Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia

In May, the College of Micronesia will receive assistance on their library automation project from John Conrow, a librarian at the University of Puget Sound. John acquired his master's degree in library science at the University of California, Berkeley and has worked with database programming and library automation in Berkeley, San Francisco, and Latin America.

The Environmental Protection Agency will be receiving assistance from Peg Murtagh to help expand its recycling program and develop an educational agenda for its statewide solid waste management plan. Peg is a graduate student in landscape architecture at the UO. Her area of focus is environmental and sustainability issues. She is excited to have the opportunity to use her design experience, organizational skills, and community education interests to help promote recycling efforts on the island of Pohnpei.

Returning Technical Assistant Elizabeth Caraker will be managing a team of two Technical Assistants on a land use planning project with the Pohnpei State Department of Land. The project has three components: land valuation and land use for Pohnpei island and zoning for Kolonia. Elizabeth is the external relations liaison for the MSPP. In June she will receive her master's degree in community and regional planning from the UO. Last summer Elizabeth provided technical assistance to the Kosrae Division of Tourism, designing a management strategy for a proposed marine park.

Carrie Hall, member of the Pohnpei land use planning team, is a graduate student in marine resources management at Oregon State University. In 1993, Carrie received a B.S. in biology from the University of California, San Diego. She is looking forward to gaining cross-cultural experience working in a different culture and learning about ways to integrate community support to assist in designing a land use plan.

Kevin Parkhurst is a team member on the land use planning project in Pohnpei. He is very interested in the design of places and buildings, and is currently planning a solar-oriented subdivision in Jacksonville, Oregon. He has an undergraduate degree in architecture, and is currently pursuing a master's degree in community and regional planning at the UO.

This summer Elise Hendrickson will be working on redesigning building plans for lower income families for the Pohnpei Rural Economic and Community Development Services. She is an advanced graduate student in architecture at the UO. Before moving to Eugene, Elise spent a year working for the Bend Area Habitat for Humanity affiliate. In 1992, she received a B.A. in mathematics and studio-fine arts from the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Denise Kalakay will be helping design a marketing plan for the Pohnpei Tourist Commission. Denise has experience developing recreation and travel-related marketing plans for both the public and private sector. She is currently pursuing master's degrees in community and regional planning at the UO and water resources at Oregon State University.

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