Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Obituary: Margaret (Meg) Maurer

Margaret “Meg” Nelson Maurer (PSEO '15)  died unexpectedly on March 5, 2019. She was traveling on spring break to hike in Georgia with college friends when an accident occurred involving a runaway semi-truck tire.

A Newcomb Scholar honor student about to graduate in May from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, with a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology, Meg had a great passion for plants and wildlife. She was fluent in Spanish and studied howler monkeys as an intern last summer in Ecuador after finishing a semester of study abroad at the university in Quito, Ecuador. She also loved drawing, including scientific illustrations as well as other art. Margaret was born on December 5, 1997.

A Celebration of Meg’s life was held Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 at Faith Lutheran Church, in Forest Lake MN.

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Heim receives Emerging Leader Award

Stephanie Heim (ICP '06 ) has worked at the intersection of public health and food systems at the University of Minnesota Extension since January 2010. She is deeply committed to Extension’s mission to leverage community knowledge with University resources to create a more healthy, equitable food system. Stephanie works​ to ensure more systems work for more people and believes authentic relationships are transformational. Stephanie leads with a racial equity lens and has found it powerful to normalize discomfort, remain vulnerable, assume positive intent and manage her ego in her work. She provides leadership to food networks across Minnesota, including the Minnesota Food Charter Network and is most proud of the Action Learning Seed Fund. This approach integrates learning, networking, and funding in a unique and powerful way, where participants act as agents of change and not merely recipients of aid or expertise.

Stephanie also serves as the Minnesota Core Partner for the National Farm to School Network and coordinates Minnesota’s Farm to School Leadership team. In 2012, she co-produced a 30-minute farm to school documentary and in 2014 convened a group of stakeholders to explore state policy. Stephanie served as a content expert and facilitator, helping the group make evidence-informed decisions as a policy platform was developed. Today, a bipartisan farm to school bill (HF 811, SF 1346) is advancing through the Minnesota legislature.

Stephanie is also proud of her work to develop Systems Approaches for Healthy Communities, a web-based professional development program that helps participants learn how to integrate direct education efforts with policy systems and environmental strategies to create community-driven solutions to public health problems. She and her partner, Adam, live in Rochester and have two vibrant daughters, Luella and Alice, who use words like ‘savor’ when eating a family meal.

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