "edgy" place---we have been on the forefront of several curves. These include cutting edge research that appeared ahead of its time, including data collected in the Vermonter Poll. We are a leader on campus in service learning that links students with community partners. And, we forge partnerships with other organizations in Vermont where the collaboration results in raising all boats, such as our Consumer Assistance Program linkage with the Vermont Attorney General. Second, our
students are ready for the job market and hit the ground running. As you read this issue notice the jobs that our students have landed---and the advice they give to current students. Third, take note of our people. Whether new or retiring faculty or staff, people who work in CDAE are committed to practicing the same life-long learning that we hope to instill in our students. This keeps us edgy. I am honored and proud to be a part of a department that has had consistent growth in student numbers, research productivity and community partnerships over the past 12 years.....and has graduated students who have landed great jobs that are helping to make difference.
Center For Rural Studies Takes the Pulse of Vermonters By Zari Sadri Communications Intern The Center for Rural Studies is a non-profit, fee for service research center based in Morrill Hall. It is here that the Vermonter Poll has been conducted since 1990. Director Emeritus, Fred Schmidt started the poll, and is now under the leadership of Center Director, Jane Kolodinsky. The telephone survey conducted with the help of students and University staff randomly samples residents, and is said to take the “pulse” of Vermonters. The purpose of the survey is to make state-wide data and information available to members of the University community and beyond. “The original intent was to enable smaller organizations and researchers to have access to affordable, state-wide data,” said Mike Moser, a researcher in the Center for Rural Studies who has been working with the poll for over ten years. “It helps them to get a handle on the issues that inform policy.” The poll, conducted in February each year, shows trends amongst CRS’s Mike Moser discusses survey strategies with Plant Vermonters. One of the earliest Vermonter Polls in 1993 indicated that only and Soil Science M.S. graduate student, Lindsey Ruhl. 43% of Vermonters had a computer in their home. In 1995, a Vermonter Ruhl is also a student in Jane Kolidinsky’s CDAE 351 Poll question asked respondents “What do you think is the most important Research Methods class. issue facing Vermonters today?” Health Care, Jobs and the Economy, and Taxes, ranking high amongst Vermonters. In 2004, The Vermonter Poll revealed that 81% of micro-businesses (0-5 employees) did not had a website for their business, and less than half of small businesses (5-500 employees) had a website for their company. Times have changed. The method of data collection has not. The Vermonter Poll continues to be a telephone survey. In the age of social media, this is still likely not to change. “Surveys conducted through Facebook and other social media generally lose the random validity as people self select to participate”, says Michael Moser. However, the trend of households opting to get rid of a (continued on page 5)
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Alumni in the Community Lucy Perutz, Community Entrepreneurship, 2013
Throughout her time at UVM, Lucy was known as the girl passing out vegan baked goods and cooking for others. Now, Community Entrepreneurship (CENT) degree in hand, she’s taking that passion to the streets with her new business venture, Rabbit Rabbit. What started as a small lunch stand at the Telluride, CO Farmer’s Market is turning into a year round business, and keeping Lucy busy. Perutz, who originally hails from Evanston, Illinois saw the need for more lunch options at the market, and her background in Community Entrepreneurship at the University of Vermont along with her passion for local, organic, and healthy foods drove her to open Rabbit Rabbit. “I really owe a lot to the Community Development and Applied Economics (CDAE) program, especially CENT in preparing me for this endeavor. I have such long-reaching dreams for the way I want to impact the world for the better, the CDAE and CENT programs brought me back to earth and gave me such a clear understanding of how to enact those goals and decide what is and isn’t feasible from a business perspective” Perutz says. “I honestly couldn’t imagine any other major or university program that would allow me to graduate and a week later be running my own business.” Rabbit Rabbit has a custom made stand, complete with paper cones that customers take with them in lieu of plates, filled with Lucy’s creative salads. Produce comes from local farmers. “Farmers live a humble life,” Perutz says, “and I want to support them.” She takes creativity to another level, with menu items like the Vegan Kale Caesar with Tempeh Croutons. When winter hits and the snow starts piling up in Telluride, Lucy will run what she’s calling a CSS, or Community Supported Salad delivery service. Patrons will be able to call in delivery salads, or work with Lucy to customize their salads and have them delivered 3 times a week! Lucy will work with farmers to source winter greens throughout the cold season, and will maintain her strict ethos of no harm to animals.
Brent Summers, Public Communication, 2012 By the time Brent Summers graduated from Community Development and Applied Economics (CDAE) with a degree in Public Communication, his work had already been published in The New York Times. After working on a freelance basis for the paper, the Barrington, RI native received some advice from his mentor, reporter Justin Gillis. “He brought me through the realities of the journalism industry and told me I was much better off getting on a payroll doing something I enjoyed. Since I am passionate about technology, writing and business, handling business development at a startup was an excellent fit,” Summers says. Now he’s an Enterprise Account Manager, “Which is a fancy way of saying I’m in charge of bringing in big business deals,” Summers says. “Our company is one of the leading tools for relationship marketing: a new movement in the business world to focus on building fewer, strong relationships rather than many weak ones.” By using the opportunities available to him and taking advantage of all that CDAE has to offer, Brent graduated with a set of skills that he could demonstrate to future employees. Not only had he been published in The New York Times, but he had managed a staff of 80 as Editor-in-Chief at The Vermont Cynic, which has a weekly circulation of 6,000 copies. His advice to future CDAE graduates? “Do things you enjoy with the free time you are given. Start a business, learn how to build a website, etc. Pick one thing, get good at it, and you will have a big leg up on your classmates when the tassels are moved from right to left. Don’t underestimate your degree when done right: my UVM Public Communication degree has been put on the same level working next to Stanford, MIT, and Hopkins grads. Just go for it.”
Lesley Bristol (Community and International Development ’11)
By the time Lesley graduated with a BS in Community and International Development, she had taken advantage of three International Service Learning Opportunities through Community Development and Applied Economics (CDAE) at UVM. When the opportunity arose to move to Hawaii after graduation, the Vermont native jumped on it! Now she’s using the skills she learned and applying them to a career as a Project Assistant for a private, non-profit organization called the Maui Economic Development Board. “The balanced combination of economic theory, service-learning, and project management and research skills I learned through CDAE have all been essential in my work” Lesley says. “I recently worked with my team to plan and implement a pilot education project in Bangkok, Thailand. Without my previous servicelearning in Mexico, Honduras, and St. Lucia, I would have not had the ability to appropriately organize the project, communicate with our recipients in a culturally competent manner, and prepare for the next phases of the initiative, which include evaluation and reporting to our stakeholders.”
Karia Young-Eagle (Community and International Development ’11) When Karia Young-Eagle was 16, she traveled from her home in East Montpelier, VT to Nicaragua with an organization called Planting Hope, a VT based NGO that works to enhance cultural opportunities, support grassroots initiative, and foster cultural exchanges. This trip inspired Karia, and sparked an interest in agribusiness and social entrepreneurship. Fast forward a few years and Karia has a degree in Community and International Development and a double minor in Spanish and Business Administration. “The combination of applied economics and business classes fostered a well-rounded understanding of the sustainable international development and financial aspects of my position” Karia says. She is now working as a Portfolio Associate for Root Capital, a nonprofit social investment fund that grows rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Latin America and Africa by lending capital, delivering financial training, and strengthening market connections for agricultural small and growing businesses. Her work has recently taken her to Lima, Peru! Karia is working directly with loan officers and risk analysts in the field, and seeing firsthand the impact that her work has on coffee, quinoa, bean, and sesame seed farmers. Her advice to future graduates in Community Development and Applied Economics? “Take advantage of the various international programs such as St. Lucia, Honduras, or
Belize. These courses allow you to earn credits while gaining valuable skills that will set you apart from others.”
Galen Mooney (Community Entrepreneurship ’12) After graduating with a degree in Community Entrepreneurship, Galen moved to Seattle to to work for an agency called R2integrated as a Social Marketing Strategist. She spent a year creating online strategies for national and international brands, but there was always something else calling her name. She wanted to build her own business from the ground up. Galen, a native of Manchester VT, made the move back to the Northeast, started Success Measured, and has since been working with clients to improve their web presence. She is also building an online training program for entrepreneurs to learn to better market their businesses. “The Community Entrepreneurship major helped me to develop skills in business, finance, public speaking, and market analysis” Galen said. “I learned firsthand the importance of creating a business plan and measuring results from your efforts.” Galen’s advice to new graduates of the Community Development and Applied Economics Program? “The best thing you can do as a future graduate is to get involved outside of the classroom (clubs, volunteering, internships, etc.) and start creating a portfolio of your work sooner rather than later. Think about building a brand for yourself and networking online as well as in the local Burlington community.”
Ben Mervis (Public Communication ‘13) When Ben Mervis, a Marblehead, MA, native switched his major to Public Communication, he was inspired by the t-shirt he received: “CDAE, How Will You Change the World?” He says that phrase stayed with him during his time as an undergraduate student, and continues to be a guiding principle of his work. His new role as the Assistant Media and Marketing Coordinator for the Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in the Vermont Department of Health allows him to make a difference every day, using the skills that he honed in Community Development and Applied Economics. “I primarily work with the Vermont Tobacco Control Program from prevention to cessation (help quitting) for the entire state. I liaise with our two media contractors for all of our digital and traditional media campaigns, contributing to both the creative development and implementation,” Mervis says. “The other half of my world involves providing internal support for my team, and our partners; community coalitions, youth groups, medical providers and more.” Beyond the work that Ben does on Tobacco Control, he coordinates marketing efforts for the Obesity and Nutrition, Asthma, and Oral Health Programs. He gives credit to the power of networking, but says that networking did not get him where he is today. “Networking kept my mind fresh and helped to fine-tune my story-telling; how I made the most of my undergraduate career and what I took away from it… I ended up where I am by narrowing my focus and aggressively pursuing every opportunity that I could HONESTLY say I was interested in,” Mervis says. “There’s a big difference between being someone looking for a job, and someone looking for THE job.” His advice to future CDAE graduates? “Once you’ve landed the job: Be humble. The best way to prove yourself is by taking on every task, completing it to the best of your ability and then asking for more. Most good supervisors will be able to spot the difference between practiced confidence and a false sense of entitlement.”
Faculty NEWS CDAE Welcomes Two New Lecturers
By Zari Sadri, Communications Intern
Thomas Desisto Community Development and Applied Economics (CDAE) at The University of Vermont welcomes Thomas DeSisto to the department as a Lecturer after 12 years working as a Research Specialist in the Center for Rural Studies. DeSisto holds a B.A. in Geography from the University, and graduated with a Master of Science (M.S.) in Community Development and Applied Economics in 2013. Thomas teaches CALS 085, CDAE 102, CDAE 186, and CDAE 250 this year. He brings his background in research, and his passion for technology into the classroom, and is working on finding ways to incorporate technological advances into his teaching methods. DeSisto says. “What is exciting right now is trying to figure out appropriate uses of new technologies. There are always options, challenges, and often it takes more time. I’m interested in learning how we can make the best out of the classes that exist. How can we make learning more dynamic?” DeSisto says that what he loves about CDAE is the project-based nature of the coursework. “I view classes as projects, and students as partners.” He says that what sets CDAE apart is that students can sense that they’re really having an impact through their service-learning work, both in the community and abroad. “You can point to a project, and see that you’ve made a difference.” When he’s not teaching, DeSisto loves to take advantage of all that Vermont has to offer. He’s an avid hiker, kayaker, and yogi, and recently returned from a road trip to the west coast’s Na-
Kate Finley Woodruff Community Development and Applied Economics welcomes Kate Finley Woodruff to the department as a Lecturer. She has earned two degrees from the University of Vermont, a B.S. in Agricultural Economics in 1989, and a M.P.A. degree in 2007. Finley Woodruff has worked in specialty food marketing for the last 25 years, working for the Vermont Department of Agriculture, and Cabot Creamery Cooperative. In that time, she started her own consulting business, and worked with many local entrepreneurs. Finley Woodruff has taught as an Adjunct Lecturer for the last five years, and currently teaches PA 206, CDAE 195-Socially Responsible Marketing, and co-teaches CDAE 195 Cabot Marketing Challenge courses. She will be developing two new marketing courses for the summer and fall semesters. It is the interaction with students she enjoys the most. Finley Woodruff says, “There has not been a class yet where I haven’t learned from my students. Their energy inspires me. They discover their creativity and critically analyze their role in society. They want to be challenged and they want to excel. I can’t think of better qualities to instill in our future employees, entrepreneurs, and community leaders.” In addition, Finley Woodruff will coordinate the summer curriculum, as well as communications for the department. In her free time, she enjoys natural landscape and sports photography, the outdoors, and spending time with family.
The Return of the milkman Fresh, cold milk delivered to your doorstep by the friendly milkman. Just a nostalgic memory? Maybe not. The students of the Cabot Marketing Challenge (CDAE 195) are working with RiseN’Shine...It’s the Milkman, a company based in Charlotte, VT to develop new Marketing strategies. In addition, student groups have partnered with four other Chittenden Country entrepreneurs; Trip Trap Recycling is ready to launch a new recycling bin cover, Aristelle is working with students to market their luxury lingerie store on Church Street, Woollymama Fine Arts is investigating new outlets to sell high-end, handcrafted felt pillows, and Full Circle Festival is working with a student group to promote an upcoming event on aging. Students will vote on two businesses that will continue on with the students next semester with a funded budget provided by Cabot Creamery to implement some of the marketing strategies. Sponsored by Cabot Creamery Cooperative.
Jay Ashman Announces Retirement
What started as an adjunct position in 1977, Jay Ashman has announced his retirement from a career in educating UVM students that spans more than three decades. At the time of his initial hire, Jay was a lawyer with the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, and brought his expertise in consumer protection and law to the classroom. Perhaps one of the first UVM service-learning opportunities, Jay’s course offered students experiential learning by working with the AG’s office handling consumer complaints. This program still exists today. A quiet man with a humble office in Morrill Hall overlooking Lake Champlain, Jay reflects on his years of service with Community Development and Applied Economics at UVM. “There has been a big difference in how we engage with the community. Service-learning is structurally integrated into the classroom.” He has also noticed the pendulum no longer swings from student interest in private business or public service. Students are interested in doing “good” for sociJay Ashman hiking along the Macal River in Belize. ety. Jay’s ability to adapt to changing needs in both education and the workforce has been a great asset to CDAE and UVM as an insitution. “Jay has continued to stay ahead of the curve on delivering a cutting edge education that leads to jobs for our students. He challenges our faculty and students to be innovative and find creative solutions to community challenges”, says Jane Kolodinsky, CDAE Department Chair. Throughout his time at CDAE, Jay has been instrumental in developing international programs in St. Lucia and Belize. He began teaching courses in Sustainable Communities and offering study abroad opportunities. Although Jay has taught several classes within CDAE including Communication Law, Jay points to the highlight of his career as clearly the work he has done in Belize. One of his student groups was awarded the CUPS Student Project of the year for their work in Belize on an educational campaign on domestic violence and HIV Aids awareness. “No lecture hall can compare to the experience of being in the field”, Jay states. This experience led to one of his students to continue the work at a homeless shelter in Vermont. Jay plans to spend time this winter traveling to Ecuador and taking Spanish lessons. Center for Rural Studies, continued from page 1 “land line” and only have a cell phone creates new challenges. Options for purchasing cell phone lists are being considered. Organizations sponsor questions on the Vermonter Poll as an affordable research tool which would otherwise not be obtainable due to constraints on time or budget. The Vermonter Poll also allows these organizations to receive a full set of representative, statistically significant demographic data. Previous Poll Sponsors include Shelburne Farms, Vermont Department of Health, Vermont Community Law Center, UVM Extension Agency, and the Vermont Tele-Communications Authority. Community Development and Applied Economics Faculty Josh Farley, Dan Baker, David Conner, Sarah Heiss, and Jane Kolodinsky have also sponsored questions on the poll in previous years for their own research. The research conducted in CRS informs work done by University of Vermont students as well. Students in Research Methods, CDAE 250 or CDAE 351 use Vermonter Poll data to learn the statistical analysis software SPSS. In CDAE 85, students use data from the poll to learn how to make properly formatted charts and graphs for presentations and papers. In the past, Sociology and Statistics classes have used Vermonter Poll Data as a teaching tool. The value that the poll provides to students is immeasurable. “The goal is to give students the experience and opportunity to do a research project, that they wouldn’t otherwise get”, said Thomas DeSisto, a Community Development and Applied Economics Lecturer, and former Center for Rural Studies Researcher. For more information, visit the CRS website at http://www.uvm.edu/crs/.
VT AG’s Consumer Assistance Program Helps Vermonters By Zari Sadri CDAE Communications Intern
The Montpelier, VT Office of the Attorney General, William Sorrell, performs a lot of duties, most notably acting as the chief law enforcement officer in Vermont. The office is the state’s largest law firm, acting as legal counsel to state agencies and the legislature. Attorneys in Montpelier “both defend the state when it is sued, and file their own suits to enforce Vermont’s criminal, environmental, consumer protection, civil rights and countless other laws” (www.atg.state.vt.us). One of Morrill Hall’s greatest assets is the Consumer Assistance Program (CAP), a division of the Vermont Attorney General’s Office located right here on campus! The office functions in partnership with the University to provide consumers with the resources they need to recognize and protect themselves against fraud, mediate disputes with businesses, and track scams. CAP is run by a combination of UVM staff, paid undergraduate and
graduate students, students involved with CDAE 159 who work in the office for 6 hours each week over the course of the semester, and the director of CAP, Janet Murnane. Murnane, the former Deputy Attorney General stepped in to fill the role of retiring CAP director Sandy Everitt. The staff of CAP operate a consumer hotline, which fields calls on everything from phishing scams, to payday lender complaints and used auto sales. Vermont consumers call in every day with questions about what to do if their heat gets turned off in the dead of winter, their car gets repossessed, or they are the victims of home-improvement fraud. CAP helps these members of our community through suggesting resources that may be available to them, mediating disputes between the consumer and business, and informing companies when they are in violation of state law or statutes. “Our complaints are pretty
The Vermont AG’s Consumer Assistance Program team, from left: Judah Griffin, Sara Chesbrough, Linnea Myers, Jason Duquette-Hoffman, Crystal Baldwin, Janet Murnane.
consistent with what our federal counterparts are seeing. Complaints about debt and debt collection remain high, as well as complaints about used auto sales. We are definitely seeing an upswing of scam reports, in large part due to the increase of robo-call scam telemarketers out there,” Murnane said. The actions of this office have far reaching impacts on state policy. Attorneys in Montpelier make suggestions to lawmakers based on the data that CAP collects. This past legislative session, CAP received additional funds from the legislature, allowing them to take on two part-time Community Development and Applied Economics Graduate students, with the suggestion that the students conduct research, make policy recommendations, and be able to follow their research through the legislative process. CAP’s history at UVM dates back 32 years, when Community Development and Applied Economics Senior Lecturer Jay Ashman was working as an Attorney in the Attorney General’s office in Montpelier, and teaching at UVM parttime. “The Attorney General’s office had for years relied on student volunteers to handle incoming consumer inquiries and complaints,” Ashman said, “but had trouble recruiting students after the consumer protection division was moved from Burlington to Montpelier.” Ashman saw the potential for a mutually beneficial relationship between the University and the Attorney General’s Office, and CAP moved into Morrill Hall. “We have a very dedicated staff that advocates for consumers, and makes a real difference in resolving complaints,” Murnane said. She’s not joking. In 2012, CAP recovered well in excess of $314,000 in restitution for Vermont consumers.
Community Partnership CDAE Professor Bob Parsons Participates in USDA’s Cochran Fellowship Program By Zari Sadri CDAE Communications Intern Extension Professor Dr. Bob Parsons participated this summer in the Cochran Fellowship Program, which brings participants from middle-income countries, emerging markets, and emerging democracies to the United States to receive training in agricultural practices. This summer, UVM hosted a group of bankers from Albania in coordination with the program whose aim, according to their website, is to “assist eligible countries to develop the agricultural systems necessary to meet the food and fiber needs of their domestic populations; and strengthen and enhance trade linkages between eligible countries and agricultural interests in the United States.” Dr. Parsons worked with the group over the course of their visit on lending and agricultural credit appraisal, and made trips to Agricultural Institutions across the state including cooperatives, lending institutions, and small farms.
Extension Associate Professor, Dr. Bob Parsons, visits the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery to discuss Agricultural banking and lending with Albanian bankers.
CDAE community partners
“The overall goal is to train individuals already involved in banking with the specifics of how we do lending and credit appraisal in the United States,” Parsons said. “The benefit to the farmer is that s/ he’s working with a lender that understands agricultural production and understands the family run farm unit.” Dr. Parsons noted that given Albania’s communist history, farming has gone from a subsistence activity to a commercial business (the country operated as a communist state from 1944-1992). Notably, almost half of the population is employed in the agricultural sector. “So much that we have taken for granted they are still just learning, and that includes the banking sector,” Parsons said. This is not the first time that the University has hosted participants in this competitive program. In 2010, UVM hosted a group from South Africa and Mauritius, and in 2011 we hosted visitors from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.
CDAE 186: Sustainable Development on a Small Island State class will continue it's decade-long partnership with the St Lucian Ministry of Commerce, Consumer Affairs Department (CAD). The class will also be working on a variety of other projects ranging from an assessment of water quality in the mangrove ecosystem to the development of garden programs in small, rural primary schools. CDAE 251 has partnered with the Lake Champlain Basin Program to survey farmers on practices related to nutrient managment, use of fertiliers and pesticides, as well as homeowners use of lawn care chemicals. The informaiton collected is important for climate change and potential for future floods as it relates to the quality of Lake Champlain. CDAE 195: Socially Responsible Marketing class is working with the American Red Cross to develop a marketing plan to encourse UVM students to volunteer with the organization. In particular, the plan will target students to become certified to be an Emergency Resonder, helping families in need that suffer from home fires, flood and other tragic events. CDAE 250: Applied Research Methods is partnering with Sodexo and the UVM Office of Sustainability to survey students on their on-campus dining preferences to provide research to support the Real Food Challenge Initiative. CDAE 195: Socially Responsible Marketing class is presenting four marketing plans to the Center for Health and Wellbeing focusing on issues impacting UVM students including risky alcohol use, binge drinking, mental health and exercise, and stigma associated with mental health issues.
Community Development Young Vision May Be The Answer to an Old Power Plant
By Zari Sadri Communications Intern Tad Cooke and Eric Crockenberg look like typical college students. The best friends, originally from Charlotte, Vermont are clean-cut seniors at the University of Vermont. It takes only a short conversation to realize that Tad and Eric are up to big things. Really big things... Interested in community development, the friends have put forth a 113-page proposal for the Moran Plant, the abandoned coal-fired power plant on Burlington’s waterfront. If the proposal is accepted, it will appear as a ballot item in March, when voters will decide whether or not to fund a slate of projects for the Burlington Waterfront with Tax Increment Financing (TIF). If all goes well, renovation of Moran will begin in October 2014. The pair are both Self-Designed Majors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Senior Lecturer and CALS Self-Design Major Director, Dr. Jonathan Leonard comments on Cooke and Crockenberg’s work. “The CALS Self Designed Major allows students to create a major that is tailored to their vision of what they will do after UVM”, Leonard says. “Tad and Eric are unique in that they applied their self designed major knowledge and skills toward a real-life project in revitalizing the Moran Plant on the Burlington Waterfront together as a team.” Their proposal includes space for a “farm to table” restaurant with 360 degree views of Lake Champlain and Burlington, as well as a micro-brewery, community rooftop gardens, an anaerobic digester to generate renewable energy using spent grains from the brewery, and community space for education and art displays. The vision for the Moran Plant draws on their values, or the five “spokes” that inform their planning; those being arts, recreation, energy, food, and community. The proposal put forth by the duo is one of only five or so actionable plans for the Moran Plant over the last thirty years. The two appear modest and collected. “Since the beginning, we weren’t vain enough to think we could do this Tad Cooke and Eric Crockenberg stand on the roof of on our own”, Cooke said. “This project is a reflection of our community.” Cooke the abandoned Moran Plant overlooking Lake and Crockenberg have set big goals for themselves since they arrived at UVM. Champlain. Their approach, Eric says, is to “Talk big, and then figure it out.” It has obviously served them well. The two have joined forces with architects, planners, graphic designers, and business owners. They managed to raise $19,579 on KickStarter in 30 days to fund the expense of submitting their proposal to the city. The friends will graduate with real-world experience that others their age can’t even fathom. “It’s funny to go into a room as two 22 year old UVM students and work with people who are above and beyond. We acted as lead Project Managers with pros who have done multi million dollar projects”, Crockenberg said. “Being UVM students gave us just enough of an edge to be credible. We’ve basically spearheaded this 25 million dollar project.” Eric and Tad have exceeded expectations of the Self-Design Major. They are the pride of their advisor, Community Development and Applied Economics Lecturer, David Conner. “This project embodies both the community development mission of CDAE and the Land Grant Mission of UVM. Tad and Eric combine the knowledge gained from classes with collaboration with onand off-campus partners to benefit the city of Burlington and state of Vermont”, Tad and Eric chat with Jonathan Leonard, Senior Lecturer says Conner. and Director of the Self-Design Major (far left) and Advisor, All the while Eric and Tad have had no problem remaining humble, David Conner, Assistant Professor, Community and driven by the true desire to make Burlington a better place. Development and Applied Economics (far right). Learn more aboiut Tad and Eric’s vision for the Moran Plant Revitatlization at KickStarter. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/103052255/a-new-vision-for-burlingtons-abandoned-moran-plant
Graduate Student profiles
Alana Izzo Alana Izzo, a Stowe, Vermont native joins the department as a MS Candidate in Community Development and Applied Economics. Izzo, a 2012 UVM graduate with a BS in Business Administration, is conducting research that combines her interests as an undergraduate student (Corporate social responsibility) and the department’s focus on the role of small businesses and their impact on the local community. Professor Kathleen Liang, advises Izzo on her work. Izzo states, “The general theory behind this research is that these values are often drivers of a company's competitive advantage. These values are also quite frequently deeply ingrained in these businesses both on a strategic level, and a day-to-day operations level,” Izzo said. “My research is attempting to gather information on how small business owners in Vermont view and value their values, whether or not they have a succession plan (i.e. - have they started planning for a formal transition out of the company whether that is a result of ownership transfer, or managerial transition), and if they do - what does it incorporate?” Izzo is in the process of conducting semi-structured interviews with business owners and executives throughout the state.
Jennifer Miller Jennifer Miller developed a passion for sustainable agriculture in high school, while working on a farm for the summer. She pursued a BA in Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College, and has joined Community Development and Applied Economics Graduate Program as an MS Candidate. Her research is part of the Vermont Agriculture Resiliency Project, which is a transdiciplinary team that examines best practices that farmers can utilize to adjust to climate change. Under the guidance of Professor David Conner, Jennifer is examining these practices from an economic standpoint, investigating how much it costs these farmers to implement the recommended practices, as well as the perceived benefits. “My thesis research focuses on USDA conservation programs. I am using conjoint analysis methods to determine the incentive payment farmers require to implement three different conservation practices (cover cropping, conservation tillage, and buffer strips),” Miller says. “The results of that study will then be combined with the NRCS contract data, groundtruthed with farmers, and then used to formulate an analysis of current USDA conservation policy.” In addition to her work on conservation, Miller is working on examining crop insurance, informed by her experience on-farm post Irene. She is putting out a survey that she hopes will generate the information needed to begin a dialogue to invoke change in the insurance arena.
Geoff Battista Geoff Battista grew up on the Long Island Sound and studied Economics & Anthropology at the University of Connecticut. He joins the Community Development and Applied Economics department as a Graduate Student. Under the guidance of Department Chair, Professor Jane Kolodinsky, his research is focused on using geographic information systems to examine healthcare accessibility on a statewide level, through a duel-method approach. “The first component uses geographic information systems to map accessibility to certain categories of healthcare (generalists, oncologists, dialysis, and adult day centers) on a statewide scale,” Battista said. “I employed a supply-driven method, in which I calculated the service areas for all facilities within a 30-mile buffer of the state.” When constructing serviceareas, Battista took into consideration automobile driving times, fixed-line transit routing extents, and the operating areas of demand-response transit agencies.. “The service-areas were subsequently indexed per healthcare category to indicate areas at-risk for healthcare inaccessibility across Vermont. Of course, the presence of healthcare facilities and mobility-enabling resources does not necessarily equate to accessibility,” Battista said. “Therefore, I conducted a series of semi-structured interviews with the rural elderly to shed light on their nonemergency medical transportation experiences.” These qualitative interviews reveal the impact of things such as social networks, weather, and personal preferences in shaping access to health care. After graduation, Geoff hopes to work in public health.
Stay in touch on current events, job opportunities, internships, and special announcements!
CDAE Updates Pu b l i c a t i o n s Baker, D. (2013) Latino Dairy Workers in Vermont Communities & Banking 24: 2, 5-7. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Baker, D., Hamshaw, S., Hamshaw, K. (2013) Rapid Flood Exposure Assessment of Vermont Mobile Home Parks Following Tropical Storm Irene. Natural Hazards Review. Advance online publication Dec. 2012. Becot, F., Nickerson, V., Conner, D. & Kolodinsky, J. (2012). Costs of Food Safety Certification on Fresh Produce Farms in Vermont. HortTechnology, 22(5). Conner, D., Becot, F., Hoffer, D., Kahler, E., Sawyer, S., & Berlin, L. (forthcoming). Measuring current consumption of locally grown foods in Vermont: Methods for baselines and targets Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. Farley, J. (2013) The Economics of Sustainability in U. Diwekar and H. Cabezas (ed.) Sustainability: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives. Bentham Open E-books. Liang, C. (2013). Dollar Enterprise – From Theory to Reality and an Experiential Learning, 4th Edition, Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, USA. ISBN: 978-1-4652-1285-6.
A Sample of Publications & Awards
For a complete list of faculty and graduate publications, visit www.uvm.edu/cdae.
Kolodinsky, J. (2012). Persistence of Health Labeling Information Asymmetry in the United States: Historical Perspectives and 21st Century Problems. Journal of Macromarketing. Advance Publication, April 26, 2012, DOI: 10.1177/0276146711434829. 32 Issue 2 June 2012 pp. 193 - 207.
Designs for Intergovernmental Project Prioritization Processes. In L. Gerrits & P.K. Marks (Eds.), COMPACT I: Public Administration in Complexity. Litchfield Park: Emergent Publications. Pages 144-165.
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McMahon, E., Busia, K., Ascherio, M. (2013) “Comparing Peer Reviews: The Universal Periodic Review of the UN Human Rights Council And The African Peer Review Mechanism,” African and Asian Studies, accepted for publication, vol. 12, no.3. Spencer, P., Watts, R., Flynn, B. The Effect of Environmental Factors on Bicycle Commuters in Vermont: Influences of a Northern Climate. Transport Geography. (forthcoming)
Dan Baker recieved the CALS Carigan Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence. The CALS First Year Experience Award is now named the Patterson Award after Tom Patterson.
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