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L. Alan Beals Graduate Awards for Excellence in Local Government Studies

State and Local Government remains a strong focus among Maxwell MPA students and alumni

State and Local Government Management remains a strong focus among many Maxwell MPA students and alumni

Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs is pleased to announce the 2015 recipients for the L. Alan Beals Graduate Awards for Excellence in Local Government Studies from the Department of Public Administration and International AffairsAlison Lubin and Amy Snider.  Congratulations !

The L. Alan Beals Graduate Award for Excellence in Local Government Studies will be provided to one or more graduating MPA students each spring in honor of L. Alan Beals, the former (1975-1990) Executive Director of the National League of Cities and a 1957 graduate of Maxwell’s MPA program.  The students selected must (1) demonstrate outstanding academic achievement in coursework related to local government management; (2) demonstrate, through the submission of a course paper, an exemplary understanding and appreciation for local government policy and management; and (3) intend to work in the field of local government.  For consideration, each student had to submit a paper related to local government policy and management.

Alison Lubin, MPA '15

Alison Lubin, MPA ’15

Alison’s policy memo addresses the effectiveness of a restructured school district in the City of New Orleans.  In it, she deftly discusses using education as an alternate policy tool in urban planning and design, as well as the challenges still being faced in the City of New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina.  Alison has completed coursework in the areas of Education Policy; State and Local Government Financial Management; Public Finance Policy; Urban Policy and Forecasting. She has already accepted a one year policy fellowship at the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, with interests of transitioning to a position working in municipal social and urban policy analysis and implementation.  Alison is a 2011 graduate of Tulane University and worked as a middle school science teacher prior to attending Maxwell. She will graduate from the MPA program on June 29.

Amy Snider, MPA '15

Amy Snider, MPA ’15

Amy’s policy memo concisely addresses the financial tensions in the City of Atlanta, GA regarding the funding policy tools used for the further development of a light rail (BeltLine) project and their detrimental impact on the Atlanta and Fulton County Public School Systems.  Amy has completed coursework in Managing Individual, Group and Systemic Conflict; Collaborative and Participatory Governance; Public Finance Policy; Local Government and Politics and Emergency Preparedness for Local Governments in Response to Homeland Security Challenges.  Amy has been named a 2015-16 ICMA Local Government Management Fellow and will begin working with the Assistant City Administrator of Smyrna, Georgia as Smyrna’s Management Fellow in July. Amy’s ultimate goal is to become a City Manager.  Amy served as the Vice President of the Maxwell School’s student chapter of ICMA.  She is a 2012 graduate of Syracuse University and served as a Teach for America Corp member in North Carolina prior to her studies in the MPA program. She also will graduate from the MPA program on June 29.

We are pleased to congratulate both Alison and Amy and honor the life and work of L. Alan Beals with these awards.

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