Friday, May 10, 2013

Glidden announces re-election campaign

Elizabeth Glidden.jpgMinneapolis City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden (MPA '02) recently kicked off her re-election campaign for City Council.

Elizabeth represents Ward 8 in south Minneapolis. Some of the issues facing the 8th Ward include transportation planning, reconstruction of I-35W, economic development on Lake Street, 38th Street, Chicago Avenue and Nicollet Avenue, property taxes, community building, crime and safety, and youth development.

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Photo courtesy of the City of Minneapolis.

Mendis selected as Alumnus of Distinction by U of M

Patrick Mendis.jpgPatrick Mendis (MA '84) has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Harvard International Review. The University of Minnesota has also selected Patrick for the Alumnus of Notable Achievement Award. He is a visiting scholar at the China Foreign Affairs University (of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) in Beijing in Spring 2013. He is a commissioner of the United States National Commission for UNESCO - an appointment by the Obama administration.

Read more about Patrick's appointment and selection as an Alumnus of Notable Achievenment in the Colombo Page, the Sri Lankan Internet Newspaper.

Hauer's review of special education featured in TC Daily Planet

Jody Hauer.jpgJody Hauer (MPlan '80) is principal evaluator for the Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor, which is a nonpartisan research office under the direction of the Legislature. Hauer was project manager for the Legislative Auditor's March 2013 evaluation report on special education which was recently featured in a Twin Cities Daily Planet article. Sarah Roberts Delacueva (MPP '05) and Jodi Munson Rodriguez assisted in the evaluation.

Prior to her current position, Hauer worked for two years as director of research for the State Auditor's Office. Before that, she worked for eight years as a research associate for the Citizens League, a private, nonprofit organization that conducts public policy research.

Read the Twin Cities Daily Planet article about the March 2013 evaluation report on special education.

Oftelie to oversee development operations at Hazelden Foundation

Alex Oftelie.jpgIn April 2013, Alexander Oftelie (MPP ' 03) joined Hazelden Foundation as the director of philanthropic advancement. In this role Alex will oversee development operations at Hazelden, including major and planned gifts, advancement services, prospect research, and philanthropic strategy.

Prior to joining Hazelden, Alex was the director of analytics for the philanthropic consulting firm Bentz Whaley Flessner from 2007 to 2013.

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