Public Policy Alumni Return for CEU Alumni Reunion 2017

May 15, 2017

The rain on Friday evening disrupted plans to hold the SPP Public Policy Alumni Reunion Coffeehouse outdoors, but it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm and excitement of returning alumni. More than 30 of them joined public policy students, faculty, and staff for a wonderful evening organized to officially welcome public policy alumni to CEU’s Alumni Reunion 2017.

In her welcoming remarks, SPP Acting Dean Julia Buxton thanked alumni for their extraordinary support for CEU and its battle for academic freedom. She then went on to introduce Policy Cycle, a five-member musical group of SPP students. Buxton noted that the students were from five different countries (Germany, Hungary, the Philippines, the United States, and Venezuela) and in this way were representative of the diversity of SPP, and of the University. Balazs Dezsenyi, on guitar (MPA ’18); Lili Fernandez (MPA ’17), on drums; vocalist Benjamin Jance (Mundus MAPP ’18); Jake McGrew on saxophone; and Theresa Weippert (One-year MAPP ’17), on the piano, performed two songs to a loud and appreciative audience.

Another highlight of CEU’s Alumni Reunion 2017 was the chance to go “back to school” and hear a presentation by SPP Professor Martin Kahanec. Alumni from six departments, including practitioners in the field of migration, attended the session. Kahanec shared some interesting data from recent research on the nature of migration in Europe that challenged many of the common beliefs about the impact migration has on different countries. It was clear from the number of questions that alumni asked that they found the data intriguing – and sometimes surprising.

“Many people pitched in to make Friday’s activities so successful. I was especially happy to see so many people at our Coffeehouse. It was a great kick-off to the alumni reunion weekend,” commented Ann Gagliardi, Director, SPP Career and Alumni Programs.