Issue Number 12
February 2016
In This Issue
Of Note:Note

Cybersecurity Grant
for CPS
Frederic Lemieux, professor and director of Police and Security Studies and Security and Safety Leadership programs, has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Business Higher Education Forum (BHEF) that will allow CPS to offer 7 scholarships for a practicum in cybersecurity. Scholarship recipients will be adult learners and individuals from under-represented social groups who are completing an associate degree from regional community colleges.

The 2 credit-hour practicum addresses "Intrusion Detection and Remediation" and is a hands-on training that covers a broad range of network intrusion, prevention, and detection techniques. Credits can be applied towards the Bachelor's degree completion in cybersecurity.

BHEF is the nation's oldest membership organization of Fortune 500 CEO's, prominent college and university presidents, and other leaders dedicated to advancing innovative education and improving U.S. competitiveness.

Become a Leader, Fast!
AELDP participants create strategies to tackle issues in their current roles and develop a plan for achieving their short and long term goals instead of spending hours in class.

Sign up for the Accelerated Executive Leadership Development Program (AELDP) by March 10 and be a leader by September! A leader is someone who overcomes challenges, expands her influence and has a greater impact on his organization.

Offered through the Center for Excellence in Public Leadership (CEPL), the program is a combination of live and virtual training that addresses each participant's unique leadership challenges through a customized approach.

A Cyber Strategy to Fight ISIS 
Prof. Frederic Lemieux
In an expert commentary in
The Cipher Brief Dr. Frederic Lemieux has laid out a cyber strategy to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). According to Professor Lemieux, "Any plan focusing primarily on the use of kinetic force against the Islamic State will fall short in terms of reducing ISIS' global reach and weakening some of its critical strengths: communication, recruitment, financing, and terror plot coordination, which are mainly conducted in cyberspace. This will require an entirely new strategy to combat non-state actors in both physical and virtual space."

The author then examines each of ISIS' strengths, i.e. communications, recruitment, financing and terror plot coordination and proposes a hybrid asymmetric warfare strategy to defeat ISIS.

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CPS Adjunct Faculty Nominated by PresidentA Obama
Patrick A. Burke, Assistant Chief, DC Metropolitan Police Department
Assistant Chief Patrick A. Burke of the DC Metropolitan Police Department has been nominated by President Obama to serve as U.S. Marshal for the District of Columbia. "Patrick A. Burke has a long and stellar track record in public safety," said President Obama.  "I'm honored to nominate him to serve as a United States Marshal, and I know he will show unwavering courage and commitment in protecting his fellow citizens."

A faculty member of CPS' Police and Security Studies and Security and Safety Leadership programs, Chief Burke has over 26 years of service with the Metropolitan Police Department and currently serves as the Assistant Chief in the MPD's Strategic Services Bureau where he oversees training, professional development, and strategic planning.In addition to his postgraduate degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the Naval Postgraduate School, he is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy in Quantico, VA. Chief Burke has received a variety of awards and commendations, including MPD's Achievement, Meritorious Service, Police medal and Lifesaving Medals and the Cafritz Foundation Award for Distinguished District of Columbia Government Employees.

See the text from the White House press release below: 

Patrick A. Burke:  Nominee for the United States Marshal for the District of Columbia

Patrick A. Burke currently serves as Assistant Chief of Police in the Strategic Services Bureau for the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, where he oversees training, professional development, and strategic planning.  Chief Burke has been with the Metropolitan Police Department for more than 26 years, during which time he has served in a variety of capacities including in the Homeland Security Bureau where he oversaw security coordination for major events such as the 56th Presidential Inauguration and the 2008 Papal visit.  In addition, since 2013, he has served as an adjunct professor in the College of Professional Studies at The George Washington University, teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses in Emergency Management, Crisis Communications, and Media/Public Relations.  Chief Burke received his B.S. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1988, his M.S. from Johns Hopkins University in 2000, and his M.A. from the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security. 

All Good Things Must Come to an End!B
Cassie Phillips
It is the end of an era for CPS now that Cassie Phillips, Office Manager in the Office of the Dean, has announced her departure to start a new career with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She will be working as Public Health Analyst for the Health Resources and Services Administration in the Office of Rural Health Policy, focusing on rural community health issues. This is a perfect match for Cassie who was awarded a Master's in Public Health in Global Environmental Health from the Milken Institute School of Public Health just about a year ago.
Cassie has been the face and the voice of CPS to the general public and the College's go-to person for faculty and staff since 2010. Her professionalism, volunteerism and positive attitude are legendary and she has been nominated for GW awards by her peers and co-workers. As an example of her volunteerism and concern for a healthy environment and safe foods, she participated in the Clinton Global Initiative University a few years ago and made a commitment to create a community garden in her Northeast DC neighborhood. Cassie and another student then applied for and received a grant from the GW Public Service Grant Commission to start the Edgewood Community garden which has been producing organic vegetables for three years. She also championed the Green Office Initiative within CPS that earned us the seal of approval that goes with that designation.
Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Cassie received her bachelor's degree from Duke University and then moved to Washington where she earned a graduate certificate in Counseling and then her MPH from GW. "I am really thankful to GW and CPS for the many opportunities and wonderful people I've worked with over the years." Cassie says.
We bid her a fond farewell and wish her the best in her new career and phase of her life. The consolation for her CPS colleagues is that she's not moving far and will remain in DC. A hearty thank-you for all your good work and Au Revoir, Cassie!
GSPM Goes GlobalC
Hon. Mark Kennedy, GSPM Director (William Atkins, GW Today)
Globalization has been a larger focus of the Graduate School of Political Management's programs and activities under director Mark Kennedy who is keen to give graduate students the right skills for modern campaign and advocacy efforts.
Since GSPM's five-year strategic plan was penned in 2012, the school has spent its money and efforts on expanding international curricula and opportunities for students to study politics abroad.
"As we moved forward with implementing the strategic plan, we prioritized adding a refresh of the political management curriculum that, among other enhancements, has included the addition of five additional digital politics courses," Kennedy told GW's student newspaper The Hatchet.
That international focus falls in line with GW's overall commitment to globalization, and Kennedy said he made the shift because students can engage in "political and societal forces in different countries." The school has been known for success in training students on domestic politics.
The global advocacy program, which began last fall, was implemented through one of the strategic plan's goals to launch an international advocacy program by 2015. An essential part of the program is global perspective residencies which allow students enrolled in GSPM to go on residencies that last either one or two weeks. The program has been offered in cities like Brussels, London, Istanbul and Hong Kong. For the spring 2016 semester, Kennedy will lead students on the program's first trip to South Africa where they will meet with NGO, corporate, business and media leaders to understand how to advocate in that country.
Katherine Wynne, a presidential administrative fellow who is receiving a master's degree in political management in the global advocacy program, said she became interested in the program after interning at a lobbying firm while she was an undergraduate student in the Elliott School of International Affairs.
"I wanted to somehow fuse my passion for creating positive, large-scale change with my interest in lobbying, but do so in such a way that continued to develop my global awareness," Wynne said.
She said she hopes more Elliott School students and graduates from other international affairs schools seek out GSPM because of its increased global focus.
Read Ellie Smith's story in 

CPS Alumna Sworn in as Foreign Service OfficerD
Ruby Shamayleh
Rabab (Ruby) Shamayleh a 2013 recipient of graduate certificate in Climate Change Management and Policy in the Sustainable Urban Planning (SUP) program was sworn in as a Foreign Service Officer in January. She will be working for the USAID. The application, exam and interview process for becoming a FSO is one of the most competitive in the Federal Government and only 2% of applicants are successful!

Ruby also holds a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and a Master's degree in Environmental Engineering and prior to joining the Foreign Service had worked on environmental and development projects locally, nationally and internationally for more than 10 years.

Through CPS' Sustainable Urban Planning program and its director Dr. John Carruthers, Ruby connected with the World Bank by becoming a student assistant at the Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty and later became the lead trainer for the student assistant team for the same conference as a World Bank consultant. This is how she tells the story: "It is not an overstatement when I say that this program transformed my career, because it did. During my second semester at GW, my program gave me the opportunity to connect with the World Bank Headquarters here in Washington, and I was able to engage with the Bank in an assignment, which later evolved into a job offer as a Consultant."

Read Ruby's Alumni Spotlight (scroll down to June 2014 Spotlight)
Virginia Science, Technology Campus - Ashburn, VA
A new study finds the George Washington University contributes more than half a billion dollars to Virginia's economy, thanks to its growing Virginia Science and Technology Campus (VSTC) and graduate education centers. The Alexandria, Arlington and Hampton Roads centers are of course part of CPS and they and VSTC are led by the same person: Dean Ali Eskandarian.

GW has developed a unique role as the largest private research university in Northern Virginia, with a focus on science, technology and graduate studies. In the Northern Virginia technology corridor, GW has research programs in cybersecurity, big data and health sciences, including 17 state-of-the-art research labs in Ashburn.
Hampton Roads

Read the story in GW Today.

Text and Photos by Tony Harvin
Approximately 50 alumni, current and prospective students and employers came together on Saturday, January 30th for a hilarious, side-splitting, yet informative and painfully truthful exploration of client negotiations at the annual GW Landscape Design and Sustainable Landscapes 2016 Winter Symposium.

Adele Ashkar, CPS Associate Dean for Academic Excellence and Associate Professor of Landscape Design, opened the program by hosting an alumni panel with Kathryn Everett (Everett Garden Designs), Susan Abraham (Lush Life Landscape Design Associates), and Mary Kirk Menefee (Merrifield Garden Center), where they each discussed their specific industry niche, project budgets and how they manage clients and develop sales.

Part II of the afternoon consisted of role playing sessions, MC'd and orchestrated by Dave Marciniak of Green Pro Marketing and Revolutionary Gardens.  The sessions highlighted a cast of painfully challenging characters meant to recreate client personae that landscape designers traditionally face.
A number of our alumni showed off their acting skills by transforming into these varied client personae with Amy Le Sueur as the Shop Vac, Joe Hirz as Captain Caveman, Julie Hawley as the Squirrel, Lizzy Jenny as Silly Putty, and yours truly as the Scrooge.  Lauren Wheeler played the role of designer for many of the clients. 

The scenarios, as guided by Dave Marciniak, gave the opportunity for our designers to test their client management skills, on the spot and unrehearsed. The true pay-off came in the strategies, tactics and solutions that were shared on how best to manage challenging clients, develop sales and get your client to commit (provided you want to work with them), all the while remaining true to oneself and to one's business. The afternoon was a hilarious display of some of the challenging aspects of being a landscape designer and some tried-and-true solutions that can lead to success. 

Photo: eCampusNews
National defense leaders and experts at the
fourth annual Cybersecurity Summit in October revealed that in 2014, cybersecurity crimes cost the U.S. more than $1 trillion in damage, and while the FBI used to search for major security breaches every 2-3 weeks, they now search every 2-3 days. The summit also revealed that the industry itself is 200,000 professionals short.
Higher education institutions are forging partnerships to meet the needs of the cybersecurity industry and produce highly-skilled professionals to fill those industry gaps. The benefits are mutual in that universities will better understand the needs of the industry and workforce and can continually update their curriculum and the industry will get access to the latest research and training for its workforce.
According to a cybersecurity company CEO, "As we begin working with forward-thinking universities, we want to help counter the skill shortage we are experiencing in cybersecurity today, by lending our expertise and seeing our technology prepare students for real-world security forensic work. As universities add cybersecurity programs to their IT curricula, students can't rely on textbooks; they need familiarity with industry-accepted tools and practical training to succeed in the fast-paced cybersecurity environment."

Read Laura Devaney's story in eCampusNews.

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