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Grads Find Success at International Development Company

Efforts to connect our students to jobs in international affairs have had a wide impact across a range of companies and organizations. These efforts have been particularly fruitful at the international development company Chemonics, thanks in large part to the company’s Executive Vice President Eric Reading, himself an alum of the college.

The company recently marked its 41st anniversary, and a number of COSSPP alums were on hand to celebrate. Six graduates joined the Chemonics team in the spring and summer of 2016, bringing the total number of FSU grads at the company to 12.

Planning Lab Wins Another Project Award

The American Planning Association (APA) Florida has selected “Envisioning Florida’s Future: Transportation and Land Use in an Automated Vehicle World” for its Student Project Award to be presented at the organization’s conference in Tampa in September 2016. It is the fifth time a student planning project at Florida State University has won the award since the state APA began presenting them in 2009.

DURP Students Win Eisenhower Fellowships

Joel Mendez and Shaleen Miller, Ph.D. students in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP), have been awarded U.S. Department of Transportation Eisenhower Fellowships for 2016-2017.

Planning Project Wins FPZA Innovation Award

The Florida Planning and Zoning Association (FPZA) has selected "Envisioning Florida’s Future: Transportation and Land Use in an AV World" as its 2016 Innovation Award recipient.

Produced for the Florida Department of Transportation by an outstanding team of faculty and students from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP), this project utilized an innovative visioning process to anticipate the impact of automated vehicle (AV) technology on Florida’s communities.

COSSPP Students Win Language Study Awards

Five students from the college are among the eight FSU students who have received prestigious scholarships that will allow them to travel abroad to study languages deemed critical to the nation’s interests.

Matthew Hebron, a sophomore majoring in political science, has received a Boren Scholarship. It will allow him to travel to Azerbaijan to study Azerbaijani. Hebron hopes to be able to use his language skills to build deeper ties between the United States and other nations, as well as promote a positive image of the United States abroad.

Alum Named to Leadership Organization

International Affairs alumnus Eric Reading (BA '92, MA '93) has been elected to the board of directors of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC), a broad-based, influential network of more than 400 businesses, non-governmental organizations, and community leaders who support a smart power approach of elevating development and diplomacy alongside a strong defense.

OLLI Celebrates Anniversary, Endowment Award

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) celebrated its 25th anniversary at Florida State University with some very welcome news from the foundation that helps support it. The Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco announced in May that the institute was one of a select few among the 119 OLLIs throughout the country to be recognized for excellence with a $1 million endowment.

The highly competitive award required meeting stringent criteria, including membership of more than 1,000, curriculum, leadership, staff excellence, sustainability and volunteerism.

PoliSci Major Elected Democratic Convention Delegate

Political science major Danny Pooler has been elected as one of six delegates representing Leon County at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July. Danny, elected as a delegate for Bernie Sanders, has been a tireless campaigner for the senator from Vermont and an active member of Noles Want Bernie and Big Bend for Bernie.

College Development Director Retiring

Please join us in congratulating Jesse Colvin, Director of Development in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy (COSSPP), who is retiring at the end of July 2016 after 19 years of service to the FSU Foundation, the last 10 of which were in COSSPP. Upon Jesse's retirement, current Assistant Director of Development Cindy Michelson will be promoted to Jesse’s senior development officer position; a search will commence immediately to fill the junior development position in the college.

Planning Professor Promotes Collaboration in Forest Restoration

Associate Professor William Butler of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning attended the National Collaborative Forest Restoration Workshop hosted by the U.S. Forest Service in Denver, April 26-28, 2016. He spoke on two panels to deliver research on the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP), established by Congress in 2010 to fund 10 years of forest restoration projects developed and implemented by various groups working on public lands.

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