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    Read about current happenings in the world of public service from from deans, department chairs, and faculty. Our blog aims to encourage thought and discussion on the latest trends and stories that are relevant within public service. We invite all those interested in fire science, criminal justice, education, government, non-profit, helping and social service professions to engage in our postings and express their opinions as well.

  • Autism Speaks U at Kaplan University Supports LIUB!

    Kaplan University's Autism Speaks U club will “Light It Up Blue” by supporting Autism Awareness Day by raising awareness with a variety of activities and fundraisers.

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    Women’s History Month 2016: “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government”

    Faculty member Karla Drenner takes a look at the importance of education in combating stereotypes.
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    Educational Psychology, Its Role in Improving How You Learn

    Is the path on which you are traveling towards completing your degree that of an adult nontraditional student? That was my pathway after high school graduation. 

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    Helicopter Parenting

    I tend to think of “helicopter parenting” as a modern concept. However, the term has been in our lexicon since Dr. Hiamm Ginott’s landmark book, Parents & Teenagers, was published in 1969.

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    Five Reasons Why Teaching is an Ideal Career for Parents

    Many of us find that the first career we had may not work when there's a little person smiling and uttering mama. As a parent, work may take on a new meaning for you.

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    Supporting a Mom Heading Back to College

    Teaching can be one of the most compatible careers for a mom. I believe teaching is a win/win, but it often requires a mom to go back to school to achieve this goal.

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    That Does Not Happen Here! The Myths of Human Trafficking

    Two years ago, I sat in an orientation session for my new AmeriCorps position, utterly unaware of some of the people and unfortunate occurrences in my community.

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    Human Trafficking in America

    Many Americans think that human trafficking is something that that doesn't happen here. However, human trafficking is alive and well.

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    Child Literacy: Foundational to Future Success

    International Literacy Day is celebrated on September 8. This year’s theme, “The Power of People: Start a Literacy Movement,” focuses on the relationship between literacy and the sustainability of a society.

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    6 Ways to Incorporate Nature Into Your Summer Vacation

    Spending time outdoors is a great way to make the most of your time away from class. Here are 6 ways to incorporate nature into your vacation.

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    Retaining Women in a STEM Field

    Read Danielle Haak’s blog post about retaining women in a STEM field and her educational and work experiences in her career.

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    Let Freedom Ring! Obergefell v. Hodges

    The U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling on June 26th in Obergefell v. Hodges declared that same-sex couples have the constitutional right to marry in all fifty states.


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    Common Core Can Provide Consistency to Students in Military Families

    There is a lot of controversy concerning the Common Core but one group seems to be embracing the Core and have advocated for implementation of a common set of standards—the US military.

     

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    Human Service Professionals Pursue Passions to Make a Difference

    The field of human services centers on making a difference in the lives of people who are unable who help themselves. 

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    Shine On Teachers: Alumnus Christopher Reece Shares His Teachable Moments

    Christopher Reece is a special education teacher working with kindergarten students.

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    Shine on Teachers: Alumna Sharon Kolp Shares Her Teachable Moments

    Sharon Kolp is a teacher at Forest Glen Middle School in Coral Springs, Fla. She holds an undergraduate degree in exceptional childhood education and a master’s degree in education and instructional design.

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    Shine On Teachers: Alumnus Gaetano Perilli Shares His Teachable Moment

    Gaetano Perilli is an exceptional student education (ESE) specialist at Bonita Springs Preparatory and Fitness Academy in Naples, Fla.

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    Shine on Teachers: Faculty Member Dr. Phyllis Schiffer-Simon Shares Her Teachable Moments

    Dr. Phyllis Schiffer-Simon is a professor at Kaplan University’s School of Education.

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    Shine On Teachers: Faculty Member John Lustig’s Teachable Moments

    John Lustig is an adjunct professor at Kaplan University’s School of Education. He holds a doctorate in educational leadership.

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    Public Safety Professionals Aren’t Just Heroes for Children

    Whether devoted to keeping our cities safe and defending our country, public safety professionals across many fields are essential to the survival and wellbeing of our country, and our world.

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    Those in Public Administration Persevere to Make Government Work

    Public service professionals across the board are constantly evolving with the diverse and ever-changing needs of our communities today.

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    Public Service Professionals in Psychology Shine a Light on Experiences to Make Positive Change

    Public service professionals across the board are constantly evolving with the diverse needs of our communities today.

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    The Passport: A Parent's Journey With a Child on the Autism Spectrum

    “I am sorry”; three of the most powerful words that restore relationships, repair a broken heart, and help us to release the power of forgiveness. These same three words serve a different function when referring to autism...
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    What Is Common Core?

    One topic that seems to have picked up steam and is talked about by students, parents, teachers, and administrators is that of the Common Core.

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    Pink Is the New Tax!

    The “Pink Tax” refers to the “tax” or surcharge (“her-charge”) women pay for goods and services that are identical to those for men.

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    Education Is Key for Nonviolent Social Change

    Read this month’s blog post on the importance of providing an access to education for nonviolent social change.

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    Oceanographer Sylvia Earle Is a Tireless Advocate for the World’s Oceans

    The explorer, botanist, biologist, conservationist, dedicated advocate, author, and lecturer has had some extraordinary accomplishments throughout her four decade-long career.

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    Environmentalist Margaret Chan Recognizes That Health Is Linked to Other Global Issues

    As Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Margaret Chen’s most impactful actions has been to improve the health of women and people living in Africa.
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    Relief Operations Humanitarian Margareta Wahlström: Committed to a Healthy Environment

    Margareta Wahlström, a relief operations humanitarian, is credited for crafting and putting in place more proactive crisis management systems to prepare for crises rather than just react to disasters afterward.
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    Environmentalist Jane Goodall Continues to Inspire Future Generations

    Jane Goodall is by far one of the great inspirational environmental women of our time. Best known for her studies with chimpanzees, the primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and environmental advocate has done so much more in her 54-year career.
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    Mary Robinson: Proponent of a Healthy Environment for the Advancement of Human Rights

    As the first female President of Ireland, Mary Robinson’s mission is to educate the world that climate change is not just an issue of atmospheric science, but also a human rights issue.
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    Celebrating Women Environmentalists Who Inspire Change In the World

    I believe that women are often more inclined than men to look at the long-term effects of environmental and climate change, and also more likely to take the initiative to bring about change.

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    Are You Searching for Some Independence In Your Career?

    Have you had enough of the 9 to 5 grind? Perhaps you’ve been laid off from your job, or you just don’t feel like your company has any loyalty toward you, despite all of your hard work, long hours and dedication.

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    Blog: Article on the Business of Insurance

    Legal studies faculty member Annemarie Kelly recently published an article on Healthcare Payer News titled “Risky Business: Why the ‘Business of Insurance’ Exception Needs to Change.”

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    The Intersection of Public Administration and Healthcare is Resource Allocation – or “Rationing”

    In healthcare, “rationing” has become a “dirty” and politically charged word. Yet, rationing of everything, including healthcare has always been with us.

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    Q&A With Kaplan University Professor and Georgia State Representative Dr. Karla Drenner

    Dr. Karla Drenner is a professor at Kaplan University and teaches undergraduate and graduate public administration courses. 

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    Celebrate Earth Day with the Launch of Our New Environmental Policy Center

    Earth Day is a day to recognize the importance of sustainability and environmental protection needed as the world population expands and grows.

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    Invited Guest Blog: Annemarie Kelly, Legal Studies, Adjunct Faculty

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), one in eighty-eight children in America have a condition classified as an autism spectrum disorder (“ASD”).

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    Invited Guest Blog: Dr. Lynn Wilson

    Water scarcity was, until recently, considered by most of the developed world to be like James Hilton’s Lost Horizon:  “far away, at the very limit of distance.” 

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    Invited Guest Blog: Ramona Atkins, Legal Studies Faculty Member

    In an effort to bring fairness to the workplace, President Obama created the Paycheck Fairness Act. The act would provide compensation for women in a world where men have historically had higher salaries.

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    Invited Guest Blog: Dean Drew Ross

    When I was 14, I had a teacher who changed my entire life.   Dr. Hudson’s AP English class had a reputation for being one of the hardest courses in my high school. “No problem,” I thought to myself.

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    Invited Guest Blog: Dean Sara Sander

    This year marks what would have been Dr. King’s 85th birthday. The King Center is calling for everyone, worldwide, to abstain from violence on January 20.

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    Invited Guest Blog: Provost Betty Vandenbosch

    We all talk about networking and how important a network is to obtain a coveted position since so many jobs are never advertised. Who you know and who knows you are often important to a successful search.

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    Invited Guest Blog: Julie Riley

    One of the reasons I entered the field of human services and social work is because I believe in helping people. I believe that most people are happiest when they are helping others. 

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    What? Sesame Street Isn’t Good for Toddlers? By Dr. Patti Pelletier

    Who doesn’t love Big Bird, Elmo, or Cookie Monster? Sesame Street has successfully presented learning to children through television and then computers since 1969.

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    Public Health Nursing: By Jonas Nguh–Department Chair, Nursing

    Opportunities and challenges in nursing are boundless and rapidly changing. One of the oldest nursing specialties, public health nursing, offers unique challenges and opportunities.

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    Invited Guest Blog: Department Chair Dr. Matthew Caines

    Public health is by far the most important industry to human civilization and to the world as a whole. This may seem like an “over-the-top” statement. However, if you finish reading this blog post, I will attempt to argue this point.

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    Invited Guest Blog: Dean Mike Brackin

    Often, we don’t think about heroism until we see it in action when disaster strikes and ordinary people exhibit extraordinary courage and compassion to help victims in their time of need. 

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    Invited Guest Blog: Lynn Wilson, PhD

    Each year at this time we recognize our public servants and their contributions to our communities. I applaud and appreciate the contributions that these public servants make. 

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    Autism Awareness

    April is Autism month with April 2 being designated as World Autism Awareness Day hosting a “Light It Up Blue Day” across the globe. Clearly this is an issue that impacts people and families everywhere.

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