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North Central College biology alumna featured for work with Indiana DNR

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Indiana lakeshore photo by Tom Gill
Indiana lakeshore photo by Tom Gill

Jenny (Kintzele) Orsburn, who earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from North Central College in 2001, works as a program specialist for the Lake Michigan Coastal Program of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Orsburn’s work recently was featured in the (Michigan City, Ind.) News-Dispatch.

“Indiana’s Lake Michigan Coastal Program really is a unique program that applies only to states along our nation’s coasts,” Orsburn wrote in a column. “Yes, Indiana has a coast! Next year, the program will celebrate its 10th anniversary. Basically, it allows Indiana to secure both technical and financial assistance from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through the Coastal Zone Management Act by creating coastal management programs.

“Indiana’s program’s purpose is to enhance the state’s role in planning and managing our coastal natural, cultural and historical resources in La Porte, Porter and Lake counties. We work with federal, state, regional and local municipalities and organizations. Primarily, I manage a competitive grant program that has invested more than $10 million in 260 park preservation and improvement projects, as well as education programs and community plans since its inception 10 years ago. And lucky for me, I have been involved with every project the grant program has funded and have had the great pleasure of helping realize the visions of community leaders and their incredible partners.”

In addition to her biology degree from North Central College, Orsburn holds an MBA from Purdue University-North Central.