Oct. 15th Lunchtime Lecture – Drive to 55, Tennessee Promise & tnAchieves

Update: Emily House, the Policy and Research Director with Tennessee Higher Education Commission will be speaking in place of Mike Krause.

TN-ASPA hosts the second lunch time lecture in our Fall series on Education in Tennessee and Nashville. Emily House and Graham Thomas will speak on Tennessee’s higher education initiatives including Tennessee Promise and tnAchieves.

  • Who: Graham Thomas, tnAchieves & Emily House, Tennessee Higher Education Commission
  • Topic: TN Higher Education Initiatives
  • When: Thursday, October 15, 2015, 12 noon – 1 pm
  • Where: James K. Polk State Office Building
    16th Floor Video Conferencing Room
    505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN
    (Polk State Offices are in shared building with TPAC-TN Performing Arts Center)

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With Governor Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative – the drive to get 55% of Tennesseans equipped with a degree or certificate by 2025 – there are several initiatives that assist Tennesseans with the financial costs of higher education attainment. Under the Drive to 55 initiative, the Tennessee Promise program offers two years of community college or technical school tuition-free through last-dollar scholarships and a mentorship program. As the program begins its second year, Emily House will discuss the program’s impact. tnAchieves is a partnering organization for Tennessee Promise. Graham Thomas will share tnAchieves’ role in Tennessee Promise and the program’s success in supporting more than 10,000 students in a community or technical college since its start in 2008.

Coming Soon – Third Thursday Lecture Series on Education in Tennessee and Nashville:

November 19: Rita McDonald with the Nashville Chamber of Commerce will speak on the Nashville Chamber’s education initiatives for K-12 education | Thursday, November 19, 12noon-1pm | UT Center for Industrial Services,193 Polk Ave, Nashville, TN, Training Room.

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TSU’s Public Policy Research Seminar Series

TSU College of Public Service

You are all invited to Tennessee State University’s (TSU) Public Service Research Brown Bag Series this year – the full schedule is below and the updated list is always available online.  TSU’s Public Service Research Brown Bag Friday series includes informal research presentations by faculty and students. All talks will be held at TSU’s Avon Williams Campus (AWC) at 10th Ave. N and Charlotte Ave downtown Nashville.

SEPTEMBER  |  Friday 9/25/2015 12-1pm | AWC Room 203 Marie Martin, Doctoral student, Public Administration “The evolving market for external funding for global health: organizational field composition and funding dominance”

Our first talk this semester is by Marie Martin.  Marie is working on her dissertation research, having defended her proposal in May.  She will be presenting this talk the following week at the Southeastern Conference of Public Administration in Charleston.

OCTOBER  |  Friday 10/23/2015 12-1pm | AWC Training Room 1 Kyujin Jung, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Public Administration “Isolated and Broken Bridges from a Disaster: a longitudinal study of inter-organizational networks”

NOVEMBER | Friday 11/13/2015 12-1pm | AWC Room 203 Ken Chilton, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Public Administration & Cara Robinson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Urban Studies

DECEMBER | No brown bag seminar

JANUARY | Friday 1/29/2016 12-1pm  | TBA

FEBRUARY | Friday 2/12/2016 12-1pm  | TBA

MARCH | Friday 3/25/2016 12-1pm  | AWC Room TBD Wanda Davidson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Social Work

APRIL | Friday 4/22/2016 12-1pm | AWC Room TBD Ali Winters, DSW, Assistant Professor of Social Work

September 17th Lunchtime Lecture – TN Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition – Tuition Equality

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TN-ASPA is kicking off the new academic year with a lunch time lecture series on Education in Tennessee and Nashville. Starting of the Education Series is Eben Cathey of the Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC).

  • Who: TN Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition
    Eben Cathey, Communications Coordinator
  • Topic: Tuition Equality
  • When: Thursday, September 17, 2015
    12 noon – 1 pm
  • Where: James K. Polk State Office Building
    16th Floor Video Conferencing Room
    505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN
    (Polk State Offices are in shared building with TPAC–TN Performing Arts Center Building)

TIRRC Tuition Equality

Eben will speak on the Tuition Equality Campaign to allow Tennessee’s undocumented immigrant students to receive in-state tuition. Presently, undocumented students who graduate from TN high schools must pay out-of-state tuition at Tennessee higher education institutions, which can be three times more expensive. Eben will discuss the Tuition Equality Now! Campaign efforts led by undocumented students and the pending legislation (SB612/HB675) addressing in-state tuition.  

Coming Soon – Third Thursday Lecture Series on Education in Tennessee and Nashville:

October 15: Graham Thomas with TN Achieves and Mike Krause with Drive to 55/Tennessee Promise will speak on Tennessee’s higher education scholarship initiatives. | Thursday, October 15, 12noon-1pm | Polk State Office Building, 505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN, 16th Floor Video Conference  Room.

November 19: Rita McDonald with the Nashville Chamber of Commerce will speak on the Nashville Chamber’s education initiatives for K-12 education | Thursday, November 19, 12noon-1pm | UT Center for Industrial Services,193 Polk Ave, Nashville, TN, Training Room.

CLE credit offered for October Third Thursday lecture

TN-ASPA will be offering CLE credit of 1.0 hours for the Lunchtime Lecture on October 16, 2014.

Speaker: Mark Naftel, Staff Attorney,Central Procurement Office,
Tennessee Department of General Services

Title: The Virtuous Lawyer: Aristotle’s Ethics and Legal Practice.

  • CLE credit of 1.0 hour will be offered for this lecture for those who are interested: the charge for ASPA members is $20; for non-members, $30.
  • Attendance at the lecture is free of charge unless you wish to earn the CLE credit.

Location: Wm. R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower
312 Rosa Parks Ave. 3rd Floor Conference Room A (map)
Time: from noon to 1pm

Directions to conference room: Enter WRS Tennessee Tower on 7th Ave. side and walk down the stairs through the glass doors. Check in at the security station (you will need state I.D. or driver’s license). Once inside, enter the first set of glass doors on the right; Conference Room A is in this suite.

You can register and pay online for the CLE Credit at the registration page on our website.

Questions about the CLE credit or the registration process? Please contact us at tn.aspa@gmail.com.

September 18 Lecture – TNStars College Savings 529 Program

Join us on September 18 for our first Lunchtime Lecture of the fall! LaKesha Page, Director of College Savings for the Baccalaureate Education Trust Division of Tennessee’s Treasury Department, will speak on the TNStars College Savings 529 program, designed to make college savings easy. Recognizing the need for a highly skilled workforce and the role that higher education plays in achieving that goal, the state of Tennessee offers parents and other relatives a low-cost way to save for children’s college expenses with attractive investment options and special tax advantages.

Ms. Page oversees the operation, marketing, and investments of the TNStars College Savings 529 Program, which has approximately 5,000 accounts and $17 million in assets. She also manages the day-to-day operations of the State of Tennessee’s BEST Prepaid Plan, which no longer accepts new enrollments, but which has approximately $87 million in assets for existing account owners. Ms. Page has over thirteen years of experience with the Treasury department, including eight years working in college savings. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis in public administration from historic Fisk University.

New Chapter Officers and Executive Council Members for 2014-2015

We sincerely appreciate the efforts of all who participated in the nominations process and the commitment of those who agreed to run for office. We received one nomination per office, and therefore no balloting was necessary this year.  Short bios are provided below for our Council members:
  • President (July 2014 – June 2015): Ann-Marie Rizzo
  • President-Elect (July 2014 – June 2015): Nneka Norman-Gordon
  • Treasurer (July 2014 – June 2015): Cara Robinson
  • Secretary (July 2014 – June 2015): Alex Frederick
  • Council members (July 2014 – June 2015): Bobbie Porter, Jennie Verner
  • Council members (July 2014 -June 2016): Victoria Calvin, Tyler Carpenter, Addison Dower, Leah Dupree, Eric Murry, Joyanna West
Members continuing in the upcoming year are:
  • Immediate Past President (July 2014 – June 2015) – Connie Calloway
  • Past President – (July 2014 – June 2015) Darrell Moore
We recognize with deep appreciation the service of those concluding their terms on Council this June: Kasia Steinka-Fry, Meg Streams, and Kimberly Triplett.
There are many ways to get involved with TN-ASPA in the upcoming year, so please contact us anytime at tn.aspa@gmail.com to find out more!

BIOS –

Dr. Ann-Marie Rizzo teaches organization theory, administrative ethics, and public policy at Tennessee State University. Her research interests include moral reasoning of public administrators and public administration education. Ann-Marie has co-authored two books and published articles in refereed journals on public sector ethics, women in management, public administration education, and management development.   She has also consulted on public service ethics for varying public, business and not for profit organizations such as Florida Power and Light, American Bankers Insurance Group, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the Tennessee Community Corrections Association, and the Lupus Foundation of Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama. Currently a professor of public administration at Tennessee State University, Ann-Marie  also serves as program advisor for the PhD program in public administration. Until 1988 she directed the Institute of Government and Institute for Public Management at Florida International University in Miami. She was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Social Science from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.

Nneka Norman-Gordon is the Higher Education Resource Officer with the Office of the Higher Education Resource Officer. She began her career in public service in September 2004 in the former Department of Personnel as an examinations analyst responsible for developing job qualifications for state applicants. Previous to her current position, she worked as a Legislative Research Analyst within the Comptroller of the Treasury’s Offices of Research and Education Accountability (OREA) conducting public policy research for the Tennessee General Assembly on various topics including STEM, early childhood education, and K-12 governance and reform. Nneka has written numerous publications including reports on Tennessee’s pre-kindergarten program, Tennessee’s graduated driver licensing laws, Tennessee’s school district usage of Race to the Top funds and STEM in Tennessee. In recent years, she has gained a deeper understanding of State policy and the legislative process while serving on the Comptroller’s legislative team. A prior Naval Officer, Nneka holds a M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Austin Peay State University and a B.A. in Psychology from Hampton University in Virginia and is a 2012 graduate of the Tennessee Government Management Institute (TGMI).

Cara Robinson is an Assistant Professor of Urban Studies at Tennessee State University. In this capacity, Cara teaches courses in urban studies and nonprofit management. Cara earned her Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware in 2011. Cara has presented and published in a variety of areas including media and democracy, community planning, the impact of charter schools, and homelessness. Cara is the former Executive Director of the Homeless Planning Council of Delaware. In her role as ED, she co-authored “Delaware’s Ten Year Plan to End Chronic and Reduce Long-Term Homelessness.”

Alex Frederick graduated with honors from Tennessee State University in December 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition/dietetics. He is the former president of the Kappa Omicron Nu honor society at TSU and worked in agricultural research during his undergraduate program. He developed and presented multiple award-winning projects and was hired as a full-time research assistant in food safety by Tennessee State University upon graduation. Alex is now enrolled in the Master’s program in public administration as well as the health administration and planning certificate program at TSU. He is currently working as a graduate assistant and upon completion of the MPA program plans to work in the public sector to promote health policy.
Victoria Calvin is currently a graduate student at Tennessee State University, and is employed by Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services, where she recently received a promotion to Court Liaison worker. In this role, she advocates for troubled youth and employs a range of skills to divert youth from coming into state custody. Her job involves investigation, negotiation with attorneys, and when needed, facilitation of child and family team meetings to resolve and address concerns for the youth’s development. Victoria’s aim is to enhance her knowledge of the public sector and leadership as she pursues the Masters of Public Administration, and she hopes to advocate for policy change as she progresses in her career.
Tyler Carpenter is currently a graduate student at Tennessee State University pursuing his master’s degree in public administration. He received his bachelor’s degree from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2010, majoring in Business Management and minoring in accounting. While at Trevecca , Tyler served as junior class representative in student government, as well as founding and presiding over a student political group on campus from 2008 to 2010. During this time he became active in local political campaigns, working with interest groups and candidates at local and state levels. Under the federal program formerly known as the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP), he worked as an intern at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, where he shadowed the Director of Plans and Programs. This experience allowed him to see how policies are formulated and dispersed and how government works within the bureaucratic structure, and to experience a federal level military work environment. Tyler plans to pursue a career in policy research and analysis; his specific interests are intergovernmental relations, education, civic engagement, and poverty related program development.
Addison Dower is the Research Analyst for the Senate State and Local Government Committee. In this position, she is responsible for the daily business of the committee, including setting the committee’s calendar, fielding committee questions and preparing presentations, and she provides policy analysis to committee members regarding bills that come before the committee for consideration. Additionally, she handles the Committee Chairman’s legislative agenda. Addison holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Memphis’s Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and a B. A. in Political Science from Auburn University. She is an active member of the Junior League of Nashville, Women’s Political Collaborative and the Nashville Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni Association.
Leah Dupree is a native of Jackson, TN and has lived in Nashville since 2011. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University, a Master’s in Business Administration from Valparaiso University, and a juris doctor degree from Indiana University. Before relocating to Nashville, Leah lived in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she worked for the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Since 2013, Leah has been the Legislative Liaison for the Department of General Services and has been responsible for legislation and constituent services for the Department. Prior to moving to the Executive Branch, Leah served in the Legislative Branch as a Legislative Aide to Senator Doug Overbey. Leah enjoys speaking to youth about career paths and personal development.
Eric D. Murry is currently a staff member of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council in Nashville, TN. Eric coordinates the TennCare Shelter Enrollment Project for the State of Tennessee, which assists homeless and impoverished families in eliminating barriers with health insurance, housing and other social benefits in order to help these families re-stabilize their lives. Previously, Eric was a community leader in Chicago, supervising after-school and mentoring programs for middle school students. Eric’s educational background in Psychology, Philosophy and Human Service Administration has guided his history of employment mostly in community-based organizations. This has given him the opportunity to collaborate and pool resources in order to improve outcomes for the communities at large. As he moves forward in his career, he continues to familiarize himself with health care, social homelessness, and housing policy reforms in order to continue to build stronger collaborations between those residents in need and the communities they live in.
Bobbie Porter is a diversity and inclusion professional who has spent the majority of her career as public servant for the Tennessee state government. She currently serves as Assistant Director in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at Tennessee State University, where she is responsible for ensuring institutional compliance with federal and state equal opportunity statutes by investigating complaints of illegal harassment and discrimination on behalf of the Office of the President, monitoring workforce diversity recruitment practices, and developing training and programming for the campus community. Prior to her role at TSU, Bobbie led the Outreach and Education Division of the state civil rights enforcement agency, the Tennessee Human Rights Commission . At THRC, she was the Special Assistant to the Executive Director where she was responsible for promoting the agency’s efforts in equal opportunity enforcement to the Governor, state legislators, private sector stakeholders, and the general public. Bobbie attended the University of Memphis, where she received her bachelor’s degree in communications, and later she received her Master’s of Public Administration and graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management from Tennessee State University.
Joyanna West is originally from Clinton, Tennessee, near Knoxville. She has a bachelor’s degree from Maryville College with a major in international studies and minors in political science and French. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in May 2014 with a Master’s of Public Policy and Administration. While pursuing her master’s degree, she worked with the Municipal Technical Advisory Service on the Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project, evaluating statewide benchmarks for twenty Tennessee cities to improve municipal government performance. She has recently relocated to Nashville and taken a position as Category Specialist with the State of Tennessee’s Central Procurement Office.

ASPA upcoming webinar May 20 – “Late Blooming? Spring Economic and Fiscal Performance Update”

Get the latest on the economic outlook for states and localities in an upcoming ASPA webinar – free to members (! benefits of ASPA membership, which also includes our chapter membership at no additional cost – learn more), $75 to non-members.  Register for the May 20 event here (login if a member, create a new account if not).  Our presenter will be a Tennessean, now budget and evaluation manager for Rocky Mount, NC, Kenneth Hunter.  Hunter is a board member and regular contributor for the North Carolina Local Government Budget Association and ASPA’s Section, the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management. He is a native of Middle, Tennessee with bachelor degrees from Tennessee Technological University and an MPA from The University of Georgia.

Join us Thursday April 17, 2014 for “Public Policy and Congress: the staffer and lobbyist perspectives”

Come to Avon Williams Campus Training Room 1 this Thursday April 17 at noon, for TN-ASPA’s final “Third Thursday” get-together of the semester – Alexander R. CurrieAssociate Director of Federal Relations for Vanderbilt University, will speak on “Public Policy and Congress: the staffer and lobbyist perspectives.”  Mr. Currie’s past experience on Capitol Hill includes serving as staff assistant on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and senior legislative assistant to former Indiana Senator Richard Lugar.  Should be fascinating for all interested in policy, political science, and public affairs!  This talk is the final in our Spring 2014 series with the theme, “Public Service and Public Affairs.”

All Lunchtime Lectures are free and will take place this spring from noon to 1 pm in Training Room 1 at the Avon Williams Campus of Tennessee State University in downtown Nashville (map). (Training Room 1 is located on the third floor, off the Atrium.) Feel free to bring your lunch for these informal discussions. Parking is no longer be available at the Avon Williams Campus main lot; however, meters and lots are available in the surrounding downtown area. State employee parking lots are available nearby for those with permits.

Link to our mailing on this event

 

Join us tomorrow March 20 for “Third Thursday” with Nneka Norman-Gordon

Come on down to Avon Williams Campus of TSU Thursday March 20 at noon to join us for our March TN-ASPA Lunchtime Lecture.  We will hear from Nneka Norman-Gordon, Higher Education Resource Officer, in the Office of the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury.  Nneka’s role falls at the interface between the public sector and the public, in the policy arena of higher education.  The HERO serves as a point of contact for faculty, staff and employees of the University of Tennessee and Tennessee Board of Regents systems. The Office is an information resource for these groups and legislators regarding the operations and financial workings of the higher education systems.

photo of Nneka Norman-GordonNneka Norman-Gordon began her career in public service in September 2004 in the former Department of Personnel as an examinations analyst, responsible for developing job qualifications for state applicants. Previously she worked as a Legislative Research Analyst within the Comptroller of the Treasury’s Offices of Research and Education Accountability (OREA) conducting public policy research for the Tennessee General Assembly on various topics including STEM, early childhood education, and K-12 governance and reform. Nneka has written numerous publications including reports on Tennessee’s pre-kindergarten program, Tennessee’s Graduated Driver Licensing Laws, Tennessee’s school district usage of Race to the Top funds, and STEM in Tennessee. In recent years, she has gained a deeper understanding of State policy and the legislative process while serving on the Comptroller’s legislative team. A prior Naval Officer, Nneka holds a M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Austin Peay State University and a B.A. in Psychology from Hampton University in Virginia; she is a 2012 graduate of the Tennessee Government Management Institute (TGMI).  Nneka is serving as a TN-ASPA Executive Councilmember (2013-2015).

All Lunchtime Lectures are free and will take place this spring at noon in Training Room 1 at the Avon Williams Campus of Tennessee State University in downtown Nashville, at 10th Ave. N and Charlotte Ave (map). (Training Room 1 is located on the third floor off the Atrium.) Feel free to bring your lunch for these informal discussions. We are unable to offer parking at TSU’s parking lot; meters and lots are available in the surrounding downtown area. State employee parking lots are available nearby for those with permits.