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The BEACON Team Is Ready for Fall

The BEACON Team Is Ready for Fall
Business Economic and Community Outreach Network
at Salisbury Univeristy

BEACON, Salisbury University’s Business, Economic and Community Outreach Network, is looking forward to another exciting and busy year ahead with a brilliant new team at the helm. Under the direction of Dr. Memo Diriker, director, and Dr. Sarah Guy, associate director, an outstanding team of graduate assistants, undergraduate research assistants and ABLE interns will be working on a variety of business, economic and community development consulting and applied research projects for clients and sponsors on the Eastern Shore and elsewhere around Maryland and Delaware.

We are excited to have several new team members joining us this fall and to welcome back a few star performers who are continuing their work with us. Among those we are excited to welcome back are Rahsaan Ellis, a second-year graduate assistant, and Alex Patrick and Erin Sless, who are both climbing up the ranks from undergraduate research assistants last year to graduate assistants this year. Jessica Iacona will continue on with us for another semester as an undergraduate research assistant as well.

Joining the team for the first time are two new graduate assistants, Ryhan Bakouche and Vanessa Han. Vanessa is coming to Salisbury University as part of our exchange program with Grenoble Ecole de Management. Last but certainly not least, our fall ABLE interns include Tatiana Barr and Edwige Afodanyi.

Rachael Reiter, who has served BEACON as both an undergraduate research assistant and graduate assistant, remaining with the team through October to assist with transitioning and training the team to ensure we are off to a strong start for the very busy year ahead.

We are confident that our team for the fall is ready to take on this very busy semester. With over a dozen projects currently on the books for fall and more in the pipeline we are ready to hit the ground running. Below we highlight just a few of projects underway:

Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation EARN MD Evaluation

This year BEACON will be evaluating 60 partnerships under the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation’s EARN MD program. EARN MD is a state-funded, industry-led workforce development program that has seen much successful since its inception. EARN MD partnerships represent all different industries across the state. BEACON has served as the evaluator since the beginning of the program in 2014.

Wicomico Health Department Quality Council Employee Satisfaction Survey

The BEACON team will be assisting the Quality Council to redesign and administer a quarterly employee satisfaction survey. A series of focus groups will advise the redesign process and a dashboard visualizing the results of the four surveys and allowing for further analysis will round out the project.

Maryland Department of Agriculture Farm to School

BEACON will be working with the MDA to assess the supply chain partners in the Farm to School Program and develop recommendations for improved marketing opportunities of sales for summer meals. The team will also evaluate the types of enrichment education activities current available at school-based summer meal sites and develop recommendations on expanded programming activities.

Value-Added Agriculture Economic Impact Assessment

In partnership with Grow Maryland, BEACON will be conducting an economic, employment and fiscal impact assessment of certain value-added agricultural (VAA) sectors across the State of Maryland.

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