Current Projects & Engagement; Spring 2017
Invasive Species Senior Capstone Project
Zachary Melisi '17
"I am observing the site in its current state, with focus on invasive species that are present on the site. From which, I am developing a series of resources and recommendations for later planning groups, so that they may understand the state of the site, and how best to manage it for invasive remediation. This project will make use of a space that has been abandoned, working toward revitalization of the town center through the revenue it will bring to the town in the form of visitors. Herbicides may kill all the invasives, but the stakeholders in this project are invested in sustainable solutions, and want to make the best decision both for their investment in the project, and for the site moving forward, that they may use the site in the best manner possible. I have gained a lot of experience in working in the field, learning how much weather affects an observation, and mapping a site using a nontraditional resource. I have been tangentially involved with SLI in all my time at CSC, and I have really enjoyed seeing this initiative grow. It is a really valuable learning tool, and when everything is working properly, CSC provides as much to Franklin as Franklin provides to CSC."
Local Food Accessibility Senior Capstone Project
Lea Taylor '17
Lea, senior Environmental Studies student, is involved with the HEAL Coalition and Twin Rivers Interfaith Food Pantry. She began her research over the 2016 summer, evaluating the HEAL Coalition's local food initiatives in Franklin and the impact they have serving the low income population.
"For my capstone project I am doing a qualitative study as a participatory action researcher by interviewing members of both HEAL and the food pantry. I was able to interview some low income residents and volunteers at the pantry to determine the types of food they want or need. My holistic goal as a researcher is to provide a platform for the 'voiceless' in Franklin and raise more awareness for food insecurity issues that need to be vitally addressed. I am learning how to build my networking skills, creating a space for more collaboration, sharpening my intuition, and navigating how to strategically be resourceful to aid a community in need. It was such a great experience to work with so many diverse people wanting to increase healthy food access to the most vulnerable. I have learned a lot about myself in the process, of what I am interested in such as environmental justice and understanding city development."
Independent 'Advertisement & Identity-System Design' Project
Justin Rand '18
Junior Graphic Design major, Justin, is independently working with CATCH housing, to help them design an identity system and advertise their business. Last year, he began his work with the Sustainable Learning Initiative, designing the branding identity for Mill City Park. His graphic design class of Fall 2016, Identity Systems Design taught by Professor Hilary Walrod, worked closely with Marty Parichand of Outdoor New England (ONE) to develop a logo and related visual identity system for a proposed multi-use park in downtown Franklin that is envisioned to have whitewater features, a mountain bike pump park, a community garden, an eco-village, and an event space. He says that this opportunity has helped him to ‘manage himself,’ as opposed to the guidance that many traditional college courses provide.
Sport & Recreation Programming and Administration Class
Prof. Stacey Watts
"The ESS 312 Sport and Recreation Programing and Administration class is working with Marty Parichand to plan a festival on June 25th called 'Boats, Bikes, and Beers.' The event will consist of a mountain bike race, hosted by Highland Mountain Bike Park; and a whitewater kayaking race, hosted by Outdoor New England (ONE) at Mill City Park. Guests (who are ID-checked and purchase a sample card) will have the opportunity to sample craft beers from several local breweries. An award will be given to the brewery whose beer is voted as 'Best Craft Beer.' Live music, food and a variety of family fun events will be enjoyed throughout the day at Mill City Park. A shuttle service will be provided between Highland Mountain Bike Park and Mill City Park for those who wish to watch both races.
Students are gaining the opportunity to directly apply course content to creating a deeper level of understanding, an increased awareness of societal issues as they relate to sport and recreation events and planning, and an enhanced understanding of course content and theory. This is also a way for students to explore potential career options, increase their professional network, and reinforce professional skills."
Sustainable research class