Student Spotlight: Stephen Sumpter

Before Duquesne: Steve recently spent time in Ethiopia as a US Peace Corps volunteer.  Steve has also shared his love for music and business in Spring Grove School District and South Western School District. For his undergraduate degree, Steve attended Westminster College where he majored in business administration and music.

Why Duquesne:I choose the MBA Sustainability program because it is a more environmental and people focused program than many other MBA programs.  Additionally, I knew I wanted to be in Pittsburgh and Duquesne has the best peace corps fellowship in the city.

Beyond Duquesne: After graduation, Steve is interested in project management, specifically in the areas of supply chain or sustainability.  Also, Steve is interested in becoming a small business owner leveraging his passion for coffee and MBA toolkit.

 

 

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Alison Meets Snow

As winter TECHNICALLY comes to an end and we celebrate the first day of spring, Alison shared her thoughts on the white stuff we call snow!

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“After living the last two years in the tropical climate of Nicaragua and growing up in temperate Georgia, I wasn’t sure what to expect for my first ‘northern winter’.  The first time it snowed I was elated! It was October and there were still golden leaves on the trees. I ran outside and made my friend take pictures of me in front of my snow-covered car.  While the novelty having to unearth my car every time I wanted to go anywhere wore off quickly- the beauty of snowfall has yet to become old to me.  To the dismay of my classmates, I still shriek with excitement everytime I see a snowflake fall outside our classroom windows.  Spring is officially three days around the corner now, and I’m probably the only person in Pittsburgh secretly hoping for one more snow.” – Alison Etheridge

Student Spotlight: Alison Etheridge

ImageBefore Duquesne:  Alison attended Agnes Scott College in Decather, Georgia where she majored in International Relations and Biology.  After graduation she worked as a sustainability consultant to the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners.  She helped organize events that educated local citizens, as well as county executives, on topics such as energy efficiency, organic gardening and water conservation.  

In Fall 2010, she left her position with DeKalb County and began a 27-month adventure as a Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) in Nicaragua. Her primary role was as a science teacher in local elementary schools, where she worked with students and the community to build organic gardens, compost piles, and tree nurseries and to make science fun. In her second year of service, she received a grant to build improved stoves since most people in Nicaragua still cook with wood fires. Improved stoves used less wood and emitted less harmful smoke into households and the environment She also worked with my community to collect over 300 pounds of trash and build a classroom out of eco-bricks (used 2 liter bottles, stuffed with inorganic trash).

Before coming to Duquesne, Alison traveled to Kampala, Uganda to continue her work with improved stoves and to help oversee the start-up of an improved stove business. 

Why Duquesne: “I was immediately impressed with the breadth of the courses and the program’s commitment to environmental and social aspects of sustainability.  I loved the consulting projects built into coursework, the emphasis of a global prospective through international travel, and that it all fit into one year!  When I called Duquesne to ask more questions about the program, I talked directly with our program director. She took time to answer all my questions and enthusiastically tell me about the program. When I called back weeks later, she still remembered me. This was not the experience I had when I contacted other programs. Duquesne made me feel wanted and valued. I continue to be impressed with the individual attention that faculty give us.”

 Beyond Duquesne: Alison wants to continue working on sustainable development in an international setting. She is especially interested in Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) or USAID opportunities.