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First Cohort Graduate from Sustainable Community Development Master's Program

JULY 20, 2007--Two Minnesota residents are the first graduates of a new master's degree program in sustainable community development at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Amanda Stenjem, of Cambridge, Minn., received a master of science degree in agricultural education with an option in sustainable community development in January 2007. Stenjem is what with the Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department. Receiving the same degree is Jim Mallman, founder and president of the nonprofit organization, Watchable Wildlife, of Stillwater, Minn.

Both are also among the inaugural class of graduates from the UWRF Wildlife Recreation and Nature Tourism certificate in December 2005.

The sustainable community development option is designed for people seeking to apply their unique interests, knowledge, and skills to the benefit of their community.

Working with a faculty advisor, each student develops a customized degree plan allowing them to focus on a specific sustainability emphasis. Students can choose from community-based agricultural production, food processing, land use planning, nature tourism, or conservation/biology and other emphases.

For more information about the sustainable community development option and the master of science in agricultural education, contact Tim Buttles, associate professor of agricultural education, 715-425-3555 or . For more information about the Wildlife Recration and Nature Tourism certificate contact Kelly Cain, director of the UWRF St. Croix Institute for Sustainable Community Development and professor of plant anad earth science at 715-425-3729 or


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