Marlboro College

NewsPress Release: 10/05/01

BRATTLEBORO, VT - John Donaldson and Jennifer A. Kramer earned a Master of Science in Internet Strategy Management from the Persons School of Marlboro College in August 2001.

Donaldson, a Brattleboro resident for 11 years, is employed as the director of the Children's Usability Group at the Marlboro College Technology Center. He has worked there since it started in 1997.

A South Newfane resident for three years, Kramer runs a freelance Web design business called Focused Consulting. She is also an instructor at the the Persons School and at the Community College of Vermont, and was a "Women in Technology" mentor for the Girl's Tech Camps at the Technology Center this past summer. Previously, Kramer worked as a product manager at Omega Optical in Brattleboro.

Donaldson and Kramer were among 77 students receiving master's degrees from the Persons School's three programs in August 2001. To graduate from one of the Persons School's programs, students must complete a Capstone project, the equivalent of a traditional master's thesis. A Capstone project demonstrates the mastery of the interdisciplinary curriculum and the implementation of an innovative concept for the use of the Internet in an organizational or educational setting.

Donaldson's Capstone was entitled, "Dynamic Internet Directory for Emergent Readers," whereby he created a dynamic and highly usable children's Internet directory that presents categories and sites useful for children on the cusp of independent reading. According to Donaldson, "The Internet Strategy Management program gave me the skills to take a previous interest to a higher level. Now I have an opportunity to affect the way children interact with the Internet well beyond the local technological arena."

Kramer's Capstone was entitled, "Redesigning 4-H," which involved working with a team at the University of Massachusetts to redesign the existing 4-H Website. The process included expanding the content, installing consistent navigation, ensuring appropriate branding, and updating the site to be more appealing to youth. "The Marlboro College Internet Strategy Management program has been invaluable for expanding my business and adding new services for my clients," said Kramer.

Established in 1997, The Persons School of Marlboro College has become nationally known for preparing individuals for the multidisciplinary demands of the online profession, and for producing leaders who understand the latest technology and the fundamental challenges that occur when schools and businesses go online. The yearlong programs are designed for working professionals who meet every other weekend and online for their studies.

For more information on The Persons School of Marlboro College, please call (802) 258-9200 or visit the college online at http://persons.marlboro.edu.



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