For Immediate Release
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March 11, 1999
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Michael S. Dukakis Keynote For Indiana University Northwest
Public Service and Public Affairs Week

Private Lives and Public Officials: The New Politics will be the keynote presentation by former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate, Michael Dukakis, during the Division of Public & Environmental Affairs and Political Science Public Service and Public Affairs Week at Indiana University Northwest.  Sponsored by the Division and the IU Northwest Chapter of Lambda Alpha Epsilon, Dukakis will give his perspective on how intense scrutiny of the personal lives of public figures influence the political process on Thursday, April 1 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Raintree Hall, Room 102.

“We are very pleased to bring to Northwest Indiana such a prominent political figure,” says Joseph Pellicciotti, Director of the Division of Public & Environmental Affairs and Political Science. “Dukakis joins a long list of major political figures who have participated in our SPEA Public Service and Public Affairs Week.  We believe that bringing these individuals to the community is an important part of our teaching and service activity.”

In its ninth year, the week will focus on the theme of Celebrating the Public and Nonprofit Service and will run from Monday, March 29 through Friday, April 2. Besides the Dukakis event, an array of other activities for students, faculty, staff, and the community have been planned as well.

“We have three objectives during our week,” says Pellicciotti. “First, we wish to focus on career opportunities available in the public and nonprofit service. We want people to understand that there is important work to do in government and the nonprofit sector.” Pellicciotti also adds that the second and third objectives are the desire “to generate discussion of important issues of public affairs” and to encourage “our very best people to consider public service as career professionals or volunteers.”

The week will get underway with lectures from IU Northwest faculty beginning with What Does It Mean To Be An American, by Professor Jean Poulard on Monday, March 29 from 1 to 2:15 p.m. in Raintree Hall, Room 209. Also on Monday, March 29, Professor Susan Zinner-Kemp will speak on AIDS and the Law from 4 to 5:15 p.m. in Raintree Hall, Room 101. On Tuesday, March 30, Professor George Assibey-Mensah will present The Public in Public Governance: Public Administration without the Public from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. in Hawthorn Hall, Room 416.

A “nuts and bolts” workshop on entry into the government and a Career Day focusing on public and nonprofit services will be the highlighted Wednesday,  March 31. The employment workshop, co-sponsored by the IU Northwest Office of Career and Placement Services, will be conducted by May Walker from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Raintree Hall, Room 103.

Career Day will be Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Moraine Student Center. According to Pellicciotti, approximately two dozen agencies are expected to be represented including Willowglen Academy, Lake County Community Corrections, Lake County Step Ahead, Lake County Sheriff's Department, Hoosier Boys’ Town, U.S. Army, Naperville Police Department, Social Security Administration, Superior Court of Lake County, Criminal Probation, Indiana Department of Corrections, ISM Security, City of Gary and the U.S. Marshal’s Office.

Child Abuse and Neglect in Indiana: Trends and Recent Developments is the subject of the Ninth Annual Forum on Child Abuse and Neglect on Thursday, April 1. Co-sponsored by the Northwest Indiana Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, the event will be from 9 a.m. to noon in the Library Conference Center. Speakers for the program are James Hmurovich, Indiana State Director of Children and Family Services, and Bruce Hillman, Lake County Director of Children and Family Services.

All programs and events are open to the community and free of charge. For more information Public Service and Public Affairs Week or the Division of Public & Environmental Affairs and Political Science contact the division office at 219-980-6695.

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