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  • Feeding the Next Generation

    Catherine Bertini has guided many students to the World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations organization honored with a Nobel Peace Prize. Meghan Sullivan '17 M.A.I.R. is one of several alumni who found their calling—the place to put their Maxwell theories into practice—through the WFP.

    7/27/2021

     

    Compassion for Community - Lia Chabot '21 BS (Econ/CCE)

    Lia Chabot ’21 arrived at Syracuse University with a passion for economics, and she’ll graduate with a wealth of experiences that reflect her academic prowess, compassion and commitment to activism. Whether she’s talking monetary policy, crunching data on rental properties, advocating for sexual safety or sharing her love for London, Chabot brings a refreshing perspective to all she does. In the College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, she brought her interests together by combining majors in economics and citizenship and civic engagement with a minor in environment and society.

    7/21/2021

     

    A Call to be ‘Audacious and Bold’

    At a recent Maxwell Advisory Board meeting, member Mary Daly ’90 posed a question—or perhaps it was a challenge. As she recalls, it went something like this: “What can we do that can move the needle, materially change what we see that we don’t like in our society, with regard to inequities? How are we going to literally be able to hand the next generation a better future than what we inherited?” The meeting’s agenda was to give feedback on a draft of the Maxwell School’s strategic plan for improving diversity, equity and inclusion. “It had all the elements that are often in plans that are making progress on this,” she recalls. Yet, to really move the needle, it requires actions that are, “going to be, by definition, audacious and bold,” she says.

    7/20/2021

     

    Into the Fray: Bourdeaux ’03 joins congress days before Capitol riot

    Carolyn Bourdeaux, who earned a Ph.D. in public administration from the Maxwell School built a career analyzing and teaching public policy. She directed the Georgia Senate Budget and Evaluation Office during the Great Recession, from 2007 to 2010. She served as a professor at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies from 2003 until this year. Now she is making policy. Bourdeaux, a Democrat, won her seat in November following a close race with Republican Rich McCormick. Not including two candidates in North Carolina who won seats that were redrawn, Bourdeaux was the only Democratic House candidate in the country to flip a seat previously held by a Republican in the 2020 election.

    7/12/2021

     

    Alumna oversees students in NYS Assembly where she once interned

    Going to work every day at the New York State Assembly, Vanessa Salman ’17 BA (PSc) is reminded of her time in the Maxwell School. As part of her responsibilities as a staff training associate for the Assembly Minority Conference, Salman oversees students within the conference participating in the Albany semester program. In 2017, Salman was one of those interns. The Assembly Intern Program in Albany gives students the opportunity to work full-time in the New York State legislature. DurSalman found her experience as an intern powerful, and this ultimately drew her back to work full-time post-graduation.

    7/8/2021

     

    Laurence promoted to professor of management at the Univ. of Michigan

    Gregory Laurence ’04 M.A.I.R. is now a professor of management at the University of Michigan-Flint School of Management. He has also been named director of graduate studies, Center of Japanese Studies, at Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus. Laurence joined the University in 2010 after earning a Ph.D. in management from Syracuse University’s Whitman School.

    6/2/2021

     

    Exec Ed grad serves panel on merging mental health, addiction services

    Lisa Hoeschele ’03 M.A. (PA), recently served on a statewide committee guiding a merger of New York’s Office of Mental Health (OMH) and Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS). The new entity, the Office of Addiction and Mental Health Services, will integrate mental health and addiction services and streamline procedures and regulations.

    5/17/2021

     

    M.P.A./M.A.I.R. grad’s Excelsior Fellowship leads to career with NYS

    Charlene Cordero ’17 M.P.A./M.A.I.R. calls working as senior policy adviser for New York’s Public Safety Office her "dream job." The native of Brooklyn landed the job in September 2019 after two years as a New York Excelsior Fellow, working for the state’s Office of Public Safety. Cordero is among 24 Maxwell alumni named Excelsior Fellows since 2013, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched the initiative. The program for recent law, graduate and professional school graduates invites participants to share diverse backgrounds and new perspectives to policy design and implementation in New York state government.

    4/6/2021

     

    Maxwell alumni, student honored with 2021 ASPA awards

    The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) announced it will honor more than 40 individuals and organizations when it convenes its annual awards program next month during their 2021 Annual Conference. Several Maxwell alumni and one current online EMPA student are among the award honorees.

    3/11/2021

     

    A Powerful Voice for Justice - Mazaher Kaila '19 BA (PSc)

    "Civic engagement is a core value for me. I have always aspired to help the communities I’m from," says Law student Mazaher Kaila '19 BA (PSc). Kaila is not waiting until she graduates law school to assume the role of advocate and changemaker. She serves as president of the Black Law Students Association and is leading efforts to help the University administration address issues of diversity and inclusion on multiple fronts, including in admissions practices and in the establishment of a resource center at the College of Law.

    3/10/2021

     

    Career growth without compromise

    Though she’s somewhat confined to her home office these days, Lindsay Bentley '10 B.A. (PSc/Soc) is busy opening new doors. She's just completed her first semester of graduate study at Syracuse University's No.1-ranked public affairs school without missing a beat in her career with a local nonprofit health insurer. The online executive master of public administration (EMPA) degree offered through the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs is designed for midcareer professionals, like Bentley, who want to expand their credentials without losing traction in their work. Read more about Bentley's experience in the online EMPA program via the SU News website.

    3/3/2021

     

    London, Hoy examine same-sex sexuality and divorce risk in new study

    "Same-Sex Sexuality and the Risk of Divorce: Findings from Two National Studies," co-authored by Professor Andrew London and Aaron Hoy '14 M.A. (Soc)/'18 Ph.D. (Soc), was published in the Journal of Homosexuality. London and Hoy use data from the 1992 National Health and Social Life Survey (NHSLS) and the 2011–2013 National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) to examine the likelihood of divorce among the once-married. Specifically, among those who are or were married once and only once to a person of a different sex, they ask whether the components of same-sex sexuality—desire/attraction, behavior, and identity—are associated with an increased risk of divorce, net of demographic and early-life controls.

    2/3/2021

     

    Maxwell MPA alumna Mallie Prytherch named a Schwarzman Scholar

    Mallie Prytherch G’19, an alumna of the Master of Public Administration Program in the Maxwell School, was named as a Schwarzman Scholar. Prytherch is one of 154 scholars selected from more than 3,600 applicants from around the world. The Schwarzman Scholars Program was created in 2016 to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st century. The program provides scholars the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year master’s degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

    12/8/2020

     

    Alumna Kristen Patel named Gregg Professor of Practice at Maxwell

    Kristen (Kris) Patel, a distinguished alumna of the Maxwell School (’90 Econ, PSt) with more than 25 years of experience leading intelligence and analytics programs in the public and private sectors, is the new Donald P. and Margaret Curry Gregg Professor of Practice in Korean and East Asian Affairs. In her new role, Patel will serve as faculty member in the Policy Studies Program and teach undergraduate courses in policy studies and graduate courses in public administration and international affairs. Patel will be a research associate in Maxwell’s PARCC and contribute to Syracuse University’s Intelligence Center Community of Academic Excellence.

    12/7/2020

     

    New study examines age‐at‐death disparity, people with and without IDD

    "Evidence of continued reduction in the age‐at‐death disparity between adults with and without intellectual and/or developmental disabilities," co-authored by sociologists Scott Landes and Janet Wilmoth, along with social science PhD student Erika Carter Grosso '10 MA (PSc), was published in the Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. Evidence from the study demonstrates that the age‐at‐death disparity between adults who did or did not have an intellectual and/or developmental disability reported on their death certificate continues to decrease, but the magnitude of the remaining disparity varied considerably by type of disability.

    12/1/2020

     

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