ARE YOU ENJOYING THE BENEFITS OF GREENER GRASS? Join the over 300 KU MPA graduates who have registered with Ray Hummert to receive "Greener Grass," our in-house listing of employment opportunities which is sent out via email every few weeks. Contact Ray Hummert to sign up for the email update. You can also find information from recent editions of Greener Grass on this website at http://www.kupa.ku.edu/greenergrass/.
JOHN AND CAROL NALBANDIAN SCHOLARSHIP: The John and Carol Nalbandian Scholarship will support MPA students preparing for careers in local government. The scholarship recognizes the myriad contributions the Nalbandians have made to students, local government professionals, and elected officials over the past five decades. Through their teaching and consulting as well as their work as citizen volunteers, they have exemplified the spirit of public service bringing credit to themselves, the School and the University of Kansas. To make your contribution to the John & Carol Nalbandian Scholarship (fund # 09250), please visit http://www.kupa.ku.edu/donate/index.shtml , and enable a lifetime commitment to public service. If you have any questions, please contact any member of the scholarship committee: Dave Limardi, Bob Livingston, Kathy Woerner, Carol Gonzales, Julia Novak or Ray Hummert (785-864-9097 or email@example.com).
SCHOLARSHIPS TO THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA SEI AND LEAD PROGRAMS: Once again, the University of Virginia will be offering scholarships in the name of John Nalbandian to their SEI and LEAD programs. The Lead program is for supervisor and Department Directors. The SEI program is for Department Directors and CAOs. There are two scholarships available for each program and the scholarship are equal to a fee reduction of 10%. Information about the programs can be found at http://www.coopercenter.org/leadership/sei-program-details If you would like names of people who have attended in the past, please contact Ray Hummert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-864-9097.
JAYHAWKS SIGHTED IN CALIFORNIA! Thanks to the suggestion of Humboldt County (California) Administrative Officer and KUCIMAT President Phil Smith-Hanes, Trackdown Management did a newsletter article featuring California local government managers who are University of Kansas alumni. You can read this University of Kansas issue at http://www.trackdownmanagement.net/newsletters/2012-4b.pdf.
ALUMNI SURVEY 2010
At the Spring 2010 Board Meeting, KUCIMAT Board Members discussed with Department Chair Marilu Goodyear and Academic Advisor/External Affairs Director Ray Hummert plans for a survey of KU MPA alumni. In conjunction with the desire to engage the alumni to “determine what it is that they consider “precious” about the past and their connection with KU and the department,” the survey would assist the KUCIMAT board in gauging the participation level of alumni and the areas of interest for future interaction and communication. The timing also allowed for questions relevant to the proposed transition from department to school designation, and the potential name of the school.
The survey was developed in June by Dr. Nalbandian, Past President Mark Watson, and Board Member Liz Habkirk. Alumni were invited to participate in the survey distributed email from Ray Hummert, in the Greener Grass newsletter, and the LinkedIn website. The survey closed on August 23, 2010. There were 215 total responses. Special thanks to Liz Habkirk who compiled both the Executive Summary and the Full Survey Results.