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!

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: