Eric Persons ’14 MPA/IR appointed as vice president for institutional advancement at Cazenovia College

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Eric Persons has been appointed as vice president for institutional advancement at Cazenovia College in central New York. In his new role, Persons will be responsible for leading Cazenovia College’s Fundraising Office, overseeing the college’s fundraising efforts. He will also supervise the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations and participate in key college administrative events associated with external affairs. Previously, Persons worked at Syracuse University, where he began his career with the university as the director of community engagement and economic development, then as director of administration and engagement, and finally as associate vice president of government and community relations. More information about Persons and his new position can be found here.

Shana Udvardy ’90 BA (IR) has articled published on the importance of confirming new FEMA administrator

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Shana Udvardy’s article, “5 Reasons Why Congress Should Immediately Greenlight the Nation’s Natural Disaster Responder-in-Chief,” was published in June of 2017. In the article, Udvardy draws from her expertise as a climate preparedness specialist with the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She posits that Congress should waste no time confirming the newly appointed Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator, Brock Long. It appears Udvardy’s plea to Congress paid off: In late June of 2017, shortly after Udvardy’s article was published, Brock was confirmed as FEMA’s next administrator by the U.S. Senate with an overwhelming majority. More information about Udvardy and her article can be found here.

Yoshina Hurgobin ’09 MPA/’11 MA (Hist)/’16 PhD (Hist) now assistant professor at Kennesaw State University

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Yoshina Hurgobin is now an assistant professor of South Asian history in the Department of History and Philosophy at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Before her position at Kennesaw State, Hurgobin was a postdoctoral fellow at the Indian Ocean World Centre, at McGill University. Her research looks at questions of labor migration, citizenship, rights, and nationalism in the diaspora of South Asia. Her work has appeared in the journal International Labor Working-Class History and in the edited volume Histories of Medicine and Healing in The Indian Ocean World. She is currently working on a book project that examines the connections between Indian immigrant workers’ struggles for rights, their claims to citizenship, and the process of nation-making in colonial Mauritius.

Christian Lee ’08 MPA begins tenure as Coast Guard Fellow on U.S. Senate Committee

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U.S. Coast Guard Commander Christian Lee began his most recent assignment: as a Coast Guard Fellow on the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security. Commander Lee’s selection as a U.S. Coast Guard Fellow comes after his recent graduation from the National War College in Washington, D.C., where he earned his M.S. degree in National Security Strategy. This is not Lee’s first assignment with the U.S. Coast Guard. In a previous position, Lee served as commander of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Richard Etheridge, a 154-foot cutter ship, and its crew of 24.

 

 

Voting is Open for the 2017 Service to America Medals People’s Choice Award!

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Voting is open for the 2017 Service to America Medals People’s Choice Award!

Visit the People’s Choice Award page to review the profiles and accomplishments of the outstanding federal employees comprising this year’s finalists.  Then, cast your vote(s) – up to once a day – for your top pick(s) who you think has made the most admirable contribution to our country.

For more information on the Sammies People’s Choice Award, including details regarding this year’s voting process and timetables, visit the 2017 Service to America Medals People’s Choice Award page.

The Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, or Sammies, highlight excellence in the federal workforce.  Known as the Oscars of public service, the Sammies are a highly respected honor with a rigorous selection process.  Learn more about the Sammies by visiting the Partnership for Public Service’s website.


 

If you are, or know of, a Maxwell alumnus who has been recognized as a finalist this year, let us know by commenting on this post so we can celebrate this achievement!

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Thomas Caruso ’14 JD/MPA receives Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal

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Thomas Caruso has been awarded the prestigious Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for receiving two honors. First, he was named the Region Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic Legal Assistance Attorney of the year for 2015. Second, he was selected as the Junior Officer of the Year in 2016 for his service with the Navy Regional Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia–where he serves as counsel in legal assistance for the trial department. In addition, Caruso is a first tour judge advocate and has held a number of positions in the command, including legal assistance attorney, defense attorney, staff judge advocate, and trial counsel. To top it off, he has volunteered countless hours toward several veterans’ law projects, including one he recently established in association with the ABA Pro Bono project “Lawyers for Warriors,” a program which recruits, trains and matches local attorneys with veterans in need of legal assistance.

Carol Dwyer ’99 MA (PA) appointed director of mayoral initiatives for City of Syracuse

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Carol Dwyer has been appointed director of mayoral initiatives by Syracuse mayor Stephanie A. Miner. This is not the first time Dwyer has taken on the role of director: for over 19 years, she has served as the director of the Community Benchmarks Program at the Maxwell School–a program that received the Chancellors Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship in 2007. In addition, Dwyer has received many other awards, including the award for Meritorious Community Service by Thursday Morning Roundtable in 1996, and the Levi L. Smith Civic Education Award from the Onondaga Citizens League in 2014.

More information about Dwyer’s new appointment as director of mayoral initiative can be found here.