Community Partner and Student Capstone Celebration

Approximately 75 attendees gathered at the Epernay Lounge on May 19, 2015, for a community partner and student capstone celebration. This event celebrates the accomplishments of students whose capstone projects were selected for recognition by School of Public Affairs faculty. It also recognizes and thanks individuals who mentored students during the academic year and organizations that sponsored capstone projects, hired student interns, worked with faculty on research projects, or partnered with SPA in other ways.

Photos from the event are in the slideshow below, followed by a complete list of the awardees. Thanks to everyone who attended and made it a special evening!

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Mentor Awards

Exemplary Public Service in Career Mentoring
Karl Wunderlich, Ph.D.
Asset Valuation, Office of Natural Resources Revenue
U.S. Department of the Interior

Exemplary Public Service in Applied Research Mentoring
Matt Urkoski, MPA
Manager, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

Community Partner Award – Individual

Two individuals from Generation Schools Network  received Community Partner awards for their support of Todd Ely’s research. He noted that they, “…generously supported my case study of their partnership with Englewood Schools. The project would not have been possible without their active involvement and willingness to share their work and knowledge.”

Wendy Loloff Piersee, CEO

Mary Jo Reinhard, Ph.D.
Project Manager for the Rocky Mountains-Englewood

Community Partner Award – Organization

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Mim Shea – Special Agent, Denver Division

The ATF was nominated by Nora Scanlon, who noted that, “They have attended multiple career/internship/networking events on-campus, as well as provided tours of the ATF to our students and hosted many of our students as interns.”

In addition, two organizations were recognized for creating fellowships for coursework and leadership training at SPA:

  • Jefferson County Department of Human Services for creating the Lynn A. Johnson Fellowship
  • Colorado City and County Management Association for sponsoring 5 CCMA fellows

Outstanding Capstone Projects – Fall 2014

Workforce Housing in Buena Vista
Abby Musfeldt, MPA
Client: Town of Buena – Brandy Reitter, Town Administrator

The Contributions of the Rehabilitation and Care Programs for Terrorists
Nadeen Alsayat, MCJ
Client: Mohammad bin Naif Center for Counseling and Care – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Time-Driven Activity-Based Costing Analysis of Denver Fire Department’s Marijuana-Affiliated Establishment Inspection Operations
Student: Abby Musfeldt
Client: Town of Buena – Carolyn Ross, HR Director; Brandy Reitter, Town Administrator

Great Education Colorado’s Common Ground on Common Core Project
Jim Finster, MPA
Client: Great Education Colorado – Liane Morrison, Executive Director

Greenlights for Nonprofit Success and the Accelerator, An Evaluation and Benchmark Study
Irene Nemitsas, MPA
Client: Greenlights for Nonprofit Success – Marisa Zappone, Research Manager

Outstanding Capstone Projects – Spring 2015

Best Practices to Promote Trade Association Viability
Gail Raney, MPA
Client: Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association – Sara Howe, CEO

Connecting Education and Employment Through Career Pathways
Jenn Prehn, MPA
Client: Denver Office of Economic Development – Ledy Garcia-Eckstein, Sr. Management Analyst

An Evaluation of the Return on Investment of the Morris Animal Foundation Fellowship Training Grants Program
Lindsey Katapksi, MPA
Client: Morris Animal Foundation – Diane Brown, Chief Scientific Officer

Home Builders Foundation of Metro Denver’s Project Captain Efforts: A Process Evaluation
Peter Rumbach, MPA
Client: Home Builders Foundation of Metro Denver – Beth Forbes, Exec Director

Emergency Operations Plan Annex–Crude Oil Derailment
Shannon McGregor, MPA
Client: City and County of Denver, Department of Environmental Health – Suzanne Boccia, Emergency Management Coordinator

Sovereign Citizens: A Domestic Threat to Colorado
Stephanie Juneau, MCJ
Client: Division of Homeland Security – Dana Reynolds, Director of Emergency Management

The Merger of WRF and WERF: The Challenge of Integrating Two Staff Cultures
John Albert, MPA
Client: Water Research Foundation – Robert Renner, Executive Director

The Impacts of State Fuel Tax Variation on Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Adoption
Jonathan Belais, MPA
Client: Colorado Energy Office – Cabell Hodge, Policy Advisor

Veteran Housing and Homelessness in Colorado: An Assessment and Best Practices
Wyatt Peterson, MPA
Client: Housing Colorado – Sara Reynolds, Executive Director

Mandatory Leave Policies: An Implementation Analysis
Johanna Karasik, MCJ
Client: University of Colorado Denver Counsel – Chris Puckett, Associate University Counsel

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