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  • Lee Stuart
    t sure how she would fare with a more formal and structured program Her plan was to fly under the radar at San Diego State especially to fly under the radar of Phillip C Miller who had written the chapters in one of her undergraduate texts about mathematical modeling that inspired her to go to SDSU to begin with As luck would have it Phil handpicked Lee to be his graduate student during the admissions process Apparently when Phil was a graduate student one of his assignments had been to help develop environmental studies curriculum for a new college in Arizona He wanted to see what kind of student Prescott College had ended up turning out Lee and Phil hit it off and together with other students post docs and professors organized as the Systems Ecology Research Group they had a really great run spending summers in Alaska and then the academic terms in San Diego or Chile working on mathematical models of the plant physiology and physical environment of tundra and Mediterranean ecosystem Although primitive some of their models indicated global warming would most likely create a compounding source for atmospheric carbon as permafrost thawed and decomposed Unfortunately we were correct about that she says When Phil died during the last year of her Ph D program Lee s life took another turn My mother had always said when you re feeling sad or sorry for yourself go do something for somebody else and get over it She volunteered for a UNICEF fundraiser and with people she met there also volunteered with the Ecumenical Coalition of Concerned Americans ECCA in the Los Angeles area ECCA operated a food distribution assistance program where they bought directly from the farmers and growers and then packed it and distributed it through other organizations She was inspired but knew there was a better way to coordinate it Armed with a renewed passion for fighting poverty which began in her childhood in Appalachia and some better logistics in mind Lee returned to San Diego and helped form Self Help and Resources Exchange SHARE which functioned basically like ECCA SHARE was just getting off the ground when she went to Virginia Tech to do post graduate work Although she loved her work Lee realized root physiology mathematical modeling and endless hours in a laboratory were only part of life and looked for other ways to be involved in the community Early on she met the head of New River Valley Community Action and worked with that organization as a volunteer to reproduce the SHARE program for Southwest Virginia One thing led to another and following a propitious meeting of the minds between one of the other co founders of SHARE in San Diego a wealthy investor and a Trappist abbot the idea to start SHARE in the South Bronx took form They asked Lee to head the new venture and she left Virginia for the Bronx arriving March 11 1985 To give an idea of the utterly rundown and neglected state of the South Bronx at the time Lee recalls her second week on the job when a film crew from Germany came through to shoot footage that could double for the destruction after the bombing of Dresden during World War II It was a community in need of many things and within a year 250 churches had joined SHARE and 10 000 families participated in the program every month In 1986 a man came to see Lee at work Jim Drake had been Ceasar Chavez s national director of organizing during the grape boycott that brought the United Farm Workers their first contract He asked Lee Aren t you worried about teaching dependence She was perplexed He explained that by doing so much for people without building any structures or opportunities for them to make their own decisions or be involved in the solutions that she was likely perpetuating the worst form of poverty learned dependence This was another game changing conversation for her Jim was in the Bronx as a national organizer for the Industrial Areas Foundation and was working with local pastors to organize South Bronx Churches SBC a broad based multi issue organization with sufficient power to bring real change to the neighborhood I was in the presence of a truly giant organizer and knew right then that I wanted to work with this guy He had an effective way of thinking about the forces that created power and injustice and a plan to really turn the tables on those systems He challenged and inspired me Jim went on to help Lee understand how to build an organization with local leadership and how to navigate and build grassroots power that could tackle and win against far larger adversaries local hospitals and New York City s housing and educational systems Eventually she followed Jim as the lead organizer of South Bronx Churches undertaking two big projects during her tenure there South Bronx Churches Nehemiah Project built 966 single and two family homes and condos for first time homeowners living in the South Bronx most making between 25 000 and 30 000 a year and living either in public housing or low quality rentals The project was funded by a 3 5 million revolving loan from Catholic religious orders the national Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Trinity and St James Episcopal Churches The City of New York provided vacant land and a 15 000 per unit subsidy to bring costs even lower and over ten years SBC rebuilt a large portion of the Melrose and Mott Haven sections of the Bronx What had been vacant and abandoned for three decades is now a thriving multicultural community with very low crime a foreclosure rate less than 1 5 and equity held by South Bronx families themselves Lee also helped create of the Bronx Leadership Academy High School The whole school system in the Bronx was set up for failure at the time she

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  • Linda Edwards
    have faced a devastating plunge back into poverty There are 2 7 billion people in the world about six times the number of people living in the United States who earn less than 2 a day That s a challenge for us all The economic challenge of these times makes the practice of the Fair Trade Business Model even more critical in order for the artisans to get their fair share This motivates me every day The fact is that there are large numbers of conscious consumers who care to buy ethically sourced goods rather than products made under questionable working circumstances The proof of this is that Fair Trade stores and sales have been growing in this country as well as in Canada Europe New Zealand and Australia over the last forty years Last year for example according to the Fair Trade Foundation in England 4 12 billion Fair Trade products were bought in 2008 During a recessionary time people still buy some things and still spend some money We just want people to think about what they spend and realize that their money is their power and they can make a statement for good and for A FAIR WORLD even during times when we spend less We promote that buying Fair Trade goods is even more important now than during normal economic times Holiday seasons and gift giving times are among the perfect times to remember those people in poverty and support them For more information contact Linda at Linda afairworlddesigns com You have been nominated as a Desert Star because of your significant contributions to you field and community What inspires you to do this work The inspiration for working in Fair Trade with artisans was not from a thundering lightning bolt or the sight of a beautiful rainbow revealing a pot of gold or my destiny My vocational steps of teaching mothering fund raising economic development to Fair Trade are a part of my evolution As a six year old in the fifties my family moved half way around the world for my father s work Our family went to live in Northern Thailand and this one year probably impacted my life more than all of my years in school More than three decades passed and I returned to Thailand seeing again replicas of the beautiful craft products that my parents had taken home to America thirty years earlier Now I wanted to know of the delicate work of the artisans It was another trip back to Thailand that lead me to meet the artisans who had learned since childhood how to create with bamboo weave silk and sew I wondered how could these families still be in poverty forty years later I have learned that these skilled artisans had never received a Fair or Living Wage for their work Tourists and corporate buyers had negotiated them down to below cost of production American tourists are told to do this by tour guides This is criminal

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  • Marieke Slovin
    Ecopsychology Community and Place based Education Environmental Education Interpretation Birding by Sight and Sound Business National Park Service Current Job Park Ranger at Lowell National Historical Park in Lowell MA Songwriter and Composing Guide at Story to Song Project in Lowell MA Location Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Gustavus Alaska Give me for my friends and neighbors wild men not tame ones Henry David Thoreau PhD alumni Marieke Slovin says Sustainability education is a part of who I am and how I choose to live my life yet my understanding of sustainability was quite limited prior to enrolling in the Prescott Ph D program in Sustainability Education She began believing that she was studying sustainability solely through an academic lens I had little notion of just how unsustainable my own life had become she recalled I joined my cohort on a sunny August day thinking I was embarking upon an academic journey from which I would create a project earn a degree and continue on with life as I knew it What she came to realize in studying the concept of sustainability as social justice economics education and the environment was that to truly follow the path toward sustainability it is imperative for each individual to follow the path toward sustainability of the self This shift can happen if you are open to the possibility of change when you begin your Prescott journey The Ph D program in Sustainability Education can be both enlightening and transformational in every realm of sustainability from the emotional and physical to the professional social and environmental Marieke has traveled through two years as a Prescott Ph D student and in that time her life has shifted in ways she could never could have imagined At the end of her first year in the program she accepted a position with the National Park Service as Education Specialist at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve She left my home in the North Cascade Mountains of Washington State bound north for the community of Gustavus in Southeast Alaska It is from living in wild places that Marieke have found my way to a community where wildness reigns and the ecological and social worlds create patterns in glacial clay In Gustavus Alaska the human population parallels that of bear and is eclipsed by otter and kittiwake Here human boundaries have little meaning for flora and fauna The wind and the rain the trees and the birds the humpback whale and the stormy sea and the many elements of sights smells and sounds weave together to create a pulsing community of life on this planet My work is inspired by what connects people to place and why so many people and countless other species are drawn to Glacier Bay each year Living in this world has facilitated an inner transformation on the path to sustainability of the self that she has attempted to express through creative writing and photography As part of her journey to Alaska she developed

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  • Matt Leonard
    Giving Legacy Society Donor Recognition Complete List of Donors Meet our Donors Meet our Staff Resources for Prospective Students Current Students Alumni Parents Family Faculty Staff Community Featured Directory Calendar Email My Academic Services My Prescott My Classroom Moodle Library Admissions Financial Aid Virtual Tour Give to Prescott College Sustainability Employment Opportunities Prospective Students Current Students Alumni Parents Family Faculty Staff Community 877 350 2100 Prescott College Explore History Values Vision Plan a Visit At a Glance Campus Field Stations Student Life Athletics Veterans Research Ethics IRB Employer of National Service Office of the President Academics Undergraduate Degrees Graduate Degrees Faculty Mentor Guides The Prescott Difference Academic Calendar Course Schedules Non Degree Academic Resources Community Campus Resources Exchange Opportunities Orientation Colloquium Apply Application Forms for All Programs Resident Undergraduate Degrees Resident Master of Arts Program Limited Residency Undergraduate Programs Limited Residency Master of Arts Program Limited Residency Master of Science in Counseling Limited Residency Master of Education Limited Residency Ph D Program Education Teacher Preparation Financial Aid Costs and How to Pay Apply Online True Cost Calculator Instant Decision Day Connect Faculty Mentor Guides Highlights Directory Departments Offices Experience News Events Publications Blogs Symposiums Give Ways to Give What to Give Annual Report Explore Endowments Planned Giving Donor Recognition Meet our Staff My Prescott Calendar Email Search Quicklinks Directory Calendar Email My Academic Services My Prescott My Classroom Moodle Library Admissions Financial Aid Virtual Tour Give to Prescott College Sustainability Employment Opportunities Matt Leonard Connect Home Faculty Mentor Guides Highlights Submit A Profile Directory Departments Offices Virtual Campus Tour Schedule a Visit Request Information Apply Now Prescott College Home Connect Highlights US Actions Team Coordinator at 350 org Prescott College Affiliation Alumni Program lowres Area of Study Ecological Economics Graduation Year 2012 Area of Expertise Environmental Policy Climate Change Social Movements Business 350 org Current Job US Actions Team Coordinator Location Oakland CA Matt has been involved in ecologically oriented social movements for nearly 15 years working with both grassroots movements and with international NGOs He has more recently focused on climate change issues seeing it as an issue that interconnects myriad issues from economics social justice ecological sustainability and globalization More acutely he sees organizing around climate change as a key strategy to building a movement that can actually transform our economy and political institutions in a systematic way For a long time Matt prided himself on not taking a traditional education route through college instead relying on the real world experiences of organizing being a part of social movements and self directed education as his path He still strongly believes in non traditional education and in his 30 s found that Prescott College offered him the balance he was looking for in having stronger institutional support for his learning while still allowing him the freedom to focus on his studies on his own terms Matt is currently working for the international climate campaign 350 org managing our US Actions Team My Academic Interests Please select your academic interests

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  • Matuschka
    Give What to Give Annual Report Explore Endowments Planned Giving Donor Recognition Meet our Staff My Prescott Calendar Email Search Quicklinks Directory Calendar Email My Academic Services My Prescott My Classroom Moodle Library Admissions Financial Aid Virtual Tour Give to Prescott College Sustainability Employment Opportunities Matuschka Connect Home Faculty Mentor Guides Highlights Submit A Profile Directory Departments Offices Virtual Campus Tour Schedule a Visit Request Information Apply Now Prescott College Home Connect Highlights aka Joanne Motichka Prescott College Affiliation Alumni Area of Study Liberal Arts Graduation Year 1974 The diverse educational experience I received at Prescott College almost 28 years ago evolved into a multi faceted career which has been to coin a 60s phrase one long fantastic trip After leaving Prescott in 1974 I worked in a variety of professions including being the first female 20 year old New York City taxi cab driver playing in a rock n roll group and joining a construction crew In 1990 I began working with the Central Park Historical Society creating curricula for their Leadership Program and conducting tours of Central Park the Museum of Natural History and my art studio in NYC for special education students During that time I led classes in recycling helped rehabilitate injured birds and directed workshops for public school teachers at NYU My work shifted in 1991 as I explored the environmental link to disease having become a new member of the cancer club My investigation into the medical cancer industry yielded disturbing results We re practicing politics without principle science without humanity and medicine without logic was my motto With my direct visuals speak outs demonstrations and articles I helped bring attention to the silent epidemic and to cancer prevention and I became an advocate for alternative treatments My alliance with Greenpeace Wac Wham and 1 in 9 to name a few grassroots groups inspired numerous works that received extensive exhibition and press coverage in addition to many awards and proclamations From 1994 1997 I received the Rachel Carson Award the best Environmental Poster Award Humanitarian of the Year Award Person of the Week Peter Jennings worldwide news and the Gilda Radner Award One of my pictures was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and received six gold and silver prizes from design and newspaper competitions including a front page award from the Newswomen s Club of New York In 1996 I produced an award winning catalog with a grant from the New York Foundation of the Arts Many of my pictures articles essays and interviews have been published in a variety of venues from Glamour magazine and Encyclopedia Britannica to documentaries and made for TV films My advocacy has its roots in Prescott College beginning with the endangered red tail hawk which provided both a metamorphic and metaphoric approach to my pursuits In 1974 I witnessed one student s determination to protect his pet hawk and subsequent heartbreak when the captive flew away Ironically when I returned east a month later I was confronted by

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  • Melanie Hardy
    Decision Day Connect Faculty Mentor Guides Highlights Submit A Profile Directory Departments Offices Registrar Human Resources Administration Information Technology Services Instructional Technology Experience News Events Publications Alligator Juniper Raven Review Transitions Blogs Symposiums Give Ways to Give Annual Fund What to Give Annual Report Explore Endowments Planned Giving Legacy Society Donor Recognition Complete List of Donors Meet our Donors Meet our Staff Resources for Prospective Students Current Students Alumni Parents Family Faculty Staff Community Featured Directory Calendar Email My Academic Services My Prescott My Classroom Moodle Library Admissions Financial Aid Virtual Tour Give to Prescott College Sustainability Employment Opportunities Prospective Students Current Students Alumni Parents Family Faculty Staff Community 877 350 2100 Prescott College Explore History Values Vision Plan a Visit At a Glance Campus Field Stations Student Life Athletics Veterans Research Ethics IRB Employer of National Service Office of the President Academics Undergraduate Degrees Graduate Degrees Faculty Mentor Guides The Prescott Difference Academic Calendar Course Schedules Non Degree Academic Resources Community Campus Resources Exchange Opportunities Orientation Colloquium Apply Application Forms for All Programs Resident Undergraduate Degrees Resident Master of Arts Program Limited Residency Undergraduate Programs Limited Residency Master of Arts Program Limited Residency Master of Science in Counseling Limited Residency Master of Education Limited Residency Ph D Program Education Teacher Preparation Financial Aid Costs and How to Pay Apply Online True Cost Calculator Instant Decision Day Connect Faculty Mentor Guides Highlights Directory Departments Offices Experience News Events Publications Blogs Symposiums Give Ways to Give What to Give Annual Report Explore Endowments Planned Giving Donor Recognition Meet our Staff My Prescott Calendar Email Search Quicklinks Directory Calendar Email My Academic Services My Prescott My Classroom Moodle Library Admissions Financial Aid Virtual Tour Give to Prescott College Sustainability Employment Opportunities Melanie Hardy Connect Home Faculty Mentor Guides Highlights Submit A Profile Directory Departments Offices Virtual Campus Tour Schedule a Visit Request Information Apply Now Prescott College Home Connect Highlights Community Farming and Filling Pantries Prescott College Affiliation Alumni Program oncampus Area of Study Agroecology Area of Expertise Farming Current Job Head Farmer at Land s Sake community farm Location Weston Mass Melanie is currently the head farmer at a community farm called Land s Sake in Weston MA The farm is a diversified vegetable and PYO berry farm growing on 22 acres usually leaving 4 5 acres resting in cover crops The farm supports a 130 share CSA a well established farm stand the majority of the revenue is generated there a beautiful PYO flower garden and it contracts with the local town to donate 25 000 at wholesale costs worth of veggies to local food pantries and food access programs in nearby Boston My Academic Interests Please select your academic interests below to narrow your viewing results Undergraduate Masters Ph D Resident Limited Residency View Results Areas of Study for Your Selection Adventure Education Arts Humanities Education Teacher Preparation Environmental Studies Sustainability Global Studies Psychology Human Development and Counselor Education Social Justice Human Rights Sustainability Education View Expanded Results Reset

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  • Michael Byrd
    Services My Prescott My Classroom Moodle Library Admissions Financial Aid Virtual Tour Give to Prescott College Sustainability Employment Opportunities Prospective Students Current Students Alumni Parents Family Faculty Staff Community 877 350 2100 Prescott College Explore History Values Vision Plan a Visit At a Glance Campus Field Stations Student Life Athletics Veterans Research Ethics IRB Employer of National Service Office of the President Academics Undergraduate Degrees Graduate Degrees Faculty Mentor Guides The Prescott Difference Academic Calendar Course Schedules Non Degree Academic Resources Community Campus Resources Exchange Opportunities Orientation Colloquium Apply Application Forms for All Programs Resident Undergraduate Degrees Resident Master of Arts Program Limited Residency Undergraduate Programs Limited Residency Master of Arts Program Limited Residency Master of Science in Counseling Limited Residency Master of Education Limited Residency Ph D Program Education Teacher Preparation Financial Aid Costs and How to Pay Apply Online True Cost Calculator Instant Decision Day Connect Faculty Mentor Guides Highlights Directory Departments Offices Experience News Events Publications Blogs Symposiums Give Ways to Give What to Give Annual Report Explore Endowments Planned Giving Donor Recognition Meet our Staff My Prescott Calendar Email Search Quicklinks Directory Calendar Email My Academic Services My Prescott My Classroom Moodle Library Admissions Financial Aid Virtual Tour Give to Prescott College Sustainability Employment Opportunities Michael Byrd Connect Home Faculty Mentor Guides Highlights Submit A Profile Directory Departments Offices Virtual Campus Tour Schedule a Visit Request Information Apply Now Prescott College Home Connect Highlights Prescott College Affiliation Alumni Program Bachelor of Arts Area of Study Environmental Conservation and Resource Management Graduation Year 1996 As an undergraduate student I became involved with a local non profit organization called Prescott Creeks Preservation Association PCPA Since then I ve been a general volunteer for PCPA served as the president for two years and was hired as the first Watson Woods Riparian Preserve manager in 1999 In addition to my work with PCPA I m a partner in Riparia Inc a Prescott based ecological consulting firm With Riparia I ve had the opportunity to conduct riparian restoration education and research projects throughout Arizona I try to find time for the fun jobs too For the past two years I ve spent untold hours crawling around the banks of the Verde River counting willow and cottonwood sprouts And they pay me for it All in all my career has just fallen into place I have been blessed with my opportunities and the great friends I have in Prescott I currently live just south of Prescott with my best friend Osito I came to Prescott College from one of the largest universities in the country The small intimate setting at Prescott College taught me that I could get to know my mentors and instructors on a personal level One of those relationships led me to the work I m now doing I also learned how to be creative with my livelihood Advice to students Decide what you want to do Deciding seems to be the hardest part for most people Find something

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  • Michael Shay 07
    Limited Residency Master of Education Limited Residency Ph D Program Education Teacher Preparation Financial Aid Costs and How to Pay Apply Online True Cost Calculator Instant Decision Day Connect Faculty Mentor Guides Highlights Directory Departments Offices Experience News Events Publications Blogs Symposiums Give Ways to Give What to Give Annual Report Explore Endowments Planned Giving Donor Recognition Meet our Staff My Prescott Calendar Email Search Quicklinks Directory Calendar Email My Academic Services My Prescott My Classroom Moodle Library Admissions Financial Aid Virtual Tour Give to Prescott College Sustainability Employment Opportunities Michael Shay 07 Connect Home Faculty Mentor Guides Highlights Submit A Profile Directory Departments Offices Virtual Campus Tour Schedule a Visit Request Information Apply Now Prescott College Home Connect Highlights The Just Desserts Prescott College Affiliation Alumni Program Eco Ecology Area of Expertise Music Organic Farming Current Job Professional Musician It s a bakery hot Prescott summer evening but the Raven Café is packed with folks who don t seem to mind the heat for a second The Just Desserts are cooking up a storm and the crowd is hungry for what they re dishing up Michael Shay 07 impossibly tall and lean with a winsome all American grin wraps around his cello in a way that makes it look almost like a violin Alternately bowing and plucking singing and stomping he evokes gypsy encampments mid century dance halls classical concerts and the Beatles The visual effect is enhanced by Lisa Shawley the other half of Just Desserts She s also impossibly tall and lean in a whisper of a slip dress Shirley Temple curls matching dimples and an accordion The effect is practically Rockwellian On the dance floor at least three generations of Prescottonians shake gyrate bounce and slide to the continent hopping grooves and licks Belly dancers swing dancers and even a bit of flamenco make their way to the dance floor during this most unpredictable of evenings out It s a bittersweet homecoming for Michael who graduated in July of 2007 with a degree in music Since finishing his coursework the classically trained cellist and self taught multi instrumentalist has been a force on the Austin Texas music scene his hometown He s almost too busy teaching composing and playing cello and other instruments for multiple bands in live performance and recordings to graduate Michael performs with the Michael Shay Band a six piece rock jazz jam band that features some of Austin Texas s most respected and progressive musicians They just finished recording their first CD Michael has also contributed music to the Academy Award nominated film Become the Sky and has played with Eliza Gilkyson Carolyn Wonderland David Amram Johnsmith Jonathan Byrd Anais Mitchell Brian Joseph Libby Kirkpatrick Zoe Lewis Zilla Kacy Crowley Nathan Hamilton Paula Nelson Rachel Ries Idgy Vaughn Stanley Jordan Trish Murphy Two High String Band and more After attending Prescott College in the 90s Michael undertook a four year period of looking into the possibilities of a non musical career beginning

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