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Community Engagement

November 2021

The Mentor a Public Administration Student program matches MPA students to practicing local administrators or nonprofit managers, where they are exposed to the actual work environments, responsibilities, and interactions with professional administrative positions in Florida. We kicked off the 2021 cohort with a virtual meet-and-greet meeting. This year, our students were partnered with mentors from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Hillsborough, Pasco, and Sarasota Counties, the Cities of Lake Alfred, Lakeland, Pinellas Park, and Plant City, the University of South Florida, Connect For More, ISPE, the Senior Connection Center, and Tampa Bay Water.

October 2021

MURP Program Director and Associate Professor Dr. Evangeline Linkous was appointed to the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Tampa Bay Executive Board. The Board is composed of key District Council leaders, public and private community leaders, and other active members who have a deep understanding of the mission and priorities of ULI. This leadership group sets priorities and assists in the delivery of services at the local level. These dedicated individuals give freely of their time, talent, and expertise and contribute to the District Council in meaningful and powerful ways.

September 2021

School Director and Associate Professor Dr. Robin Ersing was recently selected to join USF's Center for Justice Research & Policy (CJRP) leadership team. CJRP hosts an interdisciplinary team of scholars and practitioners focused on the study of crime, violence, and criminal and social justice policy. It is the first of its kind in Florida, recently approved by the Board of Governors as a state-level center. The CJRP's goal is to apply rigorous research and evaluations to enhance the evidence base of policing, corrections, and court practices.

July 2021

Forward Pinellas launches a new partnership with USF MURP for internships! This was an important step to create a formal internship program with the Tampa Bay region’s largest institution of higher education and help explore the unique challenges of a highly urban coastal county focused on redevelopment.

May 2021

The City of Tampa was awarded a $75k grant from the Florida Resilient Coastlines Program (FRCP) to study the impacts of sea-level rise on our community and to identify key recommendations for resilience planning. In partnership with the City Planning Department, Research Associate Steven Fernandez collaborated with USF's Florida Center for Community Design and Research (FCCDR) to complete an analysis of current land use, zoning, and building regulations and recommended strategies to prepare for projected sea-level rise impacts.

2020

March 2020

Certificate in Community Real Estate Development (CRED) program: The challenging field of community real estate development requires practitioners that know how to use public and private resources, and demands skill sets in real estate development, finance and project management.

The CRED program at USF offers practical training for community developers and other industry professionals, and provides the tools needed to carry out successful affordable housing and community-based real estate development projects. CRED Tampa Bay develops practioners with insight to the community development issues facing Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, and Manatee counties.

January 2020

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The Mentor a Public Administration Student program matches MPA students to practicing local administrators or nonprofit managers, where they are exposed to the actual work environments, responsibilities, and interactions with professional administrative positions in Florida. We kicked off the 2020 cohort with a meet-and-greet dinner. This year, our students were partnered with mentors from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Hillsborough County, the Cities of Lakeland and Plant City, and the Senior Connection Center.

2019

May 2019

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USF sponsored a major event honoring our nation’s Veterans. Attended by over 200 people, the event was organized by USF’s Office of Veteran Success and USF World's Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies, and it was co-sponsored by our School and Cyber Florida.

President Judy Genshaft presented the University’s first Honorable award to the family of former U.S. Representative Sam Gibbons, a World War II veteran who dedicated his life to public service, and who was responsible for the creation of USF. The School also sponsored a table for Wounded Warriors from the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital, and its Director, Joe Battle, was our guest.

April 2019

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Our undergraduate Media and Politics class (POS 3931), taught by Assistant Professor Dr. Stephen Neely, visited Nielsen in Oldsmar to get a deeper understanding of their Sunshine State Survey project. During the tour, students learned more about Nielsen’s history and company culture, as well as their high-tech call center.

Special thanks to William Miller, Nielsen’s Director of Public Affairs and Community Engagements, for hosting us. We also want to thank Kimberly Hawkins, Lead Data Scientist, for explaining the importance of big data in public policy polling.

February 2019

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The Mentor a Public Administration Student program matches MPA students to practicing local administrators or nonprofit managers, where they are exposed to the actual work environments, responsibilities, and interactions with professional administrative positions in Florida. We kicked off the 2019 cohort with a meet-and-greet dinner. This year, our students were partnered with mentors from Hillsborough and Pasco Counties, ISPE, and the Senior Connection Center.

January 2019

Our School announced a series of professional development training courses and workshops in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with Research Associate Steven Fernandez.

2018

December 2018

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Zephyrhills City Manager Dr. Steven Spina discussed Pasco County's partnership with our School, highlighting MURP alumni Kevie Defranc and Jensen Hackett—and their prior internships with the City—in the November/December 2018 issue of Quality Cities (turn to pages 20-21), which is a publication of the Florida League of Cities (FLC).