Rebecca Orbeck Wins Lean Fellowship

Rebecca Orbeck (PNAPP class of 2016) just won the Lean Fellowship! http://results.wa.gov/what-we-do/apply-lean/lean-fellowship-program

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
Rambling
About story,
About the fictive
Line
Between
Truth
And dare
And rubbing
My hands
Together
With broken
Sticks of chalk,
Preparing them
To grip
Some thought
Like a high bar.
Caked white,
My hands
Alone
Can’t unveil
Their desires
For certain
Motions,
So I smack
My hands
Against
The board
Leaving
My prints
That include
Traces
Of other
Women’s
Bodies.
They replace
The words
They could write
Like the chalk
Outline
Of the corpse
Replaces the body,
And I remember
My back
Pressed
Against
The blacktop
After school
And her insisting
Lie still.
Don’t move,
As she ran
The new stick
Of stolen chalk
Around
My edges,
Her fingers
Blushing
Against me
As I became
One long,
Curving
Line.
After,
She extended
Her hands
And pulled me
From the second
Dimension.
Can I draw
Some clothes?
I asked
Peering over
Myself.
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
Chalked
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: http://www.evergreen.edu/graduation/instructions.htm

 

MPA procession route

Three “Generations” of MPA at the Serving Those Who Served Conference

 Three “generations” of MPA at the excellent “Serving Those Who Served” conference in Yakima on 5/25-26: Andrea Coker-Anderson (MPA 2007, Registrar at UW Tacoma), Rafael Lozano (MPA 2011, Veterans Services Program Mgr, WA Dept of Veterans Affairs) and Jason Alves (MPA candidate 2016, VetCorps Program Mgr, WDVA). Andrea got Rafael interested in MPA when they worked together at Evergreen, and then after Rafael moved to WDVA, Rafael got Jason interested. Our students and alums are the best recruiters!
MPA Evergreen State College's photo.

 

Introducing MPA’s 3rd New Faculty member, joining the Program in Fall 2017: Cali Mortenson Ellis!

Cali Mortenson Ellis recently received her PhD in Public Policy and Political Science from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. She has a BA in economics from Bates College and a MPP from the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Cali previously worked in the Homeland Security Directorate of the Michigan National Guard, the Michigan Governor’s Office, and the Michigan Attorney General’s Office.  She is an author of Why Leaders Fight (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and has published in the Journal of Applied Security Research (2008), PS: Political Science & Politics (2012, 2014), Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (2013), International Interactions (2015), Enterprise Development and Microfinance (2015), and Michigan War Studies Review (2013, 2014, 2015). In 2016, Cali will be at the University of Southern California Center for International Studies as a Hayward R. Alker Postdoctoral Scholar Research Associate, and will join the faculty of Evergreen in the MPA Program Fall of 2017.