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UGA students take top prize in national policy competition

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Mar 2015

MPA Students, Phillip McAuley and Brianna Roberts, alongside MPH students Nicole La Tournous and Paula Buchanan brought home the top prize at the Public Policy Challenge National Invitational held by the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania and Governing Magazine. UGA is the first public school to bring home the top prize. The competition was held March 20-22 in Philadelphia, PA. The winning proposal, called (fem)me, is a plan to distribute feminine hygiene products to homeless and transitional women in Athens. The team was advised by Drs. David Bradford and Grace Bagwell-Adams.

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MPA student accepted to NNSA Graduate Fellowship program

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Mar 2015

MPA student, Ronnie Williams, was recently accepted into the NNSA Graduate Fellowship program for 2015-2016. With the fellowship, he will have the opportunity to join the NNSA staff to enhance the safety and reliability of the United States' nuclear weapons. Ronnie is currently in his second year of the MPA program specializing in Local Government Administration.

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SPIA Graduate Students Win Prestigious Teaching Awards

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of International Affairs

Department of Political Science

Mar 2015

The PhD program in Political Science and International Affairs boasts three recipients of UGA’s two most prestigious teaching awards for graduate students: the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost; and the Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by the Graduate School. Congratulations to PhD student Sarah Fisher for receiving the Excellence in Teaching Award and congratulations to PhD students Kayce Mobley and Anthony Kreis for each receiving an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award!

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Alumni news

Owens placed at UT Tyler

Department of Political Science

Mar 2015

Mark Owens, who recently earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Georgia, has accepted a faculty position at the University of Texas at Tyler, starting in Fall 2015.

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Faculty News

Dr. Christensen co-edits new book

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Mar 2015

The latest edition of the Handbook of Public Administration which is co-edited by Dr. Robert Christensen, associate professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy, was recently released.

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Student News

PhD student wins teaching award

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Mar 2015

PhD student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy, Benjamin Brunjes, is a recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. This award is given out by the UGA Vice President of Instruction for teaching performance. The award establishes that his teaching performance ranks in the top ten percent of all TAs serving at UGA. As part of the award, Ben will be recognized in the Honors Day and Commencement programs.

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Event News

2015 Georgia Legislative Outlook

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of Political Science

Mar 2015

On February 24, 2015 the Alumni Board of Directors hosted the annual Georgia Legislative Outlook. The program featured a conversation between Georgia House Majority Leader Larry O’Neal and Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, moderated by Political Science Assistant Professor Dr. Jamie Monogan. The discussion covered both electoral politics and issues on the legislative agenda. This event is made possible through the support of sponsors. “The Alumni Board is thrilled with the turnout and support for our 3rd Annual Legislative Outlook,” said Board President Christie Haynes. “We are excited to raise funds to give study abroad scholarships and MPA stipends in order to support the SPIA student experience.”

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Faculty news

Charles Bullock Named University Professor

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of Political Science

Mar 2015

Charles S. Bullock III, the Richard B. Russell Professor of Political Science in the School of Public and International Affairs, has been named University Professor, an honor bestowed on faculty who have had a significant impact on UGA beyond normal academic responsibilities. Bullock, who is also a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Professor, joined the UGA faculty in 1968. During his more than four decades at the university, he has established himself as the state's pre-eminent scholar on Southern politics.

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PhD Alumnus 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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