Alumni Update October, 2019

Make Plans Now to Attend Fall 50th Anniversary Events

In 1969, The Ohio State University launched Ohio’s first advanced public administration program for public service professionals. This fall, the John Glenn College of Public Affairs will commemorate this milestone with a series of events designed to engage, inspire and celebrate 50 years of transforming dreamers into doers. Mark your calendars and plan to join us for this special celebration.

Welcome Home Reunion Reception

Thursday, October 24, 6 - 8 p.m.

Please join us for an evening to renew friendships, rekindle memories and celebrate a collective passion for public service. This event will include remarks from former and current directors and faculty, and student-led building tours of Page Hall, which is home to many of Sen. Glenn’s artifacts and historical documents. There are also plans to exhibit items recently added from the Glenn estate which have never been seen by the general public.

Click here to learn more and register.

Glenn College Leadership Forum

Friday, October 25, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Registration is now open for the 2019 Glenn College Leadership Forum scheduled for Friday, October 25, at The Ohio State University, Ohio Union. Designed specifically for alumni and individuals working in the public management field, the purpose of this one-day conference is to provide meaningful coverage of current or emerging trends in public policy, administration and leadership.

The Glenn College Leadership Forum has become the state’s premier conference for those working in or with the public sector. This year’s event features keynote talks by Thomas Ross, president of the Volcker Alliance and Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health, recognition of the 2019 Glenn College Alumni Award winners, as well as seven breakout sessions covering the following topics:
  • Striking Balance: Criminal Justice Reform in Ohio
  • Missing! Health and Human Services Workforce
  • Big Data: Big Difference
  • Medical Cannabis: Employer Anxiety or No Legal Buzz Necessary?
  • Human Trafficking: It Happens Here
  • Investing In Our Children: The Future of School Funding in Ohio
  • Generationopoly

The Leadership Forum will close with a timely presentation on Fake News and Disinformation in the Digital Age with Jeffery Trimble, a 35-year public service veteran, international journalist, editor and media manager.

To commemorate the Glenn College’s 50th Anniversary, Glenn College Alumni can attend at a reduced rate. To learn more about featured session topics and speakers and to register for the forum, click here.

Ohio State vs. Wisconsin
Fall Forum/Pregame Huddle

Saturday, October 26
Time: TBA

Close out the Glenn College’s Reunion Weekend by attending the OSU Advocates Fall Forum, Tailgate and Ohio State football game against Wisconsin. Glenn College alumni are invited to gather with fellow Buckeye Advocates at this tailgate-inspired event, before the Ohio State vs. Wisconsin football game. The event include appearances by Ohio State personalities, a game day menu, host bar and game-day activities.

Already have tickets to the game? Great … join us before for Fall Forum and tailgate. If you are interested in purchasing tickets to attend the game, the Glenn College allotment of football tickets is currently sold out, however, we are working to secure additional tickets. To be added to a waitlist, please email

Click here to learn more and register.

socialism vs capitalism

October Dialogue to Focus on Capitalism vs. Socialism

Tuesday, October 8
6 -7 p.m.
Gateway Theater

Socialism used to be a dirty word in American politics, but many of the candidates running for president are openly suggesting some socialist policies might be a good thing for America. A recent Harvard Caps/Harris poll of 1,792 registered voters found 56 percent of 18 to 24-year-olds favor a “mostly socialist” system. The same is true of 48 percent of those aged 25 to 34. So, why is the idea of socialism so appealing now? And, three decades after the Soviet Union’s collapse, what does socialism even mean?

We will discuss the pros and cons of capitalism and socialism with Rea Hederman, executive director of the Economic Research Center for The Buckeye Institute and Bob Fitrakis, professor of political science at Columbus State Community College and co-founder of the Democratic Socialists of America. The event will be moderated by Mike Thompson, chief content director of News and Public Affairs for WOSU Public Media.

Click here to learn more and register.

Upcoming Events

Ohio State Homecoming Game and Tailgate
Ohio State vs. Michigan State University
Saturday, October 5
Click here for more information.

Glenn College Young Alumni Club
Debate Watch Party

Tuesday, October 15 7:30 - 10 p.m. (debate starts at 8 p.m.)
Jimmy V’s Grill & Pub,
1 S State St.
Westerville, OH

Glenn College 50Th Anniversary Reunion Reception
Thursday, October 24
6 p.m.– 8:30 p.m.
Page Hall
1810 College Rd. N
Columbus, OH 43210
Click here to learn more and register.

2019 Glenn College Leadership Forum
Friday, October 25
9 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Ohio Union
1739 N High Street
Columbus, OH 43210
Click here to learn more and register.

Ohio State vs. Wisconsin Fall Forum/Pregame Huddle
Saturday, October 26
Time: TBD
337 Annie and John Glenn Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
Click here for more information.

Glenn College Alumni Society
Veteran’s Day Service Event

Monday, November 11
11 a.m. — 1 p.m. Champps, Lennox Town Center 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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Alumni Updates

Hillary Anne Frost, MPA ’84, retired as a faculty member from the University of Illinois Springfield. She was named Grand Marshall for this spring’s commencement ceremonies and is now an Associate Professor Emerita.

Padmini Roy-Dixon, MPA ‘09, has returned to Ohio State as the new executive director for Global Gateways in the Office of International Affairs.

Lucas Crumley, MA ’12, started a new job as director of public policy and nutrient management at the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association.

Kwame Christian Esq, MA ‘13, is now an adjunct professor of negotiation and communication at Otterbein Univeristy.

Elyse Alvarez, MPA ’14, has been promoted to assistant vice president as CCS Fundraising.

Alexander Holtzman, MA ’16, started at Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University as director of deportation defense clinic, Visiting Clinical Associate Professor of Law.

Tremaine Philips, JD MA 16’, is working as a commissioner at the Michigan Public Service Commission.

Kelly Pratt, MPA 16’, started a new position as an operations and data analyst at Texas CASA.

Madeline Richard, BA ’16, has been promoted to associate director of development at Indiana University School of Liberal Arts.

Connor T. Williams, BA ‘17, is now a consultant with Delta Development Group in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

Corey Dixon, MPA 18, has been promoted to assistant director with Choose Ohio First at the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

Lauren Sabo, MA ’18, started a new position as an attorney at Albeit Weiker, LLP.

David Chambliss, MA ‘19, is now the associate dean of development with the Peabody College of Education & Human Development at Vanderbilt University.

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