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UNI to host Masters in Public Policy Alumni panel and reception

September 15, 2011

Allen Hays, director and professor, public policy program, 319-273-2910,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's public policy program will host a panel and reception for alumni, in honor of its 20th anniversary. The panel will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 23, in the University Room in Maucker Union, and the reception will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m., in the Sabin Hall Atrium.

Community and economic development leaders will discuss the topic of "Current Issues in Community Development." Panelists include Drew Conrad, senior program manager of the Institute for Decision Making and special projects manager for the Business and Community Services Division at UNI; Joe Raso, president of Iowa City Area Development Group, Inc.; Shinita Crawley, advantage services manager for the Common Bond Housing Development; and Kevin Blanshan, director of transportation and data services with the Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments.

The reception will recognize contributions of faculty and staff who have supported the public policy program over the years. These events are in conjunction with the re-dedication of Sabin Hall, which is at 1 p.m. the same day in Sabin Hall.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information on either event, contact Allen Hays, director and professor of UNI's public policy program, at 319-273-2910 or