MPA Alum Hakan Axelsson has photos featured in New York Times Article

MPA  2008 alum, Hakan Axelsson,  who currently works for Washington State Institutional Review Board,  has photos pictured in a New York Times article. Check it out below:

Exciting News About MPA Adjunct Katherine Himes

Katherine Himes who will be teaching the MPA fall elective, Science Policy to Action, has had an article published in the journal Science & Discovery

Katherine has also received a foreign policy fellowship:!/1097/our-fall-2016-fellows/

MPA Alumni Association: SAVE THESE DATES

MPA Alumni Association would like you to save these dates:

Saturday, August 13th 2016

Purpose: Social event to identify leaders and increase attendance at the September meeting.Potluck at Woodland Creek Park, 6729 Pacific Avenue SE, Lacey, WA. 98503 from 3-6pm.

Thursday, September 1st 2016

Purpose: 1st Formal Leadership Meeting

Confirmed guests: MPA Program Director Doreen Swetkis and President George Bridges

Time: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: TESC, room: Sem 2 E2109

Saturday, October 15th 2016

Purpose: participate in Return to Evergreen to raise awareness of the MPAAA, begin to cultivate MPA donors, and promote inter-cohort networking

Time: 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM

Location: TESC, room: TBD

Rebecca Orbeck Wins Lean Fellowship

Rebecca Orbeck (PNAPP class of 2016) just won the Lean Fellowship!

Results Washington, part of the governor’s office, offers a state Lean fellowship program (PDF) through which state employees spend one-year terms deepening their understanding of Lean principles and tools.

The fellows, all of whom are state employees:

  • help lead targeted improvement efforts
  • working directly with agency directors and staff at all levels
  • learn from public- and private-sector Lean consultants
  • work closely with Results Washington senior performance advisors

These fellowships are exciting opportunities for excellent employees to develop their Lean skill sets, hone those skills in a wide variety of settings and help tackle some of the biggest challenges facing state government.

In Memory of Orlando

Rigour on National Coming Out Day, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1996

I’ve been pacing
The circumference
Of my classroom
For weeks
About story,
About the fictive
And dare
And rubbing
My hands
With broken
Sticks of chalk,
Preparing them
To grip
Some thought
Like a high bar.
Caked white,
My hands
Can’t unveil
Their desires
For certain
So I smack
My hands
The board
My prints
That include
Of other
They replace
The words
They could write
Like the chalk
Of the corpse
Replaces the body,
And I remember
My back
The blacktop
After school
And her insisting
Lie still.
Don’t move,
As she ran
The new stick
Of stolen chalk
My edges,
Her fingers
Against me
As I became
One long,
She extended
Her hands
And pulled me
From the second
Can I draw
Some clothes?
I asked
Peering over
No, she said,
You’ll make
A mistake,
And I don’t want
To trace you again.
But the fact is
She did. Today
After class
I avoid the hate
Under each step
I take on
The campus sidewalk.
Next to those words,
The chalk
Outlines of bodies
The world
Wants to negate.

Sandra Yannone, with gratitude to the editors of
The Untidy Season: An Anthology of Nebraska Women Poets,
The Backwaters Press, Omaha, NE (2013)

Commencement Ceremony Follows MPA Hooding

  • The Commencement Ceremony begins at 1 pm in Red Square. Graduates from all three programs (MPA, MES and MiT) and undergraduates will line up to form a procession and be seated. They are then called to receive their diploma.
  • Because of campus construction, the procession and line up is in a different place this year.
  • To line up for the Commencement ceremony, by 12:30 you’ll need to make your way to the back side of Seminar 2 Bldg “A”, between A and the CAB building. See the attached photo for a suggested route. Allow 10 minutes to get there.

Map of the Commencement seating and processional:


MPA procession route