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updated: September 16, 2014

Fall 2014

Spring 2014

  • Last month, Hornets Policy & Politics Alumni won the 2014 Alumni Chapter of the Year Challenge. Prizes for winning include a slot on Sac State’s electronic billboard, $500 for scholarships, recognition on the donor board at the Alumni Center, a Sac State video, a feature in Sac State's magazine Torchlight, and recognition at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony! Way to go, HPPA!
  • Josef Preciado and his PPA 210 final project team, Teresa Palmer, Terra Townsend, Millie Yan, and Cecilia White, submitted their paper for APPAM’s international conference, and it was accepted! They’ll be off to Spain in September to present it. Congratulations team! We are so proud of you!
  • Colonel Michael P. Spears, US Army (MPPA 93), graduated from Air War College, Maxwell AFB and received a Masters of Strategic Studies Degree and War College Diploma. Colonel Spears will report to US Forces Korea in July as Director, Reserve Affairs. The United States Air Force Air War College is the senior Air Force professional military school and their mission is to educate officers to serve as strategic national security leaders.
  • PPA Professor Su Jin Jez presented a paper on April 29 at the University of Southern California School of Education’s Seminar on Developing a Research Agenda: Tax‐paying Colleges and Universities. Su Jin’s paper is titled “What Data Exist That Might be Useful to do Research on For-Profits?
    On March 14th, PPA Professor presented a paper titled "Focusing the Aim of For-Profit Policy: Classification Systems for For-Profits and Postsecondary Institutions" at the annual meeting of the Association for Education Finance and Policy in San Antonio, Texas.
  • Congratulations to MPPA student, Jodi Lewis, for being recognized at the SSRIC Student research conference at CSU Fullerton on May 8, 2014 for presenting the "Best Qualitative Paper" Award (with a $5,000 prize!). Jodi had this to say, "I can't say enough about the solid, practical research foundation I've recieved from the MPPA program." Well done, Jodi!
  • Kristen Bennett (MPPA 2013) accepted a position in Washington, DC. In March she started with the National Conference on Citizenship as the Associate Program Director of National Service. Congratulations, Kristen!
  • Professor Rob Wassmer presented his recently completed Faculty Fellows research on "The Relative Importance of Supply and Demand Factors in Determining Preschool Attendance and Hours Attended" to economic department seminars at Oakland University (3/24) and Wayne State University (3/25) in the Detroit Area. The paper and PowerPoint presentation are available at these hyperlinks.
  • Rob Wassmer, PPA Chairperson and Professor, had his coauthored article on "The Issuance of State and local Debt During the United States Great Recession" published in the refereed National Tax Journal, March 2014. A reprint of the article can be found here.
  • Two PPA Alumni will be among the honorees at the 2014 Distinguished Almni Awards on April 24. Congratulations to James P. Mayer (MPPA 1992) — Distinguished Service Award, President and CEO, California Forward, and Keri Thomas (MPPA 2006) — Distinguished Service Award, Community and Government Relations Director, Sutter Health.
  • Alumna, Andrea Howard (MSULD 2013) is featured in the publication, In El Dorado County.
  • Associate Professor Su Jin Jez published a new policy report, Teach for America: A Return to the Evidence. This is a link to Dr. Jez's rebuttal to TFA's response to this article
  • Associate Professor Su Jin Jez posted on Mike Kirst's College Puzzle Blog on the gap between black males and females in college entrance and selectivity.
  • ASPA will present 2014 Awards of Excellence to outstanding public servants and scholars. Geoffrey Propheter (MPPA 2010) will receive the Burchfield Award for Best Book Review: Geoffrey Propheter for his review of Evaluating the Public Costs of Public–Private Partnerships: The Case of Professional Sports Facilities.
  • In August, Alumnus Richard Funderburg (MPPA 1998), will start a new tenure track position at the University of Illinois Springfield. He will be teaching classes in budgeting and finance and policy analysis and advising doctoral students.
  • Professor Jez recently did her first in-studio interview. She discusses Teach for America, which starts about 7 minutes in (her first quote starts at about 9 minutes).

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