For Immediate Release
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March 28, 2000
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Roxane M. Geraci at (219) 980-6686
Indiana University Northwest
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SPEA Celebrates Public and Nonprofit Service

In recognition of public and nonprofit service, IndianaUniversity Northwest's School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA)will host its Tenth Annual Public Service and Public Affairs Weekfrom April 3 through April 7.

Kicking off its 10th anniversary of Celebrating Public and NonprofitService, IU Northwest SPEA welcomes former secretary of the U.S. Departmentof Health and Human Services, LouisW. Sullivan, MD on April 3. Currently the president of MorehouseSchool of Medicine, Sullivan will deliver the first William SchenckLecture in Health Care Policy on Access to American Healthcare from 6 to7:30 p.m. in the new Academic Activities Building Auditorium.

On April 4, the SPEA Faculty Lecture series will include two presentations.VotingFraud in Indiana by ProfessorJean Poulard will be from 10 to 11:15 a.m. in HawthornHall, 464. Professor GeorgeAssibey-Mensah will speak on The Public in Public Governance: PublicAdministration Without the Public, from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. inRaintree Hall 105.

Focusing on careers in the public and nonprofit sector, a workshop andcareer day will be on April 5. From 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., a “nuts andbolts’ workshop on Entry into the Government and Nonprofit Servicewill be given by ChristineCorral, director of IU Northwest's Office of Career Services in Raintree Hall 103. From 1 to 4 p.m., over twodozen agencies will be represented during the SPEA Career Day held in theMoraine Student Center. Representatives include: AmeriCorps National ServiceProgram, City of Gary, Federal Aviation Administration, Grand Cal TaskForce, Helping Our People Excel, Inc. (HOPE), Internal Revenue Service– Criminal Investigation Division, ISM Security, Junior Achievement ofNorthwest Indiana, Lake County Step Ahead, Lake County Sheriff's Department,Lake County Superior Court-Juvenile Division, Madison Wisconsin PoliceDepartment, National Park Service – Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, andthe Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission.
     Also scheduled for representation during SPEACareer Day are the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, County CommunityCorrections, Peace Corps, Indiana Department of Environment Management,Indiana Workforce Development, Social Security Administration, TradewindsRehabilitation, US Air Force, US Army, US Customs Service, US Naval Reserve,US Postal Inspectors, US Probation, Westville Correctional Facility, andWillowglen Academy..

Wrapping up SPEA Public Service and Public Affairs Week is the TenthAnnual Forum on Child Abuse and Neglect. Focusing on Child Abuse andNeglect in Indiana, State and Local Perspectives, the event will be April7 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Academic Activities Building Auditorium. Co-sponsoredby IU Northwest SPEA and the Northwest Indiana Chapter of the AmericanSociety for Public Administration, three speakers will present during theforum. Eric Vermeulen, deputy director of the Indiana Division of Familyand Children will speak from the State perspective, Bruce Hillman, LakeCounty Director of Family and Children will speak from the Lake Countyperspective, and Denise Travis, IU Northwest assistant professor of socialwork will speak on the impact of the implementation of the Adoption andSafe Families Act on children and families..

 “We have three objectives during our week,” says JosephPellicciotti, SPEA and Political Science director. “First, we wishto focus on career opportunities available in the public and nonprofitservice. We want people to understand that there is important work to doin government and the nonprofit sector. Secondly, we want to generate discussionof the important issues of public affairs, and finally, we want to encourageour very best people to consider public service as career professionalsor volunteers.” 

All IU Northwest SPEA Week events are free and open to the community.For more information on the events, telephone the SPEA office at 219-980-6695.

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