Family weekend will be September 25-26. In the IAC, we will host a reception at the Habersham Building Courtyard on Friday Sept. 25. It is a wonderful chance to get to know your professors and administration — and for them to get to know you and your family too!
Don’t forget to register by September 9 to prevent a late fee!
Check out the GT Family Weekend site here.
A recent BSPP alum, now working as a consultant in the private sector, writes:
“I’m currently working on a 6-month project for a large consumer packaged goods company, and the goal is fairly simple: to generate quick cash by making it a much leaner and meaner machine overall. In so many words, this means that we’re trying to cut headcount without sacrificing any quality. It certainly isn’t a pleasing topic, especially in light of the economy, but I am learning a great deal about what makes a company healthy and responsive to this kind of downturn vs. sluggish and stubborn. Long gone are the days of 30-year careers with one company, because large companies like these must constantly adapt and morph their workforces in order to stay ahead. For me in particular, one of the most exciting aspects of this project is working hand-in-hand with top executives who truly care about the future of their company. This is also where I find my policy background most relevant, because each exec is a large stakeholder in his/her area of responsibility, and it is very difficult to gain consensus on certain initiatives with such deep-seeded biases around the table. The situation even reminds me of an exercise in one of Dr. Barke’s classes, where the class created a near-exhaustive list of all the stakeholders involved in a controversial project — the building of a bridge at the peril of endangered fish. It seemed impossible to come to any conclusion after acknowledging all the conflicting points of view, but that is the reason why policymaking exists. This cash generation project is no different, so I am challenged to build consensus around an initiative by playing a give-and-take with the company leaders.”
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Amanda McCallum (BSPP ’08) is currently attending University of Georgia School of Law in Athens, GA.
Mike Comer (BSPP ’04) went to graduate school at UGA and is currently teaching English at a public high school in North Carolina. He says that he would write more, but is completely swamped with lesson planning / grading!
John Putrich (BSPP ’06) writes that his primary responsibilities since he’s been in California have been siting and licensing power plants with the California Energy Commission, as well as some other assorted power work.
Jessie Brenton (BSPP ‘07) spent the past year as a legislative assistant to Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) working on health policy issues for the US Senate. She is returning to her native South Carolina to become a Project Manager for Orbis, Inc., which provides engineering, technical, and consulting services to the Department of Defense. She’ll also be working on her MBA.
Rebecca Glatzer (BSPP ’01) is an associate at the law firm of Hyatt & Stubblefield, P.C. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and is active in ULI’s UrbanPlan program, which “aims to educate tomorrow’s voters, neighbors, community leaders, and public officials to create better communities.” She received a JD and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois. Continue reading