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PPA in the Community
updated: May 30, 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).
- Professor Venezia had a chapter published in a New Directions for Community Colleges -- Special Issue: The College Completion Agenda: Practical Approaches for Reaching the Big Goal.
- Senator Tom Harkins’ staff asked Professor Venezia to DC to testify on the Reauthorization of the Higher Ed Act. Her written testimony is here.
- This month, Professor Andrea Venezia presented to about 250 representatives of postsecondary institutions at a College Board conference in San Diego focusing on how institutions can track student progression and provide the appropriate supports.
- PPA Student Cosmo Garvin explains the King's Arena controversy using the tools of our Program.
- Please join us in congratulating MPPA alumnus Andrew Sturmfels (MPPA 2012) and his wife, Nichole, as they welcome Andrea Beverly Sturmfels to the world. She arrived Friday, November 15, 2013 at 12:32 pm, weighing at at 8 lbs 5 oz. and 20.25 inches. Congratulations, Andrew and Nichole, on the arrival of your beautiful and healthy daughter!
- Alumnus Martin Radosevich (MPPA 2010) announced his move this November to Washington, D.C. to work for Rep. Zoe Lofgren as her Liaison to the 38 member California Democratic Congressional Delegation. Best wishes and congratulations, Martin!
- Center for California Studies Director and PPA 230 professor, Steve Boilard, co-wrote an op-ed for the Sacramento Bee with David Barker and Kim Nalder, entitled, "Viewpoints: Californians’ knowledge about civic finances is very disappointing".
- Professor Wassmer offered his thoughts on “Development After Redevelopment” in CA to the 2013 Riverside/San Bernardino Economic Forecast Conference in Riverside on 10/29/13.
- Professor Wassmer travelled to the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research in Kalamazoo, MI for a daylong strategic-vision meeting of the Editorial Board of Economic Development Quarterly.
- Andrea Howard's (MSULD student) employer, Parker Development Co., was awarded the Judge's Choice award for Sacramento Business Journal's 2012-2013 Best Real Estate Projects. Andrea is mentioned by name late in the article.
- Andrea Howard, MSULD student, helped organize a fashion show last weekend at the Niello Concours benefitting the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County.
- Professor Wassmer is quoted in a Sacramento Bee story regarding implications of the Sleep Train Arena renovations by new Kings owners.
- Welcome to the 15 new MPPA students and 3 new MSULD students who entered this fall. The backgrounds listed here are a testament to the interdisciplinary nature of these programs.
- Congratulations to the 27 new MPPA and two new MSULD graduates who have completed their degrees since fall of 2012. A complete list of names and topics is here.
- Alumnus Geoffrey Propheter (MPPA 2010) was quoted in Marcos Breton's Sacramento Bee column on September 1, 2013. He discusses the economics of arena subsidies.
- PPA Lecturer, Peter Detwiler, describes his summer as a deckhand on an educational cruise ship. He even wore 19th Century garb! (Read more...)
- Kent Anderson (MPPA 2011), economic development specialist in the city of Layton, Utah, is quoted in the Standard-Examiner. In the article, he discusses an anticipated increase in employment in his Utah hometown.
- PPA Professor Rob Wassmer and PPA Alumnus Ryan Ong (MPPA 2013) placed an opinion in the Sacramento News and Review about the new King's Arena.
- PPA Alumna Keri Thomas (MPPA 2006) is featured in the Summer 2013 edition of Sac State Magazine for her work as regional director of community and government relations for Sutter Health.
- MSULD student, Andrea Howard, pictured in the Sacramento Bee on Friday, August 9, 2013. The article is entitled Wave of New El Dorado Development Projects Fuels Fight with Slow-Growth Advocates.
- Please join us on Tuesday, September 3 for the annual PPA Pizza Picnic!
- PPA Professors Su Jin Jez and Rob Wassmer just published an article on “The Impact of Learning Time on Academic Achievement” in Education and Urban Society.
- Alumnus Scott Anderson, since 2003, has served as Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches, which carries out a program of legislative advocacy and continuing education for its 16 member Christian denominations. (Read more...)
- Yolo County benefits from partnership with Sac State's MPPA program.
- Alumna Kolleen Ostgaard has been appointed Interim Dean of Student Support Services at American River College. Well done! (Read more...)
- MPPA Student Lauren Suedkamp has been awarded the League of Women Voters 2013 Anne Rudin scholarship. Congratulations, Lauren!! (Read more...)
- Michael P. Spears, MPPA 1993. Colonel Michael Spears, U.S. Army was selected to attend the U.S. Air Force Air War College starting July 2013 and graduating in May 2014. (Read more... )
- Alumna Lindsay Brown works at the Alameda County Healthy Homes Department, focusing on the environmental determinants of health. (Read more... )
- Rob Wassmer, PPA Chairperson and Professor, has been appointed to the Downtown Sacramento Partnership Residential Working Group assigned to examine ways of encouraging greater residential activity in the City's core.
- Colonial Michael Spears (MPPA 1993) is currently serving as an Inspector General for Intelligence Oversight, in the Office of the Secretary of the Army. He was recently confirmed by the Senate and promoted to Colonel (O-6) on 1 March 2013.
- MPPA students presented their research findings to Yolo County April 18, 2013, under the supervision of Professor Mary Kirlin.
- Alumnus Eric Guerra (MPPA 2007) and other members of the Hornets Politics and Policy Alumni Group participated in ASI's Civic Engagement Alumni Forum. http://vimeo.com/64345105
- Professor Su Jin Jez gave the keynote at the California Assoc of Private Postsecondary Schools 2013 Legislative Policy Conference on April 9.
- Professor Andrea Venezia spoke at the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders annual conference entitled, "Community College Readiness, Completion, and Success—on Whose Terms?" (see page 6)
- Professor Mary Kirlin is the course instructor for California State Association of Counties’ first Institute Fellows.
- Student Derrick Fessler was among those selected to attend the Annual CSU Research Symposium competition at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona May 10-11.
- Professor Andrea Venezia offers an insightful quote about the Long Beach College Promise Program in an article in the March 28th edition of EdSource; Promising signs, potential lessons from Long Beach College Promise.
- Alumnus Scott Vince has co-authored an article based on his PPA master's thesis. "Fostering Learning through Collaboration: Knowledge Acquisition and Belief Change in Marine Aquaculture Partnerships" was published online in the top-ranked Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, March 18, 2013.
- In January Professor Mary Kirlin presented the findings from the IHELP study “On Balance: Lessons in Effective Coordination from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges – An Organizational Perspective” to the Washington Board for Community and Technical Colleges, the equivalent of the Community College Board of Trustees. She co-authored the report with Nancy Shulock for the Gates Foundation.
- Professor Su Jin Jez had a guest spot on KTLK's Speak and Be Heard radio show talking where lottery money goes. (Fast-forward to 1:01:40.)
- Alumna Ly Lac and Dean Ted Lascher had their article, "The Impact of Direct Democracy on Governance: A Replication and Extension", published in the California Journal of Politics & Policy in January.
- Alumna Christina Kersey has an article forthcoming in Policy Matters Journal, the student run journal of the Goldman School at Berkeley. The article draws from her master’s thesis and explores the reason why the state moved away from tuition free education in the CSU system.
- Adjunct David Booher, and co-writer Judith Innes, are cited extensively in the article Deliberation and Decision in Collaborative Governance: A Simulation of Approaches to Mitigate Power Imbalance in the Journal of Public Policy Research and Theory. Dr. Booher is also a policy consultant with the Center for Collaborative Policy.
- Alumnus Sam Shelton was hired by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) as an Associate Planner.
- Alumnus Tyler Johnstone featured in Sacramento Bee article about "flipped" teaching.
- Alumnus Andrew Sturmfels has been appointed senior permit assistance specialist at the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz).
- PPA student Angela Marin was hired by the State Water Board as a Legislative Analyst.
- Alumna Erin Riches will leave her current position at the Senate Office of Research at the end of the year to become a Principal Consultant for the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee.
- PPA/Gerontology Special Major Yovana Gojnic was recently featured in an article about the Eskaton/CSUS Student Living and Learning Experience. Yovana's journal excerpts are here.
- Alumni Josh Rosa, Maya Wallace and Devin Lavelle were interviewed by Sacramento Current about the Alumni luncheon, "What's Possible: New Ideas for our Fiscal Path Forward"
- Professor Shulock gave an update of ongoing IHELP research on career technical education policy at a Capitol briefing.
- Professor Mary Kirlin and Alumni Colleen Moore, Kevin McCarty, and Christopher Cabaldon participated in a GASPPA sponsored Voter Forum of selected ballot initiatives November 1, 2012.
- PT Facultymember Roberts moderated a session called "Downtown Revitalization for Almost Free" at the American Planning Association California Conference in October.
- Adjunct Booher discussed "Introduction to Collaborative Rationality in Practice with Examples from California" at the Association of European Schools of Planning Conference at the University of Groningen in Holland in November.
- Professor Jez discussed “Redeeming For-Profit Colleges and Universities: How Public Policy Can Ensure Quality and Success” at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education in Las Vegas. Link to Use:
- Professor Wassmer discussed “An Overview and Analysis of State and Local Government Capital Expenditure Before and During the Great Recession” at the National Tax Assoc Conference in Providence, RI.
- Professor Wassmer published a co-authored op-ed piece in the Detroit News that recommended against a Michigan constitutional initiative to raise the legislative majority for a tax increase to two-thirds.
- Alumnus Chris Gardner hired by Sacramento Tree Foundation for habitat restoration project.
- Professor Wassmer was quoted in a Sept 16 front-page Sacramento Bee story on "Some Sacramento-area school bonds have long-term, pricey payments."
- Meet the 2012 entering PPA/ULD class.
- View Theses-Projects completed since fall 2011.
- Professor Nancy Shulock published the August Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Policy newsletter, featuring The Completion Arch.
- Adjunct Michael Semler recently published the op-ed piece, Viewpoints: Special funds Need more legislative oversight, in the Sacramento Bee.
- PPA 220A is now on Twitter! Follow @rwassme.
- Alumnus Erike Young earns national honor for his commitment to safety.
- After earning his PhD from Walden University this year, Alumnus Perry Gross published a version of his dissertation, Perspectives of Public Decision Making in Light of Collaboration: A Q Methodology Study.
- PPA Student Michael Billingsley sings about what he learned in PPA 207.
- Alumnus Kent G. Andersen hired as Economic Development Specialist in Layton, Utah.
- Alumnus Scott Vince co-authored a piece entitled Forward, Together: Better Schools Through Labor-Management Collaboration.
- PPA Professor, Su Jin Jez, is doing well after the birth of her first child on July 27, 2012.
- Alumna Noelle Mattock recently celebrated her 10th Anniversary at CH2M Hill as a Senior Governmental Affairs Representative.
- Alumnus Josh Rosa was appointed by Mayor Kevin Johnson to the Oversight Board of the Redevelopment Successor Agency of the County of Sacramento.
- Alumna Veronica Perez Olympic soccer referee.
- Alumnus Dan Scott, as Executive Director, oversaw another successful Sacramento Beer Week event.
- Professor Su Jin Jez and Alumnus Geoffrey Propheter co-author and publish paper, Whither Utility and Duty? A Case for Virtue in Community College Administration.
- PPA Lecturer, Peter Detwiler, published a book chapter and an article.
- Alumni Eric Chisholm and Andrew Sturmfels won the Cristy Jensen Distinguished Graduate Award for 2011-12.
- Alumnus Andrew Sturmfels won the SSIS Dean’s Graduate Student Award for 2011-12.
- Alumnus Andrew Sturmfels' piece based published in the the Sacramento Bee on May 20, 2012 was based on his thesis.
- MPPA thesis students present theses at Capitol. Click here to view handouts.
- PPA Professor and SSIS Dean, Charles Gossett, has accepted a position as Interim Provost for one year.
- Professor Nancy Shulock was keynote speaker at the CA Community Colleges Association for Occupational Education. She also briefed the California Collaborative on District Reform.
- Alumni President Rosa appointed to two League of California Cities’ Policy Committees.
- Alumna Baass hired by the California Senate Budget Committee.
- Alumnus Propheter writes about sales tax rebates in State Tax Notes.
- Alumnus Harper hired by the Legislative Analyst's Office.
- PPA student Ryan Roebuck was on CPR's Insight.
- Adjunct Detwiler received California State Association of Counties (CSAC) 2011 Distinguished Service Award CSAC. CSAC also recognized Alumni Hurst and Buss for quality work during 2011.
- Professor Shulock helped craft recommendations for the CA Community College Chancellor’s Task Force endorsed by the Board of Governors.
- Professor Jez talks about for-profit colleges and access at ASHE national conference.
- Professor Wassmer advises New England Legislators on business location incentives in Boston.
- Alumnus Iwasa hired as Sacramento State Police Chief and Director.
- Professor Lascher discusses the implications of research by Professors Jez and Wassmer on learning time for academic achievement in the Sacramento Bee.
- Meet the 2011 entering PPA/ULD class.
- Master's theses/projects completed since fall 2010.
- Professor Kirlin serves on WASC accreditation team.
- Alumni President Rosa discusses transportation and sustainable development.
- Professor Lascher co-editing journal issue on CA electorial reform.
- Professor Jez serves on WICHE’s technical review panel.
- Moore and Professor Shulock offer "A Sense of Direction" to community college students.
- Instructor Detwiler praised in the Sacramento Bee.
- Professor Wassmer offers advice to the California Debt Investment Advisor Council (alternate link).
- Record Number of PPA/ULD Grads at Spring Commencement.
- Alumnus Stern Receives SSIS Dean Gossett’s Graduate Student Award and Cristy Jensen PPA Distinguished PPA Grad Award.
- Professor Jez spends June at UTexas-Austin on Fellowship to Research Urban School Finance.
- Faculty Shulock Raises Concerns About Performance-based Funding.
- Alumnus Minnick Appointed to Steering Committee of the National Children’s Study.
- Professor Wassmer Publishes in Housing Policy Debate.
- PPA Faculty Featured in Sac State Alumni Magazine.
- Jud Admin Certificate graduate Setter appointed CEO of Tehama Superior Court.
- Alumni Wallace Selected for Sac City's Redistricting Committee.
- Professor Jez Examines the Role of For-Profit in College Completion at AEFP National Meeting.
- Professor Kirlin Considers Planning for Change in Higher Education at ASPA National Meeting.
- Professor Wassmer Comments on Community College Compensation in Sac Bee.
- Professor Shulock Analyzes Performance Incentives for College Completion.
- Professor Hodson Offers an Opinion on California Optimism for the Mercury News.
- Professor Kirlin to help Search for Democracy.
- Professor Shulock and Alumna Moore look for career tech potential in The Road Less Traveled.
- Adjunct Booher to speak at Harvard on Planning with Complexity.
- Student Cantrell appointed Acting Chief of the CA Fish and Game Water Branch.
- Professor Wassmer advises visiting Shanghai City Planners.
- Professor Shulock appointed to Student Success Task Force.
- Alumnus Rosa examines changes in federal housing programs.
- Alumnus Kosla appointed to Orinda Planning Commission.
- Adjunct Semler quoted in the SF Chronicle.
- Adjunct Detwiler on Restructuring CA Redevelopment.
- Professor Jez studies Latina/o student achievement.