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Glenn School Leadership Forum:
Plenary Sessions with Plenty of Insights

The Glenn School’s Leadership Forum on September 27 is hosting a former speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives (Jo Ann Davidson), two U.S. senators (Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman), and a former U.S. senator and astronaut (John Glenn).

And we have even more.

Our forum has two plenary sessions and three breakout sessions with solid content to boost your career. This month’s story focuses on plenary sessions that promise to bring new knowledge and insights to your career outlook. Register here to get your seat for the forum now, or read more about the sessions below.

Finding Your Policy Niche: Becoming the Expert You Want to Be
It has been said, “If you know something about everything, then you know nothing about something.” Being a professional involves mastering a set of public affairs skills—and connecting the dots to the big picture. Having a deep well of expertise is crucial for today’s workplace.

A panel of recognized policy niche experts moderated by Dr. Amanda Girth, Assistant Professor at the Glenn School, will share their field knowledge, discuss how to become a recognized expert, and describe the benefits and shortcomings of “going niche.”
Panelists include:
  • Darryl Anderson, Director, State of Ohio’s Multi-Agency Radio Communication System, MARCS
  • Maria Mone, Assistant Director of Management Development Programs, John Glenn School of Public Affairs
  • Charles R. Moses, President, Ohio Telecom Association (OTA)
  • Fritz Rauschenberg, Member, Parole Board at State of Ohio
  • Mike Toman, Partner, The Success Group
Data and Quality Improvement Tools: The Path to Greater Efficiency and Effectiveness
Businesses, nonprofits, and government all seek cost-savings and continuous improvement. We are all alike in that quest for quality, with the implementation of tools including Six Sigma, Kaizan, and Total Quality Management.

Learn what these tools are and how they have been applied in real situations where positive changes in effectiveness and efficiency were achieved. Moderator Dr. David Landsbergen, Associate Professor, John Glenn School of Public Affairs, will host discussion with panelists from these organizational perspectives:
  • IBM Data Analytics Center: Every day, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data — so much that 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone. Understanding and leveraging your organization’s data is requiring new skills, new knowledge and new kinds of decision making.
    Ron Lovell, Vice President, IBM Analytics Center/Ray Harishankar, IBM Fellow, Vice President of Innovation and Technology will discuss how the analysis and use of “big data” can make a “big” difference in your organization.
  • State of Ohio: Efficiency is taking on a new meaning in Ohio state government.
    Steve Wall, LeanOhio, will discuss how state government agencies are simplifying and streamlining their work processes, cutting red tape, saving money and delivering quality and cost-effective services using Lean, Kaizen and Six Sigma.
  • Ohio National Guard: The Ohio National Guard has been a leader in the Department of Defense in the use of Malcom Baldrige Performance Excellence criteria, Lean and Six Sigma and has been awarded, on multiple occasions, the Army Communities of Excellence Award.
    Brigadier General John Harris, Ohio’s Assistant Adjutant General for Army, will discuss its application and success in the use of these systems.
Don’t miss the chance for deep learning and rocket fuel for your career. Register here!

Submit a nomination for the 2013 Glenn School Outstanding Alumnus Award

The John Glenn School of Public Affairs proudly announces a call for nominations for the 2013 Outstanding Alumnus Award.

The Glenn School presents this award annually to a living undergraduate, masters or Ph.D alumna/alumnus whose strong support of the School, its academic programs, and its students is highly valued. The deadline for nominations is Friday, August 30, 2013. Nominations should be one page in length and include the nominee’s name, contact information and justification for receiving the award. The award will be presented at the annual Glenn School Alumni and Friends Reception on Friday, September 27, 2013. Click here to register for the reception.

Please submit your nominations to Lisa Frericks , director of alumni and outreach, at
Previous Award Winners
  • 1987 William Shkurti
  • 1988 Sherrod Brown
  • 1989 Jeff Cabot
  • 1990 Bill Orosz
  • 1991 Fran Baby
  • 1992 Scott Gary
  • 1993 Claire Hazucha and
    Mike White
  • 1994 Jeff Cabot & Steve Carter
  • 1995 Cindy Holodnak
  • 1996 Donald Anderson
  • 1997 Dale McGirr & Mary Schiavo
  • 1998 Paolo DeMaria & Bill Ryan
  • 1999 Jonathan C. Beard
  • 2000 Barton J. Wechsler and
    Maria L. Mone
  • 2001 Marvin Bonner
  • 2002 Glen Cope
  • 2003 Dan Crippen
  • 2004 Matthew Habash
  • 2005 Hal Rainey
  • 2006 Keena Smith
  • 2007 Julia Dorrian
  • 2008 David Elder & Paul Feldman
  • 2009 Don L. Brown
  • 2010 Tom Rice
  • 2011 Dana McDaniel and
    Lisa Patt-McDaniel
  • 2012 Guy Worley

Glenn School Announces 2013-14 Professional Education Programming

Staying ahead in today’s workplace takes continuous learning. The John Glenn School of Public Affairs has a more than 40 year-history of delivering outstanding training programs to meet the unique needs of public sector and nonprofit professional at all career levels. The Management Advancement for the Public Service (MAPS) Program offers training seminars that build management and leadership skills for top executives, mid-level managers, first-line supervisors, and administrative support staff.
Explore the upcoming seminars online at and join us for the 2013 - 2014 MAPS Season!

Glenn School Alumni Homecoming Tailgate and Football Tickets

Alumni are invited to the join the Glenn School for special homecoming tailgate before the OSU- Iowa football game on Saturday, October 19th. This year’s tailgate will be held at RPAC, the university’s state-of-the-art recreational facility (next to Ohio Stadium), from 12:30 to 3 p.m. and include traditional tailgate fare, as well as beer and wine. Festivities will include a visit from the OSU cheerleaders, marching band and Archie Griffin. Tailgate cost is $20 and Beer/Wine wristbands for $15.

The Glenn School has a limited amount of football tickets available for alumni. Tickets cost $84 and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis and must be purchased with the tailgate. Alumni can purchase two tickets. To be eligible for tickets, Glenn School alumni must be a Sustaining or Life Member of the OSU Alumni Association. If you are not a Sustaining or Life Member of The Ohio State University Alumni Association, you can make a tax deductible gift of $75 or more to any fund at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs to become a Sustaining Member. To register, click here. Information about additional OSU Alumni Reunion Weekend activities can be found here.

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    Faculty and Staff News

    Jason Seligman has two new papers published
    “Using the Right Yardstick: Assessing Financial Literacy Measures by Way of Financial Well-Being” with Max Schmeiser was published in the Journal of Consumer Affairs. It was also featured in the Ideas section The Boston Globe.
    » Click here to read the abstract

    “State Pensions Funding Practices and the Great Recession” was published in Journal of Public Budgeting Accounting and Financial Management. In this paper, recent arguments about the sustainability of public defined benefit pension funds are analyzed. Professor Seligman’s findings generally indicate that while public sector plans have suffered a difficult decade, current anxieties may be somewhat overwrought.



    Student News

    Two Glenn School students, Cole Ledford and Kelsey Gallagher, are quoted in the USAToday story “Poll: Public service valued; politics — not so much.” » Click here to read the story



    Upcoming Events

    Public Sector Career Fair Alumni/Student Mixer
    Monday, September 23, 2013
    6pm to 8pm
    John Glenn School of Public Affairs
    Please contact Alex Toomey at for more information.

    Public Sector Career Fair
    Tuesday, September 24, 2013
    11am to 4pm
    Ohio Union
    Click here for more information

    Glenn School Alumni and Friend Reception
    And Outstanding Alumnus Award Presentation

    Friday, September 27, 2013
    5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
    Ohio 4-H Center
    Click here for info and registration

    Glenn School Homecoming Tailgate
    Saturday, October 19, 2013
    OSU Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC)
    Tailgate: $20
    Beer/Wine Wristband: $15
    Football Tickets*: $84
    Click here to register
    *Conditions Apply

    Glenn School APPAM Reception
    Friday, November 8, 2013
    6:30 pm to 8 pm
    Washington Marriott Hotel/Madison Room
    1221 22nd Street NW
    Washington, DC 20037
    (Registration to open in October)

    Alumni News

    Tom LandoTom Lando, MA ’73, has retired after 26 years serving as the Chico (CA) city manager and now owns and runs Tom Lando Consulting. He currently is chairman of Enloe Hospital Board of Directors (250 bed regional hospital) and past president if the Chico Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club Member Park District board

    Eric RussellEric Russell, MPA ’08, recently presented “Subrecipient Monitoring and Risk Assessment: An Interactive Case Study” at the 35th Annual Grants Training Conference for the National Grants Management Association in Arlington, Virginia. He also has been promoted to Manager within Crowe’s Performance Services – Government practice.



    Professional Education Opportunities

    Webinar: Salary Negotiation: The Do's and Don'ts of Effective Negotiation
    Aug. 9, 2013 (free)
    noon-1 p.m. EDT
    Info and registration

    Webinar: Managing Your Career After 50
    Aug. 23, 2013 (free)
    noon-1 p.m. EDT
    Info and registration

    PMIC Central Ohio Chapter
    September 17, 2013
    5:30-8:00 p.m.
    Fawcett Center
    The Ohio State University
    2400 Olentangy River Road
    Columbus, Ohio

    Glenn School Leadership Forum
    Friday, September 27, 2013
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Ohio 4-H Center
    Click here for info and registration

    Upcoming Glenn School MAPS Seminars
    • Using Your Brain for Better Results
    • Mastering the Information Overload
    • Writing Techniques for Improved Communication
    • Time Management Solutions to Productivity and Satisfaction
    • Key Fundamentals of Management
    • Secrets to Powerful Presentations
    • Emotional Intelligence: What Makes a Good Leader?
    • Working with Difficult People and Difficult Situations
    • Giving and Receiving Feedback Effectively
    • Difficult Conversations, Positive Outcomes
    • From Manager to Coach: How to Positively Influence Performance
    • Delivering Customer Service with Style
    • Mediation Skills
    • Managerial Writing for Results
    • Teamwork: Moving from Dysfunction to High-Performance
    • Charge-up Your Motivation
    • Setting and Achieving Performance Goals
    • Technical Writing: Define, Organize, Deliver
    • Being the Best Boss
    • Stock Your Toolbox: Pre-Supervisory Skills and Practices
    • Strategic Planning
    • Working with Colleagues and Superiors: The Art of Influencing Others
    • Public Information Law
    • Attitude and Accountability
    • Fully Engaged: Achieving Work/Life Balance
    • Project Management
    For seminar descriptions and registration, go to