2019 MS URPL Poster Forum and PLA Graduation

Last Friday, nine MS URPL graduates presented their semester-long findings at the annual poster forum! The afternoon took place on the top floor of the Madison Public Library. The room quickly filled with Department staff and faculty, students, and professionals within the community.

Four students presented their findings during a 10 minute presentation. Matthew Frater presented his project, Creating and Maintaining Fair Housing Opportunity. Thor Jeppson followed Frater with his presentation on, Planning Strategies for Increasing Neighborhood Green Infrastructure Capacity in Madison. Marisa Mutty presented her project on the, Main Street Revitalization for the Village of Deerfield. Marcus Pearson concluded the presentations with his findings on, Effective Public Engagement Methods to Achieve Equity Through Design.

Other students shared their research ranging from the economic impacts of renewable energy in Wisconsin to local food initiatives. A big congrats to all the MS URPL students on capping off their final semester. Additionally, congratulations to this year’s “Best Poster” recipient – Lisa McNabola.

The poster-viewing afternoon was followed with the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture’s MS and PhD graduation ceremony. Opening remarks (and puns) were given by Professor Kurt Paulsen. Class speakers, Marisa Mutty and Marcus Pearson, gave their classmates a few parting words and introduced this year’s guest speaker – Bryan Gadow. Mr. Gadow shared some learned lessons from his own career with the graduating class. Following his speech the Department Chair, Ken Genskow, introduced the graduates and passed onto them their diplomas. A big thank you to all those involved in making the day one to remember (staff, volunteers, parents and friends), and congratulations to the graduating class of 2019!