Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Humphrey School All-class Reunion - Scholarships Due 9/1, Early Bird Reg Ends 9/15!

Make plans to join us for the second annual Humphrey School All-class Reunion and to "Celebrate the Common Good!"

Saturday, October 18, 2014
5 - 9 p.m.
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN

In the spirit of Humphrey, this event is designed to nourish the fire that originally brought you to the Humphrey School through thought, action, and conversation.

The evening will consist of a catered dinner, social time to reconnect with your classmates, and inspiring TED-style talks from your fellow Humphrey alumni on the theme of the 'common good'. Speakers will be announced in early September.

This year's Humphrey School All-class Reunion will also be held in conjunction with the University of Minnesota's Homecoming 2014 events. Be sure to plan for a weekend of fun activities with your fellow Humphrey alumni!

Alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of the School are all invited to attend!

Register today!
EARLY BIRD $50 (by midnight September 15)
(UMAA Members: $45)

REGISTRATION $70 (beginning on September 16)
(UMAA Members: $65)


A limited number of scholarships may be available to those who apply for support by September 1st. To apply, please fill out this form with a few sentences about why you would like to be considered for a discounted registration fee (unemployed, recent graduate, in transition, etc.). Scholarships will be in the amount of a discount for $20 off the registration fee (a total of $30 for registration will still need to be paid).

(not included in the reunion registration fee)

University of Minnesota Homecoming Football Game
8 a.m. - Ski-U-Mania
McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota, East Bank

11 a.m. - Kickoff
TCF Bank Stadium, University of Minnesota, East Bank

Purchase your football tickets by September 2 to sit in the "Humphrey" section - limited seats available!

Purchase Gopher Football tickets ONLY here.

Purchase Ski-U-Mania AND Gopher Football tickets with one purchase here.

Alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of the School are all invited to attend!

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Courtney Barrette, Alumni Relations Officer at barr0396@umn.edu or 612-625-2099.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Berke joins Minnesota Housing Partnership

This past May, Sarah Berke (MPP '10) joined the Minnesota Housing Partnership as the director of business strategy and community partnerships, where she leads organizational strategy to implement collaborative approaches to improve conditions of home and community.

Before joining MHP in 2014, she managed a portfolio of emerging social enterprises at the national Housing Partnership Network, and facilitated an initiative investing in innovative neighborhood stabilization practices. Earlier, she managed external relations at the Chicago Community Loan Fund.

Sarah was also nominated to join the Humphrey School Alumni Society Board in July.

Connect with Sarah on LinkedIn.

Oftelie lands position at IBM

Alexander Oftelie (MPP '05) recently joined IBM as a subject matter expert for their business analytics group.

Prior to joining IBM, Alex was with Gallup in Minneapolis, served as the DonorCast director of operations and analytics at Bentz Whaley Flessner, and also worked as an economist for the State of Minnesota.

He also serves as a director for the national alumni board of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association and is a member of the Humphrey School Alumni Society Board.

Connect with Alex on LinkedIn.

Lynch joins Fresh Energy

Sarah Lynch (MPP '01) returned to Minnesota in early June 2014 after nearly 14 years in Washington, D.C. working for the federal government. She has joined Fresh Energy, whose mission is to shape and drive realistic, visionary energy policies that benefit all. As Fresh Energy’s managing director, she oversees the organization’s policy initiatives and plays key roles in other activities.

Her previous work in D.C. was primarily at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Office. At EERE, Sarah’s leadership roles included serving as communications director, and as deputy director and chief operating officer for its crosscutting corporate Strategic Programs Office.

Connect with Sarah on LinkedIn.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Brown begins PhD at University of Minnesota

Jonathan Brown (MS-STEP '12) will be starting a PhD this fall in Quantitative Methods in Education, focusing on Statistics Education, in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota.  He will also simultaneously be a Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant.

Prior to beginning his PhD program, Jonathan was a research fellow with the Center for Science, Technology, and Public Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

2014 Diplomacy Fellows Program--deadline Aug 29

The application period for the 2014 Diplomacy Fellows Program is now open. The deadline to apply is Friday, August 29, 2014 at 11:59pm.

Read the description and apply at USAJobs.gov.

The Diplomacy Fellows Program (DFP) is designed to advance eligible candidates to the Foreign Service Oral Assessment for the competitive selection of entry level Foreign Service Officer Candidates. The DFP is open only to those who:

1. Have participated in one of the nine approved fellowship programs listed below;

2. Have successfully completed all fellowship program requirements within the period January 1, 2009 to July 31, 2014 and provide written evidence, on official program letterhead, from your program manager of the successful completion. The letter should include date (month and year) of program completion and;

3. Have successfully completed a master's degree program in a field relevant to the Foreign Service and provide evidence of such degree.

Crosby working in Nigeria

Brendan Crosby (MPA '14) is in Nigeria where he is currently working for the International Fertilizer Development Center on an agriculture subsidy project that utilizes technology to register eligible farmers. After the farmer registers, they can redeem a fertilizer subsidy which also gets captured digitally.

Brendan says, "It's a neat project and it seems to be working well!"

Listen to the Tech Tent story on BBC World Service about the project (skip to minute 11).

Originally published in Global Notes.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Rodgers and fellow alumni work to increase hiring of people with disabilities

Ken Rodgers (MPA ‘09),  who is an affirmative action officer at the Minnesota Department of Transportation, in conjunction with fellow Humphrey alumni, gained a huge victory for the disabled community with the signing of Executive Order 14-14 on the hiring of disabled people.

The executive order signed by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton directs state agencies to hire more disabled people to counteract the drastic decline seen recently. By the year 2018, the goal is to increase the employment of disabled people from the 3.2 percent in 2013 to 7 percent. There is a series of reforms in addition to the increased percentage within the executive order created to help those with disabilities have an easier time finding state jobs.

Read the Governor's executive order.

Read the StarTribune article.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Emanuele joins Federal Highway Administration

Andrew Emanuele (MURP ‘13) is now the community planner for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The FHWA is an organization within the U.S. Department of Transportation whose focus is on the support of state and local governments and how they design, construct, and maintain the highway system.

Previously, Andrew was the meetings director for the Minneapolis Boulevard Hotel where he oversaw functions and events throughout the entire property. He was in charge of overseeing everything from booking to the actual execution of the event.

Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn.

Rubenstein joins Forum for the Future

Georgia Rubenstein (MURP ‘13) is now the senior sustainability advisor at Forum for the Future based in their Brooklyn, NY office. Forum for the Future is a non-profit organization that works with businesses, governments, and other organizations to solve sustainability challenges all over the world.

Previously, Georgia was the senior manager for the sustainability program at Environmental Initiative. While there, Georgia was in charge of facilitating learning and resource-sharing about sustainability between Minnesota businesses, nonprofit organizations, state and local government, and academia. She also managed different events and forums as well as the Waste Reduction Collaborative.

Connect with Georgia on LinkedIn.

Smith presents on cochlear implants at international conference

Dr. Magteld Smith, former Humphrey School fellow, presented at the 13th International Conference on Cochlear Implants and other Implantable Auditory Technologies in Munich, Germany the week of June 18 – 21, 2014. She conducted a podium presentation and e-poster. She felt it was a great success! Magteld was the first deaf person in the conference’s history to present at the conference.

Read Magteld’s abstract in the original post published in Global Notes.

Humphrey School event in Beijing

On July 24, 2014, alumni, faculty, and students from the Humphrey School all gathered at the University of Minnesota’s China Center office in Beijing, China. The event was coordinated by the office director, Qu Wanling, along with the help of her staff.

Humphrey faculty members Jason Cao, Anu Ramaswami, and Jerry Zhao attended the event along with alumni Guo Yufang, Lu Xuan, Wang Biaoxia, Ma Liangwei, Gao Xiaoyan, Yang Dunanyi and Wang Haoping.

Current students in attendance were: Xu Man, Tong Kangkang, Andrew Fang, Julia Johnson, and Dana Boyer, along with former visiting scholar Sun Shiao.

Also joining the group were incoming fall 2014 students; Chen Jiajing, Zhou Lingran, and Quan Guangjun, along with incoming visiting scholar Chen Xinzhi.

Originally published in Global Notes.

Shakhmetova attends Astana Economic Forum

Dinara Shakhmetova (MPP ‘11) attended the Astana Economic Forum this past May 2014. The event discussed world issues from economic crisis to the environment and lasted a total of three days.

Dinara is currently working at the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Population of Kazakhstan as the chief expert for the Committee of Migration.

Connect with Dinara on LinkedIn.

Originally published in Global Notes.

Grimes retires from City of Golden Valley

Mark Grimes (MPlan ‘76) retired on August 1, 2014. Mark was the director of planning and development for the City of Golden Valley in Minnesota. As the planning and development director, Mark was responsible for all administrative planning. This included everything from updating the City’s General Land use Plan to administering zoning and platting codes. He also assisted with the redevelopment of other properties in the city.

Congratulations on your retirement, Mark!

Connect with Mark on LinkedIn.

Senn passes away

Andrew Senn (MURP ‘12) was pronounced deceased this past Monday, August 4, 2014.

The following information has been shared by Andrew’s family to be shared with his fellow Humphrey alumni and the School community:

Andrew’s parents, Mary and Howard, had known for awhile that Andrew was in a manic phase of his bipolar disorder. However, when they called authorities to try to intervene, they were told nothing could be done unless he posed an immediate threat to himself or others.  They had no idea it would end like this and never considered the possibility.  After being notified on July 24 that it might possibly have been Andrew who jumped from a bridge in Saint Paul, they immediately came to Minnesota and have been searching for him since. Andrew’s body was recovered Saturday, August  2 and identified Monday, August 4.

Andrew had recently reconnected with his Catholic background and a celebratory mass is being planned:

Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
Visitation one hour before; lunch after
Church of St. Joseph
1154 Seminole Avenue
West St. Paul, MN

Read the full obituary.

Andrew was a database technician for the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota (NAMI). Donations may be made in Andrew's name to NAMI at http://www.namihelps.org/

For more information, please read the article in the PioneerPress.

Ha joins ChildFund Korea

Kiwook Ha (MPP ‘14) is now the M&E specialist for ChildFund Korea. ChildFund Korea is an organization that promotes the well-being of children in hopes of creating brighter futures for them. There are 12 countries involved in ChildFund Korea’s programs around the world helping children in a total of 58 different countries. The organization has been helping children throughout Korea since 1948.

Originally published in Global Notes.

Knuth receives Public Leadership Award

Sherri with recent Humphrey graduate,
 Ify Onyiah (MPP '14), who introduced
Sherri at the Public Leadership Awards.
Sherri Knuth (MPA ‘08), policy and outreach manager for the League of Women Voters Minnesota, was recognized on June 25, 2014 for her efforts to promote citizen participation in the electoral process.

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs presented 2014 Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Awards to five individuals and organizations that have made critical contributions to the common good through leadership and service. This year’s awards coincided with a yearlong series of events sponsored by the Humphrey School and community partners to reflect on progress achieved and challenges ahead during the 50th anniversary year of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Eric Schwartz, dean of the Humphrey School, said that “Hubert Humphrey, our School’s namesake, worked tirelessly to ensure passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Our awardees honor his legacy, and we are thrilled and humbled by their work, and their willingness to accept our expression of appreciation.”

Recipients were honored at a gala dinner on Wednesday, June 25, at the McNamara Alumni Center. Proceeds from the event benefited a student scholarship initiative.

View a list of all recipients here.