By: Howard R. Balanoff
Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service was one of 3 major sponsors of the Centex ASPA Public Service Recognition Week Awards Banquet which was held on May 22, 2013 at Green Pastures Restaurant in Austin Texas. The other 2 major sponsors were UT’s LBJ School of Public Affairs & Texas A&M’s George Bush School of Government & Public Service.
The Keynote address for the Public Service Awards Banquet was given by Major General John F. Nichols, Adjutant General of Texas Military Forces National Guard. Opening remarks were provided by the Honorable Mike Martinez, City Councilman from the City of Austin, Texas.
Highlights of the evening included the presentation of the Public Administrator of the Year Award, the Public Administrator Educator of the Year Award, the Elected Public Official Award and the James W. McGrew Research Awards for Texas State University’s MPA Program, UT’s LBJ School of Public Affairs and Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service.
In addition to the award presentations, Texas State University and Texas A&M inducted their outstanding students into Pi Alpha Alpha, the National Honor Society for Public Policy & Administration. As a part of the program Texas State University’s MPA Program recognized the William P. Hobby Family Scholarship recipients and the Balanoff Family Scholarship recipients. Also recognized was the recipient of Centex ASPA George Weinberger Scholarship.
The recipient of the Public Administrator of the Year was Dr. Dee Ellis, Executive Director of the Texas Animal Health Commission. Dr. Ellis is a graduate of Texas A&M’s Veterinarian School and the Texas State University MPA Program. Receiving the Public Administrator Educator of the Year Award was Angela Evans, Clinical Professor in Public Policy Practice from LBJ’s School of Public Affairs. The Elected Public Official Award went to the Honorable Sarah Eckhardt, Travis County Commissioner from Precinct 2. Commissioner Eckhardt is a graduate of UT’s LBJ School of Public Affairs.
James McGrew Research Awards were presented to the outstanding research papers from Texas State University’s MPA Program, UT’s LBJ School of Public Affairs and Texas A&M’s Bush School for Government & Public Service. Each University selected 2 outstanding individual and/or team research papers. Both Texas State University and the LBJ School selected 2 individual projects each and the Bush School selected 2 team projects as their award winners.
McGrew Award recipients for Texas State University were Houmma Garba and Tona Hernandez-Hart. McGrew Award recipients for the LBJ School were Leah Bojo and Ashley Erickson. Texas A&M McGrew award winners were headed by faculty advisors Domonic Bearfield (Team 1) and Leonard Bright (Team 2). Participants of Team 1 are Judson Brown, David Cabrera, Warren Chalken, Rachel Dahl, Maria Garnett, Michael Hardy, James Hartshorn, Evelyn Liu, Cody Price, Lindsay Taylor, Jeremy Twitchell. Team 2 participants are Kyle Boes, Clark Caperton, Calen Caple, Ojan Luo, Grace Norman, Elizabeth Sandefur, Esha Sing, Taylor Smith, Ashley Spradlin, W. Reid Squires.
Texas State University inducted 7 MPA students into Pi Alpha Alpha, the National Public Policy and Administration Honor Society. Inductees are Romy Adame Wilson, James Helfrich, Jamar Keaton, Diana Spiller, Rebecca Stevenson, William Teeter & Jose Vargas.
William P. Hobby Family MPA Scholarships were awarded to Texas State University students, Maria Alejandra Fiallos and Alejandra Pena. Ms. Pena also received the Centex ASPA George Weinberger MPA Scholarship. The Frank Rich MPA Scholarship was awarded to Colin Smith and the Balanoff Family MPA Scholarship was awarded to Curtis Leeth.
Dr. Howard R. Balanoff is the William P. Hobby Professor of Public Service at Texas State University. He is also the Director of the Texas Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program. He can be reached at email@example.com or 512/245-3453. Additional information about the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) can be found its website which is www.centexaspa.com Additional information about the William P. Hobby Center for Public Service and the Texas Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program can be found at www.txstate.edu/cpm