The Department of Public Administration and International Affairs (PAIA) in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs is proud to announce Janet St. Laurent ’78 MPA as the recipient of the 2015 Maxwell Public Administration Alumni Award. This honor is presented annually to an MPA alumnus who exemplifies the ideals of public service espoused by the school and department as articulated in the Athenian Oath. St. Laurent will receive the award at the annual Public Administration Convocation on June 26th and will lead the graduating class in the recitation of the Athenian Oath.
St. Laurent recently retired after a distinguished career at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, culminating in her position as the managing director of the defense capabilities and management team. Throughout her career St. Laurent managed and testified on GAO’s work related to defense issues including force structure, readiness, logistics, infrastructure, base closures, defense budgets, emerging threats, business transformation and military and civilian human capital issues. She also co-led GAO’s first two annual reports on duplication, overlap, and fragmentation that identified over 130 areas where opportunities existed for executive branch agencies or Congress to reduce fragmentation, overlap, or duplication; achieve cost savings; or enhance revenue. In addition, St. Laurent played a leadership role in improving staffing and recruitment at GAO and supporting the agency’s goal for a diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment.
From 2003-2006, St. Laurent served as director for force structure and defense planning in GAO’s Defense Capabilities and Management team. Her principal duties included leading GAO’s work on force structure, defense planning, strategic forces, and military transformation issues. Prior to August 2002, she served as an assistant director in the Defense Capabilities and Management team for 10 years. St. Laurent joined GAO’s Boston Regional Office in 1978 and also served in GAO’s offices in New York City and Frankfurt, Germany where she conducted numerous evaluations of foreign aid, defense, energy and social programs.
Through her years of service at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, St. Laurent epitomizes the ideals of citizenship and public service that are at the core of Maxwell’s mission. The recommendations that resulted from the work that St. Laurent directed led to vital improvements to defense operations and saved the government over $30 billion. Her leadership and accomplishments in the national defense area with significant contributions made to Congress and to the nation have not gone unnoticed. The Maxwell School and PAIA department are proud to honor Janet St. Laurent for her lifetime commitment to public service.
The Department of Public Administration and International Affairs (PAIA) in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs is proud to announce John P. Hutton ’79 MPA as the recipient of the 2014 Maxwell Public Administration Alumni Award. This honor is presented annually to an MPA alumnus who exemplifies the ideals of public service espoused by the school and department as articulated in the Athenian Oath. Hutton will receive the award at the annual Public Administration Convocation on June 27th and will lead the graduating class in the recitation of the Athenian Oath.
Hutton retired in December 2012 after a distinguished career at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, culminating in his appointment to the Senior Executive Service in 2005 and service as a director in GAO’s Acquisition and Sourcing Management team. Throughout his career Hutton’s work focused on critical issues facing the United States, including foreign relations and trade, taxation, national defense, and homeland security. His work was instrumental in identifying ways the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security could more effectively and efficiently manage billions of contracting dollars spent each year. Specifically, Hutton’s work helped to identify the contract management challenges faced by the Defense Department, State Department, and the U.S. Agency for International Development in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Hutton has testified before Congress more than a dozen times, helping to improve Congressional oversight. His unwavering adherence to fairness, accuracy, and honesty earned him the respect of members of Congress, as well as staff and agency officials alike. His accomplishments were widely recognized within GAO and he was awarded GAO’s Distinguished Service and Meritorious Service Awards.
Through his nearly 35 years of service at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, Hutton exemplified the ideals of citizenship and public service that are at the core of Maxwell’s mission. Throughout his more than three decades of public service he has also given his time generously to the Maxwell School, frequently speaking to classes and assisting faculty and students. Hutton’s life and work have been dedicated to transmitting “this City not only not less, but greater and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.” The Maxwell School and PAIA department are proud to honor John P. Hutton for his lifetime commitment to public service.
Each year the International Relations Program faculty and staff of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University identify several undergraduate senior majors to receive awards for their outstanding academic performance and special contributions to the undergraduate program. The recipients’ names have been entered on the award plaques hanging in the International Relations Program Resource Center, and each recipient received a personal plaque to keep as well as a cash award. The awards were presented on Wednesday, April 10th, at the annual awards banquet by Ambassador and Professor Emeritus Goodwin Cooke, former director of undergraduate studies in International Relations.
The Goodwin Cooke Award for Leadership in International Relations is given annually to a graduating student who has demonstrated leadership in activities of the International Relations Program. This award honors Ambassador and Professor-of-Practice Goodwin Cooke, who served for nearly three decades as Director of Undergraduate Studies in International Relations at Syracuse University, following a distinguished career as a US foreign service officer. With Ambassador Cooke’s guidance, the International Relations Program established the Syracuse University campus chapter of Sigma Iota Rho national honor society for international relations and began its annual participation of students in the National Model United Nations conference in New York. This year’s recipients of the Goodwin Cooke Award for Leadership in International Relations are Ivan Andreevich Bakin and Jennifer-Lee Nieves Álvarez.
The Harlan Cleveland Award for Excellence in International Policy Issues is given annually to a graduating student in International Relations for academic achievement and active and enthusiastic involvement in international policy issues which Harlan Cleveland’s career represented. Dr. Cleveland was Dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs and formerly US Assistant Secretary of State and US Ambassador to NATO. This year’s recipient of the Harlan Cleveland Award for Excellence in International Policy Issues is Kexin “Kitty” Zheng.
The Julian R. Friedman Award for Internationalism is given annually to a graduating student in International Relations for academic achievement, community involvement, and a commitment to the spirit of internationalism which Julian R. Friedman’s life represented. Dr. Friedman taught in the Political Science Department at the Maxwell School and was active with numerous human rights organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). This year’s recipients of the Julian R. Friedman Award for Internationalism are Chinenye Monde-Anumihe and Grace Choi.
The G. Matthew Bonham Scholar of the Year Award is given annually to a graduating senior in International Relations for academic excellence in International Relations and the difficulty of the curriculum chosen. This award is named in honor of Professor G. Matthew Bonham, Director of the International Relations Program from 1992 to 2008, who led the International Relations graduate program to be recognized as one of the top ten in the country and is a distinguished scholar in the field. This year’s recipient of the G. Matthew Bonham Scholar of the Year award is Juliann B. Merryman.
From left to right, this year’s recipients are: Kexin “Kitty” Zheng, Chinenye Monde-Anumihe, Ivan Andreevich Bakin, Jennifer-Lee Nieves Álvarez, Juliann B. Merryman, and Grace Choi. Congrats to the award winners!
On Saturday, May 18 the Maxwell DC Alumni Association will participate in Hands on DC Work-a-thon. Come join us!
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Join Maxwell DC alums as they participate in Hands on DC’s biggest event – the annual spring Work-A-Thon. During the Work-A-Thon, approximately 2,000 volunteers spend the day at one of about 30 DC public schools. Their work typically involves projects such as painting, cleaning, or landscaping. Other projects require greater skills and resources, such as repairing bathrooms, laying carpet, building tree boxes or wiring classrooms for Internet access.
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The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs’ Public Administration and International Affairs (PAIA) Department is proud to announce that Linda Lorraine (Hesselrode) Smith ’70 MPA has been selected to receive the prestigious 2013 Maxwell Public Administration Award. This honor is presented annually to an individual who exemplifies the ideals of public service espoused by the school and department as articulated in the Athenian Oath. Awardees demonstrate these principles through accomplishments in support of the public interest. Smith will receive the award at the annual Public Administration Convocation on June 28 and will lead the graduating class in the recitation of the Athenian Oath.
Smith retired in 2011 after a long career serving in Federal, state and local government, with experience also as a businesswoman and community volunteer. Most recently, she served as the Caucus Manager for the Republicans in the State House of Representatives in Hawaii. Previously she served as the Senior Policy Advisor to former Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle, playing a critical role in pushing forward bold new initiatives in the areas of public assistance, child protections, educational governance, interisland transportation, and openness and accountability in government.
In her eclectic career, Smith has grown a manufacturing company from $500K in annual sales to $8M; served as the director of finance for the City and County of Honolulu, overseeing $900M in annual expenditures; worked for the Naval Data Automation Command and set up a computerized facility to automate the repair and maintenance of the naval submarine fleet in the Pacific; acted as the Director of Administration for the President’s Office of Management and Budget, responsible for the day to day management of a staff of 570 analysts; and served as one of the first staffers on the newly formed House District Committee in the early 1970s, writing portions of the law that returned home rule to the citizens of Washington DC.
Smith graduated from Maxwell in 1970, shortly after the Kent State shootings and campus riots across the United States. At the same time, Maxwell professors like Guthrie Birkhead and Alan Campbell were inspiring students to change the dynamic between those who govern and the governed. The Maxwell School and PAIA department are proud to honor Smith for striving in her career to do just that.
The PAIA Department is pleased to announce that the Honorable James E. Graves has been selected as the 2013 MPA Convocation speaker. A JD ’80/MPA ’81 alum, Graves is a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Graves was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals by President Obama in early 2011. Previously, he served on the Mississippi Supreme Court for ten years. Graves has been honored with awards from numerous organizations including the Mississippi Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the National Conference of Black Lawyers and the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. He has also taught trial advocacy at Harvard Law School, and media law and civil rights law at Jackson State University and Tougaloo College.
The ceremony will take place on June 28, 2013 at 10am in Hendricks Chapel.
Alums – save the date to relive your memories and join the current Maxwell students as they receive their degrees. Stay tuned for more details about the event coming soon!
Olive Oil without Borders, a project by the Near East Foundation in partnership with Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, is a multi-year initiative to foster cross-border, grassroots economic cooperation and to build relationships of trust, mutual understanding, and shared financial interest among 2,000 Palestinians and Israelis in the olive oil industry. SU is a key partner in this groundbreaking project that creates opportunities and systemic change for economic cooperation between Palestinians and Israelis, according to a letter from NEF president Charles Benjamin. Other project partners include the Palestinian Center for Agricultural Research and Development (PCARD) in Nablus, West Bank and the Peres Center for Peace in Tel Aviv, Israel.
In its first year, the project has had a significant impact in the region. Hundreds of farmers, olive mill operators and distributors have participated; 400 tons of olive oil have been traded across borders among participants; and the first ever joint policy commission between the Palestinian and Israeli Olive Oil Council has been organized. These outcomes are consistent with NEF’s goal of helping to shape the way that policymakers view potential pathways for peace.
Catherine Gerard, director of Maxwell’s Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration, and Dr. Bruce Dayton, Associate Director of the Moynihan Institute, have been important advisors on this project, according to Benjamin, which is the first such collaboration between NEF and the Maxwell School. Benjamin said, “Their input has been critical to achieving what I see as a very high level of success – both for our institutions and for the road forward in areas of entrenched conflict. We are grateful for their contributions to the project.”
Gerard and Dayton are planning to visit the West Bank in March, and NEF also has the resources for a graduate student to spend time in the field. These visits are intended to take stock of the first year of project activities and to help strategize for the coming year, with an eye on achieving reconciliation through economic activities. NEF has also been shortlisted for a second multi-year grant for cross-border economic cooperation between Israel and Palestine, which would extend its work with agribusiness with a focus on the critical youth demographic of the area. The organization is also planning similar collaborations for Darfur and Mali.
For more information about the NEF’s olive oil campaign, visit their website.