Recent Grad Hired as Project Manager

Paul Kuhn has recently joined Choices: A Community Social Center as a project manager. Founded in 1992 and located in Akron, Choices is a consumer-run provider of social, recreational, informational and educational opportunities for consumers of mental health services in Summit County. In his position Paul will work to improve internal processes and resource utilization, […]

Student Update

Trevor Thompson, a recent MPA graduate, is now the Staff Benefits Administrator in the Staff Benefits Office at the main campus of the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Trevor began work in his new position in April after nearly a year-long job search. In his new position, Trevor meets with all newly hired physicians to […]

Recent Grad Hired as Village Administrator

Tom Reynolds, who graduated with an MPA in May 2009, is the new village administrator in Cardington, Ohio.  Located in Morrow County in north central Ohio, Cardington is just east of Marion and has about 2,000 residents. Prior to being hired by Cardington, Tom was a research analyst for the Summit County Executive Russ Pry […]

Student Meets with Warren Buffett

Chris Opoku-Agyeman, a doctoral student in the department, went in November with a group of Akron students to Omaha, Nebraska to meet with billionaire investor and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Warren Buffett. Chris has taken courses in the business college to supplement his education in PAUS. The opportunity to go to Omaha emerged from his […]

Dr. Deason’s Forthcoming Publications

Dr. Lucinda Deason’s productive summer researching will bear fruit later this academic year. She has been building on her national reputation in the area of Culturally Competent Public Service. Look for the following forthcoming publications  from her: Deason, L.M., Adhikari, S.B., Clopton, T.M., Oches, B., and Jensen, C.  “The Ohio Cross-Cultural Tobacco Control Alliance: Understanding […]

Recent Graduate Update

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton has announced its newest program associate is Vashon W. Williams, a December 2008 graduate of the MPA program. Until being hired by the foundation, Vashon worked as a research assistant for the Institute for Health and Social Policy at The University of Akron.  He also served for a […]

Recent Graduate Update

Jeremy Dubois (2008) accepted a position recently with The Kroger Company in Cincinnati.  He is now in their Management Development I Program, which will prepare him to be a store manager. The program runs 20 weeks and includes classroom and on-the-job training. Jeremy said he expects to apply much of what he learned about organizations […]

Conference Presentations

Dr. RaJade M. Berry-James presented papers this past fall at two conferences. The topics and locations are as follows: Cultural Competence as a Standard of Care. Keynote Speaker. 2008 Council on Healthy Mothers and Babies/Caring for 2 Conference on Improving Healthcare Services in a Diverse Community, Columbus, OH, November 7, 2008. Successful Models of Recruiting, […]

Faculty Member Publishes

Look for this recent publication by PAUS faculty member Dr. RaJade M. Berry-James. Congratulations Jade! Brown, S. L. and Berry-James, R. M. 2008. Riots and Rebirth: The Role of Policy Sciences in Addressing Disparities in Healthcare. Journal of Black Political Research, 2008(3), 9-44.

Dr. Berry-James to Present Workshop and Research Paper

Dr. RaJade M. Berry-James will speak at the March 4  Ohio Department of Alcohol, Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS) annual conference for directors. The title of her talk is “Becoming a Culturally & Linguistically Competent Organization.” Jade will focus on seven core competencies that can serve as innovative tools to bring about significant changes in the […]

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