2016 Call for Proposals
Submission Deadline: Thursday, April 7, 2016

Public Service Recognition Week and more on NASPAA's Student Simulation Competition 

Call for Proposal Submission Deadline:
April 7, 2016

Grassroots Globalization: Teaching Good Governance and Values in a Connected World

The conference will develop this theme principally through three tracks: Provocative Pedagogies, Innovative Internationalization, and Critical Competencies.

Honoring Our Public Servants: Connecting Citizens with Their Government

Message shared on behalf of the Public Employees Roundtable (PER)

Celebrated annually during the first week of May since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) is time set aside to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees. Throughout the country, elected officials, agency leaders, communities and public service organizations participate in PSRW by issuing proclamations, hosting award ceremonies and special tribute events, and delivering messages about the value of public service.

We encourage government leaders and public servants from all backgrounds to participate by showing appreciation to their employees and by sharing stories of excellence in public service that highlight the important work and accomplishments their employees and colleagues are doing on behalf of the American people every day.

PSRW is organized annually by the Public Employees Roundtable (PER) and its member organizations. For more than 30 years, PER has served as a coalition of federal, state and local employee and good government organizations representing public employees and retirees across the country.

* Public Service 5K Run/Walk: Sunday, May 1, 9:00 a.m. at Anacostia Park, D.C.
Get some exercise and support a good cause. Proceeds benefit the Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund (FEEA). (http://publicservicerecognitionweek.org

* D.C. United: Saturday, April 23, 5:30 p.m. As a prequel to PSRW, government employees may purchase discount tickets for D.C. United's second annual public service appreciation night.
* Washington Nationals: Tuesday, May 24, 7:05 p.m. Government employees may also sign up to receive a discount ticket offer valid for May 24 as well as most home games 
throughout the 2015 regular season. 

* Public Service White Board: Join our white board photo campaign on Facebook and Instagram to proclaim "I ? public servants because..." or "I'm proud to serve because...." 
* Like us on Facebook (Public Employees Roundtable), follow us on Twitter (@PERoundtable) and Instagram (PERoundtable), and join the conversation using #PSRW.

Find more ideas and resources on how your agency or organization can participate in PSRW at http://publicservicerecognitionweek.org/celebration_toolkit/. 

Member Outreach

How is Your School or Program Preparing 
for PSRW?

Public Service Recognition Week is around the corner! If you are participating, we would love to hear how, email us at publicaffairs@naspaa.org!

SPECIAL FEATURE: Hear From Members of the Student Simulation Competition Teams
Mahmoud Assaad, 
"I will always remember the great efforts of all concerned team members from NASPAA and UNU MERIT, who gave me the opportunity to represent MBRSG, Dubai and the UAE, in such a prestigious event in the public policy simulation context; to share my thoughts and pass on the message for safeguarding our beautiful planet from the disruptive effects of climate changes.

Despite the fight and the shout to create an influence and gain quick wins between the stakeholder groups who had conflicting priorities, there were group members who collaborated strategically to keep a balance as a whole and gave the opportunities for others to express their point of view.

Time can be managed through wise negotiation, respectful communication and strategic collaboration to achieve a mutual win-win situation. Our group failed in winning the prize, but I won a lot of new friends."  Read more

Teodora Fulga,
"You can learn in a very short time concepts and phenomena that you were foreign to, or not had to operate with them until then, and you do this without reading tons of definitions and classifications. Through the simulator you can see the connection between things, how they depend, vary and influence each other. At the end of the day you have a full perspective about global warming, the stakeholders and actors involved, the decision mix you entered in the equation.

The event and its tasks develop you with a flexible and integrative thinking. You must find the proper way to express your point of view, to make others understand, to negotiate, to satisfy all the stakeholders and, at the end, to take the best decision in agreement.

Also this type of event can be a lesson to all of us. The same goal, the common objectives can make strangers, maybe very different people, work together as a team to reach their target. It does not matter from which country you are, your culture, as long as there is a common goal, you have every reason to succeed." 

Mariefi Kamizouli,
"It was an excellent experience. My team and I succeeded to achieve the goal that was set (temperature under 2 degree Celsius) through hard negotiations between stakeholders with different targets and interests. Moreover, in addition to the results, we had to provide a multisolving policy based on the results that we had from the simulator. It was a great opportunity to implement the knowledge that I have gained from my degree.

The experience taught me a lot, not only about climate change, but also about how difficult it is to achieve such targets in real life. But most important, that it is possible!

Finally, the organizer of the NASPAA competition, the judges and the students that I met were very helpful and nice. They made this experience amazing!"

Andres Ruiz Ojeda, 
"I had a great time in Phoenix participating in the competition; even though my team did not win, I did enjoy working with them and getting to know them, they are all very talented. Everything went absolutely perfect! Everything with the competition worked amazingly! I truly enjoyed the competition, it was perfect for realizing that policy making processes aren't as straightforward as the theory assumes. It was such a wonderful weekend."

MULTIMEDIA: Take a Look at Some of the Latest 
Post-Student Simulation Coverage from 
NASPAA Schools
Program Director's Corner

Conference Sponsorships are now available

The 2016 Conference Program will have a lottery for the premium color ad placements. If you are interested in being entered into the lottery, please contact Emily Reineke at Reineke@naspaa.org. http://naspaa.org/annualconference/ads.asp


April 7, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET: Call for Proposal for 2016 NASPAA Annual Conference
October 19 - 21, 2016: NASPAA Annual Conference in Columbus, OH
December 7 - 9, 2016: NASPAA Career Directors Conference at the University of Virginia Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy

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