Alumni Update February, 2020

50th anniversay event

Glenn College Announces Marquee Speaker Event for April

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, public service and its namesake, John Glenn, the John Glenn College of Public Affairs is pleased to announce a community conversation in April featuring former NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Jr, former United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of General Dynamics Phebe Novakovic.

The celebratory event will be held on the evening of Tuesday, April 7 at Mershon Auditorium. For more information, go to

Registration will open on February 13.
alumni society

Get Involved with the Award-Winning Glenn College Alumni Society

Nominations are now being accepted for the Glenn College Alumni Society Board of Directors and committees. The Glenn College Alumni Society is a past recipient of The Ohio State University’s Alumni Association Society of the Year Award and annually recognized for its quality programming.

Board members serve a two-year term that will begin on July 1, 2020. Up to two consecutive terms may be served. Time commitments include four board meetings a year, as well as participation on an alumni society committee and activities associated with the Glenn College. Preference is given to those who have been actively participating on a committee. For more information on board member expectations, as well as opportunities to serve on an alumni society committee, click here.

The nomination form for both can be found here.

Nominations will be accepted through March 31.
trivia night

Back by Popular Demand 2nd Annual Glenn College Trivia Night

Join the Glenn College Alumni Society for the 2nd Annual Trivia Night on Tuesday, February 25 at Denmark on High Secret Cellar, located across from the Columbus Convention Center. Emceed by Dean Trevor Brown, this event is an opportunity to compete against the best public policy minds for bragging rights, glory and prizes. Alumni, students, faculty, staff and their families and friends are encouraged to attend.

To learn more and register, click here.

Single Payer illustration

Dialogue Resumes in February with a Focus on Healthcare
Is Medicare for All the Answer?

Polls show that health care is among the most important issues for voters in the 2020 election. Spending on medical care has skyrocketed in the past 20 years and is weighing on both workers and employers. What is the answer? Can sweeping legislative proposals like universal Medicare or some other single-payer health plan address rising costs? Would this fundamental restructuring of the health care system be prohibitively expensive?

We will discuss the concerns, options and challenges to America's health care with Dr. Ean Bett, physician and single-payer health care advocate, and Greg Moody, executive-in-residence, John Glenn College of Public Affairs. Karen Kasler, statehouse bureau chief for Ohio Public Radio and TV, will moderate the discussion.

For those unable to attend, Dialogue sessions are recorded and posted on the  event webpage and Glenn College Facebook page.

To learn more and register, click here.
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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, February 28 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. for a new monthly event called Coffee and Conversation at the The Goat at LC Riversouth, located Downtown.

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. 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 weekend begins.

February's discussion will be up a topic related to careers, public policy or life in Columbus.

Attendance is free, but registration is requested so that we can reserve adequate space.

Upcoming Events

Webinar – Maintaining Work/Life Balance with Ria Dark
Friday, February 7
12 – 1 p.m.
Click here to learn more and register.

Dialogue: Is Medicare for All the Answer?
Tuesday, February 11
6 -7 p.m.
Gateway Theater
1550 N High St.
Columbus, OH 43201
Click here to learn more and register.

Spread the Love at Family Friday!
Friday, February 14
6 - 8 p.m.
Longaberger Alumni House
2200 Olentangy River Rd.
Columbus, OH 43210
Click here to learn more and register.

Woman of Power Networking Reception
Tuesday, February 18
5:30 -7:30 p.m.
Ohio Statehouse Atrium
1 Capitol Square
Columbus, OH 43215
Click here to learn more and register.

Buckeyes After Work
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Thursday, February 20
5:30 p.m.
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
1 Wade Oval Drive
Cleveland, OH 44106
Click here to learn more and register.

Glenn College Trivia Night
Tuesday, February 25
5:30 to 8 p.m.
Denmark on High Secret Cellar
463 N High St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Click here to learn more and register.

Glenn College Alumni Coffee and Conversation
Friday, February 28
7:30 -8:30 a.m.
The Goat at LC Riversouth
219 S. High St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Click here to learn more and register.

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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Let us help you share your news in an upcoming Public Address or alumni newsletter. If you would like to submit an update, please send an email with your full name, degree/program, class year and a photo if you have one, along with a brief paragraph about your news.

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Alumni Updates

Michelle Crandall, MPA ‘92, is now the city manager for the City of Hilliard, Ohio.

Dan Griscom, MPA ‘97, has accepted a new role as area coordinator at the Ohio Department of Education.

Jeffry Harris, MA ‘00/JD ’03, has joined the legal team at Bricker & Eckler LLP serving as a public finance attorney.

Melissa Harto, MA ‘07, is newly the deputy director for the Fund Management Directorate at the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration at FEMA.

Jack Miner, MA ‘08, has become the vice provost for Enrollment Management at the University of Cincinnati.

Amy Rosenthal, MA ‘09, is the vice president for affordable housing at National Church Residences.

Sean Becker, MA ‘10, has been promoted to director of development and marketing at NNEMAP Food Pantry.

James M. Gentry, MA ‘14, is now working as a research development specialist at The Ohio State University’s Office of Research.

Eric Meyer, MPA ’14, has accepted a new position as the affordable housing manager at the Finance Fund.

Megan Meyer, MPA ‘14, is now the community affairs manager for the City of Whitehall.

Mallory Thayer, MPA ‘15, has been promoted to director at EMC Research Inc.

Aariann Felix, BA ‘16, has become a program coordinator at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Addie Natalie, MA ‘17, started a new position as the corporate and foundation relations manager at Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus.

Stephanie Page, BA ’17, was recognized as the 2019 Volunteer of the Year for the Columbus Young Professionals Club.

Kim Young, PhD ’17, has become a senior lecturer at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University.

Elizabeth Paparone, BA ‘18, is a new web developer at Postali LLC.

Lauren Bruce Stets, MA ‘19, holds a new position as an associate for education practice at WittKieffer.

Kayla Wilson, BA ‘19, has begun a new position as program manager for workforce alignment at the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

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