Impact Newsletter Spring 2012

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S P R I N G 2 0 1 2 A L U M N I NEWSLETTER Spreading the Carolina Spirit Far and Wide By Maureen McCormick '12 Carolina MPA alumni have spread across the country and around the world. They are using their MPA experience and training to organize collaborative e!orts in their com- munities and, in so doing, making them better places to live and work. Last August, Hur- ricane Irene ravaged the coastal areas from North Carolina to New York. Once the storm moved inland, it did its worst damage to portions of Vermont and upstate New York. Sarah Waterman '07, who works as a research project assistant at the University of Vermont in Burlington, found herself somewhere she never expected to be again: in the midst of a major hurricane response e!ort. In 2005, Waterman, like many others, was glued to the media coverage of Hurricane Katrina. "Almost on a whim," she says, she joined up with another volunteer in New England and together they drove to the Gulf Coast. There, she attached herself to a group operating out of Biloxi, Mississippi, and worked to bring relief and aid to those a!ected by Katrina. Although this was supposed to be a two- week stint, she ended up staying nearly four months. In August 2011, when Hurricane Irene hit the state of Vermont, Waterman immediately sprang into action and built a website coordi- nating response e!orts, available resources, and volunteers from all corners of Vermont and beyond. On just its second day, VTRe- sponse.wordpress.com had more than 45,000 hits. It worked as an electronic community message board where citizens and volunteers could post items they had (for example, grain and feed for livestock, backhoes, trucks, and other equipment) and what they needed done. Waterman and her VTResponse co-founder, Matt Sisto, also took to social media, using Twitter (#vtresponse) and Facebook to coordinate the e!ort. " Dreams are the seeds of change. Nothing ever grows without a seed, and nothing ever changes without a dream." —Debby Boone continued on page 3 H I G H L I G H T S 2 Director's Column 4 Summer Internships: A Win-Win Situation 5 Assessment Center 2012 is a Success 6 Alumni Association News 7 True Carolina Blue: Brent Troxell 8 2011 Donors Make a Difference 11 Life Events MPA alumna Sarah Waterman built a community website to coordinate response efforts in Vermont following Hurricane Irene in August 2011. The map shows the communities she and others sent help to via VTResponse.

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