I ssue Number 14
June 2016
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Paralegal Studies Student Honored by Professional Association
Nina Ning
GW paralegal studies student Nina Mozhu Ning is one of this year's winners of the American Association for Paralegal Education's LEX Scholarship Essay Competition. Nina's hard work and dedication, combined with her professors' excellent guidance, have brought her a scholarship and an invitation to attend the AAfPE national conference free of charge. Congratulations, Nina!
This is the second year in a row that a CPS student has been named a winner in this competition. Christopher Paul Queen was among the honorees last year.
LEX is Lambda Epsilon Chi, the national paralegal honor society.

The 9th annual George Washington University conference on Ethics and Publishing sponsored by the MPS Program in Publishing will be held on Monday, July 11, 2016. Its theme is "Choices and Challenges in Publishing" and it is free and open to the public but tickets are required.
Speakers from the Library of Congress, academia (Harvard University, University of Virginia and Fordham University), Brookings Institution Press, American Booksellers Association and other organizations will present on topics such as "Why Accessibility Matters", "Indie Bookstore Resurgence", and "What Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon Dream About?".

For a complete list of presenters and sessions and to register click here.

International Leadership Award for CPS  Associate Dean
Homayounpour receiving the award from last year's recipient Dean Kristine Billmyer of Columbia University
Cyrus Homayounpour, CPS Associate Dean for Administration and Partnerships, was named the recipient of the 2016 University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) International Leadership Award at the Association's annual conference in San Diego in April.
Homayounpour was nominated for the award for his longstanding service to UPCEA's International Network (formerly known as the Global Associates). During his tenure at the helm of GA, Homayounpour advanced internationalization of campuses through annual fact-finding trips for senior university administrators, conferences and seminars, newsletters and research monographs.
According to the UPCEA website, "The award recognizes an individual for representing innovative leadership in one or more of the following areas: educational programs and services; administrative practices; collaborations and partnerships; or research. The nominee must have exhibited leadership, creativity and commitment in achieving international impact. The nominee must have demonstrated leadership and innovation in furthering the internationalization of the field of professional and professional, continuing, and/or online education."
GSPM Professor on Professional Speechwriters Website  
Micheal Cornfield
Vital Speeches of the Dayis a monthly collection of the best speeches and the website of the Professional Speechwriters Association. Michael Cornfield's " Rhetorical Recaps" of presidential and presidential campaign speeches is now a permanent feature on this prestigious website.  
Dr. Cornfield is Associate Professor of Political Management and Research Director of Global Center for Political Engagement at GSPM. He is also one of the researchers for Public Echoes Of Rhetoric In America (PEORIA) Project which seeks to quantify how voters react to campaign messages.

Outstanding Research Paper Award for CPS Professor
Frederic Lemieux | GW Today
Frederic Lemieux's paper "Mass shooting in Australia and the United States, 1981-2013" published in  Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice 2015 Vol 1 3 E has been selected by the journal's editorial team as the Outstanding Paper in the 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. Emerald Group Publishing of the United Kingdom announced the award in April.
The Emerald Literati Awards, which include the Awards for Excellence and Citations of Excellence, are now in their 23rd year and were established to celebrate and reward the outstanding contributions of authors and reviewers to scholarly research.
The criteria used to judge the awards are based on six areas: internationality; diversity; support for scholarly research; encouragement of applied research (impact); commitment to high quality scholarship; and a desire to ensure reader, author and customer experience is the best it can be.
Learn more about Dr. Lemieux's paper in the November 2015 issue of CPS Leads which also includes a link to the full paper.
New CPS Faculty and Program Director
Dr. Scott White | GW Today
CPS welcomes Scott J. White as the director of the new cybersecurity bachelor's degree completion program. White who came on board on June 1 brings broad cybersecurity and national security expertise to the position.
He most recently worked as the director of the Computing and Security Technology Program and associate professor of National Security at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa. He was also part of Drexel University's Cybersecurity Institute. His areas of expertise include national security, cybersecurity and infrastructure protection.
Before Drexel University he worked as the founder and director of the Institute for Homeland Security at Westfield State University, as a security and intelligence consultant for MONAD Security Audit Systems, Inc., and served as a commissioned officer in the Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. He has a Ph.D. in criminology from the University of Bristol and an M.A. in political studies from the University of Guelph.

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Unlock Doors; Ask How, Not Why; Mend, Don't Rend: Lessons From 2016 CommencementA
2016 Graduates | GradImages
On May 14th, the College of Professional Studies and the Graduate School of Political Management held their graduation celebration for 355 attending graduates who were cheered on by their families and loved ones forming an audience of more than 1,500 people.
Hon. Mark Kennedy  | GradImages
Hon. Mark Kennedy, the GSPM Director and soon to be President of University of North Dakota, gave the keynote speech. He used the experience of a trip to Beijing and Tiananmen Square with a group of students as a metaphor to give graduates three assignments for the future. He described how one evening the group went to visit the landmark square and traveling along the East Wall of Forbidden City, came to a small opening in the wall guarded by a forlorn sentry. Instead of turning back, they forged ahead, cleared the sentry and the body scanner beside him and suddenly found themselves in darkness and inside the awe inspiring Forbidden City. They then went through many pavilions with doors on all sides with only one goal on their mind: to get to Tiananmen Square. They finally came to another door with a security guard and stepped outside into the brightly lit Square. They paused, looked at each other and knew instantly that none of them would forget this experience as long as they lived.
Mr. Kennedy left the graduates with three assignments. "Your first assignment as a graduate is to in a quiet moment to write down the doors you hoped your diploma would open and mentally unlock them in your own mind. You have every right to be confident. Do not settle for going back from whence you came. Find the small opening in the wall that blocks your progress and confidently walk right through."
He added that the second assignment is to stay focused on one's goals and to continue learning by staying current with the best practices of one's chosen field. And finally, regarding the GW experience and all those friends and mentors that graduates had met - "Hold them close. Keep them dear."
Dean Ali Eskandarian  | GradImages 
The keynote speech was followed by presentation of awards. The following winners were recognized and received their awards:
  • Casey Michael Urban (Police Science):
    Dr. Richard F. Southby Police Science Prize
  • Lawrence Michael Doane (Legislative Affairs): Founders Award for Academic Excellence
  • Jaqueline D. Martin and Lauren Ashley Tenney (Law firm Management): Dr. Stephen R. Chitwood Law Firm Management Prize
  • Karina Ann Erickson (Political Management): The George Washington University Alumni Association (GWAA) Prize
  • Janis Page, Ph.D. (Strategic Public Relations): College of Professional Studies Faculty Excellence Award
  • Dalal Ibrahim S. Alswaid (Political Management): Mark and Debbie Kennedy Frontiers of Freedom Award
 Elise Schaengold  | GradImages
The student address was given by Elise Schaengold, graduate of the Integrated Information, Science and Technology (IIST) program.
Ms. Schaengold spoke about a turning point in her life that led to her being able to go back to school and to graduate. "I realized perhaps I had been spending too much time dwelling on questions of 'why' like why have I not finished school. But what I learned was that the answers to the questions 'why' do not necessarily always give us direction or a path forward." Upon this realization, she shifted her energy into seeking answers to 'how' questions like "how am I going to finish school" which resulted in her signing up for the IIST program.
In her parting words to fellow graduates,
Ms. Schaengold advised everybody to shift their concerns from "how to be a good student to how to be a good professional and how to go forward in our careers." And "Let's attempt to find, surround and align ourselves with the people who will continue to show us 'how'."
In the time honored tradition, Dean Ali Eskandarian concluded the ceremony by issuing his "charge" to the graduates. He said: "I urge you to practice your knowledge and knowhow with your eyes on the prize. And the prize is NOT, I repeat "is Not," just winning the next contest at all costs. The prize is to take - no matter how small - a step to lift the human spirit and to raise the human consciousness." He then referred to the 'house' that our forefathers built and left for us that is unique in the annals of human kind and urged us to take care of it. "If it needs mending, let's mend it.
If you want it modernized, let's peel some of its hackneyed traditions and change them for the better. But, let's also remember not to destroy its foundations, as...if that goes, so goes the house and all that it embodies and represents." 

Lara Brown Named Interim Director of GSPMB
Dr. Lara Brown | GW Today
Dr. Lara Brown, Associate Professor and Director of Political Management program, has been named Interim Director of the Graduate School of Political Management for the next academic year starting 
July 1, 2016. She is taking over from Mark Kennedy who is leaving GW to become president of the University of North Dakota. There will be a search to find a permanent successor to Kennedy.
In a statement announcing the appointment, CPS Dean Dr. Ali Eskandarian said "Dr. Brown's presence and tireless efforts on behalf of the flagship program she directs have resulted in major improvements on the academic substance as well as the renewed popularity of her program. Furthermore, through her considerable and thoughtful comments and appearances in the media during such a critical election year, she is making a compelling case for the importance of leading academic units such as GSPM."
After the announcement Dr. Brown said she is "honored to be entrusted with this interim appointment" and "I look forward to continuing the mission of making this institution the premier professional school of politics, communications and advocacy and ensuring that GSPM remains at the forefront of scholarly research on applied politics."
A distinguished writer, Dr. Brown is the author of  Jockeying for the American Presidency: The Political Opportunism of Aspirants (Cambria Press, 2010), the first systematic study of presidential aspirants from the 1790s through 2008. She co-edited and contributed to a book, entitled:  The Presidential Leadership Dilemma: Between the Constitution and a Political Party  (SUNY Press, 2013). Dr. Brown has also authored several book chapters in edited volumes and articles in peer-reviewed journals, such as  Congress and the PresidencyPresidential Studies Quarterly, and  American Politics Research.  

She's a media fixture writing for and appearing on numerous media outlets. She serves as a regular contributor to  U.S. News & World Report's Thomas Jefferson Street blog.

Before coming to GW, Brown served as assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Villanova University. She also served as a political appointee in President Bill Clinton's administration at the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Brown earned her B.A., M.A., and Ph. D. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. She also earned a M.A. in American politics and public policy from the University of Arizona.

For more information about Dr. Brown visit her website.
Distinguished Scholar: Jason Hoffstot (B.P.S. IIST, 2016)C
Jason Hoffstot | GradImages
On April 12th President Steven Knapp and Interim Provost Forrest Maltzman hosted the Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards dinner for 222 sophomores, juniors and seniors with GPA of 3.94 or higher where eight students were recognized as "distinguished scholars" and delivered remarks to the audience.

Introduced by Dean Ali Eskandarian, CPS student Jason Hoffstot addressed the gathering and raved about his program, professors and experience at GW. His speech was so laudatory about CPS that according to Dean Eskandarian, "At one point, President Knapp who was sitting one table ahead, turned all the way around to indicate his sense of amazement and pleasure to me (the only time during the whole ceremony that he was so moved)."

Below is an excerpt from Jason's remarks:
     " GW has given me the chance to not only to expand my educational outlook on life, but my career path as well.  Some of the most enjoyable times I have had while being here were essentially field trips into the work place.  Through the IIST (Integrated Information, Science and Technology) program I have been able to take trips all around the DC metro area, whether it be to a datacenter in Ashburn, visiting with consulting firms around the region, or one of the coolest trips you could take whether you're an IT nerd or not.  Last year I had the opportunity to visit NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) up in Gaithersburg which was amazing.  The labs that they have at NIST, and the research that they are conducting is before its time, and has helped me imagine the world that we will be living in years from now as they continue to explore the sciences.
   Last sp ring I was invited by one of my professors to be part of a research project in which we spent almost a year examining not only the accuracy, but the security of wearable health monitoring devices.  
When we first started the project I pretty much got involved because I was asked to and honestly wasn't too thrilled about the extra work that looked boring to me.  In hindsight it was one of the best experiences I have had here.  I got to play with some pretty cool technical toys to steal the data that both Fitbits and Apple watches collect from users.  We also learned some new skills like App development for phones as we progressed through the project and explored different avenues for data theft and security monitoring.
     I would like to thank all my professors who helped me get to this point and who were always extremely flexible and always available so that I could maximize my time and education at this great institution.  
I would especially like to thank Dr. Hooshangi who is in charge of my program for being so dedicated to all of her students and ultimately for nominating me for this award.  I would also like to thank my wife Kristin who is here with me this evening.  If it weren't for her none of this would be possible." 
CPS Inaugurates New "Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy"  D
(L to R) Greg Lebel, Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK), Dean Ali Eskandarian
On April 27th CPS's Native American Political Leadership Program celebrated three program milestones with a reception at the United States Capitol.  The first was the completion of the spring program by eleven Native students from around the country. NAPLP students studied American politics, worked at professional internships on Capitol Hill, the Obama Administration, and at national issue groups affecting the lives of indigenous peoples in the U.S.
The second milestone was the program's 10 th anniversary.  Since 2006, nearly two hundred students have studied and worked in Washington as part of their undergraduate or graduate educations.  To mark the occasion, we recognized the ongoing support of two key supporters of the program.  
Congressman Tom Cole (OK-4) was honored for his early and ongoing support of the program and its students.  A member of Chickasaw Nation, Cole was instrumental in launching the program and has met with nearly every cohort of students over the past ten years.  
The second honoree was Tom Brooks, Vice President for External and Legislative Affairs at AT&T, the program's funder since its inception.  Brooks, a member of the Ahkwesasne (Mohawk) tribe of northern New York State, has been instrumental in securing AT&T funding for NAPLP scholarships and for the program's INSPIRE Native Teens summer high school scholarship program.  Like Congressman Cole, Brooks has met with every group of students as part of their networking opportunities.
Finally, the event, attended by students, alumni, Congressional staffers, CPS's Dean Ali Eskandarian, and representatives of programs working with issues affecting Native American youth, provided the opportunity to announce the creation of the Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy in the College of Professional Studies. The center will expand CPS's work from scholarship-based programming to research, executive training, and public awareness of issues facing indigenous communities in the United States. 
A Typical CPS Professor: Lawyer, Navy Man, Political Commentator, Mystery Writer!E
Arnold J. Haiman
Arnold J. Haiman who is an adjunct professor in the Security and Safety Leadership and Police and Security Studies programs would be an atypical professor at any other GW school or college but feels right at home at CPS. Arnie, as he is known to his colleagues and friends, is a man of many talents and experiences who brings practical and real world professional skills to the classroom.
An expert on leadership, organizational change, ethics and international law, Haiman's teaching style is very interactive and engaging which draws in the students to the core of the subject matter. National Security and Civil Liberties, Ethical Dilemmas in Policing, and Crime Prevention and Physical Security are some of the courses that he teaches for GW. He is so well-liked by his students that they nominated him for the 2016 George Washington Award. Members of the GW community were encouraged to submit nominations for students, faculty, and/or staff members who made exceptional contributions to advance the University towards objectives such as "provision of superior instruction and academic facilities" and "demonstration of exceptional competence, integrity, and goodwill in the performance of university responsibilities."
Mr. Haiman began his career as a military attorney and he was a circuit-riding trial judge in the Navy. Later, he was the Agency Ethics Officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development from 1992 to 2011, and was named Deputy General Counsel in 2005 and also served as Acting General Counsel. At USAID he managed a worldwide program providing guidance on Ethics, International Law and Personnel Litigation. He received the prestigious Presidential Rank Award, in part due to his service in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In the past year, Haiman has been a frequent contributor to political blogs and publications providing analysis and commentary on the 2016 presidential candidate pool with his trademark wry humor. In a July 2015 piece entitled " Advice for The Donald" for The Hill he presciently wrote:
" As for me, I've had enough of presidents who come to the office for on-the-job training.
I don't care how good someone was in business, or in community organizing for that matter, I want someone with a record of success in government. One would have to go all the way back to 1940 to find a main party businessman-candidate, the ill-fated "Barefoot Boy From Wall Street," Wendell Willkie. And Trump, although richer, is no Willkie, lacking the intellect, political savvy, and gravitas. But I do take Trump's candidacy seriously and the pundits who wrote him off will have to recognize that he is at least a game-changer." 
Writing mostly but not exclusively in The Hill, as an equal opportunity satirist Haiman has written about Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Harry Reid and other politicians as well.
Haiman also volunteers for the Alexandria City school system as a reading tutor and at Fisher House in Fort Belvoir. Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment.
He is an avid mystery novel fan and in his spare time  (!) dabbles in re-creating his favorite characters such as Nero Wolfe by writing in the style of their famed authors.
Applying Urban Planning Principles to International DevelopmentF
By Riley Abbott, M.P.S. Sustainable Urban Planning, 2014
Riley Abbott
My career path starts at the end of a very long bicycle trip I took around Western North America after college. I was living in Portland, Oregon making ends meet by working as a fish monger and cook when my application to serve in the US Peace Corps was approved. I accepted and served for two and half years as a municipal development specialist in NE El Salvador.
I focused my work on supporting rural community groups figure out their development interests and what to do to get there. One of the groups I supported legalized their association and eventually worked out an agreement with the Salvadoran water utility to bring clean water to the village. I also set up a youth journalism club with high school students and created sports clubs and programs with at-risk youth and men and women. 
Later, I came to DC, joined an NGO and worked with war/conflict-wounded communities in Colombia and Uganda and with conflict survivor-advocates to lobby governments for victim's assistance in international weapons treaties.
Five years ago, I joined an international NGO and have been working on strengthening civil society and supporting efforts for peacebuilding in a variety of countries and contexts. Highlights include: working hand in hand with war survivors to write depositions for the entry-into force of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Geneva, leading torture-victims and survivors of atrocities at the hands of the Lords-Resistance Army in Northern Uganda through local advocacy planning, and conducting field research on effective violence prevention and community transformation approaches in several garrison (fortified) communities of West Kingston, Jamaica.
Since completing the SUP program, I have taken on more of a technical consulting role where I bring planning practices to bear on multi-sector projects.
For instance, this August I'll be in Kenya training a group of regional health and agriculture extension workers on methods to engage farmers, policy makers, health-workers, parents, educators, businesses, and others on addressing child malnutrition. The topic (health, agriculture, nutrition) is not my specialty, but I can bring my planners toolkit to help find ways to bridge gaps between these diverse stakeholders. It's about listening and connecting people to one another and useful information. I've also been awarded a small grant to develop a new practice area dealing with urban resilience and climate change adaptation strategies for my organization.
I decided to enroll in the SUP program after meeting Director John Carruthers.
I had already decided I was going to attend a planning program and I had options to go to other regional schools as well as schools in other regions. But I sat John down and asked him about what his vision was for this program. He told me he was looking for activists, humanitarians and intellectuals who could bring planning to bear on some of the world's most challenging issues like climate change mitigation and adaptation, inequality, and the opportunities provided by global urbanization.
His vision was, and remains, nothing short of building one of the world's premier planning programs. He was hoping students would form a government that would keep him, as director, to task and work collaboratively to build out the program by representing the student's interests.
In no other program I was considering was there an opportunity to be a part of something this fresh and exciting with faculty who work with or were recently a part of organizations working to address these challenges.
I also conduct significant qualitative and quantitative research. Right now, I am a member of a research team that looks at the way international development donors use data to inform their decision-making on every phase of a project cycle from design to implementation to evaluation.
I am also close to starting a quantitative study on how a governance program in Senegal affects improvements in the delivery of healthcare services. This will require significant geospatial and statistical analysis. Without the skills I learned in the research methods classes, I would not be able to do this work.

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