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Newsletter of the School of Public Administration University of Nebraska at Omaha Fall 2011 Newsletter of the School of Public Administration 3 Fall / Winter 2011 exchange University of Nebraska at Omaha 4 6 Pictured from left: Rhonda Sheibal-Carver, Ethel Williams, Meagan Van Gelder and Carol Ebdon Transitions Shuffle Roles, Responsibilities at SPA By Nick Schinker The chapters of our lives are marked by transitions. The same is true for the School of Public Administration. Progress and the natural course of time prompt many changes. Some are temporary. Others are more lasting. Regardless of their duration, these transitions, coupled with the dedication and professionalism of the people involved, ultimately serve to preserve and advance the School’s vital role at UNO and in the greater community. The most notable changes at the School this fall followed the move of B.J. Reed, Ph.D., dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS), to the Chancellor’s Office, where he is serving as Interim Senior Vice Chancellor while a search is conducted to permanently fill that position. In Dr. Reed’s absence, John Bartle, Ph.D., Director of the School of Public Administration (SPA) and David Scott Diamond Alumni Professor of Public Affairs, has been named Acting Dean for CPACS. That transition prompted the naming of Reynolds Professor of Public Affairs and Director of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program Ethel Williams, Ph.D., as SPA’s Acting Director. Other changes include: Associate Professor Carol Ebdon, Ph.D., will serve as Director of the MPA Program; Aviation Institute Instructor Scott Vlasek, MPA, will serve as Interim Director of the Institute as former Director Scott Tarry, Ph.D., becomes Executive Director at the Strategic Air and Space Museum south of Omaha near Ashland, Neb. Dr. Tarry will continue his duties as Director of the NASA Nebraska Space Grant and EPSCoR Programs, of which UNO and SPA are academic affiliates; Career Services Director Mary Lopez, MPA, has retired and will concentrate her efforts on community service (see accompanying sidebar article); and, In light of Lopez’s retirement, the duties of Academic Program Coordinator Meagan Van Gelder, Ed.D., and Staff Assistant Rhonda Sheibal-Carver, CPM, will expand. While these transitions are notable, Dr. Bartle says they underscore the strength and continuity of mission at SPA. “There will be no major change in personality or philosophy at the School or the College,” he says. “We all share in the philosophy and commitment to high quality education, research, community service and engagement that have developed over time. The chief implementers of this philosophy have new roles, but that doesn’t mean our policies or our approaches will be any different. ”SPA’s programs have a strong foundation that will be enhanced by some of the changes, Dr. Bartle says. (continued on pages 2 and 3) THE

2011 Fall/Winter SPA Newsletter

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