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Day Three of ASPA’s National Conference Offers Career Events for Attendees

See today’s photo montage for coverage of yesterday’s events.

Las Vegas–Sunday opens with Public Service Career Sessions for those just starting a career in public service or looking to make a change. Topics for these sessions include:

Innovative Approaches to a Career in Public Service
10:45am–12:15pm
The paths to a career in public service are unlimited and by their nature, unique to each practitioner or member of the academic community. Attendees will hear different approaches to gaining practical experience and meaningful public sector participation to help address issues and gain a realistic picture about public sector work. Civic engagement and inclusion and internships will be presented as opportunities to fill perceived gaps in political science and civic education at the undergraduate level. Time will be provided to exchange comments with the presenters.

Presentations include “Engaged Millennials and the Value of Student Innovation” and “Filling the Gap in Undergraduate Education: A Government Internship Opportunity”
Presenters: Kelly Macatangay, Loren J. Pritchett, VCU; Brian Kunkel, Clark County, NV

Public Sector Careers: What You Should Know
1:45–3:00pm
A panel of Public Administrators and Academicians will discuss their academic training, their career paths and offer encouraging words to attendees. There will be ample time for questions and answers.

Presenters: James H. Svara, Professor, School of Public Affairs, Doctoral Program Director, Director, Center for Urban Innovation, Arizona State University; Cheryle A. Broom, King County Auditor, King County Washington; Donnell Scott, Director, EMPA Program, North Carolina Central University; Jose Luis Irizarry, 2010 – Present, ASPA?National Council Student Representative

The day also brings two other important conference events. The first is the Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Luncheon. This year’s speaker and recipient is Daniella Levine. Levine founded the Human Services Coalition (HSC) in 1996 to meet needs of families and communities through service, public education and advocacy. In 16 years, the organization has become a hub for innovation in health and human services and an incubator for new approaches to community and economic development. Major initiatives include the Prosperity Campaign, Civic Leadership Academy and Imagine Miami. Recognition has been received from U.S. Treasury, USDA, Government Accountability Office (GAO), Ford Foundation, the Greater Miami Chamber and Commission on Ethics. The organization employs 35 with a budget of over $2 million from a mix of public and private sources. Catalyst Miami is the new name and brand, with greater focus on improving performance of nonprofits so that they can increase their social impact.

Following that is the annual Elliot Richardson Lecture. Co-sponsored by ASPA and the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) the series was established to honor the memory of Elliot Richardson and the ideals of public service that he embodied. The 2012 Richardson Lecturer is Walter D. Broadnax, distinguished professor of public administration at the Maxwell School and Trustee Emeritus of Syracuse University will deliver this year’s lecture. A public policy expert, his stellar career includes serving as president of Clark Atlanta University, Dean of the School of Public Affairs at American University and professor of public policy and management in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Maryland, where he also directed the Bureau of Governmental Research. He was also a full-time faculty member at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government from 1981 to 987. From 1993–1996 he was the Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In prior years he held key positions in state government as president of the New York Civil Service Commission and as director of Children Youth and Adult Services for the State of Kansas. He also currently serves on the Advisory Board of Harvard University’s Taubman Center.

Sunday will close with the Founders’ Forum Fellows Critical Issues in Public Administration Exchange: A Series of Discussion Circles. This year marks the first year in which the Founders’ Forum Fellows will engage ASPA’s membership directly with their thoughts regarding contemporary issues in the field.

The Fellows Program’s objective is to increase student participation through the selection of Founders’ Forum Fellows. This year’s Fellows are:

Ilyana Albarran
Florida International University

Eric Boyer
George Washington University

Galia Cohen
University of Texas in Dallas

Erica D. Copeland
Syracuse University

Ryan Henderson
Virginia Commonwealth University

Kai-Jo Fu
Florida State University

Urayoan Jordan Salivia
University of Baltimore

Liana Kleeman
Virginia Commonwealth University

Rachel Krefetz Fyall
Indiana University-Bloomington

Chengcheng (Aviva) Liu
American University

Jason Nau
Brigham Young University

Nicole M. Rishel
Virginia Tech

Alexandru Roman
Florida Atlantic University

Laura Rothlisberger
Brigham Young University

Winfield Wilson
American University

Sunday’s Schedule-at-a-Glance
6:30am–5:00pm ASPA Registration
7:00–8:00am Section and Chapter Meetings
8:15–9:45am Sessions/Workshops
8:15–9:45am Section and Chapter Meetings
9:30am–5:00pm Exhibit Hall Open
10:45am–12:15pm Sessions/Workshops
10:45am–12:15pm SuperSession: Public Administration and Poverty Eradication Beyond 2015
10:45am–12:15pm Career Workshop Part 1
10:45am–3:15pm Student Doctoral Summit
12:15–1:45pm Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Award Luncheon
1:45–3:15pm Career Workshop Part 2
1:45–3:15pm Poster Authors Available in Exhibit Hall
1:45–3:15pm Sessions/Workshops
1:45–3:15pm SuperSession: Create Impact with a Social Media Action Plan
3:30–4:45pm Elliot Richardson Lecture
4:30–5:30pm Founders’ Forum Fellows Presentation
5:30–7:00pm American University Reception–All Invited

See today’s photo montage for coverage of yesterday’s events. See also the Student Conference Blog for our first posting and photos by 2012 Founders’ Forum Fellow Winfield Wilson of American University.

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