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Pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs is the place to launch a lifetime of making positive change in the world. Whether you see yourself tackling homelessness in your community, taming the growing national debt, or creating educational opportunities for impoverished women around the globe the Glenn College’s degree programs will prepare you with the skills, knowledge and experiences to get things done.

What separates the students at the Glenn College from everyone else? Our graduates have the tools to make their passion their life’s work. We’ll teach you how to turn your passion into policy. Helping you make a change in the issues that matter to you drives the Glenn College experience.

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Each week, a speaker is invited to give a presentation. The presentations are usually held on Mondays, 12:30-1:30 in room 130 (LEC) at Page Hall. Everyone is invited to attend. Click here for Spring 2016 schedule.

New & Noteworthy

Glenn College faculty were all over the news this weekend (5/23/16).

In a Sunday Toledo Blade story, Professor Ned Hill discussed how the recession haunts Ted Strickland’s Senate campaign. In the Akron Beacon Journal, Hill is part of a story on the economic benefit of the Cavaliers playoff games.

Professor Jill Clark’s research into the Hub 55 project, which centralizes in one facility food storage, processing, distribution, marketing, retail and promotes healthy food choices, is the focus of a story by Crain’s Cleveland Business.

And, in a post on the Ohio House of Representatives Majority Caucus blog, Hill, Professor David Landsbergen and former Glenn College faculty member Jason Seligman, are referenced as experts who testified in support of House Bill 130, also known as DataOhio. DataOhio would allow Ohio citizens to more easily find and use public record data online; the bill passed the Ohio House of Representatives by a unanimous 90-0 vote.

Glenn College and the Ohio Department of Public Safety create new internship initiative

The Ohio Department of Public Safety through Ohio Homeland Security is partnering with the John Glenn College of Public Affairs to start a new internship program aimed at harnessing college students' innovative ideas and analytical skills to contribute to a safer Ohio.

The ODPS and the Glenn College have agreed to annually employ and rotate interns, through a highly selective process. Beginning with the 2016 summer semester, Ohio Homeland Security will employ interns specializing in the following areas: Cyber Security Analytical; Information Security; Infrastructure Protection; as well as a track in public-private sector administrative program development. While the interns will be specializing in those specific areas, the focus may change during the course of respective internships as Ohio Homeland Security operations dictate, allowing for maximum experience and opportunities for each student.

The first students to take part in the program are Hannah Diewald, a senior majoring in Public Affairs with an Urban Policy & Management specialization, and David Myerholtz, a junior with double majors in Public Affairs and City and Regional Planning.

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An article by Dr. Trevor Brown, Glenn College alumnus Yong Woon Kim and current Glenn College doctoral student Alex Roberts has been published on Taylor & Francis Online, leading publishers of scholarly journals, books, eBooks, textbooks and reference works. In "Impact of Product Characteristics and Market Conditions on Contract Type: Use of Fixed-Price Versus Cost-Reimbursement Contracts in the U.S. Department of Defense" the researchers looked at five years of data from the Federal Procurement Data System to test the conventional wisdom of when fixed-price vs. cost-reimbursement public-sector contract decisions are made. Their analysis lays the foundation for research on contract outcomes by identifying factors that drive the use of different contract types and producing unique measures of product characteristics that are not currently available in the literature.

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Congratulations to Glenn College alumnus, Paolo DeMaria, MPA ‘96, on his selection as the state’s incoming superintendent of public instruction.

He was among 17 candidates that applied for the chance to succeed former Superintendent Dick Ross, who retired last year.

DeMaria currently works as a consultant for Education First Consulting where he was a founding partner.

He served as executive vice chancellor for the Ohio Department of Higher Education from 2008-2010 and as association superintendent for school options and finance for ODE from 2004-2008.

Other career highlights include stints as chief policy advisor to former governors George Voinovich and Bob Taft between 2000-2004, director of the Office of Budget and Management from 1998-1999, and senior fiscal analyst to the Ohio Senate from 1988-1991.

The Ohio Department of Aging will induct ten new members into the state's Senior Citizens' Hall of Fame this month, including Annie Glenn.

Annie is being recognized for her work in raising awareness for communication disorders, according to a news release. After overcoming a stutter at 53, she was a spokeswoman for the National Stuttering Association and has served on the Advisory Panel of the Central Ohio Speech and Hearing Association. She is an adjunct professor with the Speech Pathology Department at the Ohio State University's Department of Speech and Hearing Science.

“Annie Glenn and the other inductees understand that we should not be defined by our age, but inspired by it," Bonnie K. Burman, director of the Department of Aging, said in the release. "They set a stellar example for other Ohioans to follow and are a precious resource for our state, nation and the world.”

John Glenn was inducted in 1986.

Professor Jill Clark received $30,000 to fund the project “Ohio’s Food and Agriculture Vision for the Future: A collective impact strategy and research agenda for InFACT and Ohio Food System Partners.” Over the next 18 months, Dr. Clark, along with 18 Ohio State and non-OSU partner organizations and networks, will chart a course to address food insecurity and farm viability in Ohio.

Professor Jill Clark (left), Mid-Ohio Food Bank President and CEO Matt Habash, MA’81, and Elanor Starmer, Administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service (right), are joined by Vice President Marilyn Tomasi and Ohio Rural Development State Director Tony Logan for a tour of the food bank warehouse. Administrator Starmer was in town (4/29/16) to announce that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide a new financing option to help farmers purchase portable storage and handling equipment.

Glenn College ranked in the top 25 best Public Affairs programs

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs is ranked best in Ohio and 25 nationally among the 272 Public Affairs graduate schools in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

In addition, four of the Glenn College’s specialties have been placed among the ranks of the nation’s best. Public Management Administration is positioned at No. 14. Public Policy Analysis moved up four places to No. 16. The Public Finance and Budgeting specialty is No. 21. For the first time, the Glenn College’s specialty in Nonprofit Management has been ranked debuting at No.17.

Ranked No.29 in the last U.S. News rating cycle (2012), the Glenn College has catapulted up 17 points from its founding in 2007. Its current position makes it one of the highest ranked graduate programs at The Ohio State University.

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