Peace Corp Fellows Program in Community Development Western Illinois University
 
Program Awards and Academic Accomplishments

Program Awards and Recognition

  • The Peace Corps Fellows (PCF) Program was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by the United States Peace Corps in recognition of the 10 year partnership between the university and the Peace Corps Fellows/USA program.
  • The PCF Program was selected by the International Community Development Society (CDS) for its 2002 Innovative Program Award.  This award is given in recognition of a superior innovative program implemented by a group using the best practices of CDS.  The award was presented during the annual CDS conference at Cleveland, Mississippi in July 2002.
  • The PCF Program was selected by the National Association of Development Organizations for its 1997 Innovative Program Award.  This award recognizes organizations who have demonstrated innovative approaches to economic and community development.

Grade Point Average

  • The average cumulative GPA was 3.85 (through Spring semester 2005, based on academic records of 74 PCFs)

Individual Awards

  • Outstanding Graduate Student in the Economics Department (Jim Heaton)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student in the Economics Department (Molly Davies)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student in the MBA Program (Christian Tscheschlok)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student in the RPTA Department (Denise Foy)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student in the RPTA Department (Paul Wierzbicki)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student in the RPTA Department (Amy Eckert)
  • Outstanding Student Award, Illinois Rural Health Association (Shannon Alley)
  • All-American Scholar Award (Moses Timah)
  • Daily Points of Light Award from the Points of Light Foundation (Moses Timah)
  • National Rural Health Student-Practitioner Award (Wendy McLaughlin and Mary Jane Clark) for Effective Health Communication Strategies for Rural Illinois, National Rural Health Association.
  • Fulbright Award for research in Morocco (Jim Heaton)
  • Selected to Sigma Iota Epsilon, management honor society (Martha Hesla).

Publications

  • Norris, Michelle and Walzer, Norman. (January 2003) Economic and fiscal status in Illinois municipalities. Illinois Municipal Review. Illinois Municipal League: Springfield, IL.
  • Norris, Michelle and Walzer, Norman. (February 2003) “Technology status in Illinois municipalities”. Illinois Municipal Review. Illinois Municipal League: Springfield, IL.
  • Norris, Michelle and Walzer, Norman. (May 2003) Infrastructure status in Illinois cities. Illinois Municipal Review. Illinois Municipal League: Springfield, IL. http://www.iml.org/rm/rvwlnk03.htm
  • Walzer, Norman, Michelle Norris, and Gisele Hamm (October 2003). Experiences with brownfields cleanup and reuse in Illinois municipalities. Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Illinois Municipal League and Western Illinois Regional Council: Macomb, IL.
  • Walzer, Norman, Janelle Eggert, and Christopher Merrett (Spring 2003). Agricultural producers and local economic development: An update. Rural Research Report, 14(8). Macomb: Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs
  • Chris Merrett, Mary Holmes, Janelle Eggert, and Brandy Garrett (April 2003). Directory of closed-membership producer cooperatives: New generation cooperatives and limited liability companies in the United States and Canada. Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, Macomb, Illinois.
  • Mallory, Smith. 2003. Attracting population to a small community: The case of traer, Iowa. Rural Research Report, 14(5).
  • McLaughlin, Patrick, and Merrett, Christopher. 2002. Connecting farmers and communities for rural development: The role of community supported agriculture. Rural Research Report, 13(10). Macomb: Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs.
  • Clark, Mary Jane, McLaughlin, Wendy and Straub, LaVonne. 2002. Health communication: a strategy for reaching rural residents. Rural Research Report, 13(6).
  • Tscheschlok, Christian. 2002. Rising to meet the digital challenge in rural communities. Rural Research Report, 12(3).
  • Norris, Michelle and Walzer, Norman. (November 2002) Effects of photo processing tax loss in Illinois municipalities. Illinois Municipal Review. Illinois Municipal League: Springfield, IL.
  • Clark, Mary Jane, McLaughlin, Wendy A. and Straub, LaVonne. (December 2001) Health communication strategies to enhance arthritis self-management among rural Illinois residents: a report of the findings. Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, Illinois Health Education Consortium. Macomb, Illinois.

Professional and Academic Presentations

  • Luz, Kimberly. “Volunteer Management: Increasing Volunteer Capacity for Community Development” Presented at the University-Community Partnership Conference, Blacksburg, VA, July, 14, 2005.
  • Strobbe, Marc. “Using Agriculture as a Regional Development Tool” Presented at the 16th Annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference, Springfield, IL, March 9, 2005.
  • Koffman, Jori. “Parent Education and Training Assessment.” Poster session for the Data Use Academy, University 0f Illinois – Chicago
  • Martha Hesla and Michelle Norris. “Evolving Dynamics of Place: Two Examples from Rural Illinois”. Presented at the Community Development Society’s Annual Conference, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, July 19, 2003.
  • Cooksey, JA, Stankewicz, T, Martinez, L, McClure, C, McLaughlin, WA, Boromeo, J. “Rural Health Workforce: Challenges Ahead for a Valued Community Resource” Illinois Regional Health Workforce Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Presented at the Public Policy Forum of the Illinois Rural Health Association, Springfield, IL; March 11, 2002.
  • Cooksey, JA, Krieg, R, McLaughlin, WA, Helregel, D, Maguire, B, Bissell, R.Rural Communities and Preparedness for Terrorist Events” A collaborative project between the Illinois Regional Health Workforce Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Rural Health Association, Kansas City, MO; May 17, 2002.
  • Wendy McLaughlin, Illinois Regional Health Workforce Center. “State-Level Health Workforce Shortage Initiatives in Five Midwestern States”. Presented at the Region VII Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Field Representative Meeting, Kansas City, MO; June 2002.
  • Brandy Garrett and Shannon Alley, “Bringing the Peace Corps Home to Rural Illinois” presentation at the annual meetings of the International Community Development Society meetings in Cleveland, MS, July 2002.
  • Wendy McLaughlin, Illinois Regional Health Workforce Center. “The Formation and Enactment of State Health Policy: A Case Study of Health Workforce Shortage Initiatives in Five Midwestern States” Presented at the Illinois Regional Health Workforce Center’s Annual Advisory Board Meeting, Chicago, IL; October 2002.
  • Mary Jane Clark and Wendy McLaughlin. “Effective Health Communication Strategies for Rural Illinois” Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Rural Health Association; May 2001.
  • Christian Tscheschlok and Jim King, “Building an Economic Development Organization: The Success of Rock Falls”, presentation to the State Rural Development conference in Springfield, Illinois, March 2001.

 

 


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