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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.

Students Honored for Outstanding Achievements

We're very proud of our outstanding undergraduate and graduate students here at the college, and it's gratifying to see that they are recognized beyond the walls of the Bellamy Building!

At the university's annual Leadership Awards Night, April 5, the following students were honored by the Division of Student Affairs:

Crowdfunding Project Supports Entrepreneurship, Experiential Learning

The DeVoe Moore Center has launched a crowdfunding project through the university's Spark FSU site that will support experiential learning for students and social entrepreneurship projects that tackle pressing problems throughout the world.

Sociology Grad Students Awarded

Two graduate students in the Department of Sociology have been recognized with awards from the university and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The FSU Program for Instructional Excellence has selected Lacey Ritter to receive an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for her work during the 2015-2016 academic year. In addition to a certificate of recognition, Ritter will receive a $750 cash prize at the university's Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence on April 13, 2016.

TOP 25! Public Affairs Ranked Among Nation's Best

The U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 edition of “Best Graduate Schools" has recognized our public administration programs as among the nation's best.

The college’s Askew School of Public Administration and Public Policy placed No. 19 in public affairs, with its public management administration program ranked No. 17, its public policy analysis program ranked No. 21 and its public finance and budget program ranked No. 23. And the Askew School's city management and urban policy program broke into the top 10 at No. 8 in the first U.S. News rankings of the discipline since 2012.

David Rasmussen Stepping Down as College Dean

David W. Rasmussen, dean of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy since 2003, will step down May 6 after 13 years of distinguished service as dean. He will return to the college’s faculty for two years before retiring from FSU after 50 years of service in May 2018.