Commencement 2014

San Francisco State had its first graduate student-only Commencement this week– and MPA students were well represented.  Congratulations to all 2013-2014 MPA graduates!

MPA students @ 2014 Commencement

MPA students @ 2014 Commencement

Here, Tijen Sahin, Sandy Wong, Karina Zhang, Michael Rojas and Rolando Jorquera wait in line to be hooded by the Dean.

MPA Students @ 2014 Commencement

MPA Students @ 2014 Commencement

Harben Porter (to far left), Amanda Rosenblum, Jennie Tucker, Khatera Ahrary and Tijen Sahin (mostly hidden behind cap) also wait in line.

Suzanne El Gamal and Britney Gabel

Suzanne El Gamal and Britney Gabel

These two MPA students, Suzanne El Gamal and Britney Gabel, were selected by the Program and College as Distinguished Students and sat on the front platform to be hooded by Graduate Dean Ann Hallum.

More pictures, including those from our own ceremony, later!

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MPA Students Studying Environmental Policy

MPA students studying environmental policy (PA 776 in Fall 2013) took a tour of Recology’s solid waste transfer and recycling facilities on October 23rd.  Also know as “the dump”, the facility is not a landfill at all, but is instead an important processing facility in San Francisco’s ambitious goal of diverting all solid waste away from landfills by 2020.

Recology Tour in PA 776

Professor Sheldon Gen and MPA students Olga Donich, Ruby Tumber, Gordon Matassa, and Stephen Bender (not pictured) visit the city’s recycling center.

 

It’s All About Engagement!

Civic engagement is important for SF State MPA’ers, as they showed at President Obama’s recent speech here in San Francisco, where our students and alums were well represented.

Obama Speech

Obama Speech

Current student Ju Hong, a long-time immigration rights activist and member of the group ASPIRE (Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education), made news across the country by speaking out while the President was talking about immigration–and engaging with the President when he turned around to speak with him.   Ju (second row from the top, left of center) told the President that his family had been deported and asked for his help and then he and others asked for deportations to stop.  Ju’s subsequent open letter to the President about immigration was published by the Huffington Post.

Also at the event (top row center) is alum Alex Randolph (MPA, 2012), who helped to organize the event, held at the Betty Ong Chinese Recreation Center.  Alex is Deputy Director of Community and Government Affairs for the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.

Obama from the Audience

Obama from the Audience

Amy Moore (MPA 2011), who serves as Outreach Director for the Recreation and Parks Department, also helped out with the event.

Amy stated, “I  got to live one of my dreams today. I volunteered with the White House for the President’s visit. They let me lead the team charged with getting everyone in. It was so awesome”!

To round out the participation, other alums were also present, including Shamann Walton (MPA, 2010), Executive Director of Young Community Developers, Inc.   In addition to his interest in the President’s comments on immigration, Shamann has just announced his candidacy to be an elected member of the San Francisco Unified School Board.

We are proud of all of our students and alums for their continuing efforts and activities in the community.

Congratulations to All! MPA Hoodings, Community, Alumnus and Student Award Recipients and Pi Alpha Alpha!

Friday, May 24th was the MPA Program’s End of Year Celebration and it was a great event.

Our distinguished guest Patricia Martel, City Manager for Daly City, received her award for outstanding Community Service.

Daly City City Manager Patricia Martel speaks to graduates and their famililes

Daly City City Manager Patricia Martel speaks to graduates and their families

Alumnus of the Year Michael Yuen, Chief Executive Officer of the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco was honored and also spoke.

CEO Michael Yuen of the California Superior Court, San Francisco County

CEO Michael Yuen of the California Superior Court, San Francisco County

Graduating students were introduced as they walked to the front with information about their favorite project and any upcoming new jobs.  Here they all are!

2012-2013 Graduating MPAs!

2012-2013 Graduating MPAs!

And distinguished students also received awards:  Todd Higgins and Marc Joffe as Distinguished Students, Vincent Gordon and Robin Havens received the Barbara Jordan Award for Student Excellence.

Todd Higgins

Todd Higgins

Marc Joffe

Marc Joffe

Vincent Gordon

Vincent Gordon

Robin Havens

Robin Havens

Finally, member of the national public administration honorary society, Pi Alpha Alpha, were inducted into the Society by our Chapter President Dan Curtis.

Award Recipients

Pi Alpha Alpha Inductees

Happy students!

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California Certified Public Manager® Program @ SF State

The Centre for Organization Effectiveness & San Francisco State University Public Administration Program
2012-2013 San Francisco Cohort of the California Certified Public Manager® Program

The Certified Public Manager Program is a nationally recognized certificate program aimed at providing training to more senior leaders in the public sector. The program is intended for those public sector professionals some ways into their careers who have already completed the Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) degree or the Centre for Organization Effectiveness’s Public Management Academy and so, have achieved certain competencies. Those not meeting one of those criteria are not eligible for the program.

The 2012-2013 San Francisco Cohort of the California Certified Public Manager® Program will begin in October 2012 and will last until July 2013. It will meet 6 times for two days each time (for a total of 12 days). In addition, student will work on their own to complete a project at their own worksite.

The program will cost $5,100 and will incorporate training by top content experts in areas like Public Relations in Public Environments, Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce, Employing Effective Negotiation Strategies in a Public Employee Organization and Emotional Intelligence.  Payment may be made in full or in part although students will be asked to make a commitment for the entire program.

Classes will be held October 4 & 5, November 8 & 9, January 24 & 25 (2013), March 7 & 8, May 2 & 3, and July 25 & 26; they will be located at the SF State Downtown Center.

  • To apply, you should complete the CPM Program application posted on the SF State MPA Program website and explain why you would like to participate and a statement of support from your supervisor. Attach a certificate of completion for Leadership, Management, and Executive Training or MPA transcript you have received (including the date) and your resume. Fax or email to the contacts indicated on the application.
  • Admissions Deadline: September 10, 2012
  • Application form
  • Thursday, August 30 at 5 pm;
    Wednesday, September 5 at 5 pm;
  • For more information, check out the FAQs on the CPM or email Dr. Genie Stowers
  • Attend an Informational Session Thursday August 30 at 5 pm or Wednesday September 5 at 5 pm at 835 Market St., Room 677.

For more information, go to the National Certified Public Manager Consortium (http://www.txstate.edu/cpmconsortium/), ASPA’s CPM Section (http://www.aspaonline.org/scpm/ and http://www.aspaonline.org/scpm/competencies.html), or the CPM Academy (http://www.cpmacademy.org/)

Topics to be covered (Pt means will be covered in part of a day):

  • Applying Systems Thinking and Political Sensitivities to Solve Organizational Problems
  • Employing Effective Negotiation Strategies in a Public Employee Organization
  • Extraordinary Leadership
  • Making Effective Presentations
  • Power and Politics
  • (Pt) Community Building, Networking, Goal Setting
  • (Pt) Committing to the Nobility of Public Service
  • (Pt) Avatars, Blogs, and Wikis, Oh My! How Web 2.0 is Transforming Government
  • (Pt) Emotional Intelligence
  • (Pt) Developing a Service Oriented Culture
  • Pt) Building, Rebuilding, and Sustaining Trust
  • (Pt) Complying with Public sector Laws on Organizational Functioning and Transparency
  • (Pt) Applying Ethical Models to Public Policy Decisions
  • (Pt) Public Relations in Public Environments
  • (Pt) Honoring the Community’s Voice
  • (Pt) Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce
  • (Pt) Business Etiquette and Interpersonal Savvy
  • (Pt) Tips on Managing Your Career in the Public Sector
  • (Pt) Development Planning
  • (Pt) Performance Measurement: Aligning Processes and Procedures with Institutional Goals
  • (Pt) Productivity Improvement

New MPA Leadership

As of July 1, Dr. Sheldon Gen will be taking over as unit head (now Program Director) of the Public Administration Program.  (Note: Since we are now part of the School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, we are no longer officially a department and our head is no longer a chair.)

As I have been Program Director, then Department Chair, and now Program Director again for 15 years (5 complete terms), we have been planning for this succession transition for some time, to take place after Dr. Gen received tenure and promotion.  That time has now arrived.   I have immensely enjoyed serving as unit head during this period but of course it is always a good thing to have new leaders and new leadership.  I know Sheldon will do an excellent job and I am looking forward to working with him in this new capacity.

I will, of course, still be in Public Administration teaching and doing research and am looking forward to being able to spend more time doing both of those activities.   Thank you for your support—our students and alums are what has always made this job so special!  Along with our outstanding faculty, you are just a great group of people and I have loved working with each and every one of you.

New Draft of new Mission Statement– More Input Needed!

New Draft of Mission Statement from Discussion Forum on May 2 (we ran out of time for the last sentence)!  Thanks for all the input on the last draft of the Mission Statement.  We had lots of alums and students emailing us, talking in class and coming to our Discussion Forum– and we appreciated it all!  At the Discussion Forum, we took the input and tried to put it into a new draft, seen here:

The mission of the SF State MPA Program is to enhance individual and organizational capacity to serve the public and nonprofit sectors through engaged and innovative teaching, research and service.
•    We strive to teach effective policy analysis and program implementation by enriching students with the highest standards of knowledge and effective skills to inspire innovation and motivate continuous improvement.
•    As faculty and students, we work to provide applied research and service to the broader community.
•    We instill an appreciation for public service values like civic engagement, effectiveness, sustainability, inclusivity, accountability, equity and social justice.
They also suggested providing you with the actual text of the NASPAA Standard about values– so here it is:  NASPAA Standards re values: “The mission, governance, and curriculum of eligible programs shall demonstrably emphasize public service values. Public service values are important and enduring beliefs, ideals and principles shared by members of a community about what is good and desirable and what is not. They include pursuing the public interest with accountability and transparency; serving professionally with competence, efficiency, and objectivity; acting ethically so as to uphold the public trust; and demonstrating respect, equity, and fairness in dealings with citizens and fellow public servants. NASPAA expects an accreditable program to define the boundaries of the public service values it emphasizes, be they procedural or substantive, as the basis for distinguishing itself from other professional degree programs”.

Sooo now– we need more comments, please!