Alum receives professional excellence award

Alumnus Felix Wong (’83 MCRP, ’79 B.A. in Sociology) received the 2014 Susan H. Campbell Award for Professional Excellence from the Texas Downtown Association (TDA). Wong is the Director of Planning for Mansfield. The Mansfield News-Mirror notes that Wong “was selected for this honor based on his commitment to downtown Mansfield over the years, the impact he has made in his community overall as well as his professionalism and willingness to face any and all challenges.”

Alum, students win Texas APA Awards

A SUPA alumnus and graduate students were among the winners at the American Planning Association – Texas Chapter’s 2014 Awards:

Alumnus Doug McDonald (’09 MCRP, ’10 MPA), Senior Planner at the City of Plano, won the Chapter President’s Award.

Graduate students working at the Institute of Urban Studies won a Student Project Award (Honorable Mention) for their Comprehensive Land Use Plan for the City of Palestine.

Congratulations – we’re so proud of our students and alumni!

Alumnus publishes book on citizen engagement

Alumnus Dr. Basil Schaban-Maurer has authored a book, “Rise of the Citizen Practitioner,” based on his citizen engagement research. He holds a Master of City and Regional Planning from SUPA, a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Architecture from UTA’s School of Architecture, and a doctorate in Architecture, Urban Design and Urban Planning from McGill University. He is an Adjunct Professor of Urban Design at Concordia University, Principal of architecture and planning firm ARK Tectonics, and Director of the Urban Science Institute.

Alumna to head Komen Greater Fort Worth

Alumna MaryAnn Means-Dufrene will be the new executive director at Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth. She served as deputy chief of staff to Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price for two years and will begin her new position on Oct. 20.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Fort Worth Business Press reported the appointment and listed Means-Dufrene’s accomplishments while serving as deputy chief of staff. The Business-Press report included a statement from the Komen search committee co-chairs that Means-Dufrene’s “… local community connections and varied professional background, coupled with her leadership skills, will be invaluable to the organization.”

Means-Dufrene holds a Master of Public Administration degree from SUPA.

Alumna honored by Corps of Engineers

Alumna Dr. Rumanda K. Young was honored with the Lt. Gen. John W. Morris Civilian of the Year Award by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

A story on the DVIDS site notes that the award “recognizes the employee who individually has made the most significant and noteworthy contributions to the mission, reputation and prestige of the Corps of Engineers – including significant participation in areas outside the workplace – in the past calendar year.”

Young is chief of the Master Planning Section of the Corps’ Fort Worth District Regional Planning and Environmental Center and the regional energy program manager for the Corps’ Southwestern Division in Dallas.

The story includes a statement from Col. Charles H. Klinge, the Corps’ Fort Worth District Commander, “Dr. Young’s pioneering work in master planning and resource management, and her teaching and mentorship of students and staff, represent a new generation of leadership that is advancing the Department of Defense energy sustainment mission.”

Young holds a Master of City and Regional Planning degree and a doctorate in Urban Planning and Public Policy from SUPA. She teaches at UTA and Southern Methodist University.

Congratulations to Dr. Young on the award!

Spring graduates are official

The official numbers for Spring graduates are in. Thirty-two graduate students earned their degrees through the School this spring, including three doctoral students. On the undergraduate side, 84 students earned their degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, six with Latin Honors.

Congratulations to all our graduates!

View photos and video of the School’s commencement ceremony.