August 6, 2014
by Julia Havens
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Meet Our Amazing CSC Summer Interns: Elizabeth Miller

Elizabeth Miller Community PLanning Workshop CPW Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience OPDRWhat is your name? Elizabeth Miller

Where were you born and where do you call home? I was born in Washington, but I call Kalispell, Montana my home.

Something fun you like to do. I love running, and I’ve recently taken up triathlons.

What’s your favorite pig-out food? Tacos. I have a serious love for tacos especially when they come with guacamole.

In which graduate program are you enrolled? Area of concentration? I am enrolled in the Master of Community and Regional Planning program, and I am also working on a certificate in Nonprofit Management.

Describe the CPW- Community Planning Workshop project you worked on during the academic year. Madras Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Integration – our team created a revised natural hazards chapter for the City of Madras’ comprehensive plan, integrating their Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan into the chapter. We also created educational material for public disbursement relating to hazard mitigation planning. As part of the team I conducted research through case studies, stakeholders interviews, and a general public survey to evaluate public knowledge and support. I organized and prepared a public forum in Madras, Oregon to promote public support for project, where I engaged community members in conversation about regulatory versus voluntary hazard mitigation policies.

What is the most critical skill you learned from being engaged in CPW this past year? I’ve learned a lot about meeting facilitation, techniques to help engage the community in public participation (on a topic that is particularly difficult to rally public engagement), and most notably I had the opportunity to work on my professional writing skills for drafting public documents.

What about CPW made you smile? There were many small victories along the way, both on a personal level and as a team, professionally and personally, which kept us motivated even when there were frustrations in the project.

Name of the last movie you saw and give it a rating. I just watched the BBC version of Jane Austin’s Persuasion. I’ve seen it several times and love it every time. A solid ‘A.’

What would you do differently if there were 30 hours in a day? I would take that time to paint. I could use more art in my life!

If you had a list of ‘best-kept secrets’ you’d recommend, list one thing you would include and why? Sitka, Alaska is a place worth visiting in your lifetime. The place is beautiful, temperate weather year round, small, bike-friendly, and has a lot of totem poles and an interesting history, which I think is pretty cool.

August 4, 2014
by Julia Havens
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Meet Our Amazing CSC Summer Interns: Steve Dobrinich

Steve Dobrinich Community Planning Workshop CPWWhat is your name? Stephen Dobrinich

Alias? Steve

Where were you born and where do you call home? I was born in Cleveland, Ohio but after living in Eugene for the past three years I call Oregon home.

In which graduate program are you enrolled? I am working on my masters in Community & Regional Planning.

Describe the CPW – Community Planning Workshop project you worked on during the academic year. My CPW project was the “Lane County Year-Round Regional Public Market and Food Hub Market Analysis.” The focus of the project was an in-depth investigation into whether there is enough buying power in the Eugene/ Springfield region to support a potential year-round public market and food hub.

What is the most critical skill(s) you learned from being engaged in CPW this past year? Learning how to break large projects into smaller pieces and accomplish goals on an ongoing basis.

What about CPW made you smile? Having great teammates with unique and interesting approaches to project work.

Name of the last movie you saw and give it a rating. Waiting for Guffman: 7.5/10

Favorite UO class? Public Sector Leadership

What are your big summer plans? Visit my friends and family in the Midwest, attend the RARE Program’s 20 year reunion, explore Portland, and get out on my kayak.

July 31, 2014
by Julia Havens
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Meet Our Amazing CSC: Summer Interns: Laura Stroud

Laura Stoud Community and Regional Planning CPW Community Planning Workshop

What is your name?   Laura Stroud

Where were you born and where do you call home?   I’m a born and bred North Carolinian. I grew up on the southeastern coast in Jacksonville, but I’ve been lucky enough to call other cities in the piedmont and mountains home as well.

What is something fun you like to do?   I like to explore Oregon’s great outdoors by raft, ski, or foot.

What are your big summer plans?   I plan to make it out to Eastern Oregon for the first time, and visit home in North Carolina.

In which graduate program are you enrolled? I’m enrolled in the Community and Regional Planning Program. My concentrations are land use planning and environmental planning.

What was a favorite UO class?   My favorite UO class was Water and the Built Environment which focused on how cities and utilities supply residents with water, sewage, and stormwater services.

What Community Planning Workshop (CPW)  project did you worked on during the academic year?   I worked on a project integrating hazard mitigation goals into the City of Madras’ comprehensive plan. We collected relevant information from current planning documents and public participation to create a list of goals and policies for the city to prioritize. I helped facilitate meetings and made a brochure to educate residents about the floodplain.

What is the most critical skill(s) you learned from being engaged in CPW this past year?   How to work dynamically within a team to synthesize information from various sources and produce a professional-quality planning document.

What about CPW made you smile  ? It was great to see how my fellow team members grew throughout the term, improving both strengths and weaknesses.

What is one of your ‘best-kept secrets’? There’s a foodcart called Philyaw’s Cookout that sometimes visits campus. The owner is an Eastern NC native. It’s the best place in Eugene to get true Eastern North Carolina-style barbecue! Don’t miss it!

July 29, 2014
by Julia Havens
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Meet Our Amazing CSC Summer Interns: Ross Peizer

Ross Peizer CPW Community Planning Workshop,  OPDR Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience

What is your name?   Ross Peizer

Alias?   No alias but my girlfriend’s name is Rachel so when we introduce ourselves together, fans of the show Friends have fun with that one.

Where were you born and where do you call home?   I grew up in Seattle but have lived all over the country since I first left to go to college. Even after living and becoming a part of communities in Boston, Sydney, Tucson, New Orleans and Montana I still call Seattle home. You know you’re from Seattle when your closet looks like an REI catalog!

What are your big summer plans?   This summer I’m looking forward to going hiking and camping around Oregon and Washington including Crater Lake and possibly some of the National Parks in Washington as well. I am also looking forward to going up to Seattle for a good friends wedding and Portland for a concert at the Oregon Zoo.

Name of the last movie you saw and give it a rating:   I watched Jobs a few weeks ago. The movie about Steve Jobs and Apple Computers. I’d give it 2 stars. I think my expectations were too high for this one. The story line was interesting to learn more about behind the scenes of Apple but the acting was pretty bad and it left me asking a lot of questions and wondering how much they embellished relationship issues to make a more interesting movie.

In which graduate program are you enrolled?   I am going into my second year of the Community and Regional Planning program. My focus area is Sustainable Cities. I am particularly passionate about sustainable transportation and excited to be the incoming President of LiveMove – UO’s Transportation and Livability student group.

What CPW project did you worked on during the academic year?   This past year in Community Planning Workshop I worked on the natural hazard plan integration project in Madras, Oregon. Our team worked to integrate the Jefferson County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (NHMP) and Madras specific addendum into the City of Madras Comprehensive Plan. This involved revising the natural hazards chapter of the Comprehensive Plan. The project was important because the current natural hazards chapter did not address all of the hazards Madras faces and the NHMP is not a regulatory document whereas the Comprehensive Plan is regulated by the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD).

What is the most critical skill you learned from being engaged in CPW this past year?   All the important details of a planning project from public outreach to memo and staff report writing to working on a team and with a client.

What about CPW made you smile?   Definitely our road trips to Madras and back. We got pretty addicted and competitive about auto bingo as mentioned in a previous blog post.

What is your favorite quote?   “Turns out not where but who you’re with that really matters.” I don’t listen to Dave Matthews Band as much as I used to but I still love this quote from one of their songs.

What is your ‘best-kept secret’ you’d recommend?   I created a Seattle to do list for friends who visit when I’m not there so they can show themselves around. It’s hard to pick but I think my #1 recommendation on that list would be to rent kayaks from Agua Verde Paddle Club and then go to their café for lunch.

Where can we ‘cyber-stalk’ you? LinkedIn: http://lnkd.in/UQnbGg