Future of Labor and Management–Friends and MPA Classmates

Given their jobs and career trajectories, Carrie Slaughter, Director of Labor Relations for the San Francisco Unified School District, and Amihan Makayan, California Teachers Association staff member and organizer, should be opponents.   Instead, they are friends and classmates in the SF State MPA program.  In fact, both are finishing their MPA degree in December 2012 and are in the culminating capstone course together.

What do they have in common?   Their dedication to the public service…

MPA Students
Here, their class has just finished doing presentations.   Carrie and Amihan gave back to back presentations on the facts about teacher dismissals and the rights of public employees.


San Francisco State University Pi Alpha Alpha Chapter Wins National Award for Best Chapter

At this year’s October Conference of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, the San Francisco State University Chapter of the national public administration honorary society Pi Alpha Alpha received the national award for the Best Pi Alpha Alpha Chapter.paa1

The purpose of the Chapter Award of Excellence is to recognize excellence in programming and chapter management in pursuit of Pi Alpha Alpha’s goals of scholarship, leadership, and excellence in graduate education in public affairs and administration.  Chapter activities recognized were mentoring for statistics students, hosting networking events with members of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, sponsoring question and answer sessions with faculty candidates and working toward awards for outstanding achievement in the research methods classes.

Chapter officers were Eduardo Blount, President; Jacob Liles, Vice President; Chris Rosenlund, Treasurer; and, Linda Tran, Secretary. Dr. Janey Wang is the Chapter’s Faculty Advisor.

Receiving the Award for them at the National Conference was Program Director Dr. Sheldon Gen.

Congratulations to all for the great work!