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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.

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.

 

2019 MPA Outstanding Students

 

2019 MPA Outstanding Students

This year there is a tie for earning the highest cumulative GPA for the MPA Program.  Yahaira Escribano (photo below) and Luke Switzer were awarded for their academic excellence in the MPA Program.

Yahaira Escribano 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.

Yahaira Escribano 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.

Steve Criss Receives the 2019 David Walker Award

 

Steve Criss Receives the 2019 David Walker Award

The David B. Walker Endowment Fund was established from generous donations by 1991 alumnus, Parashar Patel.  It honors David B. Walker, who was the former director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations and a past Director of UConn’s MPA Program.  He dedicated his career to mentoring and supporting future leaders to influence government and politics to improve the country.  The award is given to a student who demonstrates outstanding commitment to serving the public in a volunteer capacity.  You can learn more or donate to this award on our DPP Giving page.

Steve Criss, a graduating MPA student, is this year’s recipient. Steve currently works as a Marketing and Public Relations Administrator for the Office of University Communications at UConn.

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

 

Steve Criss receives the 2019 David Walker Award at the annual DPP Awards and Pi Pi Alpha Honor Society Induction program on April 17, 2019.

Zane Carey and Luke Switzer Receive the 2019 Mort Tenzer Award

 

Zane Carey and Luke Switzer Receive the 2019 Mort Tenzer Award

This award is given to an incoming student with undergraduate academic excellence enrolled in the MPA Program.  It was established in honor of Professor Morton J. Tenzer, who retired from the University of Connecticut in 1993.  He devoted more than 40 years to the development of public administration programming in academia at several nationally recognized universities.

Graduating MPA students, Zane Carey (photo below) and Luke Switzer, are this year’s recipients. Zane is currently interning with the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County. Luke is currently interning with CT Department of Children and Families.

The awards were presented at the annual DPP Awards and Pi Pi Alpha Honor Society Induction program on April 17, 2019.

Zane Carey receives the 2019 Mort Tenzer Award at the annual DPP Awards and Pi Pi Alpha Honor Society Induction program on April 17, 2019.

Joshua Kelly Receives the 2019 Al Ilg Award

 

Joshua Kelly Receives the 2019 Al Ilg Award

The Al Ilg Award is given to a distinguished student who demonstrates interest in local government and the public sector.  It was established in 1998 to honor the service off Al Ilg, who served as the Town Manager of Windsor for 32 years.

Joshua Kelly, a graduating MPA student, is this year’s recipient. Joshua currently serves as a Representative to Waterford’s Representative Town Meeting, and is a member of the Waterford Inland Wetland and Conservation Committee. Additionally, Joshua is the Treasurer for Waterford’s CT Green Party and he is currently interning with the Town of Windsor.

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

Al Ilg presents Joshua Kelly with the 2019 Al Ilg Award at the annual DPP Awards and Pi Pi Alpha Honor Society Induction program on April 17, 2019.

Seth Brohinsky Awarded 2019 Distinguished MASR Alumni Award

 

Seth Brohinsky Awarded 2019 Distinguished MASR Alumni Award

The 2019 Master of Arts in Survey Research Distinguished Alumni Award has been awarded to Seth Brohinsky.  This award is given to an alumnus who exhibits strong leadership and exceptional communication skills, while maintaining high ethical standards in the field of survey research.  Seth has been rapidly rising in the professional survey research ranks for Abt Associates in Boston since he graduated.

Program Director, Graduate Program in Survey Research, Dr. Jennifer Dineen presented the MASR Distinguished Alumni Award to Seth Brohinsky at the annual DPP Awards and Pi Pi Alpha Honor Society Induction program on April 17, 2019.

Program Director, Graduate Program in Survey Research, Dr. Jennifer Dineen presented the MASR Distinguished Alumni Award to Seth Brohinsky at the annual DPP Awards and Pi Pi Alpha Honor Society Induction program on April 17, 2019.