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Krystal Permanan, an alumna of the Executive MPA program, receives recognition by Caribbean National Weekly for her outstanding public service.

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Congratulations to Sebawit Bishu for being selected to receive the 2016 APPAM Equity & Inclusion Fellowship which was awarded on behalf of the APPAM Diversity Committee, Policy Council, and staff.

Each year NIGP recognizes individual and agency members who have achieved hallmark status in the eyes of their peers. This year our very own MPA Director received the 2016 NIGP Spirit Award.

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Dr. Can Chen’s policy report (the lead author) of “Financing Tools for Urban Redevelopment” has recently been posted on the Nebraska State Legislature’s website. The policy report provides valuable inputs for Nebraska’s Senates (Urban Affairs Committee) for considering new laws for authorizing innovative financing mechanisms/tools for urban economic development in Nebraska.

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** Congratulations to Cristina Rodriguez-Acosta for being nominated to be recognized at Commencement for her outstanding academic and personal achievements.

Jacksonville State University (JSU) recently hired its first Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX coordinator. Jai A. Ingraham, FIU MPA graduate, was selected for his experience in creating student diversity and inclusion initiatives.

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Congratulations to Sebawit on the acceptance of her article "A Systematic Review of the Gender Pay Gap and Factors That Predict It" in Administration and Society. This journal is consistently ranked among the top in our field, and this publication will undoubtedly have an impact on Sebawit's future job prospects.

Section for Women in Public Administration (SWPA) awarded Andrea Headley a 2016 Conference Assistance Scholarship to attend the ASPA Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington

Five FIU MPA students will compete in the “Policy Solutions Challenge.” This is a national competition where teams of students from leading schools of public policy and public administration around the country will find creative solutions to current policy challenges. This year’s policy challenge is “Youth Unemployment.”

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The Department of Public Administration would like to congratulate four of its MPA students for winning the award of Best Paper in the area of Policy Management in Seoul, Korea. Amaury Casadesus, Monica Fernandez, Michael Gregory, and Kebrina Maharaj took part in a week-long field trip to Seoul last spring as part of a PAD Contemporary Issues course focusing on public administration and management issues in Seoul, Korea. Their winning entry is titled “Cultural Policies of Seoul, Korea.”