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EVENTS:

Spring 2014 Convocation Ceremony - Friday, May 16, 2014. Convocation will be held inside Popejoy, Keller Hall from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 pm. A reception will immediately follow inside Center for the Arts, near Keller Hall.

Graduation & Convocation Workshop - SPA will be hosting our first Graduation & Convocation Workshop on Friday, May 30, 2014, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (offered at distance sites via ITV). The purpose of this event is to familiarize future SPA graduates with the graduation and convocation processes, forms, and sequence of events. If you would like to participate, please RSVP by May 23 to Carlotta Abeyta at abeytac@unm.edu.

Host of 2014 NASPAA Conference - We are pleased to announce that the UNM School of Public Administration has been chosen as the host school of the 2014 NASPAA Conference being held November 5-7, 2014. Over 500 professionals attended the 2013 NASPAA Conference held in Washington, D.C. this past October. There are multiple sessions being planned that will cover a wide variety of topics and issues. Stay tuned for additional information as conference details are confirmed!

NEWS:

Rivera named Interim Director at School of Public Administration - Professor Mario Rivera has been appointed Interim Director of the School of Public Administration effective immediately. Dr. Rivera joined the School of Public Administration as Associate Professor in 1993 and was promoted to full professor in 2001, with award of Regents' Professorship in 2002. Dr. Rivera takes over for Dr. Amy Wohlert, who moved into the chief of staff position for President Robert Frank.

SPA a national leader: NASPAA congratulates SPA for "stand-out practices for diversity."

Congratulations to Ms. Aileen Currier, recipient of the 2013 Ferrel Heady Award for Professional Paper of the Year. Ms. Currier's professional paper, Environmental Sustainability and the Great Recession: A Study of Cities in the Southwest, was acknowledged by SPA faculty as being of the highest quality. We are proud to have Ms. Currier as an SPA alum!

FACULTY HIGHLIGHTS: 

Congratulations to Professor Bruce Perlman, Regents' Professorship Appointment.

Congratulations to Professor Roli Varma, Carl Hatch Endowed Professorship Appointment.

Congratulations to Professor T. Zane Reeves - Professor T. Zane Reeves was selected by the City of Phoenix and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 2960 to serve as a Fact Finder to make recommendations to the Phoenix City Council for resolving the city’s $37.7 million projected deficit in FY 2014-2015.