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We are proud to showcase the highlights and accomplishments of the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs student, faculty, and alumni community.

Professor Héctor Cordero Guzmán Contributes to Multiple Latin-facing News Stories (June 2017)
View Manhattan Neighborhood Network's "Prospecto Latino" broadcast
Read the El Nuevodia article
Read the Diverse Issues in Higher Education article


MSEd Alumnus, Warren E. Haynes Assumes Leadership Role for UCM-Lee’s Summit (June 2017)
Warren E. Haynes, whose higher education experience includes teaching, workforce training, leadership in workforce and economic development and continuing education programs, will share his knowledge and skills with the University of Central Missouri and its students as the new director of UCM–Lee’s Summit beginning July 17, 2017.

The Summit serves as the university's residence center for educational opportunities in the Kansas City region for undergraduates, graduates, and transfer students.

Laurel Hogue, vice provost for Extended Studies at UCM, announced Haynes’ appointment, noting that his background will support the university as UCM-Lee’s Summit embarks on a new era of service to the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Read more about the Summit


Austin W. Marxe ('65) Dedication Ceremony Celebrates Mr. Marxe and His $30 Million Gift to the School (June 2017)
“This gift will allow students who come here—for years and years to come—to fulfill their dreams,” said Baruch President Mitchel B. Wallerstein, who awarded Marxe a Bernard Baruch maquette (a small model of the iconic full-size statue of Bernard Baruch sitting on a park bench). “I want to thank you and the entire Marxe family for sharing and believing in the vision we have for the school.”

Read about the ceremony
View photos from the ceremony


BSPA Student, Quadmid Francis Named Baruch College 2017 Salutatorian (May 2017)
Baruch College announced that Caitlin Larsen and Quamid Francis are this year’s Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively. The two students will join their fellow graduates on June 5 who will be attending the College’s 2017 Commencement Ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. This year’s Class of 2017 is comprised of more than 6,000 students.

Salutatorian Quamid Francis, a former Marine who was deployed in Japan, with bilateral training exercises in Thailand, Korea, and the Philippines, is receiving a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs from the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. He has always lived by the principle, “Bloom where you plant.” That guiding belief led him to success not only in the military, but at Baruch College as well.

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Adjunct Professor and Faculty Director of the Executive MPA, Nicole A. Gordon Discusses Special Prosecutor on Trump-Russia Investigation with Fox 5 NY (May 2017)

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Professor Héctor Cordero Guzmán Comments on the Debt Crisis' Effect on Funding for the University of Pueto Rico for Diverse Issues in Higher Education (May 2017)
The University of Puerto Rico system has been locked in an indefinite, student-led strike since early April, echoing similar student-led protests in 2010. The protests in 2010 were in response to a proposed tuition hike. Today, the struggle is over the future of the UPR system.

Currently, UPR receives approximately $800 million annually from the Puerto Rican government, representing around 80 percent of the overall university budget. Reducing the budget by nearly half over just a few years would most likely have severe consequences for the university system, which is currently the largest provider of higher education on the island.

“It’s a major, major cut, without precedent in any university system in the United States,” said Dr. Hector Cordero-Guzman, professor at the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College. “There’s not a single public university system in the United States that’s been asked to manage a cut of this size and proportion over a period of this time.”

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Professor Héctor Cordero Guzmán Quoted in NBC Article "Who Is Michael J. Garcia? A Latino Judge Is in the Running for FBI Director" (May 2017)
A Latino judge is in the running to take over the Federal Bureau of Investigations, in the wake of President Trump's controversial dismissal of James Comey last week. Judge Michael J. Garcia of New York was among four candidates who interviewed with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod. J. Rosenstein on Saturday. If nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate, Garcia could become the first Latino in history to lead the FBI.

People who have interacted with Garcia on community and non-profit work speak highly of his commitment, noted Hector Cordero-Guzman, professor at Baruch College at the City University of New York. "His positive reputation speaks well of his work ethic, dedication, and willingness to collaborate with others," Cordero-Guzman said. "He is definitely a respected leader."

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Five BSPA Students Participate in New York State Senate 2017 Model Legislative Session (May 2017)
As a part of the New York State Senate Student Programs five BSPA students participated in the 2017 Model Legislative Session. The program which chooses approximately 30 talented undergraduate students and lasts four months is meant to foster an appreciative understanding of the State’s legislative process.

Michael Feller, who acted as faculty liaison said of the five BSPA students: "Quamid Francis, Thara Duclosel, Anna Makogon, Paul Gagliardi and Oscar Bruce all did an excellent job, both as officers of the Senate and in the presentation of their proposed legislation."

Model Senate 2017

From left to right:
Oscar Bruce, Chamber Operations Clerk
Thara Duclosel, Minority Leader
Quamid Francis, Senate President
Paul Gagliardi, Majority Leader
Anna Makogon, Chamber Operations Clerk


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Watch a video of the New York State Senate 2017 Model Legislative Session


Marxe Dean, Birdsell Delivers Keynote Speech at Annual United Way of Westchester and Putnam Not-for-Profit Leadership Summit (May 2017)
Do you trust government to do the right thing? Marxe Dean, David S. Birdsell addressed a crowded ballroom at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown, NY as keynote speaker for the annual United Way of Westchester and Putnam Not-for-Profit Leadership Summit. The May 1 event included more than 600 people representing the nonprofit industry in Westchester.

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Professor Héctor Cordero Guzmán Featured in "Seeking Solutions to the Crisis in Puerto Rico"on NY1 Spectrum Noticias (May 2017)
Professors Ed Morales (of Columbia) and Marxe School Professor, Héctor Cordero Guzmán analyze the possible solutions to the unsustainable situation in Puerto Rico.

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Trending@Baruch Covers Marxe Issues Breakfast Series (April 2017)

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BSPA Alumnus, Hasin Ishraque Awarded Selective Fulbright Scholarship to Travel Abroad (April 2017)
Hasin Ishraque (BSPA ’16) will be traveling to Mexico, the Netherlands, and Malaysia respectively, during the 2017 and 2018 academic year to pursue studies, professional development, and teaching opportunities.

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MPA Alumna, Nikita Hardy Featured in Upstate Venture Connect Article "Women Fill Key Positions in Upstate NY" (April 2017)
UVC met with three powerful women, including Nikita Hardy (MPA '15) who joined Empire State Development (ESD) as a New York State Excelsior Service Fellow last year for an article on past and current activities, future challenges and thoughts on the Upstate ecosystem.

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Associate Professor Hilary Botein Appointed by Mayor de Blasio to the Rent Guidelines Board (April 2017)
Hilary Botein, PhD, and associate professor at the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, has been appointed to New York City’s Rent Guidelines Board by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The nine-member board is charged with establishing annual rent adjustments for more than 1 million dwelling units that are subject to rent stabilization in New York City.

Botein, who has been at Baruch College since 2007, teaches courses on housing policy, housing and community development policy, and a course for the National Urban Fellows graduate program.

"It's an honor to have been chosen to represent the people of New York City on the Rent Guidelines Board,” said Botein. “I'm looking forward to gathering and reviewing the information that we will use to make these important decisions."

Read the Baruch College press release

Read the Office of the Mayor press release


Nabila Ibrahim (MPA ’17) receives NYS Excelsior Service Fellowship (April 2017)
Congratulations to Nabila Ibrahim, who recently participated in the Executives on Campus mentorship program and earned a seat on the New York State Excelsior Service Fellowship Program.

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Marxe Student Jesse Aman (BSPA ’17) selected to participate in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Fellowship (April 2017)

Jesse Aman (BSPA ’17), a student at Marxe School of International and Public Affairs, has been awarded the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Fellowship (CBYX). Funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Department of State, CBYX is a fellowship that annually provides 75 American and 75 German young professionals, between the ages of 18-24, the opportunity to spend one year in each other’s countries. While there, students study, intern, and live with hosts in a cultural immersion program.

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Five MPA Students Participated in Intensive Program in Youth and Unemployment Issues at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland (March 2017)

This spring five MPA students participated in an intensive two week program on youth unemployment “Strategies combating youth unemployment” at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. The program targets current graduate students of the Marxe School Students from five other European countries participated. Each group of students prepared materials and then worked in joint groups and prepared lessons and presentations on youth unemployment from their home country.

Congratulations to Nancy Billman, Mena Singh, Daniel Muniz, Cindy Kwan, and Justine Billups on completing the program!

Poznan



Marxe School's MPA Program ranked among "Top 50 Master's of Public Administration Programs 2017"
(March 2017)

The Marxe School’s "Master of Public Administration degree, within the highly esteemed Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, is designed to cultivate effective administrative leaders and thoughtful policy analysts within the nonprofit and government sectors.”

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MPA Student Participating in NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition on Food Security (March 2017)

Congratulations to MPA student Courtney Byrne-Mitchell who was part of the runner-up team of the 2017 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition! on Food Security!  This year's topic was Food Security and the world-wide effort to address UN Sustainable Development Goal 2 (end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture, by 2030).

This year's competition featured nearly 400 students from a record number of 175 NASPAA schools participating at 8 regional sites.

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Austin W. Marxe ('65) Named One of America's Most Generous Donors by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. (February 2017)

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CUNY-IBM Watson Competition Spring 2017 - February 3-May 12, 2017 (February 2017)

IBM, The City University of New York (CUNY) and the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College are collaborating on the CUNY-IBM Watson Case Competition, to provide CUNY students the opportunity to learn about  emerging cognitive technologies that can be used  to improve the lives of college students and the delivery of city services. Students are challenged to think of ways to improve the operation and quality of services delivered by organizations in higher education and agencies involved in New York City government. IBM will provide students who participate with information on the different types of Watson API’s and will offer free access to Bluemix services used to build mobile applications.  The top 3 winning teams will share $10,000 in cash prizes.

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United Nations Hosts Students and Alumni for 2nd Annual Visit (January 2017)

On Thursday, January 19, 2017 Marxe students and alumni visited the United Nations Headquarters as part of the Marxe School Career Services' Site Visit Program. Participants had the unique opportunity to tour the facilities and receive invaluable insights and advice about career opportunities and the application process at the UN from alumni who currently work there.

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BSPA Graduate, Anabel Perez Featured in New York Times Feature, "American Dreamers" (November 2016)
The article begins with, "My American journey began at Cibao International Airport in the Dominican Republic" and tells the story of a young immigrant who came to America, worked hard to assimilate, and applied for President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order (DACA), which helped her "work legally, have a Social Security card, pay taxes, open a bank account, get on an airplane, get a driver’s license and finish college."

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Ten BSPA Students Selected for State Legislature Internship (November 2016)
Ten Baruch College undergraduate students were recently selected for the State Legislature Internship in Albany in the spring of 2017 -- all ten of which are from the BSPA program.

Students joining the New York State Senate:
Oscar Bruce ('17), Thara Duclosel ('18), Quamid Francis ('18), Paul Gagliardi ('19), and Anna Makogon ('18)

Students joining the New York State Assembly:
Alina Krugovykh ('17), Peter Lewicki ('18), Elsayed Osman ('19), Ahathon Tolibov ('19), and Jolisel Vargas-Lopez ('18)

Read students' profiles here


Alumni Association of the City College of New York Honors Professor Stan Altman Status of 2016 Townsend Harris Medalist (November 2016)
Professor Altman received his award at the 136th Annual Alumni Dinner at the New York Hilton in early November. He looks back on the achievement of receiving the Medal for his outstanding contributions to his profession from his alma mater, CCNY. "The occasion gave me an opportunity to reflect on my incredible journey from a kid growing up on the streets of the South Bronx to Dean of MSPIA, and Baruch's interim President to recipient of the Townsend Harris Medal. I had to pinch myself to remember it was my life and not someone else's narrative. I am living the American Dream."

See the list of 2016 Townsend Harris Medalists


Ricardo Aca, BSPA Student From Video Profile, "Meet the Undocumented Immigrant Who Works in a Trump Hotel", Receives Award at CUNY DREAMers Conference (November 2016)
Ricardo Aca, BSPA ‘18 has been in the news quite a bit since he spoke out last summer as an undocumented immigrant working on a Trump hotel against Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants. He was recently recognized by CUNY at the 3rd Annual CUNY DREAMers conference held at Queens College. Several awards were given out, including an honorary award which went to Ricardo for the work he’s done for the immigrant community through photography and a video he created when he spoke out in response to Trump’s negative remarks about the Mexican community.

Ricardo’s Bio
Ricardo Aca is a Mexican-born photographer and immigration rights activist. He first came to prominence in August 2015, when he released a video statement in response to Donald Trump’s remarks about undocumented Mexican immigrants. In the video, Aca defends himself, and fellow undocumented immigrants, against Trump’s characterization of them as criminals, drug dealers, and rapists; he was, in fact, working three jobs, one of which was as a busboy in Trump’s own Soho Hotel.

The video quickly became viral, and Aca was featured in several media, including The New York Times, The LA Times, the Rachel Maddow Show, Univision and Telemundo. Aca crossed the border at Arizona at the age of 14, accompanied by his younger sister. Aca finished an Associate’s degree in photography at LaGuardia Community College in Queens and he is currently working on his Bachelor's degree in Public Affairs at Baruch College. He also started several photo projects in response to anti-immigration sentiment, which may be published in a book.

Learn more about this year’s CUNY DREAMers Conference

Watch Ricardo’s YouTube profile

View more of Ricardo’s work as well as his press mentions


MPA-NUF Alumna Yuh-Line Niou Discusses Lower Manhattan 65th Assembly District Seat Win with DNAinfo New York (November 2016)
Democrat Yuh-Line Niou clinched Lower Manhattan's 65th Assembly District seat with 76 percent of the vote. She'll make history as the first Asian-American to represent any district in Manhattan.

"I am deeply humbled that the voters have entrusted me with this responsibility," she told supporters at her campaign headquarters in Chinatown after her win Tuesday night. "With your help, together we can begin to build a stronger community for everyone."

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Professor Deborah Balk Featured in Salute to Scholars Article, "Tracking Migration to Cities As Earth's Climate Changes" (November 2016)
Professor Deborah Balk, PhD, and associate director of the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research, is among the CUNY faculty highlighted in the latest edition of Salute to Scholars, which features award-winning professors and the noteworthy grants and honors they received in the past academic year.

Read the article, "Tracking Migration To Cities as Earth’s Climate Changes" (page 10)


Marxe Dean, David S. Birdsell Appointed NASPAA President (October 2016)
David Birdsell, PhD, Marxe Dean and Professor of the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs (MSPIA), has been named president of NASPAA (the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration), the recognized accreditor and membership association that represents the global standard in public service education for graduate schools. Baruch has been a NASPAA member institution for 40 years and was accredited in NASPAA’s first accreditation cycle. Dr. Birdsell was elected vice president in 2015 and served in that role until assuming the presidency for a one-year term on October 21. A faculty member at Baruch since 1986 and at MSPIA since 1994, Dr. Birdsell has served with distinction as dean for the past 10 years. He is widely published on communication theory and practice and is a regular guest commentator on debates and other aspects of political communication for local, national, and international television and print media. He is also a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, among other honors.

Learn more about NASPAA


Flatiron 23rd Partnership Conducts Q&A with Marxe Dean, David S. Birdsell (October 2016)

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Professor, Neil J. Sullivan Releases New Book, The Prometheus Bomb: The Manhattan Project and Government in the Dark (October 2016)
During World War II, the lives of millions of Americans lay precariously in the hands of a few brilliant scientists who raced to develop the first weapon of mass destruction. Elected officials gave the scientists free rein in the Manhattan Project without understanding the complexities and dangers involved in splitting the atom.

Through the story of the Manhattan Project, Neil J. Sullivan asks by what criteria the people in charge at the time made such critical decisions. He also ponders how similar judgments are reached today with similar incomprehension from those at the top as our society dives down the potential rabbit hole of bioengineering, nanotechnology, and scientific developments yet to come.

Read more about and purchase The Prometheus Bomb


Inside Higher Ed Article Talks Baruch College, Marxe Gift, and Master of International Affairs Program (October 2016)

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Distinguished Lecturer and Director of the Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management, Jack Krauskopk Writes Op-Ed on Child Abuse for NYN Media (October 2016)
Details are still emerging about the recent death of Zymere Perkins, a six-year old boy in Harlem. What could have prevented his death and that of too many other children before him? A long-term determined focus to support the protective services caseworkers who investigate child abuse and neglect is necessary. Above all, because elected officials and city administrators change and media attention rises and falls over time, that support must be maintained.

Read the New York Nonprofit Media article


Master of International Affairs Faculty Director and Clinical Professor, Carla A. Robbins Pens Washington Post Article on Book Covering Bill Clinton's Post-Presidential Philanthropy (September 2016)

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School Receives Transformational Gift, Renamed Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs (September 2016)
The City University of New York’s Baruch College has received a transformational $30 million gift from 76-year-old Baruch alumnus and investment banker, Austin W. Marxe, and has now changed its name to the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs in recognition of the donation.

The gift will help the School expand its faculty and provide scholarships, said Baruch President Mitchel B. Wallerstein. It is one of the largest any CUNY school has ever gotten.

“My thought process was that if we can graduate more students who are really qualified for governmental agencies and charities, then over a period of time we can have a real impact on the world,” Mr. Marxe said in an interview.

Read the Wall Street Journal article
Read the NY Daily News article
Read President Wallerstein's announcement


Dear Friend and Benefactor of SPIA, Amy Hagedorn, Passes Away (September 2016)
Dear Members of the SPIA Community,

Last week we lost a dear friend and benefactor, Amy Hagedorn. A 1958 graduate of the College, Amy was an early childhood educator who turned her sights to philanthropy after marrying her late husband, Horace. Through the Hagedorn Foundation that they created and in her own right, Amy was a passionate champion of immigrants, of the environment, and of the entire nonprofit sector on Long Island.

At SPIA, she created the Hagedorn Internship and Scholarship programs that have helped scores of undergraduate and graduate students, many of them undocumented immigrants, to achieve their academic and professional goals. Her approach to internships nicely illustrates Amy’s approach to philanthropy. Deeply concerned about inequalities of all sorts, and the access barriers they create, Amy knew that many deserving students of modest means cannot afford to take unpaid internships with outstanding organizations. She also knew that nonprofits have an especially keen need to attract talented young people. She put those two things together and created a series of supported internships that have been enormously successful, launching the nonprofit careers of more than 100 Hagedorn Fellows.

Beyond her philanthropy, Amy was one of the wisest, kindest, most deeply caring people I have ever met. I was touched and honored that she spent so much time with our students, and so were they. Many told me after a luncheon or a meeting with her that she was supportive and inspiring in ways that they would never forget.

We won’t forget either. We will miss Amy terribly, but there is great comfort in knowing that she made the world a better place, and showed others how to follow in her footsteps. We will hold a memorial on campus when we determine how best to assemble as many members of our community as possible. In the interim, please join me in offering our deepest condolences to the Hagedorn family.

David Birdsell

Learn more about the life of this great friend and supporter of our School

AH


MPA-NUF Alumna, Yuh-Line Niou Defeats Sheldon Silver Ally in Primary for His Old Assembly Seat (September 2016)
Yuh-Line Niou (MPA-NUF '11) won a six-way race on Tuesday for the Democratic nomination to inherit the State Assembly seat once held by Sheldon Silver, in a repudiation of the stubborn grip Mr. Silver held on his Lower Manhattan district for four decades — held, that is, until his conviction late last year on federal corruption charges.

Niou, who is virtually assured a spot in the Assembly in this solid-blue district, is a former chief of staff for Assemblyman Ron Kim of Flushing, Queens. They would be the only two Assembly members of Asian descent.

“The entire 65th is ready for change,” Ms. Niou said on Tuesday evening, soon after the race was called in her favor, referring to her district. “I think it’s very long overdue — we are 14 percent of the population, and we are not yet one percent of the representation, even with this win.”

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Javier Santiago (MPA '16) Selected for Post-Grad Fellowship with NYS Senate Finance Committee (September 2016)
We congratulate MPA alum, Javier Santiago who has been selected for a post-grad fellowship program with the NYS Senate Finance Committee as part of the James Biggane Fellowship in Finance & Fiscal Studies and SPIA's Washington Semester. Javier will be involved in the budgetary process – one of the Senate’s primary responsibilities to the people of New York.

"I’m really excited to work in the New York State Senate Finance Committee of my beloved home state because it will give me the opportunity to apply the leadership and analytical skills I have learned at Baruch College and it will allow me to learn the mechanics of the New York State Budget process", Javier says. "Furthermore, the exchange of ideas among colleagues, experts and other fellows will allow me to grow, both personally and professionally, in order to be an effective public servant."

His responsibilities will include: data analysis; evaluation of legislative, executive, and judicial branch agencies and programs; learning about the process of revenue forecasting and the expenditure of state funds; and other public finance related topics.

Javier did his internship last year at the Commerce Department with Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of the Secretary - President Obama Administration, William A. Ramos (MPA '06).

Learn more about the NYS Senate Finance Committee


MPA Alum, Paul Orbe Selected to Explore the Ocean Aboard Ship that Discovered the Titanic Shipwreck (August 2016)
Paul Orbe has been selected as a Science Communication Fellow and will sail aboard Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus during its 2016
expedition. Mr. Orbe will join the Corps of Exploration in August as they explore the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. The Farallones region protects over 400 historic ship and aircraft wrecks, most of them undiscovered. Moreover, this expedition will visit unexplored deepsea coral habitats, some of which lies in the deepest regions of the sanctuary.

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MPA Alumna, Alina Moran Named Chief Executive Officer at NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan (August 2016)
Dr. Ram Raju, President and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals, announced the appointment of Alina Moran as Chief Executive Officer of NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan. Ms. Moran brings 17 years of experience within the city’s public hospital system to the position and will lead efforts to increase financial stability, strengthen community partnerships, and enhance the health care experience of patients and their families.

“I am very excited to be back at NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan, where I was born,” said Alina Moran, CEO, NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan. “My commitment to the success of this hospital and the city’s public health care system is personal as well as professional. I look forward to working together with the team at Metropolitan to build a stronger and more efficient hospital that will continue to provide safe quality care and an exceptional patient experience to all members of our community.”

NYC Health + Hospitals conducted a national search to fill these leadership positions and worked with DHR International, an executive search firm, to find candidates from inside and outside the organization. The selection was assisted by search committees at the system level and for each of the hospitals. Members of the search committees included senior clinical and nurse leaders, and labor and community representatives.

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Professor Cordero-Guzman Comments for New York Times on Difficulty of Puerto Ricans Assimilating Despite Citizenship (August 2016)
Bella Epstein Seligsohn can still smell the fish boiling. Alison Wong remembers playing in the air shaft with her siblings. José Velez was the superintendent, and to this day curses the roof for always leaking.

They were residents of the tenement at 103 Orchard Street, and their memories inform an exhibition set to open next summer in their old apartment building at the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Their families all came to New York in the decades after World War II, an often overlooked period of United States immigration and migration. The Wongs were the last to leave when the museum moved them out just two years ago -- meaning the history here is very much still alive.

This is the most modern period the museum has covered, said Annie Polland, the museum's senior vice president for programs and education. ''People think of the Lower East Side in 1900 and they think about it today with bars and art galleries,'' Ms. Polland said. ''We're showing these decades that no one's talked about and yet were so important for so many people.''

The Epsteins and the Wongs came amid changes in United States policy that admitted, in the 1940s, small numbers of refugees who were survivors of the Holocaust and, in the 1960s, Chinese immigrants. Mr. Velez arrived in a wave of Puerto Rican migration in the 1950s that altered the complexion of the city. They were all connected by the fabric of the Lower East Side: Each family had one parent working in the garment industry.

The museum bought the building in 2007, first renovating the lower floors. Construction on the exhibition began this summer on the second floor, above the museum's gift shop. Residents know the building, which was built in 1888 and had 15 apartments, by the address of its side entrance: 81 Delancey Street.

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Board Member of El Museo del Barrio and SPIA Professor, Cordero-Guzman Comments for Wall Street Journal on Museum Chief's Decision to Step Down (August 2016)
The executive director of El Museo del Barrio, Jorge Daniel Veneciano, is stepping down after 2 1/2 years at the helm of New York's main institution for Latino art and culture. His departure is effective at the end of the month, when he will leave "to pursue new opportunities," the museum announced Friday.

Mr. Veneciano's departure comes as El Museo is working to line up fresh sources of funding. A number of major gifts from individuals and foundations are winding down, said board member Hector R. Cordero-Guzman, a professor at the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College.

Despite support from New York City and the museum's board, El Museo "needs to figure out ways to replace some of the major gifts and add to its funding base to keep operating at the level that it is," Mr. Cordero-Guzman said Friday. "What pains me the most is that our artistic accomplishments and our work are some of the highest in our history."

He praised Mr. Veneciano -- "Daniel's artistic and creative accomplishments at El Museo are extraordinary" -- and said the departure was amicable.

Read the full article


Professor Hector Cordero-Guzman Among Experts Tapped to Comment on Puerto Rico Debt Crisis for NBC Latino(August 2016)
As much as many would like to think Puerto Rico's worries are over because Congress passed a law to clean up its fiscal problems, the reality is sinking in that this will be no quick fix.

Professor Hector Cordero-Guzmán of Baruch College, a moderator at a conference on Puerto Rico's ongoing debt crisis held Tuesday, told NBC Latino that, so far, reaction in Puerto Rico to the debt-fixing PROMESA Act passed by Congress seems to be mixed. "The way I would describe it is that the emotions have gone through some changes."

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Associate Professor, Thomas J. Main Speaks at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church About his New Book on Homelessness in New York (August 2016)
On Sunday, August 7 Dr. Main joined Lynn Wishart, chair of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church's Committee on Homelessness, along with community members for a conversation about his work. Dr. Main "enjoyed talking to the informed audience of volunteers and concerned citizens" about his book on homelessness policy in New York City and summarized how the policy has developed over the last thirty years. Associate Professor Main's book is titled, "Homelessness in New York City: Policymaking from Koch to de Blasio."

New York City now shelters more than 50,000 otherwise homeless people at an annual cost of more than $1 billion in the largest and most complex shelter system in the world. Dr. Main's book asks: Can American cities respond effectively to pressing social problems? Or, as many scholars have claimed, are urban politics so mired in stasis, gridlock and bureaucratic paralysis that dramatic policy change is impossible? "Homelessness in New York City" tells the remarkable story of how America's largest city has struggled for more than thirty years to meet the crisis of modern homelessness as well as the tale of how five mayors—Koch, Dinkins, Giuliani, Bloomberg and de Blasio—have wrestled with these problems.

Read more about Associate Professor Main's visit to the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church

Purchase Dr. Main's book, "Homelessness in New York City: Policymaking from Koch to de Blasio" via Amazon
or NYU Press


Congratulations to this Year's Class of NYS Excelsior Fellows (July 2016)
Shannon MacColl - Division of Veterans Affairs
Joanne Hernandez – The Port Authority of NY & NJ
Jenny Coronel- Office of New Americans at the Dept. of State
Daniel Hayden- NYS Dept. of Corrections & Community Supervision

All of this year's class of NYS Excelsior Fellows are MPA students with an expected graduation date of 2016.


Professor, Hector R. Cordero-Guzman Comments on Puerto Rico Debt Crisis for Dissent Magazine's Podcast, "Belabored" (July 2016)
Puerto Rico's debt crisis has been a long time in the making. Will solutions being advocated by the U.S. government make it any better? Professor, Héctor Cordero-Guzmán joins the podcast's team to explain the situation, and to remind us that the situation does have parallels within the continental United States.

Listen to the podcast


Dr. Antigoni Papadimitriou (MSEd '02) Accepts Position at Johns Hopkins University (July 2016)
Alumna, Dr. Antigoni Papadimitriou (MSEd '02) recently accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Leadership in the School of Education, Division of Public Safety Leadership at Johns Hopkins University. She begins later this month.

Dr. Papadimitriou shares her feelings with us: "I feel excited, proud, and at the same time responsible for my career, for those that supported me, and moreover for those that believed on me and select me among several candidates!"

We offer her our warmest congratulations.


Debra Joy Pérez, Ph.D. (MPA '98) Joins the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation as Chief Evaluation and Learning Officer (June 2016)
Debra Joy Pérez, Ph.D. and School of Public Affairs MPA graduate, joins the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation as chief evaluation and learning officer. In this newly expanded role, Pérez will work closely with the grantmaking teams to advance the organization's work in science, environmental conservation, patient care, and in the Bay Area.

As chief evaluation and learning officer, Pérez will develop, manage and refine measurement, evaluation and learning processes across the foundation. She will oversee a team of evaluation officers including those embedded within the foundation's four grantmaking programs. This internal consultative approach will streamline measurement and evaluation efforts across programs, increase the effectiveness and utility of program evaluations and increase learning and use of evaluation results across the foundation.

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Martin Schmid (BSPA '16) Becomes First Baruch College Student Accepted to Highly Competitive Coro Fellowship
Having just finished and graduated from the School of Public Affairs and Baruch College, alumnus Martin Schmid (BSPA '16) has been selected to be a Coro Fellow. He is the very first individual to have studied at Baruch College to achieve this. Martin's academic honors include but are not limited to appearing on the Dean's list all four years as well as receiving the 2016 Joyce Brown Class of 1991 Award for outstanding academic achievement while contributing significantly to the student life of Baruch College.

Martin Schmid, who has accepted the new role, relays his enthusiasm: "I was ecstatic when I found that I was offered the position, and I'm told that I am the first Baruch student to be a Coro fellow. With the fellowship, I hope to be able to delve more into how New York City government works, and how a city of 8.4 million people functions. I am excited for this phenomenal opportunity and am ready to hit the ground running when the fellowship starts in late August."

Coro New York is the premier leadership training program that provides skills, knowledge and a network suited for ambitious agents of change. Participants often become leaders and influencers.

For the past 30 years, the Coro Fellowship has used the City as a classroom, helping Fellows learn through interactions with varied decision-makers and engaging team work to develop critical thinking, analytical, governance, and leadership skills. The program is noted for its demand for stamina, rigorous thinking and analysis, and a self-reflective approach to its multi-faceted learning opportunities.

The Coro Fellows Program in New York has four major components: field placements (project-focused internships); seminars (experiential activities and informative lectures); leadership breakfasts (intimate learning experiences with city leaders); and focus weeks (week-long topic-themed immersion).


Professor and Host of Baruch College CityTalk, Douglas Muzzio Discusses Candidates, Political Parties and More on CUNY TV's Eldridge And Co (June 2016)
Doug Muzzio, Baruch College School of Public Affairs political science professor and "CityTalk" host, and Ronnie Eldridge discuss candidates, political parties, the nominating process, the discontent of the electorate, and distrust of the elected in this 2016 "most critical election."

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"There Goes the Nonprofit Neighborhood" by Associate Professor, Hilary Botein Published in New York Nonprofit Media (June 2016)

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Amanda Anderson (MSN/MPA '16) Publishes First Column as Contributing Editor and Editorial Board Member of The American Journal of Nursing (June 2016)
School of Public Affairs alumna, Amanda Anderson (MSN/MPA '16) was recently made a contributing editor and editorial board member of The American Journal of Nursing. Her first column, titled "A New Nurse's First Days at the Bedside", will run in the June 2016 issue. Amanda also works in nursing administration at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City and is co-director of the Nurses Writing Project at the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing.

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Six MPA Students Accepted to Prestigious Short-Term Programs Abroad this Summer (May 2016)
Six MPA students have been accepted to various short-term programs abroad during various timeframes in July 2016. They all will receive the Dean's Excellence Award in addition to this distinct privilege. The students and programs are as follows:

  • Mira Antoun (MPA '17), who will be participating in "How Europe Works: Institutions and Law in the EU" at at the BSEL/HWR in Berlin, Germany.
  • Erin Tolman (MPA '17) will be participating in "Urban Political Ecology on the Road: City's Nature and Nature's City through Istanbul" in Istanbul, Turkey at Koc University. Erin received a scholarship from Koç University that will cover a portion of the program fee.
  • Nara Sainthil (MPA '17) and Mena Singh (MPA '16) will participate in an international summer program at the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE), in Chengdu, China with program fee coverage from SWUFE.
  • Jamie Burke (MPA '17) and Stephanie Peralta (MPA '16) will participate in Brazilian Seminars at PUC-Rio University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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BSPA Student, Hasin Ishraque Earns Language Scholarship to Study in India (May 2016)
Baruch College student Hasin Ishraque'16 has earned a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study Bangla in India this summer. The CLS is an intensive overseas language study program funded by the U.S. Department of State.

Ishraque, who is graduating in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs, will spend the summer studying the language at the American Institute of Indian Studies.

"My goal is to apply my new language abilities and help regions in South Asia that will be afflicted by natural disasters in the future. Bangladesh is specifically prone to this," says Ishraque. "But I also plan to help in my own community in the same context."

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Associate Professor, Don Waisanen Comments on Presidential Use of Comedy and Rhetoric in USA Today (May 2016)
Obama takes the stage Saturday night for his last correspondents' dinner in the midst of a a campaign to elect his successor, giving him ample opportunity to joke about his legacy, the 2016 election, and — more than likely — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

It was President Clinton who really understood the value of the comedy to deflect scandal, using his White House Correspondents' Association dinner to make fun of fundraising controversies and even his affair with a White House intern. In 1999, Clinton registered a mock complaint that "the events of the past year" came in only 53rd on a list of the 100 biggest stories of the 20th century.

"I mean, what does a guy have to do to make the top 50 around here? I came in six places after the invention of plastic, for crying out loud. And I don't recall a year of 24-hour-a-day saturation coverage on the miracle of plastic," he said.

That's a classic use of what scholars of rhetoric call an enthymeme — an argument in which one of the premises remains unstated.

"He didn't actually name the scandal," said Don Waisanen, a professor of public communication at the City University of New York. "He didn't talk about the details. He certainly didn't use the name 'Monica Lewinsky.' The audience had to come up with what he was talking about."

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MPA Alum, Paul Orbe Recognized with Presitigious Fellowship, Award by National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) and Shell (April 2016)
Paul Orbe, a science teacher at the Academy for Enrichment and Advancement in Union City; School of Public Affairs alumni (MPA '00); and member of the Union City Education Association, was recently awarded the NSTA-Bayer Fellowship from the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) and the Urban Science Educator Development Award from the NSTA and Shell.

Since 2013, Orbe has conducted cutting-edge biopharmaceutical research and participated in the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Prior to teaching, Paul was an accomplished professional in health administration.

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Executive MPA Alumna, CarlLa Horton Recognized For Volunteerism by NorthJersey.com (April 2016)
CarlLa Horton knows about hard times - including poverty and domestic violence. She personally grew up under those conditions in Chicago. National Guardsmen patrolled the streets where she lived. Life was not easy. She learned early about struggles for survival and has dedicated herself to the mission of making the lives of women and their children better.

Known in her adopted home of West Milford for her enthusiasm and her desire to help others, Horton is a member and lay leader at the United Methodist Church of Newfoundland. One of her projects is to provide brand new children's clothing free of charge, not only to those of her church, but anyone else in need of it. She is also active in food pantry projects.

At her latest "Klothes for Kids" event last month she was able to give away many new clothing items to local families.

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Baruch College Alumni Association Names Distinguished Lecturer, Michael Feller Recipient of 2016 Faculty Service Awards (April 2016)
The Bernard M. Baruch College Alumni Association, has named Distinguished Lecturer, Michael Feller recipient of the Association's 2016 Faculty Service Award for the School of Public Affairs. This award is in recognition of his "dedication to the students and mission of Baruch College over the years in ways that go beyond the normal responsibilities of a faculty member."

The presentation will be a centerpiece of the 2016 Annual Meeting of members of the Baruch College Alumni Association and will take place on Monday, June 27, 2016 beginning at 6:00 p.m., in the Newman Conference Center, 151 East 25th Street, Room 750, New York, NY.

Michael Feller has accepted this honor: "I am deeply honored to receive this recognition from the Baruch College Alumni Association. It has been my privilege over the past eleven years to have worked with hundreds of talented School of Public Affairs students – both graduate and undergraduate – as they completed internships at more than 120 nonprofit and 25 government organizations. I am confident that these experiences have enhanced their career prospects and I am proud that many of them, who are now alumni, continue to support current students by providing internship opportunities, mentoring and access to their professional networks."


Professor, Deborah Balk Recognized Among 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellows (April 2016)
Carnegie Corporation of New York announced 33 winners of its prestigious Andrew Carnegie Fellows in recognition of their proposed research on myriad topics in the realm of social sciences and humanities. Professor, Deborah Balk was among the 33 recognized.

Fellows were selected based on the originality, promise, and potential impact of their proposals. Each will receive up to $200,000 toward the funding of scholarly work focused on some of the world's most urgent challenges to U.S. democracy and international order.

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Dean Birdsell Provides Comments in New York Times Feature, Primary Preview (April 2016)
For the first time in decades, the New York presidential primaries will be consequential to both the Democratic and the Republican nominations.

"If you have a legitimate chance of victory, this is really your get-it-done time," David Birdsell, dean of the Baruch College School of Public Affairs, said of the candidates.

So we've heard them debate our values, weigh into local politics and barnstorm our public spaces with booming speeches. It's all to connect with New York's diverse voters.

"You've got liberal pockets, conservative pockets, upstate, downstate and the city," Mr. Birdsell said. "That keeps the conversation alive 24-7."

It's crunchtime.

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Dean Birdsell Recognized by City & State as Leader in Government, Business, and Media (April 2016)
City & State is honoring David Birdsell, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College, in its inaugural 50 Over Fifty Awards for his extensive and impactful experience in New York government, labor, business, media, and politics. This first-time award was created by City & State to pay "tribute to some of the most distinguished public servants who have committed to making New York City a better place."

"The men and women who are being recognized are people I've admired for years and I'm humbled to be included among them," said Birdsell. "I am also enormously pleased that the selection committee has chosen to honor educators among the wide range of public servants and other leaders tapped for this inaugural class of the '50 Over Fifty Award.'"

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Baruch College/NY1 Poll: Trump Leads Rivals by 43 Percentage Points (April 2016)
Donald Trump has a commanding 43-point lead in the New York Republican presidential primary, and Hillary Clinton has a 13-point advantage in the Democratic primary, according to a NY1/Baruch College poll released Monday night.

"Trump is just killing it," said Baruch College pollster Mickey Blum.

"Every demographic group goes for him," said Baruch College pollster Doug Muzzio. "Every geographic group, every socio-economic group. And with large majorities. Cruz ain't doing it. And Kasich ain't doing it."

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MPA Alumnus, Ronald Day Featured in Article about New York City's Ban on Criminal History Application Checkbox (April 2016)
In 2011, New York City "banned the box" on employment applications that required job seekers to disclose their criminal histories. However, the ban — which applied only to city agencies — did not prohibit employers from asking about applicants' criminal records on secondary applications or in follow-up interviews.  

Last year, New York's City Council passed an even stricter measure. Under the Fair Chance Act, it is illegal for most employers in the city to ask about an applicant's criminal history before making a job offer; furthermore, employers can't withdraw an offer without legal justification.  

But has the policy translated into greater job access for individuals with criminal records? Ph.D. student and School of Public Affairs alumnus, Ronald Day (MPA '11) is working to answer that question through his research.

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Angelo Cabrera (MPA '13), Long Caught in Immigration Limbo, Comes Home to Start His Job at Baruch College (April 2016)
Angelo Cabrera was offered a job administering a program for Mexican immigrants at Baruch College in Manhattan more than two years ago. This month, he will show up for his first day of work.

He spent around 24 months stuck in his native Mexico, trying to straighten out his immigration status and qualify for a work visa, and almost 24 years as an undocumented New Yorker. During those years, he earned two degrees from Baruch (one of which was an MPA from the School of Public Affairs) and started a social services organization, MASA. Now he is back — legally.

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MPA Program and City Management and Urban Policy Track Rank Among the Best in U.S. News & World Report's 2017 Graduate School Rankings (March 2016)
Baruch College continued its record of strong standings in top national rankings with U.S. News & World Report in its national 2017 Best Graduate School rankings.

Among the other colleges and universities ranked areHarvard University, Princeton University, New York University, and Cornell University.

The rankings at a glance:
Master of Public Affairs (MPA) program:
• #1 in New York City among public universities
• #3 in New York City
• #6 in New York State
• #2 in New York State among public universities
• #45 nationally

Under the MPA specialty programs:
City Management and Urban Policy:
• #2 in New York City
• #3 in New York State
• #15 nationally

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NASPAA Climate Change Simulation Attended by Five School of Public Affairs Students (March 2016)
NASPAA's 2016 Inaugural Student Simulation Competition featured 181 students from 93 schools participating at 5 regional sites. This year's project was a simulation challenge where students modeled responses to the current climate change crisis.

The Baruch College of Public Affairs was represented by six students: Juan Carlos Nordelo (MPA '16); Chris Haranczyk (MPA '16); Amanda Jaeger (MPA '16); Javier Santiago (MPA '16); Mehran Ghaffarsamar (MPA '17); and Jonathan Gibson (MPA '17).

Below is an image of one of the teams, featuring Juan Carlos Nordelo
NASPAA Simulation Juan Carlos Nordelo

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Distinguished Lecturer and Director of the Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management, Jack Krauskopf Quoted in WNYC on the Homeless Epidemic (March 2016)
Mayor de Blasio receives recommendations Tuesday from a review of the city's homeless system that he announced back in December. Among the things, he'll consider is whether to eliminate the Department of Homeless Services as a standalone agency. The recommendation was not unanimous among the 22 members of the commission.

"I never felt that … the re-organization of city government was the right answer," said one of them, Jack Krauskopf, in a recent interveiw.
Krauskopf now teaches at Baruch College; under Mayor Koch, he was Commissioner of the Human Resources Administration, a gigantic agency that was in charge of all social services, including homelessness.

"There was a sense on the part of the commission and its leadership that there ought to be a separate department to give more focus and attention to problems of homelessness," he said.

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Six MPA Students Chosen to Participate in Intensive Programme in Public and Private Debt at Ghent University in Belgium (March 2016)
Six School of Public Affairs students were from chosen from a large group of applicants to take part in an Intensive Programme (IP) in Public and Private Debt with five other country participants. The program is partially covered by an Erasmus Plus Program that the School was offered through the IPs host, Ghent University. The other participating countries are Belgium, Germany, Austria, Poland, and Sweden. The IP is being facilitated by Senior Director of Operations and Finance, Angelina Delgado and Clinical Professor, Jeffrey Apfel.

Chris Haranczyk, Alexandra Hasson, Colleen Hellmann, Amanda Jaeger, Christa Mathew, and David Christopher Strobbe (all of whom are expected to graduate with their MPA degree in 2016), are pictured below.
Ghent IP SPA Students


MPA Student Chris Haranczyk part of Winning Regional Team in NASPAA's Climate Change Simulation (March 2016)
NASPAA's 2016 Inaugural Student Simulation Competition featured 181 students from 93 schools participating at 5 regional sites. The competition was a recognized as an ASAE Power of A Silver Award winner.

This year's project was a simulation challenge where students modeled responses to the current climate change crisis. Chris Haranczyk (MPA '16) was a vital part of a team that won the regional competition. This was accomplished by designing a model that limited temperature growth, met policy requirements, and provided subsidies to encourage the usage of renewable energy sources.

"It was great to represent Baruch", said Haranczyk.

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Joint Baruch College Survey Research/NY1 City Poll Finds Nearly Half of New Yorkers Don't Know Who's in Charge of MTA (February 2016)

An exclusive NY1/Baruch College City Poll shows that nearly half of New Yorkers are clueless about who's really in charge of the system — a finding that advocates say is a huge problem. Nearly half the city's residents — 47 percent — wrongly believe that Mayor Bill de Blasio oversees the nation's largest mass transit system.

Asked for the top idea to improve the subway, 28 percent said more police. 22 percent want cleaner stations, and reducing overcrowding is third. 51 percent said they do not feel safe on the subway at night, while 43 percent said they do.

Our pollster says those numbers are striking because of how New Yorkers feel about crime outside the subway. "The vast majority of New Yorkers feel safe in their neighborhoods at night, walking the streets," said Mickey Blum, a Baruch College pollster. "But not so much in the subway."

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Baruch College Survey Research/NY1 City Poll Shows Cuomo's Public Approval Has Withstood Recent Turmoil in Albany (February 2016)
According to our latest NY1-Baruch College City Poll, Cuomo still enjoys the approval of a majority of city residents – 54 percent, with just 24 percent disapproval. 22 percent aren't sure. Those numbers held steady from our last City Poll in September. Cuomo's appeal, though, isn't uniform. He has a far higher approval rating among men, 65 percent, than women, just 45 percent. And in a twist, while those in his own party give him 54 percent approval, Cuomo scores even higher, 63 percent, among Republicans.

Cuomo, of course, has one prominent critic: Mayor Bill de Blasio.

City Hall will no doubt be cheered by the fact de Blasio's approval rating, 58 percent, now tops the governor's, a reversal from September, when the mayor's number lagged behind, 44 percent to Cuomo's 55 percent.

"That's a very big change," said Mickey Blum, pollster with Baruch College. "Last time, the governor's numbers were substantially above the mayor's."

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Baruch College Survey Research/NY1 City Poll Reveals Most NYC Residents Feel Safe, Believe NYPD to be Racially Biased (February 2016)
While New Yorkers overwhelmingly feel safe in their neighborhoods, most residents also believe the NYPD is racially biased, and they give police commissioner William Bratton only lukewarm approval, according to results of our exclusive NY1-Baruch College City Poll.

"Almost 8 in 10 New Yorkers – 79 percent – feel at least somewhat safe in their neighborhoods at night. That's a very good number," said Mickey Blum, a pollster with Baruch College

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February 2016 Baruch College Survey Research and NY1 Team Up on Latest City Poll, Find New Yorkers Worried About Being Priced Out (February 2016)
When respondents to the NY1-Baruch College City Poll were asked the most important problem facing the city today, for the first time, affordable housing topped the list at 20 percent. Crime, and jobs and the economy, were the next most frequently cited, at 16 percent, followed by homelessness at 12 percent.

"Pretty much everybody thought they would be priced out of their neighborhood, everyone who's under the age of 65," said Mickey Blum, pollster with Baruch College. "Even people who earn more than $100,000."

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Professor Deborah Balk Pens Response to Editor of New York Times Article On Greenhouse Gas, Rising Sea Levels (February 2016)

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Baruch College's School of Public Affairs Awarded $465,000 Grant from the New York Community Trust to Train Emerging Nonprofit Leaders (February 2016)
The School of Public Affairs at Baruch College has been awarded a $465,000 grant for the New York Community Trust Leadership Fellows to continue a nonprofit leadership development program for a second year. The program is a joint effort of the School's Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management and Office of Executive Programs.

With its two grants, the New York Community Trust is investing $915,000 in the program, which will allow another 56 emerging leaders to earn an executive certificate. The program's curriculum covers five core areas: leadership, management, financial planning, resource mobilization, and communications. In the initial class, 55 fellows gained skills to become tomorrow's leaders.

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Latest Baruch College/NY1 Joint City Poll Reveals de Blasio's Approval Rate at 58 Percent, Recovered From Events of Last Summer (February 2016)
New Yorkers are feeling better about Mayor de Blasio than they did a few short months ago, a new NY1-Baruch College City poll shows. The poll has New Yorkers feeling more satisfied with city services than they did in September 2015, and a larger number of city residents now approve of de Blasio's performance as mayor than they did in September.

"Maybe all of those sort of bumps and bruises of six months ago, and some of the battles with the governor, he's coming out of that," said Mickey Blum, pollster with Baruch College.

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Read the NY1 article with quote from Distinguished Lecturer and Director of Baruch College Survey Research, Micheline Blum


School of Public Affairs' Baruch College/NY1 Joint City Poll Finds NYC Residents Don't Want Bloomberg, Trump for President (February 2016)
The latest NY1/Baruch College City Poll found 58 percent of city residents said "No" when asked if they'd like to see Bloomberg make a third-party run for president. Only about a third said yes. Eight percent were unsure. "I don't know how much of it is a rejection of Bloomberg, as it is a sign of support for a Democratic candidate," said Distinguished Lecturer and Director of Baruch College Survey Research, Mickey Blum.

In a theoretical general-election matchup against Hillary Clinton, Trump gets walloped 72 percent to 14 percent, a staggering 58-point margin. "New York City voters reject him resoundingly," Blum said.

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Dean Birdsell Quoted in Observer, Discusses Mayor De Blasio's Trip to Iowa Caucus to Support Hillary Clinton (February 2016)
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Dean Birdsell Quoted in NY1, Offers Commentary on Former Mayor Bloomberg's Possible Presidential Bid (January 2016)
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Distinguished Lecturer, Robert Walsh Guest Blogs on The Rockaway Times About Recent Visit to Rockaways with his Executive MPA Class (January 2016)
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School Alumna, Cristina Jimenez Makes the Chronicle of Philanthropy's "40 Under 40" List of Young Nonprofit Leaders (January 2016)
In 2008, after a push for comprehensive immigration reform stalled in Washington, Cristina Jimenez (MPA '11) helped found United We Dream, a national advocacy group powered by young immigrants. Ms. Jimenez and her colleagues played a pivotal role in pressuring the Obama Administration to take executive action in 2012 to protect some young people brought to the United States as children from deportation. United We Dream continues to advocate for undocumented people, both on the 2016 campaign trail and in the legal battle over the president's 2014 executive order to shield some immigrant parents from deportation. Ms. Jimenez is listed along with 39 other young leaders by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
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Visiting Professor, Byron E. Price Plays Key Role at Adeyemi College of Education's Diaspora Conference in Nigeria (January 2016)
Adeyemi College of Education in Ondo, Nigeria held a three-day conference on how to strengthen ties between it and Africans in the Diaspora. In a paper presented by Visiting Professor, Dr. Bryon Price, he stressed that African countries (and Nigeria in particular) should pay close attention to the development of entrepreneurship, education, and agriculture-allied businesses in order to help accelerate this development and create employment opportunities.
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Associate Professor, Thomas J. Main Quoted in New York Times Article About Cuomo Order to Shelter the Homeless in Freezing Temperatures (January 2016)
The order, which goes into effect early Tuesday, requires local governments to remove homeless people by force, if necessary, once the temperature drops to 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Mr. Cuomo's order follows significant actions by Mr. de Blasio to reduce homelessness by announcing an aggressive plan to move people off the street and into shelter. Thomas J. Main, who studies homelessness, said the order raised administrative challenges. "We're talking about scooping people up who might be resistant," he said. "And then what are you going to do? Restrain them at the shelter?"
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Executive MPA Alumnus, Christopher Hanway Quoted in New York Times Article, "Mobilizing Voters in New York's Housing Projects" (December 2015)
Located in a stretch of Long Island City, in Queens, close to but psychologically distant from new glass apartment towers that offer rock-climbing walls and in certain instances call themselves "clubs," the Queensbridge Houses make up the largest public housing project in the country. Director of the Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement, Christopher Hanway (Executive MPA '13) comments on the nature of this community's voting patterns and psychology.
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MPA Alumna, Elizabeth Keith Appointed Executive Vice President, Sponsorship and Mission Integration of Dignity Health (December 2015)
Dignity Health, one of the largest health systems in the nation, has named Elizabeth Keith (MPA '91) as executive vice president, sponsorship and mission integration for the $15 billion integrated health system. Keith joined the organization in December 2015 and comes to Dignity Health from Bon Secours St. Francis Health System where she served as senior vice president, mission.
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MPA Alumna, Diana C. Richardson Wins Seat in New York State Assembly, Featured in Baruch College Alumni Magazine (December 2015)
Armed with her Baruch degree and prior experience working in the state legislature, Richardson (MPA '10) ran as a candidate of the Working Families Party, whose platform includes access to affordable housing, corrections reform, economic development, access to quality education, and the provision of jobs with wages that enable entry into the middle class.
Read about her MPA experience and career


Clinical Professor, Carla Robbins Talks to Bloomberg About ISIS, Syria, and Terrorism (December 2015)
Clinical Professor, Carla Anne Robbins, helps viewers understand the issues surrounding the Islamic State, chaos in Syria, and terrorism.
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National Urban Fellows-MPA Alumna Becomes Recipient of the 2015 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Award (December 2015)
Anita Fee Willis (NUF-MPA, '11) is the Chief Development Officer at America Needs You and a recent recipient of the 2015 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Award. NY1's Errol Louis discussed innovative ways to help New Yorkers with Anita and the two other winners of the award, Stephen Grimaldi from Common Pantry and Muzzy Rosenblatt of the Bowery Residents' Committee.
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Learn more about Anita


Three School Alumni Added to City & State's "40 Under 40 Rising Stars" in the Nonprofit Community (November 2015)
Alumni Tara Colton (MPA '09), Wes Moe (MPA '14) and Lis Goris, (Executive MPA '16) have been selected for City & State's "40 Under 40 Rising Stars" in the Nonprofit Community and will be congratulated along with other accomplished nonprofit professionals on November 19 at a celebratory breakfast in Midtown Manhattan.
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Distinguished Lecturer, Rob Walsh Quoted in Medium's "New York Beat" (November 2015)
Distinguished Lecturer and former Small Business Commissioner for New York City, Robert Walsh was quoted in Medium's "New York Beat", which covers timely and important topics in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. The article discusses gentrification and Camila's Café, a neighborhood staple in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
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Presidential Professor, E.S. Savas Awarded Honorary Doctorate at Aristotle University in Greece (October 2015)
Presidential Professor E.S. Savas was nominated Honorary Doctor by the School of Civil Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece at a ceremony on October 16, 2015. This is the largest and may be the most influential university (with 90,000 students) in the Balkans (Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Albania, and the countries of former Yugoslavia).
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The Newman Library and the School of Public Affairs Announce Release of Vast Public Affairs Archive (October 2015)
Baruch College's Newman Library and School of Public Affairs announce the opening of an archive of documents and memorabilia providing insight into the development of American democracy in the 20th Century.

The collection encompasses a century's worth of reports and files from the Institute of Public Administration (IPA), as well as the papers of Luther Halsey Gulick, 1892-1993, a visionary civic leader who counseled presidents and served as the first City Administrator of New York City.
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Professor Doug Muzzio Added to City Bar Task Force on New York State Constitutional Convention (October 2015)
New York City Bar Association President Debra L. Raskin has convened a Task Force on the New York State Constitutional Convention and has asked its members, including Baruch College School of Public Affairs Professor, Douglas Muzzio, to undertake an analysis similar to the one done by the City Bar 20 years ago.
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Read the Fall 2015 Dean's Newsletter (October 2015)
"This newsletter highlights some recent successes among School constituents and provides a roadmap for what comes next. We invite you to celebrate what comes next with us!" - Dean David Birdsell
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Two Alumni and One Adjunct Lecturer Represent the School of Public Affairs on City & State's "40 Under 40 Rising Stars" List (October 2015)
Jordan Isenstadt (MPA '07), Steven Figueiredo (MPA '07), and Adjunct Lecturer, Gregg Bishop have been selected for City & State's "40 Under 40 Rising Stars" and will be congratulated along with 38 other noteworthy professionals on October 21 in Midtown Manhattan.
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Dean Birdsell Elected as Fellows of the National Academy of Public Administration (October 2015)
New Fellows will be introduced to the Academy during the 2015 Fall Meeting, which will take place December 3, 2015 at the Doubletree Hotel Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. Fellows will be formally inducted at 4:00 p.m. on this date in conjunction with the James E. Webb Lecture. Becoming a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration is considered to be the highest honor one can achieve in the field of public affairs.


Administration Building, Professors and More Featured in The New York Times (September 2015)
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MPA Alum, Manuel Castro Named Executive Director of New Immigrant Community Empowerment (September 2015)
The Board of Directors of New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) has welcomed Manuel Castro (MPA '13) as the organization's new Executive Director. Manuel worked closely with NICE for many years, as the coordinator of the New Yorkers for Real Immigration Reform campaign, which played a major role in successfully advocating for President Obama's executive actions on immigration.
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School of Public Affairs Accredited For Seven More Years by NASPAA (September 2015)
After a rigorous 18-month process, Baruch College's School of Public Affairs has earned reaccreditation by NASPAA for an additional seven years, through the 2021-22 school year. The accreditation involved an extensive self-study report and an on-site peer review of two to three days. The peer review team that visited in March 2015 stated that the School's MPA program "has demonstrated a substantial commitment to quality public service education."
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Professor John Goering Selected to be on HSH.com's "Innovative Thinkers in Housing Economics" List (September 2015)
Based on his extensive dedication and research on real estate, economics, and consultancy, Professor John Goering has been selected to be on HSH.com’s "Innovative Thinkers in Housing Economics" list. This research project was started to educate on the impact of housing in the U.S economy -- standing now at a massive 17% of U.S. GDP, or 2.8 trillion, in annual impact -- and revealed how undervalued real estate is in U.S. academia.
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The Mind Trust Awards Fellowship to Caitlin Hannon to Promote Unified Information & Enrollment System for Indianapolis Schools (August 2015)
The Mind Trust today announced that Caitlin Hannon of Indianapolis was awarded its Education Entrepreneur Fellowship, through which she will develop and launch Enroll Indy, a new nonprofit that will create a unified enrollment system in Indianapolis to provide parents with a central hub for information about various public school options and how to enroll their child in one of those schools.
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Professor Robert Smith to be awarded the Louis Wirth Best Article Award from the ASA International Migration Section (June 2015)
Congratulations to Professor Robert Smith who will be awarded the Louis Wirth Best Article Award from the ASA International Migration Section for his article, "Black Mexicans, Conunctural Ethnicity, and Operating Identities." It was published in the American Sociological Review in 2014.
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Executive MPA Alum, Fatima A. Shama Named Executive Director of the Fresh Air Fund (June 2015)
The Fresh Air Fund today announced that Fatima A. Shama (Executive MPA, '08) will succeed Jenny Morgenthau as Executive Director of The Fund effective July 15, 2015.
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School of Public Affairs Alum, Stephen O'Brien Receives Fund for the City of New York - 2015 Sloan Public Service Award (June 2015)
Using more locally sourced produce, cutting out artificial chemicals and getting students to be official taste-testers — these are some of the big changes in New York City public school cafeterias that are making them a model for districts across the country. O'Brien is one of six New York City civil servants who will be honored with a Sloan Public Service Award, considered the Nobel Prize of city government.
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CUNY Institute for Demographic Research (CIDR) Publishes Important Report, 'Future Population Exposure to US Heat Extremes' (May 2015)
U.S. residents' exposure to extreme heat could increase four to six fold by mid-century, due to both a warming climate and a population that's growing especially fast in the hottest regions of the country, according to new research by CIDR.
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Professor Peter Dobkin Hall Passes Away in Tragic Accident, Will be Greatly Missed (May 2015)
Peter Dobkin Hall (born February 22, 1946), Professor in the Baruch College School of Public Affairs, died on April 30, 2015 at the age of 69 in a tragic accident.

A pioneer in the field of nonprofit organizational scholarship, Hall joined the Baruch College faculty in 2008. He was a vital member of SPA’s Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management; taught courses on the public policy dimensions of nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and religious institutions; and maintained an ambitious research agenda. He edited the blog “Nonprofit News & Comment,” a weekly survey of major press coverage of philanthropy, nonprofits, and related topics, sponsored by the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University.

Prior to coming to Baruch, Hall held appointments at Wesleyan University (1974-1982) and Yale University (1973-1999). He also maintained a longtime affiliation with Harvard University (2000-2015), where he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Hauser Center. Hall was a founding member of Yale's Program on Non-Profit Organizations and served as its director from 1996-1999. He was also an important contributor to the formation of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), working to shape the association’s initial annual conferences, founding its listserv in the early days of online technology, and serving as book editor for its quarterly journal, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. In 1993, he received the John Grenzebach Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy for Education from the AAFRC Trust for Philanthropy and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. In 2008, he was given the ARNOVA Award for Distinguished Achievement in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research. In addition, Hall was Scholar-in-Residence at the Rockefeller Archive Center, 1988-89.

Hall's published work includes four books, The Organization of American Culture, 1700-1900: Private Institutions, Elites, and the Origins of American Nationality (1982; The Lehigh Valley: An Illustrated History (1982); Lives in Trust: The Fortunes of Dynastic Families in Late Twentieth Century America (1992); and Inventing the Nonprofit Sector: Essays on Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Nonprofit Organizations (1992). He was co-editor of an edited volume, Sacred Companies: Organizational Aspects of Religion and Religious Aspects of Organizations (1998), and editor of the chapter on nonprofit, voluntary, & religious entities and activities for the Historical Statistics of the United States -- Millennial Edition (2006).

Hall's articles on the development of nonprofit institutions, religion, philanthropic elites, higher education, charities law, corporate social responsibility, and public policy have appeared in such periodicals as the American Sociological Review, Commonwealth, Foundation News, History of Education Quarterly, History of Higher Education Annual, Journal of American History, New York Law School Law Review, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Philanthropy Monthly, Science & Society, and Theology Today, as well as in more than a dozen edited volumes. His most recent article was “Philanthropy, the Nonprofit Sector & the Democratic Dilemma,” published in Dædalus, the Journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2013).

Hall was a longtime resident of New Haven, Connecticut, and served his community as officer and director of a number of public and private organizations, including the New Haven Historic District Commission, the Branford Planning & Zoning and Inland Wetlands Commissions, the Church of Christ-Stony Creek, the Connecticut Open Government Foundation, the Eli Whitney Museum, the New Haven Colony Historical Society, the Ronan-Edgehill Neighborhood Association, St. Thomas Episcopal Church.and the St. Thomas Day School. He was a member of New York’s Century Association.

Hall was born to David Hall, recorded sound archivist, and Bernice Dobkin. He received his B.A. in American Studies at Reed College in 1968 and his M.A. (1970) and Ph.D. (1973) in American History from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
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Hall is survived by his wife, Kathryn, his former wife Karyl Lee Hall Pfaff, his four children, Sam, Mary, Becca, and Allison Hall; his brother, Jonathan Hall, his sisters Marion Hunt and Suzannah Hall.

There will be no funeral. He will be interred at Grove Street Cemetery in New Haven. Hall’s family suggests that anyone wishing to make a contribution in his memory consider his favorite nonprofit organization, The Northwest Chicago Film Society.


Former Governor Mitch Daniels to Receive Award Named After School of Public Affairs Professor E.S. Savas> (April 2015)
Former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels will receive the first annual Savas Award for Public-Private Partnerships in a ceremony in Lower Manhattan hosted by Reason Foundation.
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The School of Public Affairs Fills 2 of 25 Spots in Prestigious NYC Urban Fellows Program (April 2015)
Every year the City of New York picks 25 college seniors or recent graduates from around the country to take part in the prestigious NYC Urban Fellows Program. This year, two of those fellows -- Melanie Ho and Anabel Pérez -- are from the School of Public Affairs.
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Six BSPA Students Have Been Selected for the New York State Legislature Internship (April 2015)
During the internship these students will reside in Albany, New York and experience first-hand the law-making process and constituent services. The students are: Sean Dearle, Eyerusalem Zewdie, Sebastian Franco, Soowoo Back, David Shaeffer, and Esther Grullon.
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Distinguished Lecturer, Martha Stark is Published in Crain's New York Business (April 2015)
Distinguished Lecturer, Martha Stark has been published in Crain’s New York Business about the New York City property tax levy. The Real Deal wrote an article about the op-ed.
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Executive MPA student, Dennis Pilla is Re-elected as Mayor of Port Chester, NY (March 2015)
Dennis Pilla has won back his seat as mayor of Port Chester, edging out Republican and current trustee Gene Ceccarelli by less than 100 votes in one of seven contested Westchester village elections.
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Fourteen BSPA Students Become Recipients of the 2015 Katzen Fellowship (March 2015)
Congratulations to 14 BSPA student for winning the $3,000, 2015 Katzen Fellowship for unpaid internships or volunteer work (of at least 230 hours), toward the common good.


Distinguished Lecturer, Micheline Blum and Professor, Douglas Muzzio discuss 'City Poll' Numbers on NY1 Online
(February 2015)

Errol Louis was joined by Baruch College pollster Mickey Blum and Professor Doug Muzzio to roll out the first numbers from "The City Poll." Those results include what New Yorkers think about the mayor, public services and the direction of the city.
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Baruch College and the New York Community Trust Launch Leadership Fellows Certificate Program (December 2014)
The Baruch College School of Public Affairs' Office of Executive Programs and The New York Community Trust announced today the start of an innovative professional development certificate program aimed at training leaders for non-profit groups in New York and the suburbs. The New York Community Trust Leadership Fellows program will provide training and mentoring for midcareer professionals to fill a leadership void left by the increasing number of nonprofit executives who are reaching retirement age. That gap is especially severe in the New York metropolitan area, which has more than 40,000 nonprofit groups that are vital to the economy.
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Baruch Professor Deborah Balk Receives $1 Million Grant from the National Science Foundation (December 2014)
Baruch College’s Deborah Balk, a professor in the School of Public Affairs, was recently awarded a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct research on the distribution and dynamics of the world’s population, including the modelling of urbanization in the United States, Mexico, and India.
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Baruch College Hosts Naturalization Day to Offer Free Assistance with U.S. Citizenship Applications (November 2014)
In celebration of International Education Week, Baruch College, in partnership with CUNY Citizenship Now, invited students, faculty, staff and community members to receive free assistance with U.S. citizenship applications today inside the Vertical Campus Building.
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School of Public Affairs Alumna Wins Prestigious Award from the American Dental Association (October 2014)
School of Public Affairs alumna, Dr. Maureen McAndrew MSEd ’05, a clinical professor and senior director of professional development at NYU College of Dentistry recently won the Golden Apple Award for Inspiring Careers in Dental Education from the American Dental Association (ADA). This award commends society leaders, members and staff of the dental community who have contributed to the success of oral health-related programs and activities.
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Building Academic Relationships Across Borders (August 2014)
On August 5, 2014, Dean David Birdsell visited Agustín Rossi, the Minister of Defense of Argentina, as part of an effort to build academic and international relationships. During the visit, Rossi presented Birdsell with a collection of 280 proceedings and correspondence that documents the last military dictatorship in Argentina (1976-1983). Upon receiving the gift, Birdsell said, “We are honored and proud to have this valuable documentation in our library. It is the type of history that our students need to learn and understand. We are grateful to the Ministry of Defense of Argentina, and today we hope to build a more intense and fluid working relationship.”
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Former NYC Comptroller John Liu teaches PAF 9144: Budget & Financial Analysis to Baruch Students (July 2014)
Through the leadership of Dr. David Birdsell, Dean of the School of Public Affairs, Baruch continues to strengthen its academic programs by inviting practitioners from government and nonprofit organizations to share their expertise with students. During the 2014 spring semester, John Liu, former NYC Comptroller and City Council member representing parts of Queens, joined the school’s faculty to teach PAF 9144: Budget & Financial Analysis.
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Professor Micheline Blum Receives Distinguished Service Award from the NY Chapter of The American Association for Public Opinion Research (June 2014)
Micheline Blum, Distinguished Lecturer and Director of the Baruch College Survey Research, recently received the Distinguished Service Award by the New York Chapter of The American Association for Public Opinion Research (NYAAPOR). Blum serves as a NYAAPOR leader and expert on political matters.
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Baruch Students Share Experiences Through Hagedorn Internship Program (May 2014)
SPA students get real world experience and obtain skills to foster their careers through the Hagedorn Internship Program. Fourteen students share their experiences of working for a variety of businesses and non-profit organizations during the 2014 spring semester.
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Alumnus George Mathew (BBA '11, MPA '13) Earns Intern Award from the Federal Executive Board (May 2014)
George Mathew (BBA ’11, MPA ’13) recently earned the Outstanding Intern Award from the Federal Executive Board for his time serving as an intern with the New York Harbor Healthcare system. Learn about his rewarding experience in the public service sector.
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Graduate Celeste Simon Earns Internship at The White House (April 2014)
President Barack Obama receives thousands upon thousands of letters from all over the world, and sorting through them can be a challenging and rewarding experience. Learn how School of Public Affairs Alumna Celeste Simon earned the opportunity to serve on the Mail Analysis team in the Hard Mail Division as a 2014 White House Intern.
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Alumna Denise L. Pease (MPA '83) Listed as One of the "25 Most Influential Black Women in 2014" by The Network Journal (April 2014)
Denise L. Pease (MPA ’83), becomes the first African-American woman to be appointed a regional administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration by President Barack Obama. Learn why Denise was recently recognized as one of the “25 Most Influential Black Women in 2014,” by The Network Journal.
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Alumnus Mosharraf Zaidi (MPA '01) Among World Economic Forum's Class of 2014 Young Global Leaders (March 2014)
Mosharraf Zaidi (MPA ’01) leads a global effort to improve the quality of education for children in Pakistan. As Founder and Campaign Director of Alif Ailaan, a Pakistani alliance for education reform, Zaidi was recently recognized by the World Economic Forum as a 2014 Young Global Leader, for his continued commitment to improving the quality of education for Pakistani children.
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Student Ilana Gelb Among 2016 William R. Kenan Scholars (March 2014)
Before enrolling at Baruch College - Macaulay Honors College, Ilana Gelb, sophomore public affairs major, took a gap year and traveled to nine regions of the world to study communities and sustainability. As a member of the Class of 2016 William R. Kenan Scholars, Illana is following her passion for environmental sustainability, human rights, and community development.
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