Kathryn Stam ’99 PhD (SSc) named woman of the year

StamKathryn Stam was named “Woman of the Year” by the Mohawk Valley Chapter of New York State Women, Inc. Stam is a professor of anthropology at SUNY Polytechnic Institute. Her research interests include cultural anthropology, information design and technology, information security and information professions, anthropology of work, communication, refugee studies, and Thai studies. For more information see this news story.

Mahboob Khawaja ’81 MA (PSc)/’00 PhD (SSc) writes book on peace and security issues

978-3-659-58644-6-frontMahboob Khawaja  wrote the book Global Peace, Security and Conflict Resolution: Approaches to Understand the Current Issues and Future-Making published by Lambert Academic Publishing. The book contains chapters on climate change, terrorism, refugees, and avoiding another world war. Khawaja is managing director of Ummah Global Planning and Development, Research and Future-Making. He previously served as dean of Social Sciences for KIMEP University in Kazakhstan and director of planning for Yanbu al Sinaiyah, Saudi Arabia.

Roger Hamlin ’72 MRP/’73 PhD (SSc) receives top honor from Babes-Bolyai University

alum-news-buttonPhotoRoger Hamlin received “Honoris Causa” from Babes-Bolyai University in Romania. Honoris Causa, similar to an honorary PhD, acknowledge’s the recipient’s contributions to their academic discipline. Hamlin built a partnership between Michigan State University and Babes-Bolyai University beginning in the mid-1990s. He developed a technical-assistance program, assisted in course and curricula creation, mid-career training for public officials, joint research, and conferences. Hamlin is Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University’s School of Planning, Design and Construction.

Camille Crites ’14 MSSc is now working in the Syracuse University Admissions office

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After 25 years in the Syracuse Abroad office in Florence, Italy, Camille Crites began her new position with the Syracuse University Admissions office in Los Angeles, California in October 2014. Crites will be serving as the associate director of admissions for Southern California.

Crites graduated from the Maxwell School in 2014 with a master’s degree in social science.

Eugene Dawson ’77 PhD (SSc) inaugural awardee of gerontological society

alum-news-buttonEugene E. Dawson, Jr. has been presented with the inaugural Eugene Dawson Presidential Leadership Award by the Colorado Gerontological Society. From this year forward, the award will be given to distinguished recipients who have made an exemplary contribution to Colorado seniors. The ceremony took place at the Society’s annual meeting in Denver. The Society has provided information, advocacy and assistance to Colorado seniors since 1980.

Eugene Dawson received a doctoral degree in social science from the Maxwell School in 1977.

Donna Shalala ’70 MSSc/PhD (SSc) will step down as president of University of Miami

Donna_Shalala_2012_Balum-news-buttonDonna Shalala, president of the University of Miami since 2001, announced on September 8 that she will step down from that position in the summer of 2015. She will return to the classroom as a professor of political science and public health. Shalala became the fifth president of the University of Miami in June 2001. Her presidency has been marked by accelerated progress in all key areas — teaching and learning, research, the delivery of cutting-edge medical care, service to the region and beyond, and fund raising. Under her leadership, Miami rapidly advanced into the top-tier of American higher education, joining the nation’s finest research universities. Previously, Shalala served for eight years as Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Clinton Administration — the longest serving HHS Secretary in U.S. history.

 For more information see UM’s press release.

Nicholas Armstrong ’08 MPA/’14 PhD SSc is now a senior director of research and policy at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families

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Nicholas Armstrong was recently hired by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) as a senior director of research and policy. The IVMF leverages the intellectual, programmatic and human capital resources of higher education in support of the post-service life course of the nation’s veterans and military families.

Prior to Armstrong’s position at IVMF, he served as a fellow for the Centre for Security Governance, a non-profit, non-partisan think tank dedicated to the study of security transitions in fragile, failed and conflict-affected states, a process also known as security sector reform.

Armstrong graduated from the Maxwell School in 2008 with a master’s degree in public administration. He later came back to Maxwell in 2014 to complete his doctorate in social science.