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2014 Presidential Management Fellowship

  • John Good, who graduated from the MPA program in the Summer of 2014, was selected as a Finalist for the Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) (  Bearing the Presidential moniker, the PMF Program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates.  For more than 30 years, the PMF Program has helped Federal agencies meet their succession planning needs by providing the next generation of Great Leaders for Great Government. 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. Mr. Good has secured a 2-year fellowship with a Federal agency in Green Bay. Congratulations!


Graduate Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant

  • The MPA student, Cheri Stoffel (in collaboration with Dr. Anna Filipova) has won the 2013-2014 Graduate Student and Faculty Collaborative Research grant. Cheri Stoffel's graduate thesis project focuses on an assessment of university students binge eating and its impact on work and school productivity. She was awarded with a stipend of $3,000 and $500 for supplies and expenses for the project period. Congratulations, Cheri!

                            Cheri Stoffel

WCMA Scholar Internship Grant


In order to help promote future local government leaders, the Wisconsin City/County Management Association (WCMA) began an Internship Grant Program in 2006. A municipality can apply for up to a $2,000 grant which it must match with local funds. The WCMA Scholar Internship honors exemplary graduate students who aspire to a career in local government management. Read more... 

WCMA Scholar Internship grants have been awarded to the following UWO MPA and PA minor students:

  • The MPA student, Peter Curtin, received a matching grant of $2,000 towards a local government administration internship at the City of Waukesha in 2013.
  • The PA Minor student, Elizabeth Garrow, received a matching grant of $1,000 towards a local government administration internship at the Town of Grand Chute in 2012. 
  • The MPA student, Piersen Bowman, received a matching grant of $2,000 towards a local government administration internship at the City of Omro in 2010.
  • The MPA student, Angela Gorrall, received a matching grant of $2,000 towards a local government administration internship at the Village of Suamico in 2006.


Stephen Hintz MPA Award

  • The Stephen Hintz MPA Award honors Dr. Hintz's service and dedication to UW Oshkosh, the Oshkosh community, the State of Wisconsin and his profession. Read more about the award.
                                        Joseph Lemire


      2015 Hintz MPA Awardee Joseph Lemire (R) with Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Petra Roter (L)

                           2013 Award 

                              2013 Hintz MPA Award: Matthew Kuether (L) & Kurt Daniel Zempel (R)

  2012 Award             2011 Award

      2012 Hintz MPA Award: Patrick Wetzel                                      2011 Hintz MPA Award: Corinne McFarlane

                                           2009 Award

                                                              2009 Hintz MPA Award: Mary Ann Offer

MPA Graduate Student Honors Recognition Award

  • The Graduate Student Honors Recognition Award was created by the UWO Graduate Council about 20 years ago. Its purpose is to allow each graduate program the opportunity to recognize the students who showed outstanding academic achievement, with personal service and ability. Read more...




  • Ruthande Kessa 

  • Matthew Spence 

  • Shawna M. Kuether

  • John Good

  • Carrie Kahn

  • Lee Laraby-Lim

  • Cheri Stoffel

  • John Weinsheim
  • Scott Mittelstadt
  • Jason Ward
  • Douglas Teunissen
  • David Konrath


The National Society of Leadership and Success Service Award

  • The MPA Alumna, Nana Adjoa Coleman, won the Society Service Award from the National Society of Leadership and Success on November 25, 2014. 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!


Outstanding Performance Award

  • The MPA Student, Michael Parks, Technology Manager in the UWO College of Nursing, was honored 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. 
                                                                Michael Parks


"Mike Parks is a dedicated and important member of the administrative support team within the College of Nursing. During his time with the college, Parks has increased the number of podcasts available to students and staff, eased frustration through his in-depth knowledge base and network and set in motion ideas for the Learning Lab and Sim Lab, with the goal of increasing the success rate of students. Parks has also been instrumental in implementing many electronic processes that have helped the College more toward a more paperless and sustainable system. He is known for being a leader who goes above and beyond to complete any task and he is dedicated to professionalism in each project he undertakes. This summer, he taught as part of the PreCollege Enrichment Program, which is aimed at helping young students prepare for college. Beyond his service at the University, Parks has participated in many community fundraising activities including walks to raise money for breast cancer research and awareness, the Oshkosh Community Dragonboat Race & Festival and more. Parks earned his bachelor’s degree in organizational administration. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in public administration from UW Oshkosh."

Student Leadership Awards

  • Nana Coleman won the 2015 Emerging Volunteer of the Year Award at the UW Oshkosh Celebration of Student Leadership, May 4, 2015.
  • Reginald Parson won the 2015 Tom Segnitz Service Award at the UW Oshkosh Celebration of Student Leadership, May 4, 2015.

Certificate of Appreciation

  • The MPA student, UWO Chief Joseph LeMire (in the middle), received a Certificate of Appreciation for the 2012 Click It or Ticket Mobilization from the U.S. Department of Transportation and a Certifcate for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Mobilization. Congratulations, Joseph!



Alumni Association Board of Directors Service Award

  • The MPA student, Jeremiah Slinde, received the Alumni Association Board of Directors Service Award on October 12, 2012. He served as one of two students representatives to the current Graduate Council. Congratulations, Jeremiah!                       


Graduate Assistantship

MPA Program Graduate Assistants


"...The primary goal of a graduate assistantship is to aid in the prompt and successful completion of student's graduate degree program. Graduate assistantships enable graduate students to enroll full-time in graduate degree programs, so they may complete their degree programs more quickly and participate in the benefits of full-time involvement in study and academically related pursuits at the University..." Read more...





Reginald Parson

Reginald Parson

Matthew Streckenbach

 Shardul Doctor


                                                                 Reggie Parson

                            2015 Graduate Research Assistant: Reginald Parson

  • Reginald Parson was reappointed as the 2015 Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of Public Administration. Mr. Parson has a Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security with a minor in Criminal Justice and Pre-Law. He conducted research on behalf of Fond du Lac County for the implementation and recognition with Storm Ready, a community initiative sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service. He also generated and compared crime statistics from the FBI Uniformed Crime Report to the Chicago Police Department Crime Index at the end of each year for the Chicago Police Department Headquarters. In addition to these internship experiences, Mr. Parson was involved in the McNair Scholars Program, executing an independent research on human subjectivity in relation to youth gun crimes. He was a Student Speaker at May 13 Commencement Ceremony and 2013 Senator of the Year at Marian University Student Senate. Mr. Parson was appointed by Mayor Burke Tower to the City of Oshkosh Board of Zoning Appeals in August 2014. He won the 2015 Tom Segnitz Service Award, and is also the Oshkosh Student Association Chief of Staff and a member of the Chancellor's Leadership Council. He was also selected as one of two student representatives on the recent Chancellor's Search and Screen Committee by UW System President Ray Cross. His passion for improving policy and legislation, as well as his strong analytic skills benefit the PA Department and all MPA students. Congratulations again!


Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship

  • The MPA student, John Jacobs, was the winner of the Government Finance Officer's Association (GFOA) 2014 Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship competition. He accepted the $6000 award during the GFOA's Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 18-21, 2014. Congratulations!


AAUW Graduate Scholarship for Women

  • "Sponsored by The Oshkosh Branch, American Association of University Women*, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Graduate Scholarship for Women has been awarded annually to a UW Oshkosh female graduate student since 1966... The recipient receives an $1000 cash award in the fall semester, and a one-year membership in AAUW at the time of her graduation.  The award is not renewable." Read more...Two MPA students have recently won the Scholarship: Nana Coleman and Jennifer Keiser.

                           Nana C

                                                           2013 AAUW Recipient: Nana Coleman (L)            

                       Jen 2012 AAUW Recipient: Jennifer Keiser  

Emerging Leader Scholarship

Awarded to up to 20 members per year, the Emerging Leader Scholarship is intended to recognize and reward
demonstrated leadership ability and accomplishment, and is issued by the National Society of Leadership and Success. Scholarships are awarded twice per year, with funds ($1,000) distributed directly to the academic institution to apply against tuition and fees.

                                                                Nana 3

  • The MPA student, Nana Adjoa Coleman, was the only UWO student to win the 2012-2013 Emerging Leader Scholarship (see all recent winners here). Congratulations!


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