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!

Maxwell affiliations with 2017 Sammies finalists:



Join Us in D.C. to Meet Maxwell’s Newest Alumni and Summer Students


Join us for an informal alumni meet up in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, July 13. Connect and network with Maxwell friends while welcoming recent graduates and summer students to D.C.!

Date & Location

Thursday, 7/13/2017

5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Sauf Haus Bier Hall & Garten
1216 18th Street, NW
(18th between M and Jefferson)
Second Floor Foosball Bar

Metro: Farragut North or Dupont Circle

Please Note: Sauf Haus is a 21 and older space. All guests and patrons must possess a valid government-issued photo ID.

Other Details

This event is free and open to Maxwell School alumni, their guests, students, and prospective students.  Light appetizers will be served; cash bar.

Register Now!



It’s Not Too Late to Register for This Week’s Albany Reception!


Please join the Maxwell School and Maxwell Alumni Association of the Capital District for an alumni reception.  Meet the newest group of Mandela Washington Fellows, visiting New York’s capital for the day; and connect with Maxwell alumni and friends in Albany.

Date & Location

Friday, 7/7/2017

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Albany Pump Station
19 Quackenbush Square
Albany, New York 12207

Other Details

This event is open to Maxwell School alumni, students, prospective students, and guests.

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar will be available.  RSVPs requested by Thursday, July 6 using the link below.

Register Now!



Celebrate Summer with the Maxwell Alumni Association of the Capital District!


Please join the Maxwell Albany alumni network for a summer barbeque.  Alumni, (including the newest members of the Maxwell network!), students, and prospective students are invited to attend.  Family and friends welcome!

Date & Location

Sunday,  6/4/2017
3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

The Home of Tim Maniccia
(please email the Maxwell Alumni Office for address)

Other Details

This event is open to Maxwell School alumni and their guests, in addition to students and prospective students.

Food and refreshments will be provided, but please feel welcome to bring a favorite beverage.

RSVPs requested by May 28 using the link below.
RSVPs available soon!


Join Us in Washington, D.C. for an Alumni Program and Reception on Thursday, April 20!



Maxwell School Dean David M. Van Slyke and the Maxwell Advisory Board invite you to a timely discussion of policy issues made prominent during the first three months of the Trump presidency, such as health care finance, tax reform, immigration, national security, and protectionism.

We will be joined at this event by expert analysts Ryan Streeter, director of domestic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, and Heidi Shierholz, a senior policy analyst at the Economic Policy Institute. Grant Reeher, director of Maxwell’s Campbell Public Affairs Institute, will moderate.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

5:30 p.m. Doors open
5:45 p.m. 
Reception follows

Westin Washington, D.C. City Center
Monticello Room
1400 M Street NW
Washington, D.C.
McPherson Square Metro

Event Details
This event is free and open to Maxwell School alumni, their guests, students, and prospective students.

Register Now

Contact Jessica Murray at 315.443.2660 or

More About the Participants


Heidi Shierholz is senior economist and director of policy at the Economic Policy Institute, heading the Perkins Project on Worker Rights and Wages and leading EPI’s efforts to advance a worker-centered policy agenda. From 2014 to 2017, she served as chief economist at the Obama Administration’s Department of Labor, helping to develop initiatives to boost workers’ rights, wages, and benefits; protect savings; and increase workplace safety.


Ryan Streeter is director of domestic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, where he oversees research in education, American citizenship, politics, public opinion, and social and cultural studies. He is former deputy chief of staff for policy for Indiana Governor Mike Pence and former special assistant for domestic policy to President George W. Bush. He was most recently executive director of the Center for Politics and Governance at the University of Texas at Austin.


Grant Reeher is professor of political science and director of the Alan K. Campbell Public Affairs Institute at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. His specialties are American politics, political theory, health-care policy, citizenship and democracy, and public engagement. Research interests include democratic processes and the dynamics of representation, social justice, health care politics and policy, and legislative behavior.

This program is sponsored in part by the Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business-Government Policy at the Maxwell School.


The Maxwell Gear Sale is Back! – Place Your Orders by April 2

Back by popular demand!

Support Maxwell’s Public Administration and International Relations student association through the PAIRA* semi-annual student-run Maxwell Gear Sale.

Visit the Gear Sale website to browse a variety of Maxwell-branded items – including t-shirts, sweatshirts, and more – and to place your order.  Orders will be accepted through Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST.  Delivery should be expected at the end of April 2017.

Shop the Maxwell Gear Sale on the SU Bookstore website:


Proceeds from this fundraiser will help support PAIRA student activities including networking events, professional development speakers, and more. Please direct any questions about the Gear Sale to

* Public Administration International Relations Association, or PAIRA, is the official graduate student organization representing PAIA graduate students at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

DC and NYC Alums: Join Us for Our Networking Receptions!


Maxwell’s spring 2017 graduate student networking trips are right around the corner! This year’s students are incredibly excited about these trips and can’t wait to engage with Washington, D.C.- and New York City-area alumni through site visits, coffee chats, and more.

We invite Maxwell alumni, guests, students, and prospective students to join us at next week’s networking receptions. Meet our current students and reconnect with fellow alumni while enjoying complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drink specials. More information and registration at the links below.

DC Networking Reception

Tuesday, March 14 ~ 5:30 p.m.
Clyde’s of Gallery Place


NYC Networking Reception

Thursday, March 16 ~ 6:00 p.m.
Jacy Doyle’s Pub & Restaurant


Questions? Contact the Maxwell Alumni Office at or (315) 443-2660.