Highlights from 2015 Spring Banquet

Outstanding students, faculty, staff and alumni were celebrated at the University Club on May 8, 2015. More than 100 attendees were on hand for the annual celebration.

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The keynote address was given by Denver City Council President Chris Herndon, who represents District 8 and is an alum of the Executive MPA program. Herndon gave an inspiring speech on the importance of public service and the rewards that come from a career dedicated to serving people.

Dianne Ray, Colorado State Auditor, received the Riethmayer Award. Named after the founder of the School of Public Affairs, this annual award recognizes Colorado’s top public administrator. Ray is an MPA alum whose office has conducted a number of audits that have been very important in recent state issues.

A number of faculty and staff members, along with lecturers, were recognized for their contributions to the School of Public Affairs.

Faculty Awards

Chris Weible
Honorable Mention: Tanya Heikkila

Todd Ely
Honorable Mention: Lonnie Schaible

Mary Guy
Honorable Mention: Tanya Heikkila

Non-Tenure Track Faculty Award For Teaching
Robyn Mobbs

Outstanding Lecturer Awards

Erik Estrada (Public Administration)
Jessica Johnston (Criminal Justice)

Outstanding Staff Awards

Chris Smith (Fall 2014)
Rob Drouillard (Spring 2015)

Based on nominations by the faculty, students were recognized for their achievements in a number of different categories.

Student Awards

BACJ Outstanding Students
Paul Taylor (Fall 2014)
Jen Evans (Spring 2015)

MCJ Outstanding Students
Nadeen Alsayat (Fall 2014)
Johanna Karasik (Spring 2015)

MPA Outstanding Students
Brenton Hutson (Fall 2014)
Caroline Fry (Spring 2015)

PhD Outstanding Dissertation Award for 2014
Dallas Elgin

Outstanding Student Capstones (Fall 2014)
Nadeen Alsayat
Irene Nemitsas
Brett Ackerman
Abby Musfeld
Justin Bukartek
Jim Finster

Outstanding Student Capstones (Spring 2015)
Sara Santos
Gail Raney
Lindsey Katapski
Peter Rumbach
Wyatt Peterson
Stephany Juneau
Jennifer Prehn
Shannon McGregor

Pi Alpha Alpha Inductees
Cindy Baughman
John Brower
Gabrielle Burley
Kristin Clark
Caroline Fry
Rebecca Greenberg
Michelle Haynes
Nimol Hen
Kara Holwich
Stephany Juneau
Lindsey Katapski
Louis Leone
Shannon Mcgregor
Gail Raney
David Reitz Ii
Robert Stiner
Helen Wolter
John Wontrobski

Alpha Phi Sigma Kappa Xi Inductees
Teresa Amaya
Dartanyon Baize
Maria Barco
Claudia Gaeta
Alba Gonzalez
Julia Holguin
Daniella Johner
Amanda Launer
Hannah Lucey
Zana Molina
Nicole Reekie
Alexander Rogers
Alexis Ruelas

For students participating in the CU Denver commencement ceremony on May 16, Dean Teske offered this reminder from Robert Orben: “A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that ‘individuality’ is the key to success.”

Congratulations graduates!

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