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Student Accomplishments 2017-2018

MPA Student Summer 2017 Internships

Mohri Exline interned with the city of Riley Kansas in the City Clerk’s office under the direction of Doris Fritz who is the City Clerk. Among other responsibilities, she was involved with updating the design of the city’s website, cataloguing the city’s ordinances and resolutions and working with the city Zoning Board to update their Comprehensive Plan.

Monica Macfarlane interned with the City of Manhattan’s Human Resources Department under the direction of Cathy Harmes who is the Director of Human Resources. Among other responsibilities, she was involved with the development of a non-discrimination training video, developing and presenting supervisor training sessions concerning hiring guidelines and laws, designing an incentive structure for employee participation in a wellness program, and research for a city health plan comparison report.

Deanna Milligan interned with the City Manager’s office in Manhattan under the direction of Jason Hilgers who is the Deputy City Manager. Among other responsibilities, she was involved with developing an employee satisfaction survey, research concerning employee leave benefits and other research dealing with regulating food trucks.

Kenzie Ruder interned with the Office of Educational Innovation and Evaluation (OEIE) with Kansas State University under the direction of Cynthia Shuman who is the director of OEIE. Among other responsibilities she assisted with the development of over 15 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant proposals- creating logic models, evaluation plans, letters of commitment, etc. Along with project development, she gained experience in project management by developing evaluation instrumentation, conducting focus groups, interpreting data, and writing evaluation reports for clients.

Morgan Wills interned with the city of Glendale Arizona in the Parks and Recreation Department under the supervision of Stephanie Miller who is a program manager. Among other responsibilities, she was involved with developing a community feedback survey focusing upon annual “signature” events, the creation of a docent program for a local nature preserve and analysis relative to the city’s Master Plan. 

MPA Student Graduate Teaching Assistantship Awardees

  • Wesley Duncan 
  • Mohri Exline 
  • Monica Macfarlane
  • Deanna Milligan
  • Daphne Park

MPA Student Graduate Scholarship Awardees

  • Wahida Akhtar - Tummala's Master of Public Administration Fellowship
  • Jill Haake - Raoul Wallenberg Scholarship in International Relations
  • Gabrielle Hull - Nicholas Salgo Political Science Scholarship
  • Morgan Wills - John W. and Lynn L. Carlin Public Administration Scholarship

Kansas Association of City/County Management Scholarship Awardee

  • Monica Macfarlane

International Coordinating Council Scholarship for International Students Awardee

  • Madushika Weerasinghe

Student Accomplishments 2016-2017

MPA Students Graduating May 2017

  • Danae Dallenbach
  • Katherine Pegan
  • Derek Shaw
  • Andrew Walker
  • Matthew Zayas

MPA Capstone Students Research Presentations

Seven MPA students presented their Capstone research projects on

May 8, 2017.

  • Danae Dallenbach - "Measuring Performance: Lafene Health Center Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Departments"
  • Michael Howard - "The Recreation Rental Facility Process and Policies in the MHK"
  • Katherine Pegan - "Moving aTa Forward: A Transit Survey of Local Employees"
  • Derek Shaw - "Pound-for-Pound: Pet Licensing"
  • Andrew Walker - "Residential Development in Pottawatomie County"
  • Madushika Weerasinghe - "Manhattan Area Manufacturing Wage and Benefit Survey"
  • Matthew Zayas - "Measurement & Verification in Energy Performance Contracts: An Evaluation"

Congratulations on completing successful projects!

Capstone 2017

Pi Alpha Alpha Student Inductions

  • Madushika Weerasinghe 
  • Matthew Zayas

MPA Student Graduate Teaching Assistantship Awardees

  • Monica Macfarlane
  • Deanna Milligan
  • Derek Shaw
  • Madushika Weerasinghe 
  • Matthew Zayas

MPA Student Graduate Scholarship Awardees

  • Danae Daellenbach - Tummala’s Master of Public Administration Fellowship
  • Matthew Parra - John W. and Lynn L. Carlin Public Administration Scholarship
  • MaKenzie Ruder - Nicolas Salgo Political Science Scholarship
  • Morgan Wills - Jon Wefald International Security Scholarship
  • Matthew Zayas - Nicolas Salgo Political Science Scholarship

Kansas Association of City/County Management Scholarship Awardee

  • Matthew Zayas

Student Accomplishments 2015-2016

MPA Capstone Students Research Presentations

Six MPA students presented their Capstone research projects on

May 2, 2016.

  • Valencia Garcia – “Guaranteed 4.0? Evaluating Project Impact at Kansas State University”
  • Ghashia Kiyani – “International Students’ Perceptions of Guns on Campus at Kansas State University”
  • Diana McElwain – “Growing the Local Economy: The Economic Impact of Kansas State University”
  • Christina Quigley – “Tranformational Leadership at Kansas State University after the 2015 Marching Band Crisis”
  • Jared Wasinger – “Pass or Fail? Ballot Measures for Public Improvement Projects”
  • Madeline Westman – “Clearing up the Clear Bag Policy at Kansas State University”

Congratulations on completing successful projects!

MPA Student Graduate Teaching Assistantship Awardees

  • Ghashia Kiyani
  • Christina Quigley
  • Derek Shaw
  • Jared Wasinger
  • Madushika Weerasinghe 
  • Matthew Zayas

MPA Student Graduate Scholarship Awardees

  • Danae DallenbachJon Wefald International Security Scholarship
  • Valencia Garcia - Nicolas Salgo Political Science Scholarship
  • Michael Howard - Raoul Wallenberg Scholarship in International Relations
  • Trey Joy - Nicolas Salgo Political Science Scholarship
  • Christina Quigley - Tummala’s Master of Public Administration Fellowship 
  • Madeline Westman - John W. and Lynn L. Carlin Public Administration Scholarship
  • Matthew Zayas - Nicolas Salgo Political Science Scholarship

Kansas Association of City/County Management Scholarship Awardee

  • Jared Wasinger

Student Accomplishments 2014-2015

MPA Student Graduate Teaching Assistantship Awardees

  • Luke Drury
  • Chelsey Eimer
  • Jasmine Greene
  • Lyle Gunn
  • Ghashia Kiyani
  • Jesse McCart
  • Jared Wasinger

MPA Student Graduate Scholarship Awardees

  • Peter Clark - Tummala’s Master of Public Administration Fellowship
  • Stephanie Holden - John W. and Lynn L. Carlin Public Administration Scholarship
  • Madeline Westman - Jon Wefald International Security Scholarship
  • Matthew Zayas - Nicolas Salgo Political Science Scholarship 

Kansas Association of City/County Management Scholarship Awardee

  • Jasmine Greene