See how students of the School of Public Policy and Administration are making a difference in their lives and the lives of others.

April 2014

Mark Maxwell, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, was featured in the article “LGBT conference focuses on marriage equality” in Asheville’s Citizen-Times in March. He and his partner, Timothy Young, were featured in a short film shown at the conference that shared their work on behalf of the Campaign for Southern Equality. Maxwell is a real estate broker, the vice president of the North Carolina Foster and Adoptive Parent Association, and a therapeutic foster/adoptive parent.

January 2014

Haris Alibašić, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, published “The Evolution of Sustainability Planning in Grand Rapids” on the website Triple Pundit in November. The director of the Office of Energy and Sustainability for Grand Rapids, Mich., described how the city has become a national leader in sustainability planning.

Theodore Byrne, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, was recently awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his exceptional service in the U.S. Army. A member of the Army Reserve since 1991, he now holds the rank of lieutenant colonel and was recognized for his service as a judge advocate general for its Medical Command’s Central Medical Area Readiness Support Group in Fort Sheridan, Ill. Byrne is also an assistant professor at California State University, Dominguez Hills, in Carson, Calif.

Divya L. Selvakumar, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, discussed what teachers need to know about nutrition during an interview on BlogTalkRadio in November. Selvakumar is a part-time faculty member at the Rockville campus of Montgomery College in Maryland.

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