Carissa Ralbovsky won the George A. Bell Award for exemplary achievement in budgeting and management in state government. Ralbovsky was recognized for her innovative leadership that led to the automation of budget instruction procedures. Ralbovsky is the budget supervisor for public safety and environment in the Maryland Department of Budget & Management. For more information about her recent achievement click here.
Pamela D. Caraccioli was named a 2017 Woman of Distinction, and elected as director-at-large of the New York State Economic Development Council (NYSEDC). Caraccioli was honored in a ceremony recognizing her leadership and dedication while working with Oswego Health. Her appointment as director-at-large with the NYSEDC affirms Caraccioli’s unparalleled expertise working alongside state and local economic development programs. Caraccioli is currently deputy to the SUNY Oswego president for external partnerships and economic development. More information about Caraccioli and her new position can be found here.
July and August are among the most exciting times of year at the Maxwell School. Having said farewell to the newest alumni of the School in May and June, Maxwell faculty and staff prepare during the summer to welcome the newest classes of students in the MPA, MA IR, and Executive MPA and MA IR programs.
Chris Omolino, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid in Maxwell’s Department of Public Administration and International Affairs, welcomed this year’s MPA and MA IR classes on the PAIA Admissions blog. Read more about this year’s accomplished cohorts at the links below.
We hope you enjoy reliving your time at Maxwell through these great posts. Join us in welcoming our newest students to Maxwell!
Jessica Murray, Director of Alumni Relations
Kelli Young, Director of Career Development
Laura McArdle, Assistant Director of Career Development
Lauren Meyer, Career Development Office and Recruiting Coordinator
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.
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.
Since 2008, Martin Sweeney has been the historian for the town and village of Homer, New York. As a recent article in the Cortland Standard explains, Sweeney brings his lifelong passion for history to his role as village and town historian. His goal is to make history come alive for residents of the Central New York community. “We’re such a socially mobile society that people have no idea [about local history]; they can say, ‘Hey I’ve lived here and raised my kids for the past six years, I had no idea Homer had a connection to Abraham Lincoln. It is my job to tell them.” To achieve this, Sweeney draws from his long and dedicated career as an educator. During his tenure as a junior high school social studies teacher in the Homer School District, Sweeney would frequently get into character, dress in era-specific costume, and play music from certain time periods to illustrate to his students that history is never as far away as it may seem. He brings this same dedication for educating people to his role as village historian. Currently, Sweeney is engaged in a project aimed at establishing a monument in Homer’s town hall, which would commemorate three men who played an integral role in Lincoln’s life.
More information about Martin Sweeney and his career can be found in the aforementioned Cortland Standard article.