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Nov 18, 2014
Deena Ware photo

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...

Oct 31, 2014
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Amy Wiedeman, '83, Urban Affairs

Congratulations to Assistant Montgomery County Administrator Amy Wiedeman who has been recognized as one of the 2014 Most Powerful and Influential Women of Ohio by the Ohio Diversity and Leadership Council!

Please read the press release (PDF) for more details.

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Oct 30, 2014
John Tribble and Lauren Loney photo

Are you uncomfortable speaking in front of a class? Do you break out in a nervous sweat just thinking about speaking to strangers?

Two of our Geography students recently faced their fears, presenting at the Association of American Geographers East Lakes/West Lakes regional conference at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan from October 16-18. The 3-day event was open to anyone with an interest in geography and related disciplines including meteorology/climatology....

Oct 20, 2014

CoLA Employee Recognition Awards 2014

This fall, we celebrate many great employees who have completed milestone years of employment at Wright State University.  The College of Liberal Arts is proud to honor the following faculty and staff from our college:

40 Years 
Victoria Oleen, Theatre

25 Years
Bruce B. Cromer, Theatre
Jack L. Dustin, Urban Affairs
Chris Hall, English
Renee Harber-Siervogel,...

Oct 20, 2014
CDP Conference photo

On October 9th and 10th, MPA students traveled to Hamilton, Ohio to volunteer at CDP’s (Community Development Professionals) Non-Profit Conference. Along with volunteering, graduate assistants Ethan Harris and Hani Termanini were on hand distributing information about the Master of Public Administration and Wright State University’s College of Liberal Arts. CDP is an organization making great efforts to help improve and promote non-profit organizations in the region....

Sep 17, 2014
Students in Cincinnati's Over the Rhine District

Each fall, Myron Levine, Professor of Urban Affairs and Geography, takes his URS 3210 (Metropolitan Politics) students to Cincinnati to meet with redevelopment officials and explore the transformation of the city’s Over-the-Rhine district. The site of substantial poverty and widespread property abandonment, “OTR” gained national notoriety in 2001 as the site of the nation’s last big-city riots.

OTR is presently in the midst of a reinvention and is now the center of loft living...

Sep 5, 2014
Kyle Kridler photo

Kyle Kridler is a management assistant for Dublin, Ohio, a vibrant suburban community located 20 minutes northwest of downtown Columbus.

Reporting to the assistant city manager, Kridler is the administrator for Dublin’s Performance Measures program. He is involved in various initiatives in a project management capacity, assisting in citizen responses on behalf of council, and conducting internal research and analysis as needed.

Read more at...

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).

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