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  • New scholarship honors EMPA alumna Theresa Flynn

    A new scholarship fund, benefiting professional master’s students interested in organizational change and development, has been created to honor Theresa A. "Terry" Flynn, whose many connections to the Maxwell School included earning an Executive MPA in 2012. Flynn died in 2018 following a protracted battle with ALS.



    Executive Education alumni respond to need for masks in Syracuse

    Prompted by a single social media request from the Maxwell School community, more than 100 Chinese alumni of the School’s Executive Education Program have shipped donations of medical masks to Central New York. One notable donation arrived from an eight-year-old boy, who had visited Syracuse recently, after his father had previously completed a week-long training program at Maxwell.



    Pudles, AnswerNet play an important role in the COVID-19 pandemic

    Gary Pudles '84 BA (PSt), president and CEO of AnswerNet, was featured in the Forbes article "Call Centers Can Help Americans Weather The COVID-19 Calamity." AnswerNet is a call center outsourcer operating throughout North America and was awarded a large contract to make outbound calls for the State of New York to book appointments for COVID-19 testing.



    Farrell named superintendent of Brick Township schools

    Thomas Farrell ’89 BA (IR) is the new superintendent of schools for Brick Township, New Jersey. As superintendent, Farrell will be responsible for overseeing the district’s daily operations and developing long-term plans alongside the Board of Education.



    Farag book proposes improvements in immigration policy

    George Farag ’02 MA (PA)/’02 MAIR/’07 PhD (Anth) has written Pro-American Immigration, recently published by Lioncrest. The book explores gaps in current U.S. immigration policy, and then proposes practical solutions to address these problems.



    Bower promoted to associate principal at Dewberry

    Margaret Bower ’96 MPA has been named an associate principal at Dewberry, a civil engineering firm headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia. Bower is a planner in Dewberry’s justice architecture group and has extensive experience with planning studies of criminal-justice and other civic buildings.



    Geography alumna Rebekah Jones tracks the COVID-19 outbreak

    Geospatial scientist Rebekah Jones '12 BA (Geog) discovered a love for geography at Syracuse University and now she’s helping the state of Florida with its emergency response to the pandemic.



    Lauth awarded President’s Medal by the University of Georgia

    Thomas Lauth ’76 PhD (PSc) received the 2020 President’s Medal from the University of Georgia during the university’s Founders Day activities on January 15, one of the highest honors given by the University. A professor emeritus of public administration and policy, Lauth retired in 2013 after more than 30 years on the University of Georgia’s faculty.



    Econ alumnus explains economic shock of coronavirus in HBR

    "Understanding the Economic Shock of Coronavirus," co-authored by Paul Swartz '05 BS (Econ) was published in the Harvard Business Review. According to the authors, the intensity of the shock will be determined by the underlying virus properties, policy responses, as well as consumer and corporate behavior in the face of adversity.



    Feldman named trustee of Miami University of Ohio

    Deborah Feldman ’82 MPA was appointed to a nine-year term as a trustee of Miami University by Governor Mike DeWine of Ohio. Located in Oxford, Ohio, Miami is the 10th oldest public university in the United States and enrolls slightly more than 24,000 students. Feldman is the president and CEO of Dayton Children’s Hospital, a role she has held since 2012.



    Katz appointed general counsel of the Ryan Specialty Group

    Mark Katz ’90 BA (PSt) has been named the executive vice president and general counsel of the Ryan Specialty Group, a Chicago-based insurance firm. In this new role, Katz will lead the company’s legal, compliance, and regulatory functions.



    Alletto named chief program and services officer at Texas HHS

    Michelle Alletto ’06 MPA will serve as the new chief program and services officer for Texas Health and Human Services. In her new position, Alletto will be responsible for overseeing the management of Texas’s medical and social services, which include, among others, Medicaid, CHIP, SNAP, TANF, and WIC.



    MAIR alum explores Tunisia's socioeconomic hardships in Carnegie blog

    "To be successful, the government should identify and quickly enact short-term measures to begin bringing positive change to the lives of Tunisia’s most vulnerable citizens," writes Hamza Mighri '19 MAIR. His co-authored article "Tunisia’s Perennial Priorities," was published in the Carnegie Middle East Center's blog Diwan.



    Eatman named finance director for the Town of Hamden, Conn.

    Curtis Eatman ’09 BA (PSc)/’11 MPA was hired as the new finance director for Hamden, Connecticut. In his new role managing the town’s fiscal affairs, Eatman will be primarily responsible for helping Hamden recover from a recent credit downgrade and helping to reduce their current debt burden.



    Orose appointed executive director of Words Alive

    Rachael Silbar-Voorhees Orose ’09 MPA has been named the executive director of Words Alive, a children’s literacy nonprofit in San Diego. In her new position, Orose will help Words Alive fulfill its mission to expand opportunities for reading among at-risk populations, while also expanding the community of supporters and volunteers involved with their programming.


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