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Department News

Aug 22, 2014
Orientation 2014

Over 40 graduate and undergraduate students in the Urban Affairs and Geography and Master of Public Administration programs joined faculty and staff, along with special guest Dean Kristin Sobolik, for orientation on August 21, 2014. 

The evening began with an optional discussion in the Dunbar Library, with librarian Terese Desimio. Terese is an invaluable help for students needing assistance with library resources and services, including literature searches. When students are stumped...

Aug 5, 2014
Kris Bezdecny photo

Please join the Department of Urban Affairs and Geography in welcoming our newest faculty member, Assistant Professor Kristine Bezdecny, starting Fall 2014!

What should you know about Dr. Kris?

Jul 29, 2014
Martin Kim Photo

Martin Kim, 2000, M.U.A.  We’d like to introduce you to Martin Kim, adjunct professor with the Department of Urban Affairs and Geography since 2009. While he taught Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Principles and Advanced GIS courses over the last 6 years, this fall Martin will teach the Community and Regional Planning course (GEO/URS 3200).

Jul 28, 2014
He’s a politically savvy professional with big ideas and the networking skills and contacts to bring in new work.
Jul 8, 2014
Wright State staff member Jared Shank honored by state organization for his work with transfer students.
May 27, 2014
Chris Vecchi photo

Congratulations to Chris Vecchi, third year Master of Public Administration student, and recipient of the Ohio Chapter APWA (American Public Works Association) scholarship for 2014/15!

The highly competitive scholarship was offered to worthy individuals who were seeking a graduate degree in civil engineering or public administration. The committee sought successful applicants with demonstrated character, integrity, and leadership qualities, with an interest in public works.


May 23, 2014
Brittany Miller photo

Congratulations Brittany Miller! Brittany was selected for the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance’s Next Generation Nonprofit Leaders Program (NextGen).

The program provides internship stipends to students seeking the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential. Supporting the completion of the CNP by eliminating the barrier of an unpaid internship, the program produces high quality internship experiences.

The selection is a nationally-recognized honor and an important...

May 13, 2014
New Chief of Police David Finnie brings a wealth of experience gathered over a 25-year career in university law enforcement.
May 9, 2014
URS_GEO grads

The faculty and staff of the Department of Urban Affairs and Geography would like to congratulate this spring’s graduates! Shown in the photo are Andrew Slyh, BS Urban Affairs; Amanda Phillips, BS Geography; Cassie Mayer, BS Geography; and Lucas Heeter, BS Geography. Not shown are Travis Egger, BS Geography and Skyler Wood, BS Geography. The students graduated with an average GPA of 3.4 – very impressive! 

We wish you all the best in your futures and hope you stop by and see us as...

May 5, 2014
Beth Pratt in South Africa
Sharon E. Pratt, or as we all know her, Beth, has served as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Center for Urban and Public Affairs for two years. Beth has taken many different paths leading to a Master of Public Administration degree.



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