Alumni Connections: School of Public Affairs, October 2011
Every day I interact with prospective students, current students, both graduate and undergraduate, tenure track professors, instructors, citizens. Each one of these individuals brings a new idea to me to think about.
Last week a prospective student with an undergraduate degree in engineering talked to me about how a master’s in public administration could benefit civil engineers as they worked with municipalities. Not long after that a student talked with me about a class and how its focus needed to be changed because of the impact of the internet on government. An instructor chats with me regularly about online learning and if it is a viable way to teach people who will be going into public service. A professor walked through my area and handed me an article and added, “This might interest you.” And it did! The article was The Founding Fathers, Unzipped by Simon Schama. The article begins “The Constitution’s framers were flawed like today’s politicians, so it’s high time we stop embalming them in infallibility.” The article is about leadership and history and human beings. The School of Public Affairs and the people who are teaching and learning about public service are the nation’s leaders and by being leaders the makers of our future’s history. It is exciting to be right in the middle of this!
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By his own admission, Steve Riggs, a senior in the BACJ program, is an “Air Force brat.” He was born in San Antonio, Texas, but moved all over the United States growing up. After graduating from high school, he realized that he “would have to do something. It didn’t really click that education was important!” He enrolled at Pikes Peak Community College with the goal that he would become a police officer; he was looking for a vocational degree. He really liked his law classes there even though they were the hardest classes he had even taken and he found that he was “pretty good at it.” Steven achieved his Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. (More)
Prospective students, current students and alumni ask, “What can I do with this MPA degree? How can I use my degree to get a job?” Professional organizations such as the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) can help students, alumni and current students get answers to these questions.ASPA supports students and future public service professionals by providing networking and career advancement opportunities, introducing individuals to cutting-edge research that cannot be found anywhere else, and providing advice on advancing careers. ASPA’s programs help students and professionals acquire the knowledge, technical skills and resources necessary to be exceptional professionals and public servants. (More)
Each year, Colorado Springs Teen Court acknowledges all the work done by its volunteers and all the support given by its donors with a special breakfast. This year, however it was a luncheon on September 16 at the Phantom Canyon Brewing Co. acknowledging the fact that volunteers and donors make this important non-profit program possible for our at-risk youth.
Paul Guidry, Instructor in Criminal Justice at the UCCS School of Public Affairs was one of the honored guests. He was acknowledged for his role and commitment to the at-risk youth as a Teen Court Case Manager and a Restorative Justice Mediator. Other special guests included District Court Judge Barbara Hughes, CSPD Chief Myers, CSPD Deputy Chief Rod Walker and several other prominent honorees from within the criminal justice system and the community. (More)
The School of Public Affairs will hold its fall Alumni and Friends Networking event on November 10, 2011 from 5:00-7:00 pm in University Center room 303 for a panel discussion with School of Public Affairs authors. The panel of authors include the following:
The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Terry Schwartz, Associate Dean of the UCCS School of Public Affairs.
This is a great opportunity for alumni and current students or prospective students to learn some basics about writing and publishing. The UCCS Bookstore will be at the event with copies of the panelists’ books, and the Kraemer Family Library will have a table showing how the library can support your writing ventures.Call Cheri Lee at (719) 255-4993 by November 3 to make a reservation.
Each week the White House highlights “Champions of Change” who are making an impact in communities and helping America rise to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
In September, UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak, was selected as a “Champion of Change” and participated in a roundtable discussion on the positive impact of many community colleges across the nation. Shockley-Zalabak talked about the Southern Colorado Education Consortium, a partnership between two and four-year colleges in southern Colorado to improve student success in the region. (More)
Matt Carpenter (MPA '06) in El Pomar Promotes Two More Executives
Anthony Cordova (BA '97, MA '99) and Regina Lewis (BA '98, MA '01, PhD '10) and both received Excellence in Education awards at the October 15 NAACP Freedom Fund Community Awards Gala.
Robin Porter (DNU '82) in Southern Fried Comfort
Steven Weber (BA '10) in Steven Weber Seeks to Make a Difference
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Roar on the Road and Launch of UCCS Alumni Chapter - Washington DC: November 7
Roar on the Road - Los Angeles: November 18
Alumni Night at the Festival of Lights: December 3
Alumni Night at Theaterworks: December 9
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Judy Ruth Lewallen (MPA '93)
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