Outstanding students, faculty, staff and community partners were celebrated at the Denver Marriott City Center on April 29, 2016. Nearly 150 attendees were on hand for the annual celebration.
CU Denver Chancellor Dorothy Horrell gave the keynote address. She offered this encouragement to students:
A life of meaning and purpose is not about titles; it’s not about how busy we are, or about how much stuff we accumulate. One’s true vocation does not come from a voice “out there” calling us to become something we’re not. It comes from a voice “in here” calling us to become what we’re born to be. I encourage you to have the courage to follow your heart and your intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. You hold both halves of the golden ticket – your college degree brings with it credibility, represents mastery over a body of knowledge, and has prepared you to do meaningful work in public affairs. The other half is what you have that nobody else has: your mind, your voice, your values, your passion, your vision. I promise you that, put together, you have all the elements you need for the ride of a lifetime.
Ron LeBlanc, City Manager of Durango, received the Leo C. Riethmayer Award. Named after the founder of the School of Public Affairs, this annual award recognizes Colorado’s top public administrator. Ron is an MPA alum who studied under Riethmayer when the program operated out of Boulder. A profile of LeBlanc can be viewed here.
A number of faculty and staff members, along with lecturers, were recognized for their contributions to the School of Public Affairs.
Honorable Mentions: Lori Hughes, Todd Ely, Chris Weible, Angela Gover
Honorable Mentions: Chris Weible, Todd Ely
Callie Marie Rennison
Honorable Mention: Angela Gover, John Ronquillo, Tanya Heikkila
Non-Tenure Track Faculty Award For Teaching
Honorable Mention: Sheila Huss
Professor Lloyd Burton, who is retiring at the end of this academic year, was recognized for 30 years of service to the School of Public Affairs. A profile of Professor Burton can be viewed here.
Outstanding Lecturer Awards
Sean McCandless (Public Administration)
Wesley Jennings (Criminal Justice)
Outstanding Staff Award, Spring 2016
Based on nominations by the faculty, students were recognized for their achievements in a number of different categories.
Outstanding Student Awards, Spring 2016
BACJ Outstanding Student
BACJ Outstanding Internship
MCJ Outstanding Student
MPA Outstanding Student
PhD Outstanding Dissertation Award
Jo Ann Shoup
Certified Nonprofit Professional Credential
Pi Alpha Alpha Inductees
Alpha Phi Sigma Kappa Xi Inductees
For students participating in the CU Denver commencement ceremony on May 14, SPA will host a reception immediately following commencement in Tivoli Student Union, Adirondacks Room 440/540. Family members and guests are welcome, and light refreshments will be served.