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South Florida Administrator SPRING 2012

Newsletter of the South Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration "I have the consolation of having added nothing to my pri vate fortune during my public service, and of retiring with hands clean as they are empty." Thomas Jefferson, Third President of the United States. CONTENTS

Notes from the Editor

By: Tatiana Escobar President’s Message. ................................................................................................................................. 2 Spring is almost here, and we are already half way through 3 Upcoming Events ....................................................................................................................................... our year; however, there are still many events and activities3 Local Events ........................................................................................................................................... in which you can participate, network, and share your Past Events ................................................................................................................................................. 3 experiences as a public administrator in South Florida. Local Events ........................................................................................................................................... 3 National Events...................................................................................................................................... 6 If you want to take your participation to the next level, join Get in Touch ............................................................................................................................................... 6 us at the ASPA National Conference to take place March 2-6 Job Listings, Internships & at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. The theme this year is Scholarships ............................................................................................................................................... 6 “Redefining Public Service Through Civic Engagement” and KUDOS ........................................................................................................................................................ 7 with over 150 sessions, we are sure you will find a topic SECOPA 2012 – Special Edition ................................................................................................................ 7 that is just right for you. Be sure to register or volunteer for ASPA Membership Benefits ...................................................................................................................... 9 the Conference, either way, it is an event not to be missed. Member Benefits ..................................................................................................................................... 10 New Members .......................................................................................................................................... 11 In March, the South Florida Chapter will be celebrating Board of Directors 2011-2012 ............................................................................................................... Women’s History month with a special reception at the 11 New Ideas ................................................................................................................................................. 11 Parrot Jungle. This event will honor the influence and How to Join............................................................................................................................................... contribution of 5 extraordinary women to Public Service, 11 please join us in an evening of celebration. Then, the Chapter will be busy preparing the 6th Annual ASPA Best Practices Conference at Nova Southeastern University. This one day event is already being recognized for the quality of its speakers and the value of its content, don’t forget to register. Do you have a proposal to present? SECoPA 2012 might be the right venue for you, and it is almost here. Please read below if you want to be included or if you want to volunteer and take advantage of this event. As you can see, we still have plenty to do and we are just waiting for you.


President’s Message. By Bill Solomon I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! I know this past year has proven to be difficult for our members in the public service and also in non-profits that rely on government for funding. My topic for this newsletter issue offers suggestions for seeking employment within our chosen profession. As a practitioner in the public service for the past 32 years, I have often had to serve on interview panels. On average, there could be 200-300 applicants for an administrative position in MiamiDade County. It is important to find ways to make your name stand out in the crowd of applicants. I would like to take this opportunity to pass on some of my suggestions to students and new professionals that might help you get that first job, or move upward within our profession: 

As a student, try to choose research papers that could potentially provide beneficial information to an organization with which you might want to work for in the future. A copy of your paper should be given to the organization.

Thoroughly review your resume and check for spelling and grammatical errors. Yes, employers look at this to see if you are careful with the completed paperwork you submit. Make certain that your resume indicates the areas of expertise that the position you are applying for is seeking. Have a friend or colleague read your resume and supporting documents to assist you in proofreading.

Make certain that you are computer literate and proficient with at a minimum Excel and Word. I have found that many applicants do not have sufficient computer skills to be able to handle the level of difficulty they encounter in even entry-level administrative positions.

Contact the organization you want to work for and find out if there are volunteer opportunities available in the area you want to ultimately work. Serving as a volunteer and doing an exemplary job, gets your name out there within the organization.

Actively participate on a committee in your local ASPA chapter. This provides you with a wonderful opportunity to network with professionals currently in the field. Attendance at local ASPA events will also enable you to meet potential employers in a professional setting.

If you are an ASPA member, be proud of this and make certain that your resume indicates you are a member. Membership in ASPA shows a desire to be more than the regular potential employee.

As I previously stated, it is important to do things that make you stand out from the field of applicants. If you aren’t a member of ASPA, I strongly suggest that you join. ASPA provides networking and professional development opportunities for public service professionals and academicians in our field. If you are a member and you haven’t volunteered to serve on a committee, please consider getting involved now. ASPA also provides a forum for practitioners and academics to discuss policies and issues at meetings, seminars and conferences.


I have tried to provide some general information for students and new professionals that could prove useful in finding a position in the public service. I wish all of you the best of luck in your career choices and future advancement. Remember, ASPA can be an outstanding vehicle to your success, so get on board.

Upcoming Events Local Events

Please remember that all our events are open to everyone interested in public service, so please feel free to share the calendar of events with your colleagues, students, and professors. Visit our new and improved website: aspaonline.org/southfla for additional information.

9th ASPA Annual Women’s History Month Reception When: Where: Cost:

March 22, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Jungle Island 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail Miami Florida 33132 Free

ASPA Best Practices Conference When: Where: Cost:

April 13 2012 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. NOVA Southeastern University 3301 College Avenue, Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida 33314-7796 $55 participants & $30 Students

Past Events Local Events Luncheon Meeting- Katherine Fernandez Rundle –November 16, 2011 By Bill Solomon Any luncheon we have where a speaker goes around talking to attendees at all of the tables on a one to one basis is really special. This is what State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle did prior to her prepared speech. Her opening line was, “Does anyone know what it is like to manage 300 lawyers?” Ms. Rundle has been the Miami-Dade State Attorney since she was appointed in1993 and has been re-elected five times since. In her capacity as State Attorney, she serves as the legal arm for 37 different police departments in Miami-Dade County. The mission of her office is to Katherine Fernandez Rundle – see that the guilty are convicted while the rights of the innocent are Miami-Dade State Attorney protected. The State Attorney’s Office is the fourth largest district attorney’s office in the nation with over 1,200 employees.


Ms. Rundle discussed the impact on her office from budget cuts at the State level, which has resulted in a high turnover due to lower salaries. This has caused a slowdown in the handling of cases. Despite the issues surrounding retaining of trained attorneys and paralegals, they have made headway on crime in this community. She stated statistics to back up her statement- Crime rate has dropped 33%; Robbery down 35%; Burglary down 24%; Car theft down 25%; Aggravated Assault down 33%; Rape down 51%. The Office is focusing on career criminals which account for 75% of the major crimes committed in the community. The State Attorney’s Office has a 94% conviction rate. Besides the crimes discussed above, the Office also has a division that handles Community Outreach to youth and first-time offenders. They also hold a Ceiling and Expungement Fair which offers a second chance to youthful offenders. They also have a Cyber Crimes Division and a Mortgage Fraud Division. Ms. Rundle has always been a wonderful speaker and guest of the South Florida Chapter and it was a pleasure seeing her again.

South Florida Chapter Sponsors Student Reception By Bill Solomon On November 18, 2011, the South Florida Chapter hosted a student reception at the home of Dr. Allan and Judy Rosenbaum. Our special guest was University of Miami President Donna Shalala who spoke to the students representing Florida International University, University of Miami and Nova Southeastern University. President Shalala discussed the choices one must make when deciding upon a career and she told the students what decisions she made l-r: President Elect Charles Scurr; Board member Adrianna Brown; Past President Glenn Joseph; President Shalala when she was at the same point in her life. (center); President Bill Solomon; Board member Tatiana Escobar; Board member Allan Rosenbaum ; Corresponding The Rosenbaum’s are again to be commended for providing Secretary Roslyn Alic-Batson; and Board Member Jonathan West. a very nice variety of foods for the attendees. We were even treated to Judy’s Jambalaya, which she learned to make in a Creole cooking class in New Orleans. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the event and it was nice to see so many new faces.

ASPA South Florida recognizes PAA scholars By Agatha Caraballo On December 2nd, 2011, the ASPA South Florida Chapter proudly sponsored the Fall 2011 Induction Ceremony and Reception for the Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA) Honor Society at Florida International University (FIU). As part of an ongoing partnership between the two organizations, ASPA helped recognize the twenty-nine students that were formally inducted into the national honor society and encouraged them to continue to demonstrate their commitment to excellence in their chosen field by becoming members of ASPA. Several members of the ASPA South Florida board attended the event, including the immediate past president of ASPA National and the Director of the Department of Public Administration at FIU - Dr. Meredith Newman, ASPA South Florida President and the event’s keynote speaker William E. Solomon, J.D., PAA at FIU President (2009-2011) and ASPA South Florida’s Recording Secretary - Agatha Caraballo, as well as board members Seraphin Bernard, Steven Bobes, and Deborah Tavera.


The Fall 2011 inductees to the Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society at FIU with department faculty and ASPA board members.

PAA at FIU is a student-led chapter of the national honor society for public affairs and administration. As an initiative of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, PAA recognizes students who achieve academic distinction. To be eligible for membership, undergraduate students must be in their junior or senior year and have earned a minimum 3.5 grade point average (GPA), while graduate students must have completed at least 18 credits and earned a minimum 3.7 GPA.

Holiday Reception By Tatiana Escobar On December 10, 2011 ASPA’s South Florida Chapter hosted a holiday reception for its members at ELLE’S Global Food & Drink Restaurant in Miramar. At the event, President Bill Solomon gave a welcome speech and presented a list of upcoming events that the chapter is planning for the first semester of the year 2012. Mr. Solomon also gave thanks to all members who attended and introduced 5 new members who also received an ASPA pin to commemorate the event. After enjoying L to R: Treasurer Steve Bobes, Board delicious Hors d'oeuvre and a fine selection of wines, Mr. Solomon Member Tatiana Escobar, President Bill Solomon, Board Member Seraphin Bernard, invited Ms. Delores Dunn, president of The Center for Family and Child Corresponding Secretary Roslyn Alic-Batson and past President Glenn Joseph Enrichment, Inc. to receive the generous donations brought in by all present at the event. These toys were to be given to kids in need as Christmas presents. As a thank you note, Ms. Dunn sent this letter to our chapter thanking us for our assistance. We would like to thank all of our members who participated in this event, and remind our members in general that the best way to take advantage of your ASPA membership is to participate in the events we organize for all of you.

Annual Black History Family Celebration -ASPA Chapter Picnic By Bill Solomon As I sit under our shelter at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park enjoying beautiful Miami weather it is easy to forget the trials and tribulations of our work life. A really nice group of chapter members and their families came to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and great food. The fare included: wings, burgers, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, cole slaw, chicken Caesar salad and sausages. The kids enjoyed riding the historic train and the carousel. Wish you all could be here too, maybe next time.

L to R: Past President Glenn Joseph, Recording Secretary Agatha Caraballo, Michael and Diane Benitez, Nancy Solomon, President Bill Solomon, Corresponding Secretary Roslyn Alic-Batson, Miami-Dade County Deputy Mayor Alina Tejeda Hudak and her husband Ed Hudak.


National Events ASPA National Conference 2012 - Redefining Public Service Through Civic Engagement When: March 2-6 Where: Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada Registration: Click here

Get in Touch Do you have comments or questions for ASPA and the Board Members? Would you like to share your public administration experience? Please join us in the following sites: a. Twitter.com/aspamembership b. Govloop http://www.govloop.com/profile/aspasouthflorida c. Membership ASPAmembership2011@gmail.com d. LinkedIn www..LinkedIn.com/in/aspasouthflorida

Job Listings, Internships & Scholarships ASPA's online career center at PublicServiceCareers.org aids members' career development at all levels, and offers the most comprehensive and useful information about careers in the field. Another source of information for local jobs and possible internships is the chapter’s Facebook page. There are also internship opportunities to get a first-hand approach to the public sector. MiamiDade County is offering these programs. They are directed to undergraduate or graduates college students. If you are interested or know someone who is please click here for undergraduates and here for graduates.

2011-2012 Scholarship News By Agatha Caraballo The application period for the 2012 Natacha Seijas "Women in Public Service" and 2012 General Scholarship from the ASPA South Florida Chapter begins on December 15, 2011. The deadline for both awards is March 1, 2012. The 2012 Natacha Seijas "Women in Public Service" Scholarship Award, in the amount of $1000, is limited to female students, while the 2012 ASPA South Florida General Scholarship Award, also for $1000, is open to either gender. For both scholarships, applicants must demonstrate a commitment to public service, through voluntary community work or other participation in community organizations or activities. Students must complete a scholarship application, show proof of enrollment in a college or university in South Florida, hold at least a 3.0 GPA, provide two letters of recommendations, and write an essay on a given topic. The scholarship applications will be available on the ASPA South Florida website, ASPA South Florida Chapter. For questions or to request an application, please contact Agatha Caraballo, Scholarship Committee Co-Chair, at agatha.caraballo@gmail.com or Roslyn Alic-Batson, Communications Secretary of the South Florida Chapter of ASPA, at 305-3755658 or aspasouthfla@yahoo.com.


KUDOS To Alina Tejeda Hudak for winning ASPA’s National Public Service Award. This award is “presented annually to those individuals who have made substantial contributions as practitioners who have dedicated their careers to government service. Selected from all levels of government—local, state, federal and international—the recipients are public servants who have made outstanding contributions on a sustained basis. “ (PA Times 1/30/12) To South Florida Chapter President William E. Solomon for being selected for the John W. Gaston, Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Service Management.” This award is presented to a public manager for excellence in public service management, particularly in the areas of natural resource management or environmental protection. “The recipients will be acknowledged and presented their awards as part of the Donald C. Stone lecture followed by a reception in their honor on Monday, March 5th, during the ASPA National Conference in Las Vegas, NV.” (PA Times 1/30/12)

SECOPA 2012 – Special Edition Call for Papers and Proposals SECoPA 2012 October 3-6, 2012 Coral Springs, Florida Theme: “Promoting a Positive Transition for the Public Service: Hope for the Future” If you have a panel idea, want to present a scholarly paper or have a professional experience which you want to share, we want to hear from you. We encourage students, practitioners and academics to submit proposals. Program tracks are listed below. However, if you have a topic that does not fit into one of the tracks, please contact the conference chair to discuss. • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Economic Policy Disasters/Hazards/Emergency Management Environmental Policy and Management Ethics Finance and Budgeting Health Administration and Policy Human Resource Management International and Comparative Public Administration Local Government Performance Management Nonprofit Leadership and Management Performance Management Policy, Planning and Program Evaluation Public Management and Organization Theory Social Welfare Policy


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Criminal Justice Administration Planning and Policy

For academics and students interested in submitting a paper, please provide by email attachment a 150-200 word abstract of your paper. Practitioners who have professional experience to share do not have to present a formal paper. However, please provide an indication of the content of your presentation, e.g. an outline or some other written documentation of what people will learn or be able to do when they leave the session. Please also include a suggest track (from above bulleted list). All proposals must be submitted by May 1, 2012 by email to SECOPA@miami.edu and SECOPA@fiu.edu. For more information about the program, contact Jonathan P. West, Ph.D., or Allan Rosenbaum, Ph.D., Program Co-Chairs at jwest@miami.edu (305) 284-2500 or rosenbau@fiu.edu (305) 3481271. For more information about the conference in general, contact Bill Solomon at pbs@miamidade.gov (305-755-7873), or Steven Bobes at btv@miamidade.gov (305-375-2481), Conference Co-Chairs. STUDENT INFORMATION Students interested in presenting their research at the SECOPA 2012 conference are encouraged to submit their work and compete for the prestigious Robert L. Kline Award for master's students or the Morris W. H. Collins Award for doctoral students. Paper Abstracts are due in coordination with the SECOPA Call for Papers by May 1, 2012. Abstracts should be submitted to both SECOPA@miami.edu and SECOPA@fiu.edu using the appropriate submission format found above, as well as to the appropriate committee chair at their respective email addresses, below: Kline Chair: James Ward, (ASPA 3 Rep) Chair; james_ward80@hotmail.com Collins Chair: Sharon Wrobel (Secretary) Chair; swrobel@memphis.edu For more information regarding Awards Criteria and Descriptions, go to: http://aspaonline.org/secopa South Florida Chapter to Host SECoPA 2012 The South Florida Chapter of ASPA is hosting the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (SECoPA 2012) in South Florida. The conference theme is: “Promoting a Positive Transition for the Public Service: Hope for the Future” We look forward to you joining us on October 3-6, 2012 at the Coral Springs Marriott on the Heron Bay Golf Course in Coral Springs, Florida. The hotel is now accepting reservations for rooms at the conference at a conference rate of $85.00 plus tax per night with free parking, internet, and a 10% discount off breakfast at the hotel.


There is a limited room block, so it is suggested that you make your reservation as soon as possible. Contact the hotel directly at 954-753-5598 and ask for reservations or 1-800-228-9290 and using the name “S. FL. CHAPTER (ASPA)” or the market code “SFC” to receive the group rate of $85 with internet. Should you want to take this opportunity to enjoy the wonders of South Florida, special arrangements have been made for the conference rate to be available three days before and three days after, including the Columbus Day weekend. Steven Bobes and Bill Solomon are the Local Host Co-Chairs and we want this conference to include participation from ASPA members, chapters and academic institutions throughout Florida and the southeastern United States. We are now seeking volunteers interested in serving on planning committees and volunteering at the conference. If you are interested in being a part of the conference planning experience, please contact Bill at pbs@miamidade.gov or Steven at btv@miamidade.gov .

ASPA Membership Benefits Wondering what ASPA can do for you? ASPA can help you build a more secure future with a wide variety of insurance options. Because of your ASPA membership, these plans are offered to you at affordable group rates. For additional information about the various plans, click on the link or contact Selman and Company at the number below. Disability Income Insurance Disability income insurance can help protect you and your family. NEW! Auto & Home Insurance - Group Savings Plus® Group Savings Plus®, provides real money savings with a superior combination of products, service and convenience. Accidental Death & Dismemberment An Accident Protection Insurance plan can help protect you from the unforeseen expenses caused by a covered accidental death or injury. Group Term Life Insurance: 10 year level premium ASPA is pleased to provide you with a term life insurance plan that will allow you to provide a safety net in the event of your untimely death. By planning ahead, you can provide for your family's future. Group Term Life Insurance: 5 year age-banded rate Carefully chosen life insurance coverage can help ease financial strain and provide money your spouse and dependents need for a secure future. Group Catastrophic Major Medical This plan is complemental coverage designed to cover additional medical expenses not normally covered by your regular health insurance. Hospital Income Insurance The benefits payable under this plan can help ease the financial difficulties of a hospital stay so you or your loved one may focus on getting well.


Cancer Protection Cancer Protection Insurance is designed to help protect members and their families against potential financial losses associated with the treatment of cancer. Long Term Care Long Term Care Insurance allows you to remain independent of government assistance and from relying on loved ones to provide your care. Guaranteed Issue Term Life A new term life insurance program exclusively for our members 45-75 years of age. Contact: Selman & Company Address: 6110 Parkland Blvd Cleveland OH 44124-4187 Phone: 800-556-7614

Member Benefits 1. Networking-Interactions with professional public managers not only provide the basis for lasting friendships, but offers opportunities for informal consultation with skilled professionals on matters of public concern. 2. Professional Development-A series of luncheon speakers and professional development seminars on cutting edge topics enable you to develop critical technical, ethical and leadership competencies. 3. News and Views-ASPA membership is one way to keep your finger on the pulse of what is happening in your community. 4. Advancing Public Service-Learning about best practices provides the opportunity to better serve the citizenry of Miami-Dade County and other parts of South Florida 5. Conference Participation-Supplementing ASPA's national and state conferences on public administration is the inauguration of a South Florida conference with informative presentations from professional practitioners and academics. 6. Visibility Among Peers - ASPA's South Florida chapter rewards excellence in public service with annual awards, scholarships, internships and other forms of personal recognition for outstanding performance. 7. Community Service-Chapter efforts are designed to provide outreach and special assistance to needy segments of our community. 8. Liaison with Educational Efforts-The chapter has established linkages with higher educational institutions to encourage students to consider careers in public service. 9. Public-Private Partnerships-The ASPA chapter is cultivating close relationships with nonprofit and private sector service providers in recognition of the changing face of the public service profession.


New Members Every quarter we welcome our new and renewed members Ivan Acosta

Kimberly Green

Shellie Ransom

Rhea Allen

Gilberto Hernandez-Aranz

Christa Remington

George Burgess

Monica Hoo

Davine Scarlett

Agatha Caraballo

Alina Hudak

Xikun Sun

Michael Derry

Ketsia Marcellus

Bryan Troupe

Synithia Dowdell

Keven Mayo

Kimberly Watts

Michelle Evans

Jose Ortiz

Board of Directors 2011-2012 President Bill Solomon President-Elect Charles Scurr Recording Secretary Agatha Caraballo Corresponding Secretary Roslyn Alic-Batson Treasurer Steven Bobes Immediate-Past President Glenn C. Joseph National Liaison Meredith Newman

Martha Ayerdis Diane Benitez Seraphin W. Bernard Adrianna A. Brown Tatiana A. Escobar Allan Rosenbaum Deborah Tavera Jonathan P. West

New Ideas As an organization that values interaction between academia and practitioners, ASPA South Florida Chapter would like to invite you to share your ideas to improve public administration either by e-mail at aspasouthfla@yahoo.com or by attending one of our programs and talking to any of the board members.

How to Join Future members can easily join by attending one of the many events planned at fill out an application form onsite or online by filling the application posted at ASPA APPLICATION

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