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Alumni in the News

September 7 Wednesday 03:34 PM

A couple of Martin School alumni have made it in to print in the last few weeks. Below are a few highlights!


Herald-Leader: Bevin's Medicaid proposal may give nonprofits unwanted 'volunteers'

In this frontpage story, Danielle Clore is featured as the voice of the nonprofit community as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Nonprofit Network. The article discusses a proposal from the Governor's office to add a volunteerism component to the state Medicaid program.


Herald-Leader: Don't cut Kentucky Medicaid, build on it

In this op-ed, Dustin Pugel, who is a research and policy associate at the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, argues that Medicaid expansion in Kentucky has benefited recipients. 


Smiley Pete Publishing: Shake-up at Downtown Lexington Corporation

Renee Shepard has led the Downtown Lexington Corporation for ten years. In that time, the article states that "'DLC’s budget tripled, the Downtown Lexington Management District was established and DLC was recognized as a driving force behind the positive changes in downtown Lexington.'" She is leaving her position as the Executive Director to start a new consutling venture.

Alumnus Visits India through US State Dept Initiative

September 7 Wednesday 01:47 PM

Louay Constant, who received his Ph.D from the Martin School in 2002, recently visited India through a U.S. Department of State initiative. Dr. Constant is a researcher at the RAND Corporation and a professor through the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His body of research has focused on education policy. You can learn more about Dr. Constant's work at RAND by clicking here.

During the two week trip, Dr. Constant spoke to a variety of audiences about the challenges and opportunities of aligning skills development with workforce needs through career and technical education, which are a big focus for a government initiative, the National Skill Development Corporation.

Wish you could have heard Dr. Constant speak during his trip in India? You can watch a clip or read some of the press coverage below!


MPA Student Reports on Summer Experiences Interning in Local Government

September 7 Wednesday 12:08 PM

Eric Pollitt, a second-year MPA student, shares his thoughts about his summer internship experience. Pictured (from left to right) are: Tim Williams, City Administrator; Eric Pollitt, City Intern; and the Mayor of Crestview Hills, Paul Meier.


I would like to thank my boss and Crestview Hills City Administrator, Tim Williams, for the opportunity to intern under him. Tim and I met at the KCCMA 2016 Winter Conference, and discussed local level government and the City Manager/Administrator career field. Later on in the semester, Tim reached out to me offering an opportunity to learn and gain experience in local level government.

There is never a dull day at Crestview Hills and something is always happening. My favorite parts of the internship, so far, have been the following: riding around the City with Tim, and sitting in on City Council, various Committee, and other joint meetings. When riding around the City with Tim, we get a chance to see real problems and observe Crestview Hills’ projects developed in real time. Also, it gives us a chance to talk about the City’s future projects and allows us to see potential problems the City can be proactive in preventing. The Committee meetings are always interesting with discussion on topics such as lane widening, creek erosion prevention, subdivision development, and road repairs.

The biggest thing I have taken away from this experience is a public project is not as simple as appropriating funds. You can have a group of ten participants who have been collaborating on a project for two years, and suddenly someone says, “Hey, wait a minute, we have cause for delay.” This alone can derail start dates, throw off cost estimates, and result in pushed back deadlines. The second biggest take away is coming to a consensus solution to a problem where multiple jurisdictions are affected is difficult and time consuming.

The internship at Crestview Hills has confirmed my interest in local government and career aspirations to become a City/County Manager/Administrator. 

Washington DC Professional Development Trip 2016

August 29 Monday 12:44 PM

Quick quiz for current students! Do you...

A.) Desire to learn more about working in federal government, national non-profits, and beyond from the experts?

B.) Want to network with professionals in public service careers?

C.) Dream of visiting some of DC's top sights?


If you picked A, B, or C, then you should sign up for the annual Washington DC Professional Development Trip! New and returning students are welcome to join us as we visit the offices of major agencies and organizations in our nation's Capitol. Last year's itinerary included panel talks wtih folks from the Council of State Governments, the National Governors' Association, the Social Security Administration, the Congressional Budget Office, and the American Red Cross. We also visited the Government Accountability Office, the Department of Education, the State Department, and toured the Capitol. It was a packed trip, and we don't expect this year's trip to be any different!

You likely have a few questions about the trip, and we've got answers! Read on for more information about the trip. If you would like to attend, e-mail Sarah Smith at by September 7.

How much does it cost?

We try to make this trip as affordable as possible for students. The Martin School pays for the single largest expense of this trip-- the hotel rooms. Students are responsible for meals and transportation. Students can choose to fly (tickets are hovering around $250 roundtrip right now) or drive in a carpool. We are happy to help arrange carpools, with the expectation that all passengers contribute to the cost of gas and parking in DC.

What about classes? Won't we miss them?

The faculty is aware of the dates of this trip. Work with your professors to reschedule any assignments.

How will we get around DC?

We will take the Metro! It's a great way to get around the city. We will travel together from place to place. You will also have a copy of all addresses, contact information, and the itinerary so that if we do happen to get separated, you will know where we are headed and how to get in contact with the group. With this being said, wear comfortable shoes!

How will we prepare for this trip?

We will meet as a group a couple of times before the trip to get to know each other, go over the schedule, and talk through expectations. 

Undergrad Creates Kentucky Charter School Model

July 29 Friday 11:54 AM

I think anyone who has worked with Dr. Toma would agree with Ben Childress' description of her-- passionate, energetic, and "super smart!"

Ben Childress, an undergraduate student and Chellgren Fellow, has been working with Dr. Toma on a research project focusing on charter schools in Kentucky. While charter schools are not currently available in Kentucky, they may be in the near future. Ben's research, as he describes in the podcast below, seeks to answer the question, "If Kentucky had charter schools, where would they be and how many would there be?" Using data from Tennessee, he creates a model to predict the answer to that question.

Ben describes his research as "academic, but [with] real-world applications that will affect a lot of people." Music to our ears! At the Martin School, we are committed to positively impacting our society and the public good through thorough, dedicated research.

Listen in! Ben's portion of the podcast starts around the fifth minute. To learn more about Undergraduate Research, visit their website.