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Kurt Thurmaier
NIU’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program once again received top marks in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of graduate schools. The MPA program was ranked sixth in the nation in the specialty field of city management and urban policy and tied for 14th in the nation with Harvard in the field...
If actions speak louder than words, Kurt Thurmaier is sending a message loud and clear. The NIU Presidential Engagement Professor and chair of the Department of Public Administration, School of Public and Global Affairs, successfully completed his second trek to the top of Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, on Jan. 30. Thurmaier’s efforts were on...
Presidential Engagement Professor medallion
Cultural anthropologist Judy Ledgerwood and public administration expert Kurt Thurmaier are this year’s winners of the Presidential Engagement Professor awards. Both are longtime NIU faculty members whose works exemplify the concept of university engagement as “a commitment to fostering reciprocal partnerships in which problems, solutions, goals and measures of success are jointly defined” and “external...
Joe Fennell
An alumnus of NIU’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is being recognized nationally for his leadership in public works projects. Joseph Fennell, executive director of the Northwest Suburban Municipal Joint Action Water Agency, was named to the American Public Works Association’s (APWA) list of 2014 Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year. APWA annually...
Walk with Water
Tanzania Development Support (TDS), a non-governmental organization based in DeKalb and co-founded by NIU Department of Public Administration Chair Kurt Thurmaier, is sponsoring its third Walk with Water fundraising event. The event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commons on the NIU campus....
TDS volunteer Carol Forseth passes a bag of sand to a volunteer to help build the Nyegina Library and Community Resource Center.
The University Women’s Club will host a potluck at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Bethany Lutheran Church 1915 N. First St. in DeKalb. Husbands, partners and families also are welcome. To attend, bring a salad, vegetable or dessert. RSVP with food information and number of guests by Monday, Nov. 11, to [email protected] Enter through...
An NIU study abroad trip to Tanzania brought together 10 students from various programs to unite for one cause while also enriching their own individual interests. For four weeks this past summer, the study abroad group explored the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in developing countries, specifically in Nyegina, Tanzania. The program is part of...
NIU Master of Public Administration alumni have helped shaped the Chicago region.
Wanted: Students who are interested in a master’s degree program that boasts a paid two-year internship and, despite the tough economy in recent years, has maintained a job-placement rate of about 95 percent. Program graduates will enjoy excellent starting salaries and have opportunities to be leaders of leaders, making a direct impact on the quality...
MPA 50th anniversary logo: Celebrating the Legacy ... Inspiring a New Generation
The nationally ranked NIU Division of Public Administration is celebrating its 50th anniversary with three upcoming events, including an educational conference that will focus on the importance of training professionals to deliver high quality services in local government. The 50th Anniversary Educational Conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13,...
Logo of HR Green, Inc.
NIU’s acclaimed Master of Public Administration Program and its Center for Governmental Studies are collaborating with HR Green, Inc., a leading national provider of governmental services, to improve alternative service delivery in local government. Alternative service delivery is a promising strategy for municipalities that wish to maintain service levels and quality but are faced with...
Professor Kurt Thurmaier, director of the Division of Public Administration at NIU in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has succeeded in his quest to climb Africa’s highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro. Thurmaier and fellow climbers set out to raise money in conjunction with Tanzania Development Support (TDS), a nonprofit organization that he co-founded with...
An “audience” watches the site-measuring process at the Nyegina library. Courtesy AFH Chicago.
What do a mountain, a nonprofit organization and the Division of Public Administration at NIU all have in common? Kurt Thurmaier. The director of the division in the NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is planning to climb Africa’s highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro, in June. Tanzania Development Support (TDS), a nonprofit organization co-founded by Thurmaier...
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