PR Faculty Named to Sprout Creek Farm Board of Directors
Jennie Donohue, professional lecturer of public relations in the School of Communication and the Arts at Marist College, has been named to the board of directors of Sprout Creek Farm, Inc., a local non-profit educational center, working farm and retail market.
Donohue joined the full-time faculty at Marist College in the fall of 2010. She is an award-winning communication professional with more than two decades of industry experience who also teaches in the online Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) graduate program. Among other responsibilities, she also serves as the faculty adviser to the college’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America and its student-run public relations firm, North Road Communications. Donohue was recently honored with the 2011-2012 School of Communication and the Arts Faculty Member of the Year award by the Marist College Student Government Association.
While Donohue’s association with Sprout Creek Farm goes back several years, it was ultimately education that reconnected them. For 30 years Sprout Creek Farm has been dedicated to experiential education, using the farm as its classroom to help children and adults learn by doing. Donohue wanted to give her public relations students at Marist a similar hands-on learning opportunity; one that would allow them to gain real-world experience researching and writing media and marketing materials for a local non-profit client, specifically Sprout Creek Farm.
Sprout Creek Farm, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based on 200 acres in scenic Dutchess County, N.Y. The organization was founded in 1982 as a means of emphasizing the connections among education, agriculture and the environment. Today the farm produces more than 15 handcrafted cows’ and goats’ milk cheeses with proceeds supporting its year-round educational programs that help visitors reconnect with agriculture, experience a sense of community and foster an appreciation for the environment while developing important life skills.