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  • Remembering Megan Smith—A Rare Leader in Rural Development and Community Building
    The College of Design community is mourning the loss of Megan Smith, longtime program director for Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) and co-director of the Institute for Policy Research and Engagement (IPRE) in the School of Planning Public Policy and Management (PPPM). Smith passed away Oct. 14 from health complications. “RARE has reached every community in Oregon, and…

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  • A Delightful Surprise
    It was nearing starting time, and the conference room where the Main Street Business Grant Forum was being held was still completely empty, and it was becoming doubtful if many if any people would attend at all.  As the Mains Street Coordinator, I’d spent the last hour setting out chairs, organizing a table of drinks and snacks, and rehearsing the program I
  • Discovering Your Purpose
    When I was little I had decided that I was going to be a veterinarian. I was so set on the idea that even by the time I had finished high school I still hadn’t done any real thinking about what career path would be best for me. It was so systematic. One day I graduated high school and two months later I packed up all my belongings and drove to a town I had n

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