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Mar 25, 2015

A variety of members from the Miami Valley community, government and non-profit organizations, gathered on March 19 to learn about the best practices in the use of social media from a panel of local experts.

One big takeaway: If you’ve been holding off getting involved because you think it will go away, you’re wrong! Every business, organization and government must get involved in social media.

You can shape your message and measure the impact. You can target...

Mar 13, 2015
From playful to work-full to relax-filled, Wright State students discuss how they spent Spring Break.
Mar 9, 2015
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Ethan Harris, current MPA graduate student, recently competed in a national academic competition. 

On February 28, Ethan traveled to Indiana University to compete in the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration Student Simulation Competition. Over 300 universities were invited to compete at six different regional sites throughout the U.S. The brightest minds studying public administration from across the nation showed up to represent their universities.

Mar 4, 2015
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Michael Ham ’13 Urban Affairs.  Michael was named the 2014 Outstanding Young Man of the Year at the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce annual award banquet in February. The award has been given since 1954 and is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a Troy citizen; it recognizes people under the age of 40 whom the city feels have distinguished themselves in their careers and through community contributions.

Michael states he was completely surprised by the honor, and he is deeply...

Jan 30, 2015
Wright State is participating in a national initiative researching economic inequality’s impact on democracy and encourage students to live lives of informed civic engagement.
Jan 21, 2015
Sarah Williams

Sarah Williams, a 2004 alumnus of the Urban Affairs program and recipient of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance certificate, recently attended the 2015 Alliance Management/Leadership Institute conference in Salt Lake City with 11 current students and the NLA program director, Dr. Jennifer Subban.

While there, she was awarded the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) of the Year award! Sarah is the executive director of Hannah’s Treasurer Chest and continues to support Wright State...

Jan 7, 2015
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Congratulations to Lizz Kelly, named this year's Volunteer Administrator of the Year, presented by MVAVA (Miami Valley Association of Volunteer Administrators)!  Lizz joined The Foodbank a year and a half ago, but has already increased the number of volunteers, volunteer time, and volunteer retention.

Last year, Lizz wrote an award-winning grant for the Dakota Center, which allowed them to purchase a computer lab for their students. She is in her final semester of the MPA program....

Dec 16, 2014

Wright State University Undergraduates:

Have you considered furthering your education by attending graduate school at Wright State University? The new Wright State Graduate Excellence Scholarship may be just the incentive you need!

Prospective graduate students who have received their bachelor’s degree from Wright State within one year of the term of their intended matriculation to graduate school, with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, are eligible for the Wright State Graduate...

Dec 12, 2014
Excerpt In 2012, Rosenberger graduated Wright State University with a degree in public administration/urban affairs. His framed degree hangs in his office that overlooks the Ohio Statehouse. “I’m so proud of that bad boy, it’s right there,” he said. WSU …
Nov 18, 2014
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Deena Ware, ’06 MPA, ’02 Urban Affairs

Dundee, Florida’s new assistant town manager

When new Assistant Town Manager Deena Ware looks at Dundee, she sees potential.

"I think it's a great small town," Ware said. "The commission seems like they're ready to go, they want to be progressive. They have new development, they have businesses. They have everything that a small city wants and needs to be progressive."

Ware, 36, started as Dundee's assistant town manager in...