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Newsletter of the School of Public Administration Then Summer/Fall 2013 exchange University of Nebraska Omaha Now From The Director’s Desk The School of Public Administration: A Look Back By Dr. Ethel Williams It is amazing how fast forty years passes by. In 1972-73 the following events were important: • Nixon was re-elected to second term in the White House and took his unprecedented eight-day visit to Communist China to meet with Mao Zedong • America landed more men on the moon • Gov. George Wallace of Alabama was shot by Arthur Bremer at a political rally in Laurel, MD • The Supreme Court made the historic Roe vs. Wade abortion decision • Mark Spitz won seven gold medals at the 1972 Munich Olympics where eight Palestinians kidnapped and killed 11 Israeli wrestlers • The trend in fashion included miniskirts, midi skirts, hot pants, stretch fabrics and pant suits with wide-leg trousers (one of the past Directors still has his!) • M*A*S*H premiered on CBS and Time Inc. transmitted HBO as the first pay cable network • Electronic mail was introduced • Several faculty members in the Political Science Department at UNO helped to create the Department of Public Administration While I was not a part of the Department of Public Administration in 1972-73, I came soon afterwards. I was a very young, recent MPA graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and the very first Director of the Human Relations Department for the City of Council Bluffs when I was asked to be on the Advisory Board for the Division of Training and Community Service. This introduced me to the new School of Public Affairs and Community Service (SPACS) and many individuals in the new units. I was quickly introduced to the members of the PA Department - David Scott, Department chair, Harry Reynolds, David Paulsen and later Harold Gordon. After coming to work for the University full-time, I was asked to teach as an adjunct, and I quickly became an integral part of the Department. These were the “good ol’ boys” (I say that in the most respectful and loving way). I knew the theoretical side of public administration and they knew both theory and practice. They brought me into their “club” and taught me more about the discipline than my highly-valued MPA alone could ever do. Continued on page 2 THE

Summer/Fall 2013 SPA Newsletter

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