Alumni Update January, 2020

Happy New Year!

Alumni Invited to Join Glenn College for MLK Day of Service

Glenn College alumni, students, faculty and staff will gather again to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a Day of Service on Monday, January 20. Many individuals and groups across the U.S. recognize this holiday through service projects that enrich the lives of others in their communities. Both Dr. King and Senator Glenn lived a life of service, and the Glenn College family will gather to honor that legacy by making sandwiches for the St. Lawrence Haven and Holy Family Soup Kitchens. The service event will be held at the Glenn College from 9 - 11 a.m. School-aged children are welcome to attend with a parent or guardian.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, Ohio ranks third in the nation for food insecurity with 7.5 percent of families forced to skip meals or eat less because of limited resources. Both the St. Lawrence Haven and Holy Family Soup Kitchens provide free meals for the hungry in downtown Columbus.

The Glenn College Day of Service is sponsored by the Glenn College Alumni Society, Young Alumni Club, Public Affairs Student Association, Public Affairs Multicultural Student Organization, ICMA Student Chapter, Civic Leadership Council and Civic Leadership Community.

Click here for more information and to register.


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Glenn College to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of WAIP

Twenty years ago, Senator Glenn launched the Washington Academic Internship program for students attending The Ohio State University. He wanted to provide students an opportunity to live and learn in the nation’s capital with the hope of encouraging careers in public service. Since then, over 750 students have participated in WAIP, gaining valuable experience in the public sector while strengthening the impact of Ohio State and the Glenn College in Washington, D.C.

In honor of WAIP’s 20th anniversary, we are inviting the WAIP community to gather with us to reminisce, reconnect and celebrate the program that has influenced so many. An anniversary celebration will take place on Wednesday, February 5 at Busboys & Poets in Washington, D.C. from 5:30 - 8 p.m. Special guests include Herb Asher, professor emeritus and founding director of the John Glenn Institute for Public Service Policy and Trevor Brown, dean of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

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Glenn College Launches New Monthly Networking Opportunity

Interested in networking with Columbus area Glenn College alumni but short on time? Join the Glenn College Alumni Society on Friday, January 24 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. for a new monthly event called Coffee and Conversation at the Roosevelt Coffeehouse at Gravity, located Franklinton.

Coffee and Conversation is designed to be a quick and casual networking opportunity for Columbus area alumni to connect over coffee before work. Scheduled for the fourth Friday of each month, each event will include a lightly-facilitated discussion about a topic related to careers, public policy or life in Columbus. We’ll gather for an hour before work – come when you can, leave when you need to and end your week with some conversation before the workday begins.

January’s event will kick off with a discussion on the state of the local/state economy. Attendance is free, but registration is requested so that adequate space can be reserved.

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Still Time to Support Alumni Society Scholarship Fund

The Glenn College Alumni Society is committed to supporting students and wants them to know the Glenn College’s alumni family stands behind their passion for public service. Requests for student aid are at an all-time high, and alumni scholarship support is needed more than ever. Alumni investment in current students shows not only a commitment to the Glenn College, but also an appreciation for those who choose to pursue vital careers in the non-profit, public administration and policy fields. No gift is too small and each gift makes a difference.

Click here to make a gift or contact the Glenn College Senior Director of Development Stephanie Mohr at mohr.127@osu.edu or 614-292-8758.

Upcoming Events

Glenn Gives Back Day of Service
Monday, January 20
9 – 11 a.m.
Glenn College, Page Hall
1810 College Rd. N
Columbus, OH 43210
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Coffee and Conversation
Friday, January 24
7:30 -8:30 a.m.
Roosevelt Coffeehouse at Gravity
462 W. Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Click here to register.

Glenn Gala (sponsored by PASA)
Friday, January 31
6 – 9 p.m.
The Ohio Union, Performance Hall
1739 N High St.
Columbus, OH 43210
Click here to register.

Registration to open soon …
Dialogue: Healthcare for All
Tuesday, February 11
6 -7 p.m.
Gateway Theater

Woman of Power Networking Reception
Tuesday, February 18
5:30 -7:30 p.m.
Statehouse Atrium

Glenn College Trivia Night
Thursday, February 25
5:30 to 8 p.m.
Location TBD

Professional Education Opportunities

Glenn College Career Services
For online job postings, alumni of the John Glenn College have free access to OSU Buckeye Career Network. This system is the primary online job-bank of the Glenn College and contains a variety of job postings in many different fields. Click here to log-in or register for your account.

OSU Alumni Association
Bill and Susan Lhota Office of Alumni Career Management
Click here for more information on free online resources, webinars and more.

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Alumni Updates

Mike Champness, MPA ’87, has started a new position as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Ops support southwest border coordinator and deputy director, Volunteer Force Coordination Cell.

Melissa Lindsjo, MA ’12, has been promoted to principal planner at Loudoun County Government. She also accepted a position as co-chair, board of directors at Uptown Main Street.

Alexandra Vitale, MPA ‘13, has accepted a new position as a research budget analyst for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Rebecca Wasserstein, BA ‘13, is now the director of hotels & venues for the 2020 Republican National Convention.

Matt Stephens-Rich, MPA ’14, has been promoted to program manager at Electrification Coalition.

Michelle Anderson, MPA ’17, started as administrative associate for Faculty & Staff Affairs at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Shaina Morris, MPA ’17, has accepted a new position as a budget analyst for the Ohio Legislative Service Commission.

Ivory Patterson, MPA ’17, has started a new position as manager, Gen-H Connect, at The Health Collaborative.

Josh Riesen, MPA ’17, has accepted a new position as executive budget officer at Minnesota Management and Budget.

Caroline Corona, BA ’19, has started as a program associate at the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.

Kimberly Prijatel, MPA ’19, has started as manager, Supporter Relations, Grants & Partnerships at Leadership for Educational Equity.




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