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  • Online EMPA experience converges with pandemic response

    Natalie Aguilera and Brandie Andrews are among many Online Executive MPA students and alumni with jobs responding to the pandemic. Aguilera oversees human resources at the Native American Health Center in Oakland, California. Andrews has worked for 14 years for AIR Worldwide, a catastrophe modeling and data analytics company in Boston.


    Military-connected student of the month: Exec Ed student Chris Giglio

    For many, joining the military is as much a matter of family tradition as it is a commitment to serve. For Syracuse graduate student and third-generation Naval officer Chris Giglio, it was also a matter of building on a personal history. Giglio is pursuing a certificate of advanced studies in public administration at Maxwell.


    Exec Ed alums discuss open data in transportation field in Vox article

    Oleksiy Anokhin '17 EMPA/EMIR/CAS (conflict resolution and leadership/inter & non-govern orgs) and Anton Volov '15 EMPA/CAS (conflict resolution and leadership/inter & non-govern orgs) co-authored piece, "Traffic Accidents, Routes, Fines: Big Data in the Transport Section," was published on VoxUkraine.


    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.


    Humphrey Fellows workshop, Coronavirus serves as case study

    Forty-one Humphrey Fellows representing 32 countries and 9 host campuses attended Leadership and Governance during Times of Crisis, an annual weeklong workshop sponsored by Syracuse’s Maxwell School and administered by Executive Education. Particularly relevant this year was a seminar on public health emergencies, presented by Tom Dennison, professor of practice emeritus of public administration and international affairs.


    Stress named Onondaga Community College Foundation executive director

    Kathleen Stress ’08 MA (PA) has been appointed the executive director of the Onondaga Community College Foundation. In her new position, Stress will oversee the foundation’s programming and outreach, while helping develop plans to attract philanthropic support for Onondaga Community College activities.


    Amid impeachment trial, UPA program provides look at US politics

    About 20 public policy graduate students from the Universidad Panamericana’s (UPA) Mexico City campus arrived in Washington, D.C., in the middle of the U.S. Senate’s impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. This was the fifth year Executive Education collaborated with UPA to offer the Washington, D.C., program, whose participants work mainly in public sectors in Mexico.


    Mandela Washington Fellows introduced to SU Libraries

    Last summer, a group of young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa made their way to the Syracuse University campus as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Michael Pasqualoni, librarian for Communications and Public Affairs, was involved in the program on campus and had an opportunity to interview two fellows.


    CSIS named number one think tank in the United States

    The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the Maxwell School’s strategic partner in Washington, D.C., has been named the number one think tank in the U.S. by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute. Over 8,000 think tanks around the world were evaluated across a range of categories.


    Maxwell faculty co-edit new book on intractable conflicts

    Three Maxwell faculty members, Miriam Elman, Catherine Gerard, and Louis Kriesberg, and their colleague Galia Golan at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, have co-edited Overcoming Intractable Conflicts: New Approaches to Constructive Transformations, recently published by Rowman & Littlefield.


    Second Exec Ed program fuels Alna Dall’s passion for change in Africa

    Alna Dall, a 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow, has returned to the Maxwell School to pursue an Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) degree, sponsored by Fulbright. She plans to combine her media savvy with improved networking and management skills to continue the fight for gender rights in Namibia.


    Reeher op-ed on new VPPCE program published in USA Today

    "What immediately struck me and stayed with me throughout the program was the genuine support the veterans offered each other, despite their political differences," says Professor Grant Reeher. His article, "How do we reduce political polarization? America's veterans can show us the way," was published in USA Today.


    December graduates celebrate new skills, strong relationships

    Eleven Executive Education students from seven countries celebrated their December completion of Maxwell graduate degrees or certificate programs. The graduates are midcareer professionals who shared their international perspectives, learned from each other and Maxwell faculty, eager to return to their native countries to implement new skills.


    EMPA student Phillip Cady appointed Oswego police chief

    EMPA student Phillip Cady will be appointed the next chief of police and director of Homeland Security for the city of Oswego. He is currently the emergency communications manager at Syracuse University. Read the full story via


    Maxwell, IIMB explore expanding collaboration

    Maxwell’s longtime partnership with the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) continues to evolve as the institutions explore new ways to collaborate and learn from each other. This year also marked a continuation of the historic partnership between Maxwell and IIMB on the Post Graduate Program in Public Policy and Management (PGPPM).


    Inaugural VPPCE program off to a successful start

    Inaugural VPPCE program off to a successful start During Veterans Day week, 18 retired military service members convened at Syracuse University for the Veterans Program for Politics and Civic Engagement (VPPCE), created exclusively for veterans and military family members pursuing public office or political careers.


    Veterans Week 2019 Stories of Service, EMPA student Dan Cordial

    For U.S Army veteran Daniel Cordial, as he stepped foot onto the Syracuse University campus, he was taking advantage of a second chance at working towards the life he wanted. Cordial graduated with a degree in political science in 2018 and was accepted to the Executive Master’s in Public Administration program at the Maxwell School.


    Simulation exercise offers a seat at negotiating table

    Thirty Syracuse University students participated in the International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise, presented by the U.S. Army War College. Organizers placed participants into groups representing different nations attending meetings intended to simulate negotiation skills in a real-world policy challenge. A central lesson was to illustrate the role of negotiation under uncertainty.


    Visit to campus builds connections for Online EMPA students

    For many midcareer public service professionals, Maxwell’s Online Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) program provides the perfect way to improve their skills without leaving home. But the success of a recent immersion weekend shows that a visit to campus and the chance to mingle in real life with classmates and professors only enhances the program.

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