December 2018
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State Academy (SAPA) News
Where did November go? SAPA's 2018-2019 program year is well underway and we hope that all of the Academy's Fellows will be able to participate in multiple events. Read on for more about what is happening.
Refugee Crisis Management: The Challenges for State & Local Govts.
We hear a lot about what is going on at the national level with regard to refugee crisis management. But what is happening at the state and local levels on this topic in New York? Join us for a Candid Conversation, Thursday, December 13th from 12:15 pm to 1:30 pm in room 148 of the Alfred E. Smith State Office Building in Albany. See SAPA's event page for more information.
New Fellows
The SAPA Board and membership approved a by-law amendment for two (2) new categories of membership in addition to our Fellow membership level:
  • Associate Fellow (5 or more years of progressively responsible professional experience in public service)
  • New Professional (Newly employed in public service, seek to enter public service, or are currently enrolled in a public service related academic program).

This change has already produced significant results. We'd like to welcome our latest new Fellows!
  • Kenneth Evans, NYS Department of Health (Fellow)
  • James Shea, NYS Office of General Services (Associate Fellow)

For nomination information visit the State Academy's website:
New Essentials Off To A Great Start!
SAPA's New Essentials Program held its first session titled, Two Cultures of Administration, on November 7th. The program is designed to provide new public administration professionals an opportunity to network with one another and with mid-career and senior public administrators. Six times a year, the eighteen participants selected for the New Essentials Program will meet in a two-part evening. During the first part, for one hour, participants will learn from and interact with a senior practitioner or panelists who will speak on a topic that relates to a particular theme associated with public administration. The second part of the program will afford an opportunity to discuss the evening's topic and allow participants to network informally with one another and designated SAPA mentors over food and beverage in a restaurant near the lecture site.

Those who successfully complete the program will receive a Certificate of Completion and become eligible to join SAPA. Session two, Politics of the Permanent Bureaucracy, will be held Wednesday, December 5th.
Thanks to OSC
A special thanks to the Office of the State Comptroller for providing meeting space for the New Essentials Program. SAPA values its partnerships with state and local governments, and non-profits and appreciates their input and other contributions.
OMCE to Partner with SAPA
The Board of Directors for the NYS Office of Management/Confidential Affairs (OMCE) will offer its non-retiree members a new benefit. OMCE will pay the first year of dues for its members who become SAPA Fellows. This program is for OMCE members who apply for and are approved for SAPA membership at the Fellow, Associate Fellow, or New Professional level. Barbara Zaron, OMCE's Board Chair (and a former SAPA Chair), and Joe Sano, the Executive Director said that many OMCE members have the level and type of experience that make them a natural fit for SAPA. Zaron said, "we can provide a new benefit to our members and introduce SAPA to them at the same time."

SAPA's membership application is being modified to include a category for OMCE members.

Thank you OMCE!
SAPA 2019 Dues
Dues notices for 2019 will be sent to you sometime in January. It's unfortunate this year that we lost 17 Fellows who knowingly or unknowingly failed to pay their dues. If you are receiving this newsletter, you paid your dues or are new to the organization (the balance of the year for the latter category of Fellows is dues free). So thank you for continuing to support SAPA!
SAPA Board Meetings

You are invited to attend SAPA Board meetings which are held from 8 to 9 am at Rockefeller College, Husted Hall 114 discussion room. The dates are:

  1. Tuesday, January 8, 2019   
  2. Tuesday, February 5, 2019  
  3. Tuesday, March 5, 2019   
  4. Tuesday, April 2, 2019   
  5. Tuesday, May 7, 2019   
  6. Tuesday, June 4, 2019   
  7. Tuesday, July 9, 2019