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Fall 2013 MPA Alumni Award
Public Official of the Year finalists
Four finalists have been selected for the Houston’s metro area public official of the year -- City of Houston city attorney David M. Feldman, NASA Center Director Michael Coats, Fort Bend County Emergency Management Coordinator Jeff Braun, and Missouri City assistant city manager Scott Elmer. The winner will be announced at the awards luncheon 11:30 AM, Friday, February 22, 2013, at the Rockwell Pavilion on UH Campus. Contact James Thurmond for more information.
WPG 2012 Beverly Kaufmann Scholarship Recipient - Katherine Summerlin
Katherine Summerlin is a non-traditional graduate student in the Master of Public Administration program at the University of Houston. She believes the MPA program is the perfect catalyst to propel her career as a public servant and the program is an asset to the City of Houston.
As a wife, mother and scholar, she has juggled multiple responsibilities while earning a 3.945 GPA on a 4.0 scale. She graduated cum laude in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Houston.
While matriculating at U of H, Katherine has earned the following recognitions:
- Master of Public Administration Alumni Network Scholarship winner – 2012
- Dean’s List ‐ 2005
- National Dean’s List – 2005‐2006
From June through August of last year, she worked as an intern with the City of Houston Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security. She supported development of regional catastrophic training and exercise plans, provided plan briefings, validated plan elements and set preliminary framework for 2013 exercises. She also assisted with organizing and planning workshops/events.
Katherine’s affiliations include:
- Member, American Political Science Association
- Ex‐Officio Board Member, U of H Young Alumni Connection
- Member, Volunteer Opportunities in Houston
- Member, University of Houston Alumni Association
Past Affiliations include:
- Search Young Professionals of Houston
- Past Communications Vice‐President, U of H Young Alumni Connection
- Past President, San Jacinto College Democrats
- Past Vice‐President of Communications, Harris County Democrats
by Jocelyn Williams (WPG Connections Newsletter)
MPA Social - 2012
MPA 2012 Alumni Network Scholarships for Academic Excellence –( L to R) Dr. Yuasa, John Boerstler, Kim Howard (Recognition only), Keely Pate, Katherine Summerlin, Alumni Co-chair Anjali Kanojia, and Dr. Thurmond
MPA 2012 Spring Best Paper Awards –(L to R) Alumni Co-chair Anjali Kanojia, Tommy McClung, Aaron Chen, Cynthia Hurrington, and Dr. Thurmond
On July 6, 2012 the University of Houston Master of Public Administration Program (MPA) co-sponsored with the Urban Management Professionals of Southeast Texas (UMPSET) "Scenarios 2040" by the Center for Houston's Future at Rice University. These scenarios are research-based and provide an opportunity to explore the future possibilities and challenges our region may face in the future. The purpose of the program was to spark dialogue and encourage regional collaboration and problem-solving.