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For Humphrey Alumnus Nicolas Pichay, All the World’s a Stage

November 24, 2021
Nicolas Pichay's Humphrey year research informs “Lapulapu, Ang Datu ng Mactan,” a musical he wrote about a 16th-century Filipino hero. The show, presented Oct. 24 at Manila Metropolitan Theater, was part of the Philippines' commemoration of the 1521 Battle of Mactan and the arrival of Christianity in the country. The indigenous leader Lapulapu, a symbol of Filipino resistance, is remembered for defeating the forces of Ferdinand Magellan, who was killed in the battle.

Four Maxwell Alumni Named NAPA Fellows

November 19, 2021
U.S Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux, Nuria Esparch, Amma Felix and Shiro Gnanaselvam are among 39 public administration leaders who have been named 2021 National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) Fellows.

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Alum Nick Armstrong Uses Data to Help Veterans Achieve Their Goals

November 15, 2021
Nick Armstrong '08 M.P.A./'14 Ph.D. (SSc) directs IVMF’s multi-disciplinary team of applied social scientists, evaluators, and data engineers to crunch the numbers and conduct applied research that empower government, industry and philanthropic decision making on veteran- and family-related issues.

Virtual happy hour connects Online Executive MPA

November 12, 2021
Executive M.P.A. students, faculty and alumni toasted each other during a recent virtual networking happy hour as they listened to three current students share insights about pursuing and working in elected office. The quarterly event nurtures networking among participants in Maxwell's 30-credit, online program for professionals with at least five years’ experience in management. It also encourages members of different cohorts to exchange ideas.

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A Pledge to Transform Education

November 8, 2021

A gift by Ben ’84 and Marcia Baldanza ’86 inspires a joint initiative aimed at closing the achievement gap by diversifying teachers. 

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Maxwell supports local government at ICMA conference

October 27, 2021
Student, faculty and alumni participation at the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) conference in early October highlights the Maxwell School's continued and strengthened focus on training for and collaborating with state and local governments.

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Winders Served on Panel Advising FAA Policy on Small, Unmanned Aircraft Systems

October 25, 2021
Professor Jamie Winders was one of five panelists on a Congressionally mandated report exploring the policies and procedures related to the registration of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

Couple’s Gift Seeks to Ease the Burden of First-Generation Students

October 22, 2021
Kenneth ’80 and Mindy Sosne ’81 have pledged $100,000 to establish an endowed scholarship at their alma mater. The Kenneth and Mindy Sosne Scholarship will be awarded to first-generation students at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. “We’ve made a path for ourselves, professionally and financially, and now we want to give back,” says Mindy. “We want to make others’ lives easier.”

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Wiemers to Study Challenges of Caring for Aging Parents Amid Pandemic

October 21, 2021

Emily Wiemers, associate professor of public administration and international affairs, will serve as principal investigator for a two-year, federally funded study of the challenges to those caring for aging parents amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Public Housing Violence Research Earns Top Honor

October 20, 2021
Madeleine ‘Maddy’ Hamlin, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in geography at the Maxwell School, was one of 8 doctoral students to have been named an H.F. Guggenheim Emerging Scholar. The $25,000 award supports and recognizes promising graduate-student researchers in their final year of writing a doctoral dissertation.

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