SPEA Alumni Newsletter

Spring Edition   |  May 2018  |  


SPEA Public Safety Forum

SPEA hosted faculty members, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department leadership, and national experts from the Seattle Police Department and more to discuss strategies, accepted practices for policy, implementation, and sustainability of body-worn camera programs during its April Public Safety Forum.

Above, SPEA IUPUI Director of Criminal Justice and Associate Professor Jeremy Carter discusses body cameras during the Forum.

Watch recording of forum »


From the Alumni Board President

SPEA has come out on top with the #1 MPA program in the country in the recent U.S. News and World Report rankings! We are so proud of this recognition and thankful to all of our alumni for being a part of our success. This May, we celebrate the new class of SPEA graduates and welcome them to our alumni community. These new grads will want to know how you’re using your degree, so send us an update on what you are doing—personally or professionally—and we might include it in the next SPEA Magazine!

Neil Bloede, BSPA’00 (IUB), MPA’08 (IUPUI)
SPEA Alumni Board President
Legal Counsel, Rolls-Royce North America

SPEA Alumni events

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June 7, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Mi Vida on the Wharf, Washington, D.C.

Welcome to the City:
D.C. Reception

Join us to connect with SPEA alumni and interns and welcome recent grads to the D.C. metro area! Complimentary drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres provided. RSVP online.
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Sept. 22, All Day, Indianapolis Downtown Canal

10th Annual IUPUI Regatta

Celebrate this amazing IUPUI tradition where the campus and community gather for fun and support student scholarships. Sign up to paddle in the SPEA Alumni Boat or volunteer at the SPEA Regatta Tent!
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Oct.4, 6-8 p.m., Washington, D.C.

Capitol Hill Colloquium

Connect with more than 100 SPEA alumni, faculty, and current students during this annual tradition. Keynote speaker and final location to be announced at a later date.


Join our Speakers Bureau

This spring, we continue to build a speakers bureau of alumni willing to be guest speakers on both campuses (including remote appearances). Complete our online form and we will provide you as an option to faculty.

Send us your updates

Changed jobs or cities recently? Have an award or honor to share? Created a podcast that you want the SPEA community to know about? Send an update on your career and contact information to speaalum@indiana.edu. We love to hear from you!

Get SPEA T-shirts and more

Choose your favorite SPEA design and see all the cool ways you can wear your alma mater with pride!



Calling PMF Alumni!

A group of Presidential Management Fellows Program alumni has made an alumni organization to strengthen networks, develop alumni after program completion, and advocate for the program at federal and agency levels. To connect with this organization, email them via the headline above.
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SPEA Alum-in-Residence:
Smallwood-Cocke, MPA’12

Sara Jane Smallwood-Cocke visited SPEA to lead conversations on tribal governance and its intersection in the environmental, public, and cultural sectors. The Alum-in-Residence Program is through SPEA’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
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SPEA Alum-in-Residence:
Burditt, MPA’15

Jasmine Burditt shared her career path, experiences, and more during her visit to empower the next generation of leaders, delivering a talk entitled Elevating Black Women’s Voices in Policymaking.
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Nonprofit Career Expo

More than 70 nonprofit, community, and government organizations gathered with current students and alumni looking for volunteer, internship, and job opportunities in March. Nonprofit alumni, faculty, and visiting Ford Fellows from African NGOs shared ideas during “Coffee and Conversation” ahead of the Expo.
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Third Annual IU Day

On April 18, the alumni community gathered in full force to celebrate and support their alma mater, hosting more than 10 distinct events. There was a group photo on Monument Circle, employer mixers at EPA Region 5 and Burns and McDonnell, countless stories were shared showcasing SPEA spirit, and more than $5,400 was raised for the SPEA Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. If you would still like to contribute, make a gift today.
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Environmental Alumni Meet Up in D.C.

Nearly 30 alumni from the EPA, American Wind Energy Association, and other employers gathered at the Environmental Alumni Reception in April to discuss skills needed for successful environmental work in DC.
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SPEA Launches China Society

SPEA hosted the inaugural event of the China Society on March 30. Special thanks to alumni Jack Bobo, MSES/JD’96; Jennifer Pearl, MPA/MA’10; and Yingchu Wei, BSES’15, MPA/MSES’16, for participating in the panel discussion, “Focus on China: People, Politics, and Policy.”


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January 16, 1957 - March 22, 2018

Rodney Hopkins, BSPA’80 (IUB)

We remember the life of Rodney Hopkins, a beloved member of the SPEA Distinguished Alumni Council. After successfully building an engineering design firm in California, Hopkins was dedicated to student mentorship and providing feedback to the School. We send our condolences to his friends, family, and former classmates.


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Picardal, Pirog to retire

Congratulations to Flynn Picardal and Maureen A. Pirog on their retirements from Indiana University! Send them a note of thanks or well wishes.
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MLK’s Assassination: Calming a City Amid Chaos

Fifty years ago, news of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination shook an already divided nation, sparking riots, fires, and violence in more than a hundred cities across the country. But not in Indianapolis—why?
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Attari: Advocating for Climate Conservation

Read Shahzeen Attari on imperfectly advocating for climate conservation. Attari has been selected as a 2018 Andrew Carnegie Fellow and will use her grant to fund research on motivating climate change solutions.


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