Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Humphrey Alumni Named to Dean's Advisory Council

Three Humphrey alumni, Jay Kiedrowski (MA '71), Paul Stembler (MA '75), and Eric Anderson (MA '85), were recently named to the Humphrey School of Public Affairs Advisory Council at the University of Minnesota, including former State Department official and College of Liberal Arts alumnus, Thomas Nides, and Law School alumnus, Hubert "Skip" Humphrey.

The advisory council, made up of dozens of prominent people from the political, business and legal worlds, advises Dean Eric Schwartz on policies and programs.

Read the MinnPost article.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Dahlberg formally announces U.S. Senate campaign

Chris Dahlberg.jpgOn September 26, 2013, Chris Dahlberg (MA '98) formally kicked off his U.S. Senate campaign to challenge incumbent U.S. Senator Al Franken.

An excerpt from Politics Now article:

"Dahlberg is positioning himself as a candidate with crossover appeal who can win a statewide election. He stresses his track record of winning elections in the DFL stronghold of St. Louis County, which includes Duluth.

"We need to appeal to a wider range of voters," Dahlberg said in a statement announcing his candidacy. "Any credible Republican can get support in strong Republican districts, but what good does that do? We need a candidate who's not only a strong fiscal conservative, but one who has also proven an ability to appeal to Democrats and independents."

Philbrook named "Ambassador for Peace"

Bud_Philbrook.jpgBurnham "Bud" Philbrook (MA '79), Global Volunteers CEO and Co-founder, has been named "Ambassador for Peace" by the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT). Philbrook, an internationally recognized leader in public policy and engagement, earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, a Master of Arts with concentrations in international economic development and public administration from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Hamline University School of Law.

In accepting his award at the World Travel Market in London, Philbrook stated: "I am deeply honored to receive IIPT's prestigious Ambassador for Peace award. During the past 30 years, Global Volunteers has engaged over 30,000 volunteers serving in 32 countries on six continents. Each volunteer has served a local community, emphasizing the needs of children. I accept this award on behalf of all those volunteers, because they are the true ambassadors for peace."

Global Volunteers caught the attention of IIPT in 2012 for its St. Lucia Project - an ambitious development project to demonstrate the long-lasting benefit of short-term volunteers in partner communities. The St. Lucia Project pairs largely North American volunteers with local people on the Caribbean island to provide "essential services" to at-risk children and families to elevate the health, nutrition and educational attainment of young students - thereby helping to advance the nation's general IQ levels.

Philbrook is a former Deputy Under Secretary at the United States Department of Agriculture, where he was responsible for food security and agricultural trade issues. He is a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, and former Assistant Commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Philbrook was an administrative lawyer in Minnesota from 1983 until he closed his practice to lead the Global Volunteers staff full time in 1994. He initiated the concept of engaging private individuals from developed countries as short-term volunteers serving communities in developing countries. USA Today identified Global Volunteers as the "Granddaddy" of this movement.

Global Volunteers works in special consultative status with the United Nations and in partnership with U.N. agencies UNICEF and the World Food Programme to engage short-term volunteers on long-term projects to create, nurture and sustain the well-being of the world's children - so they can realize the full promise of their human potential.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Mendis authors new book

UPA Cover Front in JPEG.jpgPatrick Mendis (MA '84) has authored another book, Peaceful War. He is a distinguished senior fellow in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University. He is also an affiliate professor of public and international affairs as well as an adjunct professor of geography and geoinformation science.

Synopsis of his new book:

This book provides an epic analysis of the unfolding drama between the clashing forces of the Chinese dream and American destiny. Just as the American experiment evolved, Deng Xiaoping's China has been using "Hamiltonian means to Jeffersonian ends" and borrowed the founding idea of the American Dream as a model for China's "peaceful rise." With a possible "fiscal cliff" in America and a "social cliff" in China, the author revisits the history of Sino-American relations to explore the prospects for a return to the long-forgotten Beijing-Washington love affair. The real question is: will China ultimately evolve into a democratic nation by rewriting the American Dream in Chinese characters, and how might this transpire?

Visit Patrick's website.

Humpage joins Mathematica Policy Research

SHumpage.jpgSarah Humpage (MPP '04) recently began working as a researcher at Mathematica Policy Research in Washington, D.C., after completing her Ph.D. in Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. Mathematica is a research firm with over 1,000 employees in offices in 6 cities around the U.S.

Sarah began researching education in developing countries while working with her Humphrey adviser, Ed Schuh. She continued that work with her adviser in Applied Economics, Paul Glewwe, and will now continue that work with Mathematica's new Center for International Policy Research and Evaluation.

Connect with Sarah via email.

Slawik wins mayoral race in Maplewood, MN

Nora Slawik.jpgFormer Minnesota legislator and Humphrey alumna, Nora Slawik (MPA '05), won the mayoral race in Maplewood, MN on November 5.

Slawik won about 67 percent of the vote Tuesday night with all precincts reporting. Her opponent, Diana Longrie, garnered about 32 percent, according to unofficial results.

"I am humbled and I am honored, and I am looking forward to working hard for the citizens of Maplewood and moving us toward a positive path," Slawik said.

Read the full article.

Patterson joins CPED

image001.jpgKylie Patterson (MPP '11) recently started working at Community Planning and Economic Development as an employment and training employee. Her most recent work experience was with the City of Minneapolis' STEP-UP program working as an intern on a variety of youth projects.

In addition to her master's of Public Policy degree, Kylie holds a Public Policy and International Affairs Certificate from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International affairs as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and African American Studies from Temple University.

Kylie grew up in Bushkill, PA; however she has lived in multiple cities including San Diego, CA, Bangor, ME, Washington, DC, Silver Spring, MD and now Minneapolis, MN. Kylie's career spans work in both the policy and workforce development fields. She has worked for the Council of State Governments, the Pew Charitable Trusts, HIRED and EMERGE Community Development.

Connect with Kylie on LinkedIn.


Monday, November 11, 2013

Wu contributes to the Huffington Post

Brandon Wu.jpgBrandon Wu (MPP '10) recently contributed to the Huffington Post with an article titled "Fighting for the Soul of Climate Finance". Brandon is is a senior policy analyst at ActionAid USA. He leads AAUSA's work on international climate change policy, particularly the need for climate finance to help developing countries adapt to the impacts of climate change. He also works on tax justice issues.

"As UN climate talks kick off in Poland this week, arguments about money are likely to take center stage. That's nothing new, as the annual conference enters its nineteenth year. But this year's twist to a familiar tale -- concerns about a lack of money to assist developing countries in dealing with the climate crisis -- is a strategic shift by rich countries to a more fundamental, and troublesome, debate about what even counts as 'climate finance'."

Read the full article.

Breitbarth welcomes baby boy

James.jpgOn July 10, 2013, James Timothy Breitbarth was born to Tim (MPP '03) and his wife. He weighed 7 pounds 8 ounces and was 20.25 inches long at birth. Tim is a business operations specialist at Millennium Challenge Corporation. The family lives in Washington, DC.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Lundquist passes away after battle with ovarian cancer

Rhonda Lundquist (MA '86), of Falcon Heights, died at home on Oct. 23 from ovarian cancer. She was 54. Rhonda and her partner of 16 years, Ann DeGroot, were the first same-sex couple to apply for a Ramsey County marriage license. On Aug. 1, the day hundreds of MN gay couples celebrated their legal marriages, they received news that Rhonda's cancer had spread to her brain. On Aug. 4th, Rhonda and Ann were married in a private ceremony surrounded by family and friends.

Originally from St. Cloud, Rhonda took action to address social needs, from affordable housing to domestic violence. She worked at TASKS Unlimited, the MN Housing Finance Agency, the MN AIDS Project and as an independent grant writer. She graduated from Hamline University and received a Master's in Public Policy from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota and a Master's of Fine Arts in Poetry from Antioch University. Rhonda loved poetry, politics and a good conversation. Her life was full of people and good humor. She knew the value of a good story and indeed, she really was the funniest. Rhonda showed us how to live a full life with cancer, living for 8 years with a disease that was expected to end her life after 18 months. Rhonda is survived by her spouse, Ann, and son, Andy, and many close friends and family. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mabel Foss, who died Oct. 11; father, Raymond Foss, and brother, Roger. A celebration of Rhonda's life will be held on Sun., Nov. 3 at 1:30 P.M. at Prospect Park United Methodist Church, 22 Malcolm Ave. SE, Minneapolis. A reception in the church will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials welcomed to Prospect Park United Methodist Church or the MN Ovarian Cancer Alliance.

Read the full obituary.