CSU Student Chapter of the American Planning Association creates an "Urban Garden"
The CSU student chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) put their talents and education to use by creating an urban garden at Cleveland’s Jane Addams High School. Their efforts directly reflect the mission of the student group – to foster community building among faculty and students; reaching out to the community to teach the importance of urban planning; participating in Cleveland's neighborhood revitalization through civic service; exposing students to innovative solutions of current planning challenges; and enhancing members' professional development.
The effort was initiated and led by Jason Russell, a Master of Urban Planning, Design and Development (MUPDD) candidate and president of the student group. Notable contributions were made by Martha Susan Catherwood and Christine Dersi, both MUPDD candidates. Catherwood's professional background in landscape architecture provided the group with an architectural drawing of the space; while Dersi's student internship provided insight into ParkWorks services for the northeast Ohio region. As luck would have it, Catherwood owns a plant nursery.
Through Russell's involvement with the community, he identified a need at the Jane Addams High School where a previous garden existed but had not been maintained. The previous space had turned into dirt and weeds. Principal Brenda Washington was thrilled that the CSU students would volunteer to design and re-create a space that would benefit her high school students.
The APA student group incorporated into the design the remnants of wood and brick that were still at the site. ParkWorks provided a site visit to review the design and made recommendations for low-maintenance, drought tolerant plants. Russell and 17 students rolled up their sleeves and got to work.
Jane Addams principal Washington recognized that the APA group and the project illustrated for her students a pathway from high school to college. She invited the APA group to present the design process of the urban garden to science students and those active in the environmental club.
Looking forward to the Spring of 2009, the CSU students will work with the students at Jane Addams to mentor them in urban planning and design, maintenance and upkeep of the garden, and adding more plants to the garden.
The APA student group truly reflects the qualities of the MUPDD program that integrates planning, design and development into a graduate level course of study. Visit the APA's website for a visual tour of the project at: http://csu-apa.weebly.com/urban-garden.html.
NEW | Thursday, December 4, 2008, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Holiday Inn, 1111 Lakeside Avenue (corner of East 12 and Lakeside). Please join members of the Business, MBA, Health Care, Urban Affairs, Black Alumni, and Diversity Management Program Alumni Associations for a holiday celebration and networking event! Special guest speaker: Chris Ronayne (’96 MUPDD), President and CEO, University Circle Inc. FREE appetizers and parking. Cash bar. Link to invitation here. RSVP to Tony Pasiak at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Urban Alumni and Student Notes
The Levin College mentoring programs kick-off dinner was held on October 29. Senator Grace Drake, director of the Ohio Center for the Advancement for Women in Public Service facilitated the meeting that more than 40 student mentees and mentors from across the professional community met for the first time. The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are in their junior or senior year of college. Some of the mentors are Levin College alumni and include: Randell McShepard ('98 MS in Urban Studies), Tim Tramble ('01 MPA), Mary Cierebiej ('97 MS in Urban Studies),
Lisa Nelson (’90 MPA) has a chapter on the Central Neighborhood in an important new book produced by the Federal Reserve Bank and the Metropolitan Policy Program of the Brookings Institution. Lisa’s chapter is noted here along with the web site for the full report. Nelson, Lisa (2008), “Cleveland, Ohio: the central neighborhood,” in Berube (Ed.) Concentrated Poverty in America: An Overview (Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and the Brookings Institution, Metropolitan Policy Program) pp.35-46.
Pamela Davis ('94 MUPDD) was noted in The Plain Dealer article Green planner. She has been hired by the Port Authority to lead an environmental review for a new site. Davis will manage practices affecting polluted runoff, air emissions and water quality. She also will spearhead environmental planning for the proposed move from the land west of Cleveland Browns Stadium to a peninsula north of East 55 Street. Davis resides in Lakewood.
Chris Ronayne ('96 MUPDD) was interviewed for The Plain Dealer article "My Cleveland, World-class city with self-esteem issues," on Sunday, October 12.
Susan M. Harper ('00 MPA) is the City Administrator, City of Cohasset, Cohasset, Minnesota. "After a few years in Wisconsin, I've achieved the position I wanted when I was in graduate school. I'm proof that you're never too old."
Lee Chilcote ('03 MUPDD) is Marketing Director and New Construction Project Manager, Progressive Urban Real Estate (PURE).
Benjamin T. Limmer ('03 MUPDD, Certificate in Economic Development) is a Planner III, Valley METRO Rail, Phoenix, Arizona.
Kyle Krewson ('05 BA, Public Safety Management) to Architect/Engineer Designer, Cleveland State University.
Justin Glanville ('07 MUPDD) was interviewed for The Plain Dealer for the article "Figuring the Flats: Urban planner hopes green design can make an impact by the river."
Janice Nagel ('08 BA) is Administrative Secretary, Legal Affairs, Cleveland State University.
Christopher Norman ('08 MUPDD) is the director, of Crown Point Ecology Center, Akron, Ohio.
For more updates about what is happening with your former classmates. Check out class notes on the Urban alumni web pages. Take a moment to update your alumni profile at www.urban.csuohio.edu/alumni/updateform.html.
Jeffrey L. Brudney, Albert A. Levin Chair of Urban Studies and Public Service, Received Invitation from the President
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