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Then & Now: Spring 2017 Newsletter.

Out with the old, in with the new! The Martin School newsletters will now come to your inbox, instead of your mailbox. We are excited to share our latest events, celebrate our community's successes, and provide updates from alumni and friends across the world. 

In This Issue
Senator Tom Daschle gives his keynote address at the second annual Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Lecture in October.

Salient Themes Featured in Second Annual Ford Lecture

The Martin School hosted the second annual Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Lecture in October, which is our signature lecture series honoring our esteemed friend and exemplar public servant, Senator Ford.

The Ford Lecture featured a keynote address by Senator Tom Daschle followed by an expert panel. Senator Daschle has served the American people through collaboration across the aisle, and recently co-authored a book commenting on our polarized political climate and offering potential ways to remedy the situation. His talk focused on the political dysfunction we have seen in recent years.

The panel, which included the former Chair of the RNC, Mike Duncan; Director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, Al Cross; and Associate Professor of Political Science, Steve Voss, who were all equally illuminating.

Held at the newly minted Business & Economics building on campus, the event was well attended by both students and community members. If you are interested in watching the event in its entirety, you can visit our website here.

Infographic: Where do our students work? Job Placement Statistics for the Spring 2016 MPA/MPP Graduates.

Public Financial Management in the 21st Century

We have added two new program offerings, both of which are entirely online:   the Master of Public Financial Management (MPFM) and the Graduate Certificate in Public Financial Management . These new programs are a joint effort of the Martin School and the Von Allmen  School of Accountancy.  The programs emphasize public financial management and public sector accounting along with other unique courses, making it unlike any other program.

As a premier institution in the fields of public financial management and budgeting, we identified an unmet need that the Martin School could uniquely address in providing mid-career professionals with expertise in those areas. By offering all the courses online, the programs are designed to meet the needs of working professionals, leveraging technology to provide graduate education opportunities at an affordable price.

The Graduate Certificate is comprised of 12 hours of online coursework offered by both Martin School and Accounting faculty. Each class is typically 8 weeks long with students taking one class at a time. Inclusive of all the courses in the certificate program (and then some!), the MPFM is a 2-year 36-credit hour program covering the topics of financial management, funds management, public sector accounting/auditing, public pensions and insurance, data and revenue forecasting, and so much more. Our MPA and MPP students may recognize some of the core material, and, of course, the Capstone Project, which is also required for the MPFM.

"Our goal is to meet the needs of non-traditional students who are balancing work, family, and other activities. By offering these new programs 100% online, we are providing an affordable, flexible, and challenging opportunity for individuals from across the country and beyond who are interested in seeking graduate education in public financial management, while receiving the same high quality education experience as our on-campus students." - Dr. Rhonda Riherd Trautman, Program Director

"The Masters of Public Financial Management program at the Martin School has more than exceeded my previous graduate studies experiences. The faculty have demonstrated a thorough expertise of the material and a genuine passion for instructing. The coursework, discussions, and texts have been personally challenging and professionally fulfilling. I have found the topics covered to be completely applicable to my current position in public finance and can envision how this new knowledge will directly benefit my current organization as well as any future organization I am a part of." - Andrew Wells, current student

For more information about these programs, you can check out our website.
MPA Alumnus Brings Policy to Life at Regional Think Tank

Where is he now? Read more about Dustin, an MPA graduate, and his work as a Research and Policy Associate at the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. Read Dustin's story here.

Ph.D. Alumnus Takes Center Stage at Major Publication

Dr. Jeremy Hall, who received his Ph.D. in 2005, is flying high! Read more about his most recent accomplishments. Read more about Dr. Hall here.

Students Head to Washington

In October, thirteen students, Katie Sanders, and Dr. Hackbart visited our nation's Capitol for our professional development trip. This year's trip was a mix of old and new-- the group reconnected with old friends and made some new contacts, too! Read more about their trip here.

Alumni & Friends Reception Honors Public Service “Greats”

At our annual Martin School Alumni & Friends Reception in November, we honored three members of our community who are dear to many, both personally and professionally. Read more here.
Faculty Achievements

Our faculty have been quite busy in the past six months! Pictured above is Dr. Toma, who was named the 2016 Distinguished Kentucky Economist by the Kentucky Economic Association. Check out the faculty's latest awards, publications, and more here.

Student Achievements

Our doctorate and master's students have been busy outside of the classroom. Lauren Guo and Cole Rakow (pictured above), both Ph.D. students, presented their work at the APPAM conference. Cole also won third place for his research poster at the same conference.

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