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PhD Alum Promoted to Associate Professor

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Mar 2015

Benjamin Y. Clark was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor, effective August 2015. Dr. Clark is a professor of public administration in the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and received his PhD from the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia in 2009. Dr. Clark jointly appointed with the Master of Public Health program at Cleveland State. He is also an Executive Committee Member of the Association for Public Budgeting and Finance, elected for a term of 2013-2015. Dr. Clark's recent research has largely focused on citizen participation and coproduction in local governments. He also continues to research on local government financial condition, with an increasing focus on environmental finance.

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Department News

PADP Hosts First Annual NASPAA Policy Competition

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Mar 2015

The Department of Public Administration and Policy hosted the first annual NASPAA Student Simulation Competition on Saturday, February 28, 2015. The University of Georgia was one of six regional sites holding simultaneous competitions across the country. The competition was open to all graduate students at NASPAA schools. Teams were comprised of three to four students from different schools. Two students from the Department of Public Administration participated in the event. Dr. Deborah Carroll served as the emcee of the event and NASPAA President Dr. Ed Kellough gave the opening remarks. Dean Stefanie Lindquist mingled with participants during a networking event that took place following the competition. The winners of the regional event will go on to be judged against all of the regional winners.

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Student News

UGA’s Amazing Student News Features Kathleen Wilson

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of International Affairs

Feb 2015

SPIA student Kathleen Wilson is honored to be this week's UGA Amazing Student. Wilson is a Foundation Fellow who has traveled the world and is now working in Washington, D.C., with the U.S. Department of State in preparation for her career advocating for the political, economic and social rights of women and girls worldwide. "My first semester at UGA, I took a Spanish class, an Arabic class, an international affairs class, an economics class and a chemistry class," said Wilson. "Reflecting on the past 2 1/2 years I have spent at UGA, my experiences often seem like my freshman course load—a bit random and disjointed. Nonetheless, they have wonderfully blended together to form the cohesive narrative of who I am and what I’m passionate about."

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Faculty News

Professor Owsiak Wins Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of International Affairs

Feb 2015

Professor Andrew Owsiak has been awarded the 2015 Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Owsiak, who joined UGA's faculty in 2011, uses innovative methods while teaching Introduction to International Relations, Peace Studies and Crisis Diplomacy courses. Described as a "natural teacher" by a colleague, Owsiak uses simulations and role-playing that create visceral reactions from students, instilling in them the passion that he holds for the subjects. His work in the classroom has driven Owsiak and a colleague to study the effect of instructional techniques-whether lecture-based, discussion-based or simulation-based-on learning.

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Alumni News

Vreeland Recieves NCAA Today’s Top 10 Award

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of International Affairs

Feb 2015

SPIA alumna Shannon Vreeland received an NCAA Today's Top 10 Award, which recognizes student-athletes for their successes in academics, athletics and in the community. Vreeland, a native of Overland Park, Kansas, helped the Lady Bulldogs win their second straight NCAA title and their fifth consecutive SEC championship last season. A 19-time All-American, Vreeland swam on four NCAA-winning relays during her career: the 800-yard freestyle relays in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and the 400-yard freestyle relay in 2013. She also earned two individual and five relay titles during her career at the SECs. Vreeland helped the 800-yard freestyle relay squad set the American record, while the 400- and 800-yard freestyle relays eclipsed the U.S. Open and NCAA marks.

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Student News

SPIA Student to Serve in the Peace Corps

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of Political Science

Feb 2015

For SPIA student Christopher Mixon, joining the Peace Corps was an easy decision. A senior from Columbus, Georgia, Mixon vividly remembers the first time he met a member of the Peace Corps. “In sophomore year of high school, a recruiter from the Peace Corps came to our Current Issues class,” Mixon said. “He told riveting stories of his time on site and dramatically drew a sword towards the end of his lecture. I don’t think he was allowed to bring that into a school, so it was unquestionably a memorable first encounter.” The Peace Corps has been a leader in international development and citizen diplomacy for more than 50 years across more than 139 countries. In an increasingly interdependent world, the Peace Corps tackles challenges that know no borders, such as climate change, pandemic disease, food security, and gender equality and empowerment.

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Outreach

CITS formalizes relationship with Chulalongkorn University

Center for International Trade and Security

Jan 2015

On January 27, 2015, as part of a CBRN Stakeholders’ Conference, CITS faculty and researchers delivered a memorandum of understanding between the University of Georgia and the Faculty of Engineering at Chulalongkorn University. CITS delivered the comprehensive memorandum of understanding to the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.

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In The News

CITS co-hosts CBRN Stakeholder Conference in Thailand

Center for International Trade and Security

Jan 2015

CITS co-hosted and co-organized a CBRN Security Stakeholder Conference with the Faculty of Engineering at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand from January 26-27, 2015. The conference, which invited CBRN experts and government officials from throughout the ASEAN region, brings together a number of perspectives on the development of CBRN Security in SE Asia.

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Student Organizations

UGA Model UN to Host High School Conference

School of Public and International Affairs

Jan 2015

On February 6-8, 2015, the University of Georgia Model UN team will host its annual conference, UGAMUNC XXI. The conference is open to high school teams and operates a traditional-style, consisting of three standard General Assemblies (GA’s 1, 3, and 4, respectively), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and the UN Security Council. The ultimate goal is to show that diplomacy involves complex, structured debate that will, at its best, produce effective resolutions.

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Student News

Rimes Wins Dean’s Award

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Jan 2015

Congratulations to PhD student Heather Rimes for winning the Graduate School Dean's Award in Social Sciences, an extremely competitive award given to highly qualified students with outstanding records at The University of Georgia. The award is given to students to help cover research costs while doing their dissertation or thesis. Rimes is currently working on her thesis entitled, "Bureaucratic Features of Scientific Research Collaboration: Organizational Characteristics of Research Collaborations among Individual Scientists” and is set to graduate with her PhD in Spring of 2015.

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