2018 Awards

The School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) held its annual Excellence Awards on Monday, April 16th, at the Graduate Life Center.  Awards received by faculty and students with an association with the Institute for Policy and Governance (IPG) included: Dr. Max Stephenson, Professor in SPIA and Director of the Institute for Policy and Governance (IPG), received the Graduate School/College of Architecture and urban Studies Outstanding Mentor Award.

Hamza Safouane, PGG-GG, Blacksburg received the Richard E. Zody Award for Outstanding dissertation in PGG.  Hamza’s dissertation was titled:  Governing migrants in the European Union: A Critical Approach to Interrogating Migrants' Journey Narratives Dr. Stephenson served as a member of Dr. Safouane’s advisory committee.

Beth Olberding, MURP, Blacksburg, was awarded the Brenda Crawford Award for the Program’s Graduate Student who has embodied and demonstrated the ideals of public service and social justice. Dr. Stephenson is serving as chair of her advisory committee.

Lara Nagle, MURP, Blacksburg, was awarded the VA Chapter of the American Planning Association Certificate Award for Graduate Students for Outstanding Professional Promise. Dr. Stephenson is serving as chair of her advisory committee. Lara is also serving as a graduate assistant with the Institute.

Congratulations to all!