Awards and Celebrations

Recapping 2022 with UConn SPP

2022 was filled with moments of IMPACT here at UConn’s School of Public Policy (SPP)! In no particular order, help us recap another fantastic year with a network dedicated to service. #1 One of the most noticeable changes for our network this past year was becoming a School of Public Policy. Though our name may […]

Celebrating Encore!Connecticut Fall 2022 Graduates!

Recently we recapped Encore!Connecticut’s Fall 2022 graduation with Operations Coordinator Maura Maloney. Learn more about this special day below! The UConn Encore!Connecticut Fall 2022 class held an in-person graduation on Saturday, December 10 at the Hartford Public Library. Over 40 graduates, family, friends, and Encore!Connecticut partners and instructors were in attendance. This was the first […]

SPP Alum Named First Native American U.S. Treasurer

On Tuesday President Joe Biden appointed School of Public Policy (SPP) alum Marilynn “Lynn” Malerba as the first Native American U.S. treasurer. She received her Master of Public Administration (MPA) from UConn in 2008. Her signature will appear on U.S. currency, and her duties will include overseeing the newly established Office of Tribal and Native […]

Celebrating the Class of 2022

On May 9th, UConn’s School of Public Policy (SPP) celebrated 102 graduates at the Bushnell Performing Arts Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Our graduates included 7 Survey Research (MASR), 19 Public Policy (MPP) and 76 Public Administration (MPA) candidates. The night’s festivities also included an awards ceremony that showcased additional members of our community. The evening began with […]

2022 MASR Academic Excellence Award: Rebecca Conto

The UConn School of Public Policy (SPP) is pleased to announce the recipients of our academic excellence awards. These prestigious awards are given annually to a student or students who are graduating from the Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Public Administration – Executive Track (MPA Fellows), Master of Public Policy (MPP), and Master […]

2022 Alumni Impact Award Winner: Kelly McElwain, MPP

2022 Alumni Impact Awards: Recognizes School of Public Policy (SPP) alumni (MPA, MPA Fellows, MPP and MASR) at any stage in their career who have made a significant recent contribution to their field. Nominees may work in any sector; public, private, or nonprofit. Examples may include but are not limited to driving a meaningful program outcome, […]

2022 MPA Fellows Academic Excellence Award: Kathleen Holgerson

The UConn School of Public Policy (SPP) is pleased to announce the recipients of our academic excellence awards. These prestigious awards are given annually to a student or students who are graduating from the Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Public Administration – Executive Track (MPA Fellows), Master of Public Policy (MPP), and Master […]

2022 Alumni Impact Award Winner: Yahaira Escribano, MPA

2022 Alumni Impact Awards: Recognizes School of Public Policy (SPP) alumni (MPA, MPA Fellows, MPP and MASR) at any stage in their career who have made a significant recent contribution to their field. Nominees may work in any sector; public, private, or nonprofit. Examples may include but are not limited to driving a meaningful program outcome, […]

2022 Faculty Excellence Awards: Ruodan Zhang and Anne McIntyre-Lahner

Ruodan Zhang, Assistant Professor Ruodan Zhang is Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Connecticut. Her primary research interests are nonprofit management and volunteerism. Specifically, her broader research agenda centers on why citizens participate and persist in public affairs, and the corresponding roles of public and nonprofit organizations. She is […]

2022 The Morton J. Tenzer Fellowship Fund: Kaleigh Pitcher

This award is given to an incoming student with undergraduate academic excellence and the potential to succeed in the program. The fellowship was established in 1993, the year Professor Morton Tenzer retired from the University of Connecticut. It is intended to be used to assist in recruiting high-quality in-state and out-of-state students. Professor Morton J. […]