Month: May 2019

DPP Program Director Linda Friedman Retires

DPP Program Director Linda Friedman Retires

Linda Friedman smiles during her recognition of service on May 29, 2019.New Adventures for Friend and Colleague

It is with great appreciation that we say goodbye to the Department of Public Policy’s Program Director, Linda Friedman. Her expertise, experience, and smile has built and strengthened a wide variety of DPP initiatives and programs, along with many programs throughout UConn.

Linda, working with DPP faculty, co-created the Professional Development Series, now a required staple of the Department’s MPA and MPP programs, to prepare students for the dynamics of the job search, interviewing, and career development. Intertwined with this work is Linda’s vital work with the Department’s internship program, through her coordination of the annual Mock Interview Night. Mock Interview Night brings together DPP alumni and colleagues to provide students with a real world interview experience in preparation for their internship interviews, a vital part of their MPA and MPP academic portfolio.

Linda recently took on the role of Coordinator of the Department’s Pi Pi Alpha Honor Society to strengthen its bond with the Department, along with co-designing and managing the Department’s annual celebration to honors its programs’ graduates. Linda kept all students, faculty, friends, community partners, and alumni connected through her writing in the DPP Newsletter. In addition, seminal to the Department’s growth and engagement with the Connecticut public and nonprofit sector, Linda co-created the Public Service Executive Leadership Collaborative, an educational coalition of Connecticut public sector and nonprofit professional associations.

In 2012, Linda came to the Department of Public Policy, along with her colleague David Garvey, to merge the work they had created through the Nonprofit Leadership Program at UConn’s Center for Continuing Studies with Public Policy. Academically, the interconnection of nonprofit and public sector work has been a natural for the Department and has thrived.

In Linda’s decade of work at UConn’s Center for Continuing Studies, she directed and created leading State of Connecticut professional programs in real estate licensing and the Connecticut Certified Municipal Assessor’s designation, working directly with Connecticut Real Estate Commission and the Association of Assessing Officers.

In the nonprofit arena, as co-director of the Nonprofit Leadership Program, Linda created and co-developed professional development programs for all levels of nonprofit professionals, from those entering the field to seasoned executive directors. Her portfolio of created programs includes: Being the Change, for those entering the field; Leading Nonprofit Organizations, for emerging leaders; Facing Change, a three-day strategic planning retreat for Executive Directors; the Connecticut Hispanic Leadership Institute; and the State of the Connecticut Nonprofit Sector Symposiums which brought hundreds of nonprofit, academic, philanthropic, and business leaders together to converge on key issues facing Connecticut.

For all of these programs she brought heart, expertise, and professionalism. But, a strong passion of Linda’s work was and still is with Encore!Connecticut. Encore!Connecticut started as a pilot as Encore!Hartford a decade ago, working with key state partners including — Capital Workforce Partners, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, AARP Connecticut, and Leadership Greater Hartford — to create a workforce transition program for seasoned corporate professionals to move into management careers in the nonprofit sector. That Hartford pilot, 10 years ago, expanded to Encore!Fairfield County in 2016, and nearly 200 graduates later, will expand to a new Encore!Connecticut in 2020.

All of Linda’s work was done in strong collaboration with her friends and colleagues at the national Encore.org. In collaboration with her partners at Encore.org, Linda co-created What’s Next? Encore Careers: Purpose, Passion and a Paycheck, held at the Artists Collective, and Encore Talent Works, which educates nonprofit leaders on the value of encore careerists and paths for incorporation into the nonprofit sector. Linda is also a founding member of the Encore Network, a worldwide coalition of encore leaders and organizations.

Prior to coming to the University of Connecticut, Linda was Assistant Director of Continuing and Professional Education at the University of Hartford. She received her Master of Science in Organizational Management from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2011 and her Bachelor of Science in Social Welfare from Adelphi University in 1972.

Linda and her husband Jerry will be moving to South Carolina. But we, as a Department, hope to stay connected with Linda as she individually transitions to her own personal encore, and as the Department moves forward with its Encore!Connecticut 2020 work.

All our best, Linda!

Obama Foundation’s Community Leadership Corps Selects Steven Della-Giustina, MPP 2019

Obama Foundation’s Community Leadership Corps Selects Steven Della-Giustina, MPP 2019

Steven Della-Giustina, a second year MPP student, has been selected as a participant in the Obama Foundation’s Community Leadership Corps (CLC). Starting in June, Stevie will begin a six-month program wStephen Della-Giustina, MPP 2020ith other young leaders from across the Hartford area, including 2019 MPA grad Yahaira Escribano.

Members of the CLC will utilize their shared commitment to serving their community through the development and implementation of community projects. Throughout the program, participants will be provided with training, mentorship, and funding.

Prior to joining the CLC, Stevie previously served as the President of the UConn College Democrats, President of the College Democrats of Connecticut, and Constituent Services Intern for Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro. His 2019-2020 IPP internship is with the City of Hartford’s Office of Budget and Grants. Stevie will also be an officer of GAPPS-ICMA for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Congratulations Stevie!

Obama Foundation’s Community Leadership Corps Selects Yahaira Escribano, MPA 2019

Obama Foundation’s Community Leadership Corps Selects Yahaira Escribano, MPA 2019

Yahaira Escribano, MPA 2019

Yahaira Escribano has been selected as a participant in the Obama Foundation’s Community Leadership Corps (CLC), a six-month program to be held in Hartford beginning this June.  The program is designed for young people (ages 18 – 25) to come together and develop projects that address opportunities and challenges in their community. It includes three local in-person trainings, local mentorship, online coaching, and funds to support team projects. At the first training in June, Community Leadership Corps members will be placed on a team with other CLC Members to complete a group project in their community over the course of the six-month program.

To be considered for acceptance into CLC, Yahaira completed an application that included six “essay”/open-ended questions.   For example, one of the questions asked to describe a situation in which you embraced a new process, idea, or way of thinking that was a departure from the old way of doing things. What did you learn about yourself and about change? Another question asked to describe a challenge in your community that you believe you have the power to bring people together to help solve. What will you do to help solve it? What do you imagine your community will be like as a result?

Yahaira, a recipient of the 2019 MPA Academic Excellence Award and Inductee into the Pi Pi Alpha Honor Society, will be working in a team to design and implement a community project to address some of the challenges and opportunities Hartford faces.

Congratulations, Yahaira!

 

Dr. Kerri Raissian and Dr. Jennifer Dineen Participate in Legislative Forum on Gun Safety

Dr. Kerri Raissian and Dr. Jennifer Dineen Participate in Legislative Forum on Gun Safety

This is a photo of UConn Department of Public Policy Assistant Professor Kerri Raissian speaking at the Legislative Informational Forum on Gun Safety and Public Health.
Assistant Professor Kerri Raissian
This is a photo of UConn Department of Public Policy Assistant Professor In-Residence Jennifer Dineen speaking at the Legislative Informational Forum on Gun Safety and Public Health.
Assistant Professor In-Residence Jennifer Dineen

On April 22, 2019, DPP Assistant Professor Dr. Kerri Raissian and Assistant Professor and Program Director Dr. Jennifer Dineen participated in the Legislative Informational Forum on Gun Safety and Public Health.  They joined State Representatives Jillian Gilchrest, Matthew Ritter, and Christine Palm as well as a panel of healthcare, law, policy leaders, physicians, and gun violence group representatives.  The discussion covered the role of healthcare providers in preventing gun violence, the leading types of gun violence and the impact on individuals and communities.  Gun violence is a major public health issue, and it is time for legislation to make a change in order to protect the safety of the community.

Pi Pi Alpha Honor Society Inducts 2019 New Members and Names 2019-2020 Council

Pi Pi Alpha Honor Society Inducts 2019 New Members and Names 2019-2020 Council

Poster showing the 2019 PPA Inductees and CouncilTwenty-three MPA and MPP students were inducted into the Pi Pi Alpha (PPA) Honor Society at the 2019 DPP Awards Presentation and PPA Induction Ceremony on April 17, 2019.

Pi Pi Alpha is the honor society for graduate professional students in public administration and public policy.  PPA encourages and recognizes outstanding achievement, supports graduate public service education and invites membership of students who have completed at least half of their program coursework maintaining a 3.7 GPA.  Membership fees and donations support student professional development and social events such as the annual ‘PPA Meet and Greet’, Mock Interview Night – to prepare students for IPP interviews, special professional development training and panels, and PPA Professional Development Scholarships.

Congratulations and welcome to the new PPA members: Lynne Alexander, Andrea Alexander, Alecia Alleyne, Fabiola Bachinelo, Mariah Brennan, Maria Cappuccitti, Zane Carey, Hannah Casey, Shubham Dhakal, Yahaira Escribano, Carease Gadson, Abraham Hilding-Salorio, Daniel Innes, Sneha Jayaraj, Smriti Kattel, Matthew Lenczewski, Katherine Reilly, Miranda Richard, Joshua Schreier, Peter Towey, Luke Switzer and Joanna Vitarelli.

Congratulations to the officers of the PPA Council 2019-2020:  Anthony Naples, President; Sara Nagle, Vice President; Jessica Seabrook, Secretary; Mike Izadi, Treasurer; Yahaira Escribano, Membership and Doug Shipman, Scholarship

Mohamad Alkadry Receives 2019 Outstanding Service Award

 

Mohamad Alkadry Receives 2019 Outstanding Service Award

Alyssa Goduti, MPA 2002 and President of the DPP Alumni Council, presents Mohamad Alkadry with the 2019 Outstanding Service Award.

Mohamad Alkadry, Professor and DPP Department Head, is a recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Service Award.  Since taking the position as Department Head in 2017, Dr. Alkadry continuously supports the work of DPP’s faculty and staff, students and alumni. He has expanded DPP’s degree programs with the addition of the MPA Fellows Program and has broadened DPP’s community outreach with the implementation of the Public Service Executive Leadership Collaborative.  Under Mohamad’s leadership the department’s recruitment efforts have expanded and social media has become a strong tool in sharing DPP faculty, student and alumni accomplishments.  With Dr. Alkadry’s commitment, DPP continues to be one of the highest ranking MPA programs by U.S. News and World Report.

Alyssa Goduti, MPA 2002 and President of the DPP Alumni Council, presented the award to Dr. Alkadry at the DPP Annual Awards and Pi Pi Alpha Honor Society Induction program on April 17, 2019.

Linda Friedman Receives 2019 Outstanding Service Award

 

Linda Friedman Receives 2019 Outstanding Service Award

DPP Department Head Mohamad Alkadry presents Linda Friedman with the DPP 2019 Outstanding Service Award.

Linda Friedman, Program Director, is a recipient of this year’s Outstanding Service Award.  She manages the DPP Encore program that prepares private sector executives to serve as nonprofit leaders.  Linda serves as the department’s Event Coordinator and works closely with the Pi Pi Alpha Honor Society Board and GAPPS/ICMA student association.  She is central to the success of our students as she plans and executes our student professional development series, helps prepare our student for interviews, and works on the DPP’s Annual Awards and Pi Pi Alpha Induction program and the ceremony honoring our graduates.  Linda is retiring this year, but has made a lasting positive impact on the department.

DPP Department Head Mohamad Alkadry presents Linda the Outstanding Service Recognition at the annual DPP Awards and Pi Pi Alpha Honor Society Induction program on April 17, 2019.

Paul Potamianos, MPA ’90, Awarded 2019 Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Honor

 

Paul Potamianos, MPA ’90, Awarded 2019 Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Honor

Paul Potamianos, MPA '90, receives 2019 Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Honor

Paul Potamianos was noted for his “accessibility to students and engaging teaching style.”  He has nearly three decades of professional experience as a public administrator holding budgeting roles at the federal and state levels in both the executive and legislative branches of government.  In addition to his budgeting roles, Paul’s public service includes past military experience as a commissioned infantry officer and a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Paul Potamianos was presented this award at the annual DPP Awards and Pi Pi Alpha Honor Society Induction program on April 17, 2019.

Dr. Deneen Hatmaker Awarded 2019 Distinguished Faculty Honor

 

Dr. Deneen Hatmaker Awarded 2019 Distinguished Faculty Honor

Dr. Deneen Hatmaker receives 2019 Distinguished Faculty Honor

Dr. Deneen Hatmaker was selected by students due to her “intriguing research, accessibility to students, and engaging teaching style.”  She is an associate professor whose research is broadly focused on how individuals within organizations interact, and how these interactions influence their behavior.  She is especially interested in the challenges and opportunities women face in science and engineering.  Her research has been published in a variety of journals.

Dr. Hatmaker was presented this award at the annual DPP Awards and Pi Pi Alpha Honor Society Induction program on April 17, 2019.

2019 MPP Outstanding Students: Miranda Richard and Kelly McElwain

 

2019 MPP Outstanding Students

This year there is a tie for earning the highest cumulative GPA for the MPP Program.  Miranda Richard and Kelly McElwain were awarded for their academic excellence in the MPP Program.

 

Miranda Richard receives her award from DPP Department Head, Mohamad Alkadry at the annual DPP Awards and Pi Pi Alpha Honor Society Induction program on April 17, 2019.

Miranda Richard receives her award from DPP Department Head, Mohamad Alkadry at the annual DPP Awards and Pi Pi Alpha Honor Society Induction program on April 17, 2019.

 

Kelly McElwain receives her award from DPP Department Head, Mohamad Alkadry at the annual DPP Awards and Pi Pi Alpha Honor Society Induction program on April 17, 2019.

Kelly McElwain receives her award from DPP Department Head, Mohamad Alkadry at the annual DPP Awards and Pi Pi Alpha Honor Society Induction program on April 17, 2019.