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2017 USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey Results: The 2017 Sunshine State Survey covers a wide range of timely and critical issues facing Florida's residents and business, non-profit and government leaders.

Dr. Mark Hafen and members of the Tampa Bay Climate Science Advisory Panel release "Recommended Projection of Sea Level Rise in the Tampa Bay Region." This will be discussed at the upcoming Salty Topics lecture series.



There's a looming political appointee gap … does it matter? [Commentary], on Federal Times

5 facts about student loans by SPA Alum, Anthony Cilluffo, on Pew Research Center

MPA Graduate Student Geoffrey West publishes an article in the PA Times.

Katrina Corcoran, first year MURP student, has been awarded a prestigious American Public Transportation Association Foundation Scholarship. She will receive her award at APTA's annual meeting in San Francisco this October.


Honors & Awards

Dr. Stephen K. Aikins was awarded a U.S. core Fulbright Scholar Grant to teach and conduct research in Ghana during the 2016/2017 academic year. During his one year stay in Ghana, he taught three courses, including public sector accounting and finance at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). Additionally, he conducted research in public financial management and wrote an article with policy recommendations for the Ghana government on how to increase Ghana's revenue generation from property taxes and the informal sector of the economy. Furthermore, he co-trained public procurement officials and other stakeholders in a workshop on international best practices in procurement. Finally, Dr. Aikins set up a scholarship fund for brilliant and needy students at GIMPA and also donated backpacks and books to needy students in a basic school in partnership with the Ghanaian Association of Tampa Bay.

Elizabeth Strom had the opportunity to serve as Visiting Professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (Wirschaftsuniversität Wien) in the Spring 2017 semester through the auspices of the Fulbright core scholar program. She taught two undergraduate courses on urban development issues, gave guest lectures, and carried out research on urban development issues in Austria's capital.

John L. Daly received his third Fulbright Grant to Swaziland in June-July 2016. Working with the faculty at the University of Swaziland, and its Department of Political and Administrative Studies (Public Administration and Political Science), Dr. Daly developed a course framework for initiating a new Bachelor's Degree in Governance and Public Policy.

Dr. Evangeline "Van" Linkous receives the 2014/15 Outstanding Community-Engaged Teaching Award.

MURP student Monica Martin awarded the Climate Adaptation Planning Internship position with Florida Sea Grant for the Summer, 2015.

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Congratulations to MPA Student Dorian Mergler, whose team won the Southeastern Regional NASPAA Student Simulation Event.

MURP Student Matrell Everett wins Outstanding Student Award from the Florida Planning and Zoning Association.

Dr. Steven Spina receives the 2015 Picot B. Floy Public Service Leadership Award

Dr. John Daly inducted into the Hall of Fame in the Suncoast chapter of the American Society for Public Administration


Community Engagement

FIOG and Dr. Robin Ersing partner on Sun City Center project

FIOG / SPA Study will help guide Community Foundation's Sun City Center grants


Faculty News

 Urban & Regional Planning program Director, Dr. Mark Hafen, was interviewed for and featured in an article from The Washington Post regarding the Tampa Bay area’s planning and preparedness for sea level rise and natural hazards.

USF MURP Faculty Ranked in Top 25 in US based on Google Citation Counts .

SPA Faculty Member Dr. Stephen Neely and alum Michael Case featured in Tampa Tribune article.


Student News

Student Planning Organization's newsletter | First Edition

Congratulations to our Spring and Summer MURP graduates! Spring 2017: Austin Gibble, Camilo Soto, Hannah Sowinski, Michelle Wagner, and Erica Wennlund; Summer 2017: Katrina Corcoran and Vishaka Shiva Raman

Student Planning Organization Newsletter

The Florida Chapter of the APA, Sun Coast Section and the USF Masters of Urban & Regional Planning (MURP) program have partnered to offer the Mentor a Planning Student (MAPS) program. The program is open to students in the USF MURP program as well as emerging planners in the Sun Coast area. The Mentoring Program helps facilitate voluntary relationships between mentors and students for one academic year (November – April).
Program Guidelines
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