Laura Antanaitis, MPA '21 received the Robert L. Kline award for the Best Student MPA paper at the Southeastern Conference on Public Administration for her paper entitled "Equity in Family and Medical Leave: A Response to COVID-19."  The paper was also presented in the panel Paying Attention to Group Outcomes From Policy.

Shannon Reidlinger, MPA '18 received the Robert L. Kline Award for the Best Masters Student Paper. Her paper was entitled, "Leveraging the Graduate Degree: Employment Outcomes for Female Students of NASPAA Institutions."

Hannah Shore, MPA '16 is in the process of being cleared for a position with the Veterans Administration.

Under the direction of Dr. Jim Douglas and Doug Bean, thirteen MPA students presented their group Capstone project to staff at the Centralina Council of Governments on December 8. The report is entitled, 'The Centralina Council of Governments Community Economic Development Resource Report and Guide." 

MPA student Catherine Carter won first place in the UNC Charlotte Graduate Research Symposium this spring in the Public Health, Social Science, and Business category.  Catherine's project was completed under Professor Maureen Brown in the Research Applications Capstone Class last fall.  An abstract of her project is here.  

Vanna Kealy and Marc Botero, both graduates from the MPA Program, have committed to serve in the Peace Corps as Literacy Instructors and Facilitators in Vanuatu. Vanna graduated in December of 2015 and Marc graduated in December of 2016.  They promise to keep careful notes on their experiences and will prepare an exhibit for a future Alumni-Student Conference!