October 26, 2018

City of Orlando Mayor Names Portelli as Senior Advisor

Lisa Portelli has been named as the Senior Advisor on Homelessness and Social Services to Mayor Buddy Dyer. In this role, Portelli supports the city’s housing-first strategy, which assists individuals in obtaining permanent housing and provides access to support services. Portelli has been an adjunct faculty member with the School of Public Administration since 2014.

July 23, 2018

Liou Shines as UCF Luminary

Professor Tom Liou has been named a recipient of the 2018 UCF Luminary Awards, which highlight the research, creative work and scholarship of faculty members across the university. SPA Director Naim Kapucu received this award in 2017.

July 17, 2018

Nonprofit Student Receives Scholarship

Alycia Corpiel, a Master of Nonprofit Management student, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Debbie K. Phillis Scholarship. Corpiel is the founder of the nonprofit Space Coast Animal Rights, which is dedicated to inspiring and educating others to treat animals with respect. Because of this work, she was awarded the $1,000 scholarship by the UCF Alumni Space Coast Chapter, and was recommended for the award by Lecturer Angela White-Jones.

July 10, 2018

Planning Association Names Fennessy Director at Large

The Orlando Metro Section of the American Planning Association of Florida has elected Instructor Roberta Fennessy to become its next director at large. Fennessy joins an executive committee that is led by urban and regional planning alumni: Joshua DeVries serves as the president, Emily Hanna serves as the first vice president, and Evan Futch serves as the Seminole County director. Urban planning advisory board member Alissa Torres and student James Hartsfield also serve on the committee.

May 11, 2018

Graduate Planning Program Earns Accreditation

The Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning program has been granted accreditation by the Planning Accreditation Board for seven years, effective Jan. 1, 2019, to Dec. 31, 2025. It was the first time the program sought accreditation. “As the Program has an exemplary record, the accreditation period granted is the longest term possible under current PAB rules,” the board wrote to Program Director Christopher Hawkins.

May 9, 2018

Pabarue Honored at Public Service Recognition Week Celebration

On New Year’s Eve, while the rest of the world was getting ready to celebrate the start of 2018, the Pabarue family went into mourning. Their daughter and sister, Geena Brigete Pabarue, was killed by a drunk driver. Pabarue was just one semester shy of graduating from UCF.

To honor the memory of Pabarue, who was an undergraduate public administration student, the school held a memorium for her during its fifth annual Public Service Recognition Week Celebration. Stephanie Krick, director of undergraduate programs for the school, presented Pabarue’s undergraduate certificate in nonprofit management to her sister, Everyis Lopez. The certificate was given along with a frame for Pabarue’s degree, which was granted posthumously by the university and presented to Lopez at commencement this past Saturday.

“In talking with other students about Geena, I kept hearing the word passionate. Geena was passionate about everything she did,” said Krick at the PSRW Celebration. “We know that Geena’s positive impact on others will live on forever, and she will forever be a part of our School of Public Administration family.”

Other highlights of the event included the induction of new members into Pi Alpha Alpha and Nu Lambda Mu, the Alumni Achievement Awards and the Public Service Leadership Awards, sponsored by the Central Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. Award recipients included the nonprofit Latino Leadership, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Sanford city manager Norton Bonaparte.

Photos of the event will be posted soon! Check back here for a link to our photo album.

April 23, 2018

Journal Publishes Doctoral Student’s First Solo-Authored Article

Public Administration Quarterly has published “Archeology of Exclusion: Counter-Mapping Sites of Exclusion and Oppression in the Administrative State Using GIS” by doctoral student Esteban Santis. The article explores the use of geographic information systems to map areas of exclusion and oppression, and includes a case study of the Trayvon Martin case. This is the first published article written solely by Santis.

April 17, 2018

Zavattaro Earns Tenure

Associate Professor Staci Zavattaro is one of 36 faculty members at UCF to earn tenure this year. She is the only faculty member from the School of Public Administration who will be granted tenure in 2018.

April 10, 2018

Article Published on Cultural Competency in Emergency Management

An article by Associate Professor Claire Connolly Knox and doctoral student Brie Haupt has been published by the Journal of Public Affairs Education. The article is titled “Measuring cultural competence in emergency management and homeland security higher education programs.” Click here to read it.

April 9, 2018

Doctoral Student Place at Graduate Research Forum

Doctoral student Ashley Connors placed second in the social sciences and business category at the Graduate Research Forum. Her research, “Does Immigrant Status Influence Civic Engagement? An Examination of Parental Immigrant Status and Education Level on High School Students’ Civic Engagement,” examines the connection between a student’s civic engagement in high school and their parents’ immigration status.

“The results did not reveal a significant relationship between immigration status and civic engagement outcomes,” Connors said. “Rather, the research revealed past experiences of civic engagement suggest continued civic engagement in one’s future.”

Connors said she’s honored by this recognition, which reaffirms her commitment to higher education.

“I am incredibly grateful for this recognition as it encourages students, such as myself, to continue the hard work and dedication to advancing their fields of study.”