An MPA Student Offered a Job as a Federal Investigator
- The MPA student, Michael Cochran, was recently employed as a Federal Investigator with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He is assigned to the Birmingham District Office. Its mission is to eradicate unlawful employment discrimination in the workplace. Mr. Cochran was thankful to all professors in the MPA program, and noted that the MPA program played a key role in his appointment!
An MPA Alumnus Joins Newmark Grubb Pfefferle
- The MPA alumnus, Manny Vasquez, who is the vice president of Fox Cities Regional Partnership, has accepted a new position as vice president of business development with Newmark Grubb Pfefferle. Read more...
An MPA Student Offered a Job as a Provider Relations Liaison
January 12, 2017
- The MPA student, Crystal Strosahl was offered a job with ThedaCare as a Provider Relations Liaison in January 2017. Many congratulations!
Dr. Filipova was Appointed as a Teaching Scholar by UW System OPID
- Dr. Filipova was appointed as a Teaching Scholar of the 2017-2018 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars program of the UW System Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID) on January 3, 2017. Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars are selected by their institution based on the merit of their outstanding teaching.
An MPA Student Admitted in a Doctoral Program
- The MPA student, Joshua Tegen, who is graduating this fall 2016, has been admitted to the Ph.D. program in Urban Studies at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Joshua noted that "...I am very excited to begin my PhD. this spring which has been a dream of mine since I was very young. I want to point out that part of the reason I was given for my acceptance into the program was the attractiveness of my MPA degree which the admission committee felt addressed a key deficiency among many of their current scholars (a practitioner's perspective). Thank you again, to all of the professors in the program, for everything!" Congratulations, Joshua!
Dr. Karen King Has Served on a Research Advisory Committee
- Dr. Karen King, associate professor emerita, has been serving on the Research Advisory Committee for Wisconsin ALICE. Her appointment on the committee was in connection with the Women and Poverty project that she worked on with the Oshkosh Area United Way. She worked with research and policy makers from around the state. The ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) describes household survival budget, ALICE threshold, ALICE income assessment, and economic viability dashboard.
An MPA Alumna Works for State of Florida Department
- The MPA alumna, Ruth Kessa, who graduated from the MPA program in 2014, has been hired by the State of Florida’s Agency for Persons with Disabilities, where she works with community members, providers, and the agency’s customers. Her next professional goals are pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Administration and conducting research in the areas of economic welfare, economic development and housing options for people with special needs or disabilities and low income families.
An MPA Student Offered a Job as a Town Administrator
- The MPA student, Benjamin Krumenauer, has accepted a position as Town Administrator for the Town of Algoma.
An MPA Student Accepted a Position in a Federal Government Agency
September 27, 2016
- We are pleased to announce that Lyndzee Schaus, who is completing the MPA program in Spring 2017, has accepted a Federal Government position with the National Credit Union Administration as a Credit Union Examiner conducting audits at credit unions in Green Bay, WI. Lyndzee is very excited about the opportunities that will be available to her with this chosen career path. Working for the Federal Government has been her long-term career goal and she accomplished it! Congratulations!
An MPA Alumn Accepted a Position as Program Coordinator in a College
- We are pleased to announce that the MPA alumna, Kathryn Scheeler, has accepted a position as Program Coordinator at Lone Star College-Tomball, Tomball, TX. Congratulations!
Dr. Ford Participated in a Panel Discussion on the Future of Public Education
An MPA Student Accepted a Position with the Village of Combined Locks
- We are pleased to announce that the MPA student, Joseph Stephenson, accepted a Deputy Treasurer position with the Village of Combined Locks. Congratulations!
Dr. Ford is a Research Collaborator on a Canadian Grant Project
- Dr. Ford is one of the four collaborators on a Canadian Insight Development Grant project titled, "Canadian School Board Governance Executive Leadership and School District Performance", sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Dr. Filipova Won a Faculty Development Research Project Grant
- Dr. Filipova has won a 2016-2017 Faculty Development Research Project Grant sponsored by the UW Oshkosh Office of Grants and Faculty Development for conducting research on negative behaviors in the workplace and leadership.
Dr. Filipova Recognized at the 2016 Opening Day Convocation
- Dr. Filipova was awarded with the 2016 Edward M. Penson Distinguished Teaching Award at the 2016 Opening Day Convocation on September 6, 2016. Edward M. Penson Distinguished Teaching Award recipients are selected based on their teaching excellence, service, professional commitment and scholarly growth. A committee of faculty, students and staff determines who will receive the honor. Read more...
Dr. Ford's Study Mentioned in the National Press
- Dr. Ford's study of voucher schools in Milwaukee was cited in Washington Post on August 19, 2016. Read more...
PA Department Launches a New Online MPA Program Option
- The Public Administration Department at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is pleased to announce a fully online MPA program option beginning in Spring 2017. This delivery format allows us to offer our high-quality, career-oriented MPA program to students who are not able to join us on campus. We are honored to be working with the Division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement to help broaden the visibility, access and reach of the MPA program.The electronic application for the online MPA program option will be available August 8, 2016.
Dr. Ford Published in the Municipality
- Drs. Ford and Ihrke published, "Governance in Wisconsin's Smaller Municipalities" in the August edition of the Municipality.
MPA Alumna Appointed as Special Assistant to the UW Oshkosh Chancellor
- Effective July 1, 2016, Kate McQuillan was appointed full-time as the Special Assistant to the Chancellor. In this role, she will provide leadership, direction, continuity and support for a variety of activities and initiatives. Acting on behalf of Chancellor Leavitt, she will advance key priorities and initiatives such as the work of the Study Groups, the development of an association/organization for retirees, the Workplace Joy initiative and coordination of relations with governance groups and through established meeting and deliberative structures. She will also serve as the University's Public Records custodian.
Dr. Ford in the News with New Research
Congratulations to our 2016 Spring and Summer MPA Graduates
- Congratulations to our 12 MPA Graduates! We are very proud with your accomplishment!
Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges
- The MPA students, Reginald Parson and Kathryn Scheeler, have received the honor of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges at the Celebration of Student Leadership and Involvement Awards Ceremony on Monday, May 2, 2016. Congratulations!
2016 MPA Candidate Accepted in Law School
- Mr. Reginald Parson, who is graduating from the MPA program in 2016 spring semester, has been accepted to the University of Maine School of Law in Portland, Maine. He will begin his legal studies in fall 2016. Congratulations!
2016 Stephen Hintz MPA Awardee
- The MPA student, Ms. Kaye Matucheski, is the recipient of the 2016 Stephen Hintz MPA Award! The award was presented by Dr. Karl Nollenberger and Chancellor Leavitt at the Honors and Awards Ceremony, April 22, 2016. Many congratulations, Kaye!
MPA Students Selected in the 2016-2017 Graduate Student Association
- Three MPA students were among the new elected officers of the 2016-2017 Graduate Student Associations:
- President Danica Kulbert, Psychology
- Vice President Heather Elsner, Public Administration
- Secretary Caileigh Zimmerman, Psychology
- Treasurer Jasmeet Kaur, Public Administration
- Historian Susan Ritchie, Public Administration
- Member-at-Large Nancy Preder, Nursing
- Member-at-Large Maya Blancke, Special Education
- Marketing Aaron Bagley, Psychology
- Marketing Katheryn Bermann, Psychology
- Adviser Dr. Michael Ford, Public Administration
An MPA Student Receives Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship
- The MPA student, Ms. Kaye Matucheski, has been selected as one of the 2016 recipients of the Government Finance Officers Association's Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship. This Scholarship was established by the Association to recognize outstanding performance in graduate public finance programs and to encourage careers in government. The Committee was impressed with Ms. Matucheski's academic achievements and her course concentration at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. The Committee noted that, "Her desire to dedicate her many talents to work in government is to be commended." The $8,000 Scholarship award will be presented to Ms. Matucheski at the Government Finance Officers Association's 110th Annual Conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, May 22-25, 2016. Also read this news.
Five MPA Candidates and Recent Alumni Receive the Graduate Honors Recognition Award
- Five MPA candidates and recent alumni have been selected to receive the Graduate Student Honors Recognition Award for high academic achievements in the MPA program:
- Sara Baudhuin
- Cassandra Lindholm
- Robert Schipper
- Ann Miller-Larson
- Nicholas Baus
Chancellor Leavitt Visits the Strategic Planning Class
- Chancellor Leavitt was invited to talk about the university's strategic planning process on Saturday, April 9th in MPA 750 Strategic Planning course. The class enjoyed the presentation and asked a variety of questions.
Dr. Ford's School Reform Ideas Discussed in the Press
- The article titled "Local Officials Divided over Whether Act 10 is Working in Their Communities" published by the Wisconsin State Journal on February 13th refers to Dr. Ford's recent research study. Read more....
- Dr. Ford did a Wisconsin Public Radio appearance on February 10 and contributed to the topic of Unified Vision to Fix Milwaukee Schools.
- The titled "Pie in the Sky?Here is an Idea for Turning Schools Around" published by the Journal Sentinel on January 30th, cites Dr. Ford's views on school reform. Read more...
An MPA Student Completed a Local Government Internship in the City of Eau Claire
- The MPA student, Kelsey Finke, participated in a local government internship with the City of Eau Claire from June to November 2015, where she was the City Management Intern. Ms. Finke shared the following about her successful internship experiences:
- "Through this experience I was able to use what I have learned during the MPA program at UW-Oshkosh thus far. I began my internship at the City/County Manger’s Association Conference, where I was able to meet with many other city managers and administrators in the field. I was able to spend the summer and fall working on several different projects and attend a number of department and city council meetings. The first projects that were assigned to me at Eau Claire included: researching a bike share program, formulating a plan to start a citizen’s academy, re-writing policies for public works national accreditation, and researching and preparing information on the City’s committees for the City Council Vice President. I am most proud of the plan I created for the launch of the Eau Claire Citizen’s Academy with the help of the department directors. I was also able to sit in on interviews for human resources experience as well as work on a number of other smaller projects including drafting resolutions, creating PR brochures and writing council summaries for the city newsletter. The time I spent with the City of Eau Claire was very rewarding, and I will be able to take what I learned there into the classroom and the workplace. I would like to thank the City of Eau Claire and City Manager Russ VanGompel for their commitment to giving students a local government internship experience. Eau Claire is a great place to learn about local government."
City of Delafield Selected for UW-Oshkosh MPA Program Study Project
- MPA students in the Public Policy class will be conducting a project, studying the staffing levels of the City of Delafield, under the supervision of Dr. Nollenberger during the 2016 spring semester. Read more here...
Dr. Nollenberger Talks about MPA Student Projects and their Community Impact
- Dr. Nollenberger was interviewed about student projects carried out in the MPA program by UW Oshkosh Today. The article is available following this Web Site.
Dr. Ford in the 2015-2016 Class of Emerging Education Policy Scholars
- Dr. Ford is in the 2015-2016 Class of Emerging Education Policy Scholars. According to the Thomas Fordham Institute's website, "... The Emerging Education Policy Scholars (EEPS) program brings newly minted Ph.D. scholars and Ph.D. candidates who bring to the table a keen research eye, fresh ideas, and boundless (or budding) enthusiasm for education policy to our nation’s capital to meet with education-policy experts and to share and brainstorm exciting new directions for K–12 education research..."
MPA Alumnus Presents at UW Oshkosh GSA Speaker Series Events
- The UW Oshkosh Graduate Student Association (GSA) organized the GSA Speaker Series event featuring the MPA Alumnus, Mr. John Fitzpatrick. Mr. Patrick discussed the professional ins-and-outs of city management. The event was held on December 10, 2015 in Sage Hall on UW Oshkosh campus.
- John Fitzpatrick is the Assistant City Manager / Director of Administrative Services for the City of Oshkosh. He has 30+ years in the public sector that ranges from work as a Custodian to Acting City Manager. He earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Public and Environmental Administration from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a Special Emphasis in Human Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin Platteville, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. As Assistant City Manager,Fitzpatrick supports elected officials, department heads and City Manager in the planning and execution of any and all responsibilities required of the City Manager. Additionally, he is also responsible for performing all activities assigned to the Director of Administrative Services.
Dr. Ford Named 2016 ASPA's Founders Fellow
- Dr. Ford was named 2016 ASPA's Founders Fellow. It is an award for students and professionals in their first 3 years of service in academia or elsewhere. Following a competitive review process, Founders’ Fellows are selected and present their scholarship during the ASPA Annual Conference, receive substantial professional development and networking opportunities, and are paired with a seasoned scholar or practitioner who serves as their mentor for their Fellowship year.
Dr. Filipova Presented at an International Scientific Conference
- Dr. Filipova presented a paper titled, Health Information Exchange Capabilities in Skilled Nursing Facilities at the Gerontological Society of America's 68th Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL, Nov. 18-22, 2015.
Dr. Ford Presented at Annual Meeting of Wisconsin League of Municipalities
- Dr. Ford presented a paper titled, "The State of Wisconsin Communities with Under 10,000 Residents" at the Annual Meeting of the Wisconsin League of Municipalities in Milwaukee, WI.
Dr. Filipova Presented at an International Scholarly Conference
- Dr. Filipova presented a paper titled, "Factors Affecting Turnover Intentions of Physician Assistants in Rural Communities: Practical and Policy Implications" at the 14th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, October 18-20, 2015.
Dr. Ford's Research Cited in Wisconsin School News
- Drs. Ford and Ihrke's research on board governance was cited in Wisconsin School News.
MPA Alumna Promoted as Deputy Director of Human Resources at UW Oshkosh
- The MPA alumna, Shawna Kuether, who graduated from the UW Oshkosh MPA program in 2015, has accepted the position of Deputy Director of Human Resources at UW Oshkosh. Congratulations!
MPA Alumnus Promoted as Vice President of Fox Cities Regional Partnership
- The MPA alumnus, Manny Vasquez, who graduated from the UW Oshkosh MPA program in 2014, was promoted as vice president of Fox Cities Regional Partnership. Read more... Congratulations!
Dr. Filipova's Publication
- Dr. Filipova's article entitled, "Health Information Exchange Capabilities in Skilled Nursing Facilities", has been published in the August 2015 issue of CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing (Vol 33, No 8).
Dr. Ford Delivered Presentation at the League of Wisconsin Municipalities
- Dr. Ford delivered presentation, "The State of Wisconsin Communities with under 10,000 Residents" at the League of Wisconsin Municipalities CEO Workshop in Elkhart Lake, WI, August 20, 2015.
MPA Alumna Promoted in the Governor's Office
- The Northwestern reported that Ms. Cindy Polzin was appointed as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Budget, Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs in the Office of the Governor of Wisconsin. She graduated from the UW Oshkosh MPA program in 2009.
MPA Alumna Hired as a Site Study Manager
- Ms. Agnes Vetinde, who graduated from the MPA program in 2015 Spring semester, has recently accepted an offer to work as a Site Study Manager at Kimberly-Clark. She will be working with the research and engineering to oversee the execution of studies. We would like to congratulate her and wish her a lot of success in her new job!
- Ms. Cheri Stoffel successfully defended her thesis titled, "University Students Binge Eating and Its Impact on Work and School Productivity," on Monday, August 3rd from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in Sage 3221. The University community was invited to the thesis defense. Congratulations, Cheri!
Drs. Ford and Nollenberger Present at a Conference
- Understanding School Boards and Their Use of Different Models of Governance - Drs. Ford and Douglas Ihrke
- Examining the Influence of Strategic Planning on School Board Dynamics and School Performance - Drs. Ford and Douglas Ihrke
- Differences in School Board Member Relations with Hired and Elected Superintendents - Drs. Ford, Douglas Ihrke, and UW Oshkosh MPA student Joshua Tegen
- Municipal Government Structure in Wisconsin – Does Form Matter? - Drs. Nollenberger and James Simmons
MPA Alumnus Joseph LeMire Named Police Chief at UW Milwaukee
- Mr. Joseph LeMire, who graduated from the MPA program in 2015 Spring semester was named Police Chief at UW Milwaukee. Read more...Congratulations!
Dr. Filipova Recognized for 5 Years of Service at UW Oshkosh
- Dr. Filipova (first row, left) was recognized for 5 years of service at UW Oshkosh at the annual Length of Service Luncheon on Tuesday, June 9, at the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center. Congratulations!
Dr. Karen King Retired after 10 Years of Service at UW Oshkosh
- Our colleague, Dr. Karen King, retired after 10 years of services at UW Oshkosh. We are all grateful for her leadership and dedication to the Public Administration Department. All MPA faculty, staff, students, and alumni wish her all the joy, health and happiness that a happy retirement can bring!
MPA Graduate Appointed to the UWO Alumni Board of Directors
- Mr. John Good, 2014 MPA graduate, was elected to the 2015-2016 UWO Alumni Board of Directors. Congratulations!
14 MPA Students Received Diplomas
- Fourteen students received their diplomas on May 16, 2015, during the UWO Commencement Ceremony. We wish them the best in their professional and personal life!
Two MPA Students Won Student Leadership Awards
- Ms. Nana Coleman won the Emerging Volunteer of the Year Award.
- Mr. Reginald Parson won the Tom Segnitz Service Award
2015 Stephen Hintz MPA Awardee
- The MPA student, Mr. Joseph Lemire, is the recipient of the 2015 Stephen Hintz MPA Award! The award was presented at the Honors and Awards Ceremony, April 24, 2015. Many congratulations, Joseph!
MPA Graduate Presentation
- The MPA graduate, Ms. Nana Adjoa S. Coleman, presented a paper titled, "Fraudulent Billing and Improper Medicare and Medicaid Payments: New Solutions to Old Problems" at the UW Oshkosh Celebration of Scholarship: 22nd Annual Student Research and Creative Activities Day, April 23, 2015. Her faculty adviser was Dr. Filipova.
PA Minor Student Elected to the Oshkosh City Council
- The PA minor student, Mr. Benjamin Stepanek, was elected to the Oshkosh City Council. Please read more... Congratulations!
MPA Student Hired as the New Kewaunee City Administrator
- The Kewaunee City Council approved the hiring of the MPA student, Mr. Kyle Ellefson, as the new City Administrator effective May 2015. Mr. Ellefson is currently investigation program manager and environmental enforcement specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture. He was also elected as a trustee for the Village of Johnson Creek in February 2014. Mr. Ellefson plans to complete our MPA program this spring semester. Congratulations!
Dr. Ford Delivered Presentation at the UW Milwaukee
- Dr. Ford presented "Milwaukee Voucher School Leaders’ Views on Accountability" at the Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management Research Colloquium Series at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Feb. 18, 2015.
Dr. Ford Goes Over Results with the Clintonville Library Board
- Dr. Ford reported survey results of citizen's perceptions of public library use, programs, and staff at a meeting of the Clintonville Library Board. Please read more here.
MPA Alumna Won the Society Service Award
- The MPA Alumna, Ms. Nana Adjoa Coleman, who is currently enrolled in our Graduate HCM Certificate program, won the Society Service Award from the National Society of Leadership and Success. This award is intended to reward exceptional leaders who embody and live by the Society mission of building leaders who make a better world, and who have not only lead by example but have repeatedly proven their dedication to giving back to their communities. Nana's achievements strongly exhibit these qualities and achievements. She was awarded with a check for the sum of $4000.00 and a certificate of accomplishment. Congratulations!
Dr. Ford's Recent Publication and Presentations
- Dr. Ford published an article in co-authorship with Dr. Andersson entitled, "Reframing Social Entrepreneurship Impact: Productive, Unproductive, and Destructive Outputs and Outcomes of the Milwaukee School Voucher Programme" in the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship.
- Dr. Ford delivered a presentation on "Board member conflict and attitudes toward the public: A comparison of charter and traditional public school board members in Minnesota.” 43rdAnnual Conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, Denver, CO.
- Dr. Ford delivered a presentation on "Communicating with Elected Officials:Lessons for Community Leaders" at the Leadership Wisconsin Annual Conference, Nov. 17, 2014.
MPA Students and Dr. Filipova on a Field Trip to Evergreen Retirement Community
- MPA students in the health care management class met with the Vice President of Human Resources of Evergreen Retirement Community in Oshkosh, as well as conducted an observational study tour in the facility on Saturday, Nov. 22.
MPA Candidate, Cheri Stoffel, and Dr. Filipova Presented Research at a Conference
- The MPA candidate, Cheri Stoffel, and Dr. Filipova presented together a research paper entitled, "Eating Disorders and School and Work Productivity and Activity Impairment among University Students: Policy and Practical Implications" at 2014 NEDA Conference in San Antonio, TX, Oct. 16-18, 2014.
MPA Alumna was Appointed as Director of Administration
- The 2013 MPA Alumna, Ms. Julie Schmelzer, was appointed as the new Director of Administration of Curry County, Gold Beach, Oregon. Congratulations, Julie!
Dr. Filipova was Invited to Serve on the Faculty Development Board
- Dr. Filipova has agreed to serve as the Provost’s representative to the Faculty Development Board for 2014-2015.
Dr. Filipova was Awarded at the UW Oshkosh Opening Day Ceremony
- Dr. Filipova was awarded with the Edward M. Penson Faculty Award at the UW Oshkosh Opening Day ceremony in Reeve Memorial Union Ballroom. The Award recognizes faculty members who have made significant contributions to their colleges and the University. No applications are accepted for this award; the deans and the provost select the recipients based on performance.
Dr. Nollenberger's Teaching-Related Manuscript Receives Acknowledgement
- The American Society for Public Administration's Section on Public Administration Education has selected Dr. Nollenberger's paper, "Comparing Alternative Teaching Modes in a Master's Program-Student Preferences and Perceptions, " as the best of the 2014 Teaching Public Administration Conference. The award carries a $500 cash award and a certificate.
Dr. Nollenberger Completed the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars Program
- Dr. Nollenberger was awarded a certificate for successful completion of the 2013-2014 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars program. Congratulations!
MPA Faculty Present at the Teaching Public Administration Conference in UK
- The MPA faculty, Drs. King, Filipova, and Nollenberger, delivered presentations at the 2014 Annual PAC (UK) Conference in collaboration with Teaching Public Administration Conference (USA) at the Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool in United Kingdom. The conference theme was: "Public Leadership in an Age of Austerity: Contestability and Conflict?
An MPA Alumna was Hired as Director of Development
- The Paine Art Center and Gardens has hired the MPA alumna, Kathryn Nichols as Director of Development. Ms. Nichols recently served as the Director of the Bethel Foundation, which raises and manages fund for Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh. Congratulations!
An MPA Student Has Been Selected as a Finalist for the Presidential Management Fellowship Class of 2014
- Mr. John Good, who is graduating from the MPA program in the Summer of 2014, was selected as a Finalist for the Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) (www.pmf.gov). Bearing the Presidential moniker, the PMF Program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates. It was created more than three decades ago by Executive Order and has gone through many changes over the years. Out of nearly 7,000 graduate students who applied to the fellowship, only 1,200 were selected as Semi-Finalists. These Semi-Finalists were then brought out to Washington D.C. in January of 2014 to complete a 5-hour in person assessment. Out of the 1,200 Semi-Finalists, approximately 600 were chosen as Finalists to the Presidential Management Fellowship Class of 2014. John Good was notified of his selection as a Finalist in April 2014. From this point, Mr. Good has secured a 2-year fellowship with a Federal agency in Green Bay. Congratulations!
Dr. Ford's New Publication
- Dr. Ford's article entitled, "Changes in School Enrollment Patterns After the First-Time Release of School- Level Test Scores in Milwaukee’s School Voucher Program: A First Look," was published in Education and Urban Society.
12 MPA Students Received Diplomas
- 12 MPA students received their diplomas on May 17, 2014, during the UWO Commencement Ceremony. We wish them the best in their professional and personal life!
4 MPA Graduates Received the 2014 Graduate Student Honors Recognition Award
- Four MPA graduates (John Good, Carrie Kahn, Lee Laraby-Lim, and Cheri Stoffel) received the 2014 Graduate Student Honors Recognition Award for outstanding academic achievement in the MPA program.
An MPA Student Winner of the 2014 Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship
May 16, 2014
- The MPA student, John Jacobs, is the winner of the Government Finance Officer's Association (GFOA) 2014 Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship competition. He will accept the $6000 award during the GFOA's Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 18-21, 2014. Congratulations!
An MPA Alumnus among Cheboygan County's Top Young Professionals
- The MPA alumnus, Mr. Kurt Zempel, Sheboygan Police Department, was recognized as the 2014 Top Young Professionals of Sheboygan County. Read more... Congratulations!
2014 Stephen Hintz Award Recipient
- The MPA graduate, Mr. Manual P. Vasquez received the prestigious 2014 Stephen Hintz Award at the annual university awards ceremony. The award was presented by Provost Lane Earns.
An MPA Candidate Presented at the Annual UW Oshkosh Celebration of Scholarship
April 25, 2014
The MPA candidate, Ms. Cheri Stoffel, presented, "An Assessment of University Students Binge Eating and its Impact on Work and School Productivity", at the annual UW Oshkosh Celebration of Scholarship held on Thursday, April 24, 2014. The presentation was part of the 2013-2014 Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant from the UW Oshkosh Office of Grants and Faculty Development.
Dr. Nollenberger Presented at the UW System OPID 2014 Spring Conference
April 19, 2014
Dr. Nollenberger presented, "Comparing Online and On Campus Alternatives in a Master's Program", at the Spring 2014 OPID Conference: Mindful Teaching, Heidel House Resort, Green Lake, WI, April 17, 2014.
Dr. Filipova's Recent Publication and Faculty Development Grant
April 17, 2014
Dr. Filipova's article entitled, "Factors Influencing the Satisfaction of Rural Physician Assistants: A Cross-Sectional Study" has been recently published by the peer-reviewed Journal of Allied Health.
She also won the 2014-2015 Faculty Development Research Grant (FDR 824) from the UW Oshkosh Office of Grants and Faculty Development. The research grant would support her survey research on issues related to health professional-patient relationships, quality of care, efficiency of care, services utilization, and cost of care.
Dr. Ford's Recent Conference Presentations
April 15, 2014
- Assistant Professor Michael Ford has recently had research presented at three academic conferences. In March, he presented his paper, “Goal Conflict in a Politically Active State Education Agency: Evidence from Milwaukee Voucher School Administrators,” at the Annual Conference of the American Society of Public Administration.
- In addition, two works co-authored with UW-Milwaukee Professor Douglas Ihrke, "Do School Board Best Practices Improve Student Performance? Testing the Key Work of School Boards in Wisconsin," and "Determinants of Conflict on Wisconsin Schools Boards," were presented at the 72nd Midwest Political Science Association Political Science Conference and 44th Annual Urban Affairs Association Conference respectively.
An MPA Student to Serve on the Chancellor Search and Screen Committee
April 6, 2014
- On March 31st Mr. Reginald Parson has been appointed by University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross to serve as one of two student representatives to identify the 11th Chancellor in the 140-year history of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. The role of the student representative will be to solicit feedback from various student constituencies at UW Oshkosh and to represent the 13,000 + students during this search and screen process which will continue for at least 6 months or until a Chancellor has been named.
An MPA Student Hosted the 19th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner
January 22, 2014
The MPA student, Reginald Parson, served as Master of Ceremonies at the 19th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration held at UW-Oshkosh in Reeve Union on January 20, 2014. This event celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The message delivered was to continue to the forward progression regarding social justice and racial equality not just for a certain few but all of us. Community leaders such as State Representative Gordon Hintz, City Manager Mark Rohloff and university officials were in attendance for this event.
An MPA Alumnus was Admitted in the Doctor of Pharmacy Program
January 15, 2014
The MPA alumnus, Xiaoang Kevin Xing, was admitted in the Doctor of Pharmacy Program at Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy. Kevin pursuit the health agency administration emphasis in the MPA program. Congratulations!
Congratulations to our Fall 2013 MPA Graduates!
December 14, 2013
MPA faculty are pleased to congratulate our 11 MPA Graduates who received their diplomas at the UWO Commencement Ceremony, December 14, 2013. Two MPA students also graduated on August 2, 2013. We are proud with our graduates' achievements, and wish all of them success in their future professional and personal life!
Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Proposals are Due Feb. 11, 2014
December 6, 2013
MPA students, if you are expecting to conduct your field project or thesis in Spring 2015, this is a wonderful opportunity for you. The $3000 student award + $500 for data collection expenses (optional) will help you collect data in Fall 2014, and finish the project in Spring 2015. It also would boost your resume! Most importantly, you will have an opportunity to work closely with an MPA faculty who will serve as a mentor and guide you throughout the research process. Contact your professor sooner if you plan to take advantage of this opportunity! For more information visit the following website.
A Great Community Service Opportunity for MPA Students
December 5, 2013
The MPA Department is seeking to hire an MPA student who is committed to coordinate the Oshkosh Citizen Survey process conducted by the MPA 721 Public Policy Analysis Class in Spring 2014 semester. The student is expected to perform the following job duties: serve as a liaison between the City Manager of Oshkosh and the class in preparation of the survey; facilitate the mailing of the survey to citizen of Oshkosh; record survey responses into a data base; conduct preliminary statistical analysis of the results under faculty supervision; and conduct the review of the narrative and analysis by the policy analysis class. The duration of the project is 14 weeks-Spring semester with a starting date 1/31/2014. The student will be compensated an hourly pay rate of $14.25. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to serve your community while learning directly from faculty and being a leader in the classroom! Contact Dr. Nollenberger or Jenny Davies for more details!
An MPA Student Facilitates Undergraduate Class Discussion on Stereotypes
November 25, 2013
The MPA student, Reginal Parson, was a guest facilitator in Dr. Norlisha Crawford's AAS 100: Introduction to African American Studies for the period 9:40 am-11:10 am. The class discussed the movie New Jack City, which is about drugs and crime in inner city New York. Reginald guided student discussion around African-American stereotypes.
An MPA Student was Selected in the Who's Who among Students in the American Universities and Colleges
November 19, 2013
The MPA student, Nana Coleman, was one of the 8 graduating students from UW Oshkosh who was selected for the Who's Who among Students in the American Universities and College award. It's a nationally recognized honor. Congratulations!
Dr. Ford Spoke at the Henry W. Maier State of Milwaukee Summit
November 17, 2013
Dr. Michael Ford, on November 14th, spoke at the Henry W. Maier State of Milwaukee Summit at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He presented his original research, titled “From Bold Experiment in Privatization to Status Quo: The Policy Evolution of America’s first Urban School Voucher Program.” The panel, “Life After Vouchers: Expansion, Accountability & Outcomes,” also included Dr. Lora Warner of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and Dr. Deven Carlson of the University of Oklahoma.
City of Evansville Selects PA Faculty to Conduct Community Survey
November 13, 2013
Drs. Karl Nollenberger and Michael Ford were recently commissioned to design, administer, analyze, and present a survey of community opinion in Evansville, WI. The Evansville Plan Commission chose Drs. Nollenberger and Ford for the project via a competitive bidding process. The goals of the survey are to inform an update of the Evansville Smart Growth Plan, and provide actionable citizen feedback to city department heads on the perceptions of city services. The project will be completed in the spring of 2014.
Dr. Ford Delivers Presentation at the 2013 Wisconsin Association of School Boards Legislative Advocacy Conference
November 11, 2013
On Saturday, November 9th, Dr. Michael Ford spoke to over 100 Wisconsin school board members at the 2013 Wisconsin Association of School Boards Legislative Advocacy Conference in Stevens Point. His presentation focused on the current and likely future local fiscal implications of recent state education policy changes.
October 4, 2013
The MPA student, Phylicia Lee, is part of a team that has been accepted to participate in the Interprofessional Healthcare Case Competition. The team, consisting of four graduate students from the College of Nursing and College of Letters and Science, will be representing the Northeastern Area Health Education Center region. The competition will run from October 7th through December 4th with the competition dates of January 9th and 10th, 2014 at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells! Learn more... We wish Phylicia and her team success!
An MPA Student Honored at Opening Day 2013 Ceremony
September 3, 2013
The MPA Student, Michael Parks, Technology Manager in the UWO College of Nursing, was recognized for his contributions to the College at the annual Opening Day 2013 Ceremony, September 3. He received the University's Outstanding Performance Award that recognizes exemplary members of the classified staff whose activities, accomplishments and service are most deserving of acknowledgement. Learn more under Service Awards.
An MPA Student Wins Emerging Leader Scholarship
August 19, 2013
The MPA Student, Nana Adjoa Coleman, was the only student from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh to win the 2012-2013 Emerging Leader Scholarship issued by the National Society of Leadership and Success (see all winners here). This scholarship is intended to recognize and reward demonstrated leadership ability and accomplishment. Congratulations!
Dr. Filipova's Recent Article was Published
July 26, 2013
Dr. Filipova's recent article entitled, "Electronic Health Records Use and Barriers and Benefits to Use in Skilled Nursing Facilities was published in the journal of Computers, Informatics, Nursing.
An MPA Student is the New Intern at the City of Waukesha
July 22, 2013
The MPA student, Peter Curtin, has recently accepted a competitive intern position under the Waukesha city administrator. As an intern, he will provide research and analysis reports to the Council and committees on various policy issues; perform comparative and benchmark analysis of all City services; and assist Human Resources in updating job descriptions for the compensation study. The internship is supported by a $2,000 WCMA Scholar Internship Grant for the which the city applied in 2013. Congratulations, Peter!
Three MPA Graduates Benefit the Sheboygan Police Department and their Community
June 16, 2013
Three police officers and recent MPA graduates, Lts. Doug Teunissen, Scott Mittelstadt and Sgt. Kurt Zempel, completed projects that benefited the Sheboygan Police Department and their community.
The United States Senator Ron Johnson to Speak to MPA Students
June 7, 2013
The United States Senator Ron Johnson will be addressing the Intergovernmental Management class at 1:45 pm in Sage 2215, on Saturday, June 8. All are welcome to come and listen!
Dr. King Presented at the 36th Annual Teaching Public Administration Conference
June 4, 2013
- Dr. King presented a research paper entitled, "Easy as Falling off a Log: How MPA Students Use Metaphors to Manage Employees" at the 36th Annual Teaching Public Administration Conference in San Francisco, CA, June 3-5, 2013.
An MPA Student Starts a New Job at the Department of Workforce Development
May 17, 2013
The MPA student, Betsey Kenyon, was appointed an Advanced Program and Policy Analyst at the State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Ms. Kenyon was pleased to share her success story: "I had been working in a mid-level position when I made the decision to continue my education. I started the MPA with UW-Oshkosh and was able to improve my skills and abilities. After completing over half of the required courses, I was able to attain a position with the Department of Workforce Development as an Advanced Program and Policy Analyst. The MPA Program provided me with the opportunity to build my knowledge with public presentations and researching methods which assisted me with advancing my career. In my current position, I will be charged with the tasks of providing facilitation between Bureau Directors, placed in the role of Project Manager, and conducting presentations to supervisory and managerial personnel. The MPA Program prepared me for this position, and provided me with the opportunity to enhance my skills. The MPA Program prepared me for career advancement with the knowledgeable faculty and content of the classes." Congratulations, Betsey!
Congratulations to our Spring 2013 MPA Graduates!
May 11, 2013
We are pleased to congratulate our 19 MPA graduates who received their diplomas at the UWO Commencement Ceremony, May 11, 2013. Two MPA students will also graduate on August 2, 2013. We are proud with our graduates' achievements, and wish all of them success in their future professional and personal life!
Three MPA Students Recieve Awards at the UWO Honors & Awards Ceremony
April 26, 2013
- The MPA student, Nana Coleman (L), has been awarded with the 2013 Association of University Women Graduate Scholarship for Women. The MPA students, Matthew Kuether (L) and Kurt Daniel Zempel (R), have been awarded with the 2013 Stephen Hintz Award. Congratulations, Nana, Matthew, and Kurt! We are very proud with your achievements!
An MPA Student Graduates from the Leadership Oshkosh Program
April 25, 2013
The MPA student, Joseph LeMire, has graduated from the Leadership Oshkosh program. "Leadership Oshkosh is designed to bring together a diverse group of individuals who share a basic interest in and commitment to the Oshkosh community." Read more here. The 2013 Leadership Oshkosh Graduation will be held on May 23, 2013.
Dr. Filipova Presented at the UW System OPID 2013 Spring Conference in Madison
April 19, 2013
Dr. Filipova was proud to present some of her students' work (at the bottom)
Dr. Filipova presented at the UW System Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID) 2013 Spring Conference, "The Value of Inquiry into Student Learning in the 21st Century," Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club, Madison, WI, April 18-19, 2013.
An MPA Student Oversees a Grant-Awarded Project
April 15, 2013
UW Oshkosh received $4,000 from the Federal Bureau of Traffic Safety for Wisconsin Booze and Belts Mobilization for a timeframe of 1/24/13-12/31/13. The MPA student, Joseph LeMire (UW Oshkosh Police Chief), is the project director. The Booze and Belts mobilization is part of a statewide effort to reduce the number of preventable traffic deaths to Zero In Wisconsin.
Dr. Nollenberger Presented at the 71st MPSA Conference in Chicago
April 13, 2013
- Dr. Nollenberger presented a research paper entitled, "Wisconsin Forms of Local Government: Relationship to Socioeconomic, Partisanship & Election, Decision-Making, and Internal Factors" at the 71st Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago, IL, April 11-14, 2013.
An MPA Student Talked about Empowerment of Women
March 28, 2013
The MPA student, Nana Coleman, was a panel member for the discussion, "Empowerment of Women in all Walks of Life." The presentation focused on perspectives of professional women's views on employment, education, health and housing. The event was held in Reeve Union 307, on March 27.
An MPA Student and Dr. Filipova Won the Graduate Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant
March 15, 2013
- The MPA student, Cheri Stoffel (in collaboration with Dr. Anna Filipova) has won the 2013-2014 Graduate Student and Faculty Collaborative Research grant. The grant will help Cheri's graduate thesis project. This is the first time that a grant of this type has been awarded to a graduate student and faculty from the public administration department. Other competing departments were ones from biology, psychology, and English. We are all very proud with this accomplishment! We hope that more MPA students would consider conducting collaborative research with their faculty!
The MPA Program Accelerates Alumni Careers: An Interview with Dr. King
February 26, 2013
- Dr. King was interviewed about the MPA program and its success in advancing alumni careers. The interview was published in UWO ENGAGE. To see the full aticle, please follow this link.
An MPA Student Chris Hardy is the New Administrator of the Village of Winneconne
January 28, 2013
The MPA student Chris Hardy is the new Administrator of the Village of Winneconne. He will start his new service on February 9, 2013. Congratulations, Chris!
22 MPA Students Became ICMA Members
Twenty-two MPA students have signed up to be members of ICMA through the student chapter in 2013. The membership is paid by the Department of Public Administration.
Dr. Nollenberger was Appointed as a Teaching Fellow
January 16, 2013
- Dr. Nollenberger was appointed as a Teaching Fellow of the 2013-14 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars Program in December 2012. Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars are selected for their outstanding teaching from among the University of Wisconsin System faculty and academic staff.
Dr. King and Students in MPA 742 Developed an Exit Interview Survey
December 16, 2012
- Students in Dr. Karen King's MPA 742 (Human Resources Management in the Public Sector) worked collaboratively over the fall, 2012, semester to develop a exit interview form for MPA graduating students to take as they finish their degrees. Using the MPA programs goals and previous current student and alumni survey findings, students created a comprehensive survey that can be taken in paper copy or online. Along with other formative and summary data about the program, the information that is collected from the exit interviews will be reviewed annually by MPA faculty to guide them in making decisions on how the program canbetter serve its students.
Dr. Filipova Presented at a Scientific Conference in San Diego, CA
November 19, 2012
Dr. Filipova presented a research paper on "Electronic Health Records Adoption and Use in Skilled Nursing Faiclities" at the Gerontological Society of America's 65th Annual Scientific Meeting in San Diego, CA, Nov. 14-18, 2012.
Faculty Represented the MPA Program at the UWO GradSchool Fest
November 15, 2012
MPA Faculty assisted by the MPA graduate assistant, Matthew Streckenbach, provided helpful information about the MPA program to interested candidates. The open house event was held Nov. 15 at Reeve Memorial Union Ballroom from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Dr. Filipova Attended the LeadingAge Conference in Denver, Colorado
October 26, 2012
Dr. Filipova attended a five-day conference, "LeadingAge Annual Meeting & Exposition" in the Colorado Convention Center, Oct. 20-25, 2012, Denver, CO. Her participation was sponsored by the Evergreen Retirment Community, Inc. She delivered a formal presentation to the Village Board of Directors of Evergreen Retirement Community and shared her knowledge with students in the Health Care Management course.
Dr. Nollenberger and MPA Students Conducted Community-Based Research
August 26, 2012
- Dr. Nollenberger and his MPA 721 Public Policy Analysis students have been conducting Citizen Surveys for the City of Oshkosh for the past four years. Read more...The survey explores the opinions of Oshkosh residents on their budget priorities and the quality of city services. The class provides this service at no cost to the City government and it is highly appreciated by the City officials. The survey has been used by the City to help determine the allocation of funds to the services most highly valued that citizens feel need improvements. Citizen Survey 2012 results are available on the City of Oshkosh website.
A PA Minor Student Shared Her WCMA Scholar Internship Experiences
August 21, 2012
- The PA Minor student, Elizabeth Garrow has completed her summer internship with the Town of Grand Chute. The internship has influenced her administrative skills and desire to continue pursuing her studies in public administration. Read more...
An MPA Student Starts a New Job at the State of WI-DOA
July 6, 2012
- The MPA student Emily McFarland has recently started a new job with the State of Wisconsin Department of Administration in the Bureau of Home Energy Plus, Energy Services Division, Policy Section. Congratulations, Emily!
Dr. Filipova is a Member of the Program Committee of the 36th Annual Teaching Public Administration Conference
July 2, 2012
- Dr. Filipova is a member of the Program Committee organizing the 36th Annual Teaching Public Administration Conference. She is responsible for participating in the development of conference theme and topics; scheduling and conference program; peer review of proposals, and so forth. More information about the conference is avaiable here.
Dr. Filipova was Appointed as a Teaching Fellow
June 16, 2012
- Dr. Filipova was appointed as a Teaching Fellow of the 2012-2013 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars Program in December 2011. Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars are selected for their outstanding teaching from among the University of Wisconsin System faculty and academic staff.
Dr. Filipova Presented at the 35th Annual Teaching Public Administration Conference
May 24, 2012
- Dr. Filipova delivered a presentation entitled, "Thought Self-Leadership Teaching: Is There Power in Constructive Thinking" at the 35th Annual National Teaching Public Administration Conference, South Padre Island, Texas, University of Texas at Brownsville, May 21-23, 2012.
Dr. Filipova Delivered a Presentation at the COLS Dean's Symposium
February 22, 2012
- Dr. Filipova's presentation focused on the current level of automation for 21 clinical and operational functions, the types of automated clinical decision support and health information exchange and integration capabilities, the types of automated systems to capture and query information relevant to health care quality, as well as the perceived barriers and benefits of electronic health records adoption and use in Wisconsin licensed nursing homes.
Dr. Nollenberger Spoke During a Public Forum at UW-La Crosse
February 15, 2012
- Dr. Nollenberger speaks during a public forum at UW-La Crosse exploring the pros and cons of city. Read more...Switch from Mayor to Administrator Could Lessen Confrontation
Jenny Davies: The Star Award for June 2011
December 16, 2011
Jennifer Davies, academic department associate in the Department of Public Affairs, has been named recipient of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh June 2011 STAR Award. Read more...Congratulations, Jenny!