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Community garden idea readies MPA students for career, earns first place in policy competition

Four Georgia Southern University students used the concept of a community garden to enhance their public administration education and win first place in the University of Georgia’s Georgia Students for Public Administration 2022 Policy Competition.  For the competition, Master of Public Administration (MPA) students Jennifer Morgan, Melinda Roell, Ikeoluwa Akanmu and William Golden were tasked […]

Two Georgia Southern faculty appointed to editorial board of new interdisciplinary focused international journal

Patsy Kraeger, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Public and Nonprofit Studies at Georgia Southern University has been named the founding special issues editor of Local Development and Society, a new refereed journal being launched by the Community Development Society International and Taylor and Francis Publications. An editorial board of international scholars and […]

The Grad Post Fall 2019, Student Spotlight, Ashley Thornton

Master of Public Administration What drew you to Georgia Southern for your graduate studies? I came to Georgia Southern for my undergrad…and just never left! I began working here as a student employee in Eagle Dining Services’ Catering Department and worked my way up to a full-time position after graduation. After a couple years, I […]

Georgia Southern public administration students place first in simulation competition

Last week, Georgia Southern University Master of Public Administration (MPA) students Gina Pate, Austin Hinkley and Colin Karnes placed first in the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)-Batten Global Student Simulation Competition at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. “We are thrilled to be the Regional Winners,”  Pate said. “Our team took […]

Patsy Kraeger Receives Quality of Life Research Certification

Dr. Patsy Kraeger (Assistant Professor, Department of Public and Nonprofit Studies) has completed the International Society for Quality of Life Studies certification in quality of life research, with a focus on community indicators program.  This certificate is facilitated by the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (, a global organization that promotes and encourages research in […]