In summer 2010, Crummer School of Business MBA students Allison Crocker (2012) and Sam Barnes (2012) spent three months in Tanzania, a trip that led to their idea to build a sustainable eco-lodge they'll call Tuko Pamoja Mkyashi, which means "we are together." They've selected Mkayashi Village for their lodge, which sits about a mile up on Mount Kilimanjaro. The two are working with Minnesota-based non-profit Peace House Africa to develop their own non-profit and raise fiscal sponsorship for the project. Barns' long term plan is for the villagers to learn how to run the lodge and ultimately take it over. "It will eventually be a sustainable source of income for the village," Barns explained in a September 28, 2011 Rollins news article. For the full article and to learn about ways you can contribute, see http://r-net.rollins.edu/news/2011/09/students-summer-abroad-turns-into-plans-for-a-Tanzanian-eco-lodge-.html
Adrian is now in New Orleans, LA, serving as Site Supervisor for St. Bernard Project. He reports that "it's a very similar program to Habitat in New Orleans; they have been active in rebuilding since 2006." Each week, Adrian will have 10-15 volunteers on his site, and will be leading them in the reconstruction process.
Margaret is in her second year as a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin in the university's College of Communication. She is on course to earn her Masters' degree in 2012.
Felicia Erlich was accepted to the California Western School of Law. She moved to San Diego, CA, and began her studies in mid-August 2011.
Boston, MA, is Louisa's new home, where she began her studies at New England School of Law in August 2011.
In August 2011, Kelsey will begin matriculating toward a Masters of Natural Resources in the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech, where she is concentrating on communication within natural resources and natural resource planning. The "vision for the Northern Virginia Natural Resources Program is to be a leader in the areas of natural resource policy, sustainable development of urban environments, and the sustainable management of natural resources on adjacent rural lands-both public and private" (http://www.grads.vt.edu/graduate_catalog/program.htm?programID=002d14431ce38e83011ce38e94b00029). Tech's innovative program offers distance learning; therefore, Kelsey will retain her current position working for the Shoshone National Forest.
In 2010, after taking a position with AmeriCorps and working at the Ocala National Forest in Ocala, Florida, Kelsey moved to Cody, WY, to begin a job with the Shoshone National Forest as an Editorial assistant for their planning department. In her new position, Kelsey works as a team member charged with the Shoshone's Forest Plan. She lives and works 50 miles outside of Yellowstone National Park.
After interning in New York City for two different documentary production companies, Shine Global and Pangolin Pictures, Julia shares that she was then hired by Pangolin as a Creative Development Assistant. Next, after writing treatments and working as a production assistant on other shows, she was promoted to Associate Producer at Pangolin. Her first project as a producer, a two-hour special, The Ultimate Tribute to John Belushi, for A&E's Biography channel, was nominated for a 2011 Emmy in the Outstanding Nonfiction series category!
Maia is enrolled in the Masters in Social Work program at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA, a program she began in fall 2011. The curriculum exposes students to the diversity of cultures and the biological, psychological, familial, social, historic, economic, spiritual, and political factors that influence distinct and common paths of development among individuals, groups, and societies, with particular attention to diversity within rural and Native American communities. Also in 2011, Maia recorded some songs with her band and they've recently released an EP. You can listen online at this website: http://maiamakeshift.bandcamp.com/
Belle completed her Rollins course work at the end of the fall semester 2010, during which time she was selected by the competitive Teach for America Program for their 2011 corps. In fall 2011, Belle is teaching in Charlotte, NC, bringing new energy and leadership to the challenge of closing the academic achievement gap for students in Charlotte. To help prepare for the classroom teaching experience, Belle attended summer training institutes led by veteran teachers and Teach for America alumni and she taught 4th grade math and reading in Mississippi in summer 2011. Belle is also matriculating toward a Master's in Education.
Taylor reports she is currently working in Philadelphia, PA, for Mary K. Dougherty & Associates with their marketing and public relations team. For over twenty-five years, Dougherty and her team have successfully developed the Nicole Miller brand and are known for their development of boutique marketing and special events. Taylor is involved with everything from launching a product, building brand awareness, creating an exciting event, building a customer base, managing media/press relationships--which includes her interaction with major television networks in the Philadelphia area.
In fall 2010, Jennifer reported that the low-employment rates did not affect her in Miami, FL: She successfully freelanced for a company called DB Media Productions (www.dbmediaproductions.com) in Miami--a company that acts as the liaison between such clients as Elle, Vogue, and Victoria's Secret (to name a few) and media production such as the execution of photoshoots, billboards, and commercials. In summer 2011, Jenn, still in Miami, reported that she is now interning at Ocean Drive magazine, hoping her work with the publisher will lead to a more permanent position.