February 28, 2006

Urban Planning and Public Administration Alumni Honor Federal Executives

The Chicago Federal Executive Board has received an alumni appreciation award from the urban planning and public administration alumni association of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The award recognizes individuals and groups for dedication to urban planning and public administration and contributions to the development of the college's students and alumni.

The board, an organization of the most senior officials of federal agencies serving Chicago and 13 surrounding counties, promotes community partnerships, communication, cost efficiencies and service delivery among the agencies.

A long partnership between the board and UIC's graduate program in public administration has benefited students, faculty and federal employees, said Robin Hambleton, dean of the UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs.

"With CFEB's help, we've established three certificate programs specifically for federal employees, some of whom have gone on to pursue a master's degree in public administration at UIC. They bring valuable insight to the classroom," Hambleton said.

"The CFEB has been very supportive of the college for many years. In particular, since 1999, its members have raised funds to grant two annual $2,000 scholarships to UIC planning students," said Carrie Makarewicz, president of the college's alumni association board.

Jack Hetrick, chair of the Chicago Federal Exective Board, will accept the award on the organization's behalf at a private gathering hosted by the alumni association board on March 3.

For information about the UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, visit http://www.uic.edu/cuppa/

UIC ranks among the nation's top 50 universities in federal research funding and is Chicago's largest university with 25,000 students, 12,000 faculty and staff, 15 colleges and the state's major public medical center. A hallmark of the campus is the Great Cities Commitment, through which UIC faculty, students and staff engage with community, corporate, foundation and government partners in hundreds of programs to improve the quality of life in metropolitan areas around the world.

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