CoLLe ge o f LI Ber AL Ar TS & SC IenCeS

A NEWSLETTER FROM THE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE

2009–2010 VOLUME THREE

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Letter from the Director: William Calzaretta Research Profile: Marco Tavanti

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What an Introductory Class Can Do: Lincoln Park Village a Service Success
In the spring quarter of 2008, a group of DePaul School of Public Service (SPS) students in MPS 500 Introduction to Public Service played a pivotal role in launching a pioneering nonprofit, Lincoln Park Village. Their final projects provided a framework to start the organization and created a partnership that continues today. The founders envisioned a service for older residents of the area that would enable them to remain in their own neighborhoods and homes, with activities, social supports and medical assistance as needed to contribute to a vital and secure future. As a final project for the class, professor J. Patrick Murphy assigned six students to work with the organization’s founders to develop a strategic plan for assessing the viability of the start-up. Founding executive director Dianne Campbell says, “The input from the students’ strategic plan was instrumental in the early formative stage of the organization.” Two SPS student groups created strategic plans that focused on the fledgling organization’s needs during its development and opening. Students Kim Christensen, Holly McDaniel and Anna Bibek wrote a marketing and development plan with a membership recruitment strategy. The other group of students, Deirdre Boone, Greg Roe and Kristin Dee, developed a service offerings plan. Both groups identified ideas and suggestions that were implemented at Lincoln Park Village. The marketing team’s final report made five major recommendations, all of which the Village adopted to bolster membership and public relations. Two

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Student Profile: Antwon Bailey

Lincoln Park Village members (above and below) volunteer and socialize at a variety of community activities and programs.

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Alumnus Response: Chris Bell

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The Weavers of Development Living and Learning across the Atlantic

suggestions by the services team became part of the bedrock of the organization: utilizing strategic partner professionals and a large volunteer base to provide services, and implementing careful evaluation of services by both members and providers. Both groups emphasized the need for focus groups and surveys before the Village opened. In a recent interview, board president Katherine Zartman commented that it was “interesting to reread the reports two years later and see how thoughtful and accurate the evaluations were. Many of the suggestions were followed and many of the concerns raised proved to be challenges, as predicted.” Lincoln Park Village began offering services in June 2009 and today has 150 members, more than 60 vetted service providers, and 80 volunteers. The organization provides its members and their families with well-being calls, access to experts on issues of aging, and help with daily living tasks. The Village also helps the residents maintain physical and mental fitness with a wide range of classes, events, tours, social events and volunteer opportunities. DePaul and Lincoln Park Village continue to cooperate and support one another; students serve as volunteers at the Village. Together Lincoln Park Village and DePaul are building a strong multi-generational community and the Village welcomes all of the SPS community to join in the efforts. For more information and to get involved visit the website at lincolnparkvillage.org or e-mail info@lincolnparkvillage.org.

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Students Leading Urban Progress Spring with the Hay Project

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ASPA Awards and Event Sustainability at DePaul PAA Inauguration Community Garden at Cabrini-Green

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LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR William Calzaretta
In my previous columns I discussed the systemic growth and logistics of the School of Public Service. During this year we completed faculty searches for full-time, tenure track positions in SPS—responding to the goal to strategically increase the capacity of the school. I am delighted to announce that SPS hired Rebecca Steffenson. Rebecca currently serves as visiting assistant professor with DePaul’s Department of Political Science, and though she officially starts in September, she will be teaching as an adjunct faculty member over the summer. Rebecca Steffenson’s career in academia has focused on political science, comparative politics, social science research methods and international studies. In addition to her work at DePaul, she has held teaching positions as the University of Glasgow and Northern Illinois University. Rebecca served as a research fellow at the Institute of Governance, Public Policy, and Social Research at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and as the Jean Monnet Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. She is the author of “Managing EU-US Relations: Actors, Institutions and the Transatlantic Policy Process” (2005, Manchester University Press UK/Macmillan US) and numerous articles and book chapters on the transatlantic marketplace. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow, an M.A. in comparative politics from University College Dublin, and a B.A. in political science from DePaul University. I congratulate Rebecca on her appointment. Her expertise complements that of the existing SPS faculty and will strengthen the school’s mission to educate interdisciplinary and global leaders. In April we were given the news that Professor Dean Eitel has decided to retire from DePaul as of June 11, 2010. Dean served SPS as assistant director and taught many courses for 12 years, after a long career with the federal government. Students, alumni, faculty and staff will miss his expertise, his collegiality, and his presence in the SPS office. We hope that he will remain n touch, and thank him for his years of service and dedication. As I enter into the final months of my tenure as interim director of the School of Public Service, I am pleased with what we accomplished during this academic year. Although I will be handing the reins of director back to Pat Murphy on September 1, I look forward to remaining on the SPS faculty. Thank you all for your support this year.

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Marco Tavanti

Research as Service
Do academic institutions have a social responsibility to the local and global community? And do public service programs have a responsibility to assist in the capacity development in organizations and institutions? Professor Marco Tavanti asks these questions in his research on academic social responsibility and through his teaching at the School of Public Service. For the past five years he has collaborated with Adamson University in Manila, Philippines, a fellow Vincentian institution, to work on participatory action research and urban poverty assessments and evaluations to measure the impact of policies and programs on impoverished communities. Tavanti suggests that research has the potential to empower communities while informing public policy decisions. “Research projects are usually done about communities, about organizations, about societies, and very few use a true participatory approach in which community leaders and local institutions are thoroughly involved in the process.” His work in Manila exemplifies how research can build capacity within organizational structures while fostering social justice, community growth and systemic change. When speaking about the research, Tavanti highlights the innate cooperative structure of the work. “The community owns the research data, they manage the data and they use the reports we compile to influence Filipino public policy.” Through research teams composed of SPS students, Adamson faculty and community leaders, Tavanti has been evaluating poverty reduction methods and social enterprises while building skills and capacity among impoverished communities in Manila. Research becomes an act of service by building capacity in communities, rather than simply examining and writing about them. Tavanti integrates his participatory research values into his teaching by leading an SPS study abroad class in research methods to Manila each December. Students learn applied methods like Participatory Poverty Assessment (PPA) and Appreciative Inquiry Approach (AIA) while helping local communities and organizational partners to become more effective. The class pairs DePaul students with Adamson researchers and Vincentian volunteers to work with local communities to gather data and implement the research findings, and compile reports. Tavanti’s engaged research is an example of how academics and universities can contribute to the development of impoverished and struggling communities, both locally and internationally, as well as the development of their own communities and institutions.

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Faculty Achievements
• Woods Bowman will present a paper titled “Are Nonprofits Part of the Social Economy and How It Matters” to the Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research in Canada in June. • David Ehrlich will present a paper titled “Innovative Finance for Energy and GHG Reduction Projects: A Review of the Alternatives” at a conference hosted by the European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprise (Euricse) this June in Trento, Italy. • Dean Eitel was recently appointed as the North American Regional Editor of the Public Management Review, an international journal (based in the UK) discussing the development of public management around the world. Dean also facilitated two strategic planning workshops, one for the Village of Riverside and another for the Fox River Trolley Association and Museum. He also served on the Tenneco Sons and Daughters Scholarship Program committee to help the company select individuals for competitive college scholarships. • J. Patrick Murphy presented a paper titled “The Future of Management Education: Values, Strengths & Practices,” on April 5 at the Pontifical Catholic University of Parana in Curitiba, Brazil and published an article, “Preparing a Global Workforce” in the April issue of the University’s magazine, Vida Academia. Also in Brazil, Murphy presented “Managing Higher Education: Moving Forward, Moving Backward, Moving At All?” at the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Florianopolis on April 30 and “Management Education: Values, Strengths & Practices” at the Federal University of Amazon in Manaus on April 9. • This summer many of our professors, alumni and students will present papers at the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) conference. In 2010, the biennial conference will be held in Istanbul, Turkey from July 7–10. – Woods Bowman will present “The Contribution of Corporation Law to Civil Society.” – David Ehrlich will present “The Third Sector’s Role in Strengthening Consumer-Led Social Responsibility.” – Ron Fernandes and Sandra Bykowski ’09 will present a paper “Small Water Projects Can Do Big Things: Watershed Management in India.” – J. Patrick Murphy, Victor Meyer Jr. and Lucilaine Pascucci will present “Strategies in Brazilian Nonprofit Hospitals: Convergence of Social Mission and Sustainability.” – Tamara Nezhina will present two papers, “Social Entrepreneurship in America: Effects of Ideology and Economic Crisis” and “Women United: New Role for Women’s Organizations in Kazakhstan.” – Raphael Ogom and Lev Turner ’04 will present "Civil Society Organizations, Democratic Consolidation and a Culture of Suspicions in Sub-Saharan Africa: Which Way Forward?" – Marco Tavanti, Elizabeth Schuering (candidate ’10) and Simone Gourguechon (candidate ’11) will present “The Sustainable Food Movement: The Locavore, Slow Food, and Food First solutions to the Global Food Crisis.”

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Degree Candidate: Master of Public Administration

Student Achievements
Profile

Antwon Bailey
as coordinator of voter contact for all of the legislative races across the state. I served as an officer for the Tennessee Delegation to the Democratic National Convention in 2004 and I was on the convention floor when then State Senator Obama gave his memorable keynote address. In 2005, I declined a job offer on Capitol Hill as staff assistant for Congressman Bart Gordon (TN D-6th) because I wanted to focus my political work in one specific field. I have always been passionate about health care, so I took a job at a substance abuse treatment center. Within three years I was residential program director at the center, had earned a graduate certificate in health administration and planning from Tennessee State University, and had continued with campaign work, this time for the mayor of metropolitan Nashville. I realized that my return to government service was inevitable, and decided to pursue a master in public administration degree at DePaul. The commitment to service learning and international study I found at the School of Public Service compelled me to come to Chicago for the next step in my public service career.

Al Gore and I have some-thing in common: we are both from Tennessee. I was frustrated when Gore conceded the election in 2000. I felt like I was standing on the sidelines, and vowed never to feel that way again. Although I was active in student government and College Democrats of America during my undergraduate studies, when I was invited to Democratic Summer Academy (a week-long, political operative training camp at Vanderbilt University) I felt I was jumping into the ring. For the program finale, participants assembled campaign models that were judged by the sponsor Vice President Gore. Participants were then offered a variety of key political assignments. I chose to go to West Virginia to work on a congressional election, which was a wonderful experience even though the campaign lost. After this consuming experience, I moved back to Tennessee and continued my work in politics while finishing my bachelor’s degree at Middle Tennessee State University. I helped the governor of Tennessee with a statewide coordination operation, and did research and coordination for the Tennessee Democratic Party (TNDP). I was then hired by the “Wes Clark for President” campaign to manage the middle Tennessee voter contact efforts. After John Kerry clinched the de facto nomination, I won a promotion at TNDP

• This year the School of Public Service nominated ten outstanding candidates for the US Presidential Management Fellowship (in alphabetical order): Rose Boras, Chris Hines, Brian Jordan, Amber Laxton, Dan Morris, Emily Rolkowski, Carl Seid, La’Mondre Taylor, Anthony Tindall and Zack Waisanen. • Wilmar Molina is now a consultant with Fundación las Golondrinas, an organization working on conservation and environmental education in Colombia, after a successful internship with the foundation during the December 2009 intersession. • Incoming student Kathleen Van Tiem was invited by Senator Durbin to testify at the Senate Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government in April, 2010. • Rahel Williams received a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Scholarship for an intensive study of Swahili during the summer 2010.

Students, send us your recent milestones and achievements including awards, new initiatives and published works to share with the SPS community. Please e-mail submissions to sgourgue@depaul.edu.

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Chris Bell: Alumnus Response
On February 22, 2010 School of Public Service alumnus Chris Bell deployed as a member of a Relief Emergency Response Unit in Haiti with the American Red Cross. The magnitude 7 earthquake displaced more than 2 million people and caused more than 200,000 deaths. A disaster response professional at Booz Allen Hamilton, Chris participated on a voluntary mission to Haiti with the support of his employer. He was part of a five-person team that managed needs assessment and distribution of non-food items and shelter supplies such as sanitation kits, kitchen kits, tarpaulins, ropes, buckets and mosquito nets. Chris was not always an emergency response expert. He began working in the nonprofit world as a major gifts fundraiser with United Way in Chicago. He decided to re-focus his career on international disaster management and to obtain a graduate degree in the field. In 2001, he moved to major gifts fundraising with the American Red Cross (ARC)— a move that combined his professional expertise with the opportunity to learn about disaster and emergency response. In 2003, he enrolled at the School of Public Service as a candidate for the M.S. in international public service to prepare for his career shift. While at SPS, Chris counseled a small international nonprofit in partnerships with larger NGOs, such as CARE and Save the Children, to create children’s programs in Nicaragua, the Philippines, Uganda and Thailand. As his experience grew, he was quickly able to move into disaster operations at ARC and involved himself fully in emergency and disaster response. At the Red Cross he assisted in multiple emergency efforts, deploying to Hurricane Ike as a liaison to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and projects in South Africa and Panama. Graduated with distinction from SPS in 2005, Chris now works for Booz Allen Hamilton in the Washington D.C. area as an associate on the Disaster Preparedness Planning and Exercise Team. Though he goes out on special emergency missions such as to Haiti, his daily work includes leading teams of consultants in the design and execution of disaster exercises for Department of Homeland Security agencies such as FEMA, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG).
Alumnus Chris Bell worked as part of a Relief Emergency Response Unit with the American Red Cross. (above) An example of the damage caused by the January 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti. (below)

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Milestones
• Michella (Missy) McMaster ’06 was named senior social entrepreneurial fellow at the Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University in April, 2010. • Darcy A. Nendza ’05 took a new position as the executive director of the Illinois Music Educators Association starting April 2010. • Xiaojun Wu ’05, earned his MBA from Brandeis in 2007. Wu is currently a financial analyst at Injured Workers Pharmacy in the greater Boston area. He also is working with The Educational, Scientific and Cultural Exchange LLC (TESC) on international educational exchange focused on China.

• Debra Bachman-Zablouidil ’94 published an article titled “They Messed with Texas . . . and It Worked” in the Jan/Feb 2010 issue of Forum, the magazine of the Association Forum of Chicagoland. • Carie Anne Ergo ’04 began a new job as chief management officer for the City of Aurora, Illinois in December 2009. • Denise Lyons ’00 was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker for 2010 for her work on literacy and spearheading the South Carolina Day by Day Family Literacy Calendar.

Send us your milestones at spsaa@depaul.edu.

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Living and Learning across the Atlantic: Professor Joseph Schwieterman Reflects on Brussels
Understanding the global dimensions of economic and social problems is a prerequisite for a career in policy analysis. It is no longer enough to study policy problems only in a theoretical context before entering the job market. This reality is a key reason I teach a study abroad class called Understanding the Global Public Sector: Impact and Influence of the EU and NATO (MPS 575) at SPS. Held in Brussels, Belgium each spring quarter, the course focuses on policymaking in the European Union (EU). Students and professors alike explore the ways in which the legacy of conflict in Europe has fostered a spirit of trans-border cooperation and a commitment to political compromise to build a new era of unification. The city of Brussels serves as a focal point for European lobbying and policy advocacy, and students compare and reflect on its similarities with Washington, D.C. Most importantly, students learn how emerging political coalitions, international diplomacy and foreign relations influence the careers of civil servants across the Atlantic. The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe is the partner institution for this SPS study abroad. They graciously hosted meetings between EU officials and the SPS group, giving the students an opportunity to serve as “ambassadors” from the United States. To set the stage for these diplomatic interactions, the group traveled to the site of notorious trench warfare during World War I, where millions of Europeans lost their lives in conflict. Throughout the week, we enjoyed candid and free-flowing discussions with prestigious EU executives who talked about the many partnerships between nations that were at war so many times in the past.

The 2010 Brussels study abroad group visiting historic World War I trenches at Vimy Ridge.

Along with this forward-thinking policymaking, we also experienced the Europeans’ legendary penchant for talking about problems for seemingly endless periods before taking action. Participant Kendra D. Spearman (candidate 2011) commented, “My experience in Brussels was breathtaking. I gained an assortment of perspectives that have increased my understanding of the European Union and am now better able to integrate domestic and foreign policies to think critically about pressing issues in the United States.”

The Weavers of Development: A Chiapas Study
The mountain air is cool and strings of brightly colored papel picado banners drape the churches and plazas. Cobbled streets and colonial buildings give San Cristóbal de las Casas a romantic air that attracts people from all corners of the globe. The thousands of tourists who stroll along these avenues and through narrow shops filled with amber and textiles may not realize that this beautiful town is an epicenter for a changing pattern of development and globalization. Although we enjoyed the ambience, our 20-person Sustainable Development class (MPS 511) was there to look past the main avenues, into the complex pattern that is being woven by the many threads of development in Chiapas: indigenous communities, government, armed resistance groups, a mestizo demographic (the majority of the Mexican population), non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations and ultimately the mechanisms of capitalism that weave them all together. Mexico, like many developing countries, struggles to grow and provide human rights and civil liberties for its citizens while keeping up with the globalized world system. In Chiapas, marginalized populations (the impoverished and indigenous people) and their civil society representatives work tirelessly to fend off oppression and integrate themselves into the growth of Mexico and the world-wide economy. These threads of consciousness and empowerment in the community are catalysts for creating a sustainable development process. The fabric of society is slowly changing to accommodate the voices and needs of the impoverished and vulnerable populations as they mobilize and become part of the democratic process. The process of sustainable and progressive change is extraordinary and difficult. Disparities and divergent world views create an environment that is susceptible to conflict. A clear example is the difference between two of the groups we met with on the trip, the Zapatistas and Las Abejas. Both organizations are asking for human and indigenous rights to be considered in the development process of Mexico and the world; but they are doing so in very different ways. The Zapatistas reject the authority of the government and have taken up arms to make their opinions heard while the Las Abejas organization promotes a mission founded on pacifism and dialogue with the state government. When internal ideologies and approaches to change differ, the delicate thread holding a society together has the potential to unravel. These varying interests and actors, like the colorful threads woven into one fabric, are each vital in the process of development in Chiapas and the global community.

Authors: Amanda Fleetwood, Simone Gourguechon and Eric Stern Degree Candidates: M.S. International Public Service

A local woman weaving in the town of Zinacatan in the state of Chiapas. (above) SPS student Eric Stern learns about indigenous Mayan medicine from a representative of Las Abejas in Chenalho, Chiapas. (below)

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Students Leading Urban Progress
“Few aspects of my job are more gratifying than getting high school students excited about studying their neighborhoods,” notes Lauren Fischer, program manager at the Chaddick Institute. SPS graduate students working with Chaddick offer the Students Leading Urban Progress program. Now in its fifth year, the program exposes high school students to cutting-edge urban planning and metropolitan development techniques. This year, the program partner school was ACE Technical Charter High School, located in Chicago’s Washington Park neighborhood. “Graduate students at SPS are perfect mentors for the students. The kids learn a great deal from them during in-class activities, site visits and field research,” reports SPS student Steven Field, who helps run the program. This year’s program gives students from lower-income households the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with prominent leaders from government and central city institutions, including the Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Architecture Foundation, and Active Transportation Alliance. “A trip to the Near South Side seemed a particular highlight for the students,” Field says. “They were fascinated by Alderwoman Pat Dowell’s talk describing the innovative Bronzeville-IIT CTA Green Line station.” No urban planning class in Chicago would be complete without trips to some of the city’s most diverse neighborhoods, so the group traveled by bus and train to South Chicago, Uptown and Pilsen to see the benefits of community participation and economic development. The 2010 program concluded in May with a luncheon at SPS, where the high school students presented their reflections and what they learned during the program. The Chaddick Institute thanks the SPS community, especially students Amy Creyer, Brian Izzo, Joan Pinnell and Kendra Spearman, for their assistance with the program. “It has been a remarkable partnership,” Field concludes. Students interested in finding out about upcoming Chaddick events and opportunities should e-mail chaddick@depaul.edu or visit the Web page las.depaul.edu/chaddick.

On a neighborhood tour, SPS student Joan Pinnell leads the group. (above) SPS student Andrew Pizzano talks with the high school students about urban planning through the Students Leading Urban Progress program. (below)

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Vincent on Leadership:

The Hay Project Updates
Spring was an exciting time for The Hay Project. Project staff began a partnership with the Ignatian Spirituality Project called Transformational Leadership with the Homeless Initiative. The initiative team trained fourteen DePaul faculty and staff to lead spirituality and addiction-recovery help groups for homeless people in Chicago. Facilitators guide weekly sessions in three Chicago homeless shelters: St. Martin’s, Sister House, and The Lincoln Park Community Shelter. A grant from the Vincentian Endowment Fund in honor of the 350th anniversary of the deaths of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac made this initiative possible. On May 12, the Hay Project and the Student Leadership Institute welcomed Caryn Bryant, human resources executive team leader at Target Corporation, as the culminating speaker for the Inspiring Voices: DePaul’s Leadership Legacy in Action series. The 2009–2010 series has ended, but you can review information on Caryn’s presentation and other Inspiring Voices speakers on the website: leadership.depaul.edu or on the Facebook Fan Page—Vincent on Leadership: The Hay Project. The Meet. Learn. Lead. Leadership development workshops for 2009–2010 concluded on May 3 with a workshop for School of Public Service students about socially responsible leadership. This workshop series promotes and explores concepts of servant leadership and self-leadership. Graduate Assistants Jenny Mohan and Mandy Sharp will finish their work with The Hay Project at the end of spring quarter. Thanks to Jenny and Mandy for their hard work; we wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.

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Sustainability at SPS and DePaul
The SPS community is at the head of the movement to make DePaul University sustainable. Many SPS students and professors are active participants in the school-wide efforts to integrate sustainable practices into the university’s operations. The SPS initiative is led by professor Marco Tavanti, a member of the University Sustainability Initiative Taskforce Committee. SPS hosted “Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility: A Fashion or a Global Trend” with Nikos Avlonas, co-founder and managing director of Centre on Sustainability and Excellence on March 31. DePaul University celebrated Earth Week from April 19 through April 26 with a host of lectures, events and workshops. Please stay up-to-date on sustainability events through the SPS events calendar on the website, or see Marco for ways to participate in this school-wide initiative.

Public Service Abroad Colloquium: Brussels and Chiapas Professors and students gathered to reflect on public service in the international context and to share experiences from the most recent trips to Brussels, Belgium and Chiapas, Mexico. The second of its kind, the event was held on May 4 in the SPS Dublin Room with lively discussion and great stories. The colloquium will be held quarterly (tentatively October 5 for summer quarter study abroad) once groups have returned from their service adventures. It is a great way to learn about the SPS study abroad options and to share insights on global public service.

Goodbye and Thanks to Gloria Simo and Dean Eitel
On May 24 the School of Public Service gave thanks and goodbyes to professors Dean Eitel and Gloria Simo. The SPS community gathered to honor their many years of hard work at the school and their commitments to serve the greater good as teachers and public servants. The reception was held in the Dublin room at SPS and faculty, staff, students and alumni celebrated with kind words and a roast of each colleague. On behalf of the greater SPS community, many thanks to Gloria and Dean and good luck in your journies.

Professor Marco Tavanti leads discussion about study

ASPA Awards and Event The Greater Chicago Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) held its annual event at the School of Public Service on May 7. This year SPS professor Dean Eitel received the Faculty Member of the Year Award. Also, each year one student and one alumnus from each school earn an award. This year the DePaul University Outstanding Student Award went to Andrew Pizzano (candidate 2010) for his work in metropolitan planning and assistance at the Chaddick Institute. The DePaul Model Administrator Award for an alumni went to Dawn Melchiorre ’04, policy director at Voices for Illinois Children and an active advocate on issues of health and service for children and families.

Dinners on DePaul— Alumni in government and Public Service gather
The DePaul Alumni Association hosted a dinner to get to know alumni working in government and public service on April 28. Alumni and students were invited to the Lincoln Park Campus for an evening of presentations and networking. Alumni speakers included Will Davis, senior corporate relations officer, American Cancer Society, Illinois Division, Inc.; Peter N. Silvestri, Cook County commissioner and Elmwood Park village president; and Claudia Valenzuela, associate director of litigation, National Immigration Justice Center. Look out for future events related to public service and alumni on the SPS events calendar.

New PAA officers and members with SPS faculty and friends at the inaugural event.

Pi Alpha Alpha Inaugural Event On February 22, eleven SPS public administration and public policy students were inducted into the inaugural chapter of the Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA) honor society at DePaul University. PAA recognizes outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in public affairs and administration, requiring member applicants to hold a 3.7 GPA after completing 26 credit hours of their degree program. PAA is the national honor society of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). Professor and PAA member Gloria Simo conducted the official honor society oath, and bestowed the membership certificates, pins and banners to the SPS inaugural members. Professor Dean Eitel is the SPS chapter advisor and a new member of PAA. The inaugural members elected chapter officers at the event: Brian Jordan, president; Carl Seid, vice-president; and Andrew Pizzano, secretary- treasurer. We congratulate the new student members (in alphabetical order): Devin Bercaw, Jay Ciavarella, Tom Cook, Eric Eizinger, Alexandra Fiedler, Anthony Goldstein, Brian Jordan, Amber Laxton, Andrew Pizzano, Amanda Seibel and Carl Seid.

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Chicago Avenue Community garden at Cabrini-green
The Chaddick Institute Young Professionals (YP) group led a visit to the Chicago Avenue Community Garden at Cabrini-Green on April 28. The YP group explored the fascinating new phenomena of urban farming and the local food movements. The outing was an opportunity for students to learn and discuss how these trends relate to community development, rising transportation costs, access to fresh food and “food deserts,” global warming and use of vacant land. An insightful tour and presentation of the gardens and its operation was given by Laurel Sims, Youth and Community Gardens Coordinator with Growing Power, the local nonprofit that started the initiative.

Neighborhood youth learn gardening and confidence while working with Growing Power at the Chicago Avenue Community Garden. (left) Laurel Sims from Growing Power answers questions from the SPS students. (above)

Follow SPS on Facebook—Even without an Account If you have a Facebook account, be sure to join the School of Public Service group to stay informed about what SPS, Chaddick Institute, Hay Project, current students and alumni are doing. Don’t have a Facebook account? You can still view posted events and group activity by searching the Web for “DePaul School of Public Service Facebook” and click on the wall.

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