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Open Source Session – Placemaking in Public Transit
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Angel L. Bond, Master’s candidate, Public Administration, attended the 21st Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU 21) annual event in Salt Lake City, UT, May 29 – June 1, 2013. The CNU promotes walkable and sustainable communities, transportation systems designed for multiple modes of transport, and multi-use developments that build stores and restaurants within walking distance from residential buildings. Members of CNU are from a wide range of career fields: architects, developers, planners, engineers, and government policy experts, to name a few. CNU was a powerful advocate in a recent regulation change to expand the number of condos eligable for Federal Housing Administration backed mortgages.

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Sarah and her husband, Mathkar, are International Graduate Students from Saudi Arabia in the UCCS Master of Public Administration program. Prior to being accepted at UCCS, they spent 14 months studying English at Spring International Language Center in Denver, and fell in love with the area and people in Colorado. Coloradoans “are friendly, helpful, and respect my culture – especial what I wear,” said Sarah. Sarah is a Muslim woman who chooses to wear the hijab and niqab, a religious veil and cloth worn for modesty and obedience to God.

Mecca City - the holiest city in the religion of Islam

Mecca City – the holiest city in the religion of Islam

 

This is their first semester at UCCS and they have noticed that Graduate programs in both countries have similar teaching methodology and focus more on written assignments than exams.  Sarah adds that Saudi students who receive scholarships “prefer to study in the U.S. and other countries, in which they speak English, because they want to acquire the language and benefit from their experience in Western countries,” making them more competitive than their colleagues with Graduate degrees from Saudi Universities. This is especially the case in the medical and technological fields. (more…)

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Dockdock Revisky, current UCCS MPA student (on far right in photo on right), is already coupling his newly learned public affairs theory and skills with his extraordinary passion to work for others. Dock, a U.S. Army two-time Iraqi war combat veteran, was selected by the veteran’s group: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) to participate in Storm the Hill, March 18-24, 2013 in Washington D.C. About the experience Dock states: “Learning a fraction of how the political process really works was fascinating and inspiring.”

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