Marlboro College

NewsPress Release: 10/29/01

BRATTLEBORO, VT - Darren Spafford of Manchester Center, Vermont, earned a Master of Science in Internet Engineering from The Persons School of Marlboro College.

A Rutland native, Spafford is the senior image editor at The Vermont Country Store, where he has worked for the past two years. In addition to his new master's degree, he has a bachelor's degree in secondary education and art.

Spafford was among 77 students receiving master's degrees in August 2001 from the Persons School's three programs: 40 for the Master of Science in Internet Strategy Management, 23 for the Master of Internet Engineering, and 14 for the Master of Arts in Teaching with Internet Strategies.

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.

Spafford's Capstone was entitled, "The Family Site," which he designed to allow family members to keep track of family events such as birthdays, anniversaries, children's events, and more. Users have access to a family calendar, personal Web pages and, eventually, chat rooms, games, genealogy searches, and email alerts. Spafford plans to have the site available to the public in 2002.

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

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