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Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Greater Chicagoland Alumni and Student Reception

Thursday, May 30, 2013
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Alumni, current and prospective students, and friends of the Humphrey School are invited to attend the second annual Chicagoland alumni and student reception.

Dean Eric Schwartz and other special guests will be there to bring you up to date on what is happening at the Humphrey School. Whether you're looking to network or reconnect, we look forward to seeing you!

Hosted Appetizers | Cash Bar

$10 - Alumni and Friends
$8 - Students and UMAA members

Please RSVP by May 24 so we can include your contact information in the student and alumni directory at the event.

May 2013

Dean's Corner

Dean Schwartz

Last month, President Obama announced his intent to appoint Eric Schwartz, dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, to serve on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). The USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission that monitors the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad.

Read the Minnesota Daily article highlighting Dean Schwartz's appointment here.

Upcoming Alumni Events

Denver, CO Humphrey Alumni Happy Hour
May 11, 1 - 3 p.m. | Ignite!

Chicagoland Alumni and Student Reception
May 30, 5:30 p.m. | Sopraffina MarketCaffe



Upcoming Humphrey School Events

Humphrey Public Leadership Awards
May 6, 5:30 p.m.| McNamara Alumni Center

Humphrey School Commencement
May 20, 4 p.m. | Ted Mann Concert Hall


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Humphrey School students are busy preparing for finals in these last weeks leading up to their graduation ceremony to be held on Monday, May 20, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Ted Mann Concert Hall. This year's commencement speaker is Jake Sullivan, Vice President Biden's National Security Advisor. Mr. Sullivan, who grew up in Minneapolis, previously served as Director of Policy Planning and Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Alumni are invited to join us at commencement to congratulate this year's graduating class and to hear from a leader in the world of national security. (More Info)



Humphrey alumni are interested in coordinating a reunion for the entering classes of 1994 - 2004 and are looking for volunteers to help plan a reunion for the spring of 2014. The next planning meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 6 at 8:30 a.m. at the Humphrey School. A conference phone number will be provided to those who cannot attend in person. If you are interested in volunteering your time and attending the next planning meeting, email Courtney Barrette, Alumni Relations Officer, at


Thank you to the more than 100 pairs of mentors-students in this year's domestic mentor program, as well as the 17 pairs of mentors-students who participated in the global mentor program. We had more than 234 participants in the 26th year of mentoring at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

The Humphrey Alumni Mentor Program is one of the oldest mentor programs at the University of Minnesota and among all schools of public affair nationally. Since 1987, 623 Humphrey School alumni and friends have mentored 1,558 Humphrey students. This year we added a Global Mentor Program for second-year students interested in international careers, using technology to connect them to mentors in D.C., New York, Costa Rica, Moldova, Chile, China, Uganda, Mozambique, the Dominican Republic, Kazakhstan, and Indonesia, as well as to some international professionals based in Minnesota.

Thank you to the Humphrey School alumni and friends who dedicate their time, knowledge, and resources to mentor students each year (Learn More).


Alumni One-to-One:
Transportation planners discuss light rail

When Metro Transit's Green Line begins service in 2014, light-rail transit (LRT) trains running every 10 minutes will connect downtown St. Paul, St. Paul neighborhoods, the University of Minnesota, and downtown Minneapolis. This month, alumni board member Todd Graham (MPlan '94) talked with Robin Caufman (MURP '98) about her experience with the Central Corridor and, more recently, the Southwest Corridor project...more

Omari appointed to the U of M's Board of Regents

On March 6, the Minnesota Legislature approved the appointment of Abdul Omari (MPP '08) to the Minnesota Board of Regents. Omari is a third-year doctoral student...more

Kapper joins SRF Consulting Group, Inc.

In October 2012, Joseph Kapper (MURP '07) joined SRF Consulting Group, Inc. in Minneapolis, MN as a senior planner in the firm's Transportation Planning and Environmental Group. He works on a variety...more

Goodspeed joins the Chicano Latino Affairs Council

In October of 2012, Sarah Goodspeed (MS-STEP '10) joined the Chicano Latino Affairs Council (CLAC) as their Legislative and Community Relations Manager. She is responsible for much of CLAC's legislative drafting and lobbying during...more

Yerhot joins BuckleySandler LLP in Washington, D.C.

Laura Yerhot (MPP '08) recently became the Attorney Recruiting and Development Coordinator at the law firm of BuckleySandler LLP in Washington, D.C. She is responsible for firm-wide attorney recruiting; attorney...more

Zheng takes on role at SSGA Asset Management Co. Ltd

Jenny Zheng (MURP '01) recently began a position as the Executive Director of Asset Management at SSGA Fund Management Co. Ltd. (State Street Global Advisors China). Her day to day responsibilities will include managing the entire process ...more