2017 Gross Family Management and Leadership Award

An RCP-sponsored project by students at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs received the 2017 Gross Family Management and Leadership Award, which recognizes the best individual and team papers focused on management, leadership, or public service delivery in public or nonprofit organizations or networks. Papers must address a significant issue in the management and leadership of nonprofits, philanthropy, public agencies, and/or collaborations; demonstrate high-quality research and analysis of the issue; present sound recommendations for action, and demonstrate creativity and originality of thought. The team of Jargalmaa Erdenemandakh, Laura Langer, and Emily Coppersmith received the award for their final project in PA 5311: Program Evaluation, taught by Dr. Jodi Sandfort, which evaluated the impact of the City of Brooklyn Park’s Community Rebranding Initiative. The award was presented at the Humphrey School commencement on May 13, 2017.

2016 Outstanding Student Project Award

An RCP-sponsored capstone project by students at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs received the Outstanding Student Project Award from the Minnesota Chapter of the American Planning Association. For their Participating in Policy and Planning Capstone, graduate students Chuck Demler, Kaela Dickens, Joseph Hartmann, Laurel Nightingale, and Kalli Perano collaborated with project lead and Carver County Parks and Trails supervisor Sam Pertz and UMN faculty advisor Kathy Quick on a project titled “Increasing Engagement with Communities of Color: A Toolkit for Carver County Parks and Recreation.” The award was presented at the 2016 Upper Midwest Regional/APA Minnesota State Conference in St. Cloud, MN, September 28–30, 2016.

2016 PEER Award

The Resilient Communities Project–Carver County partnership received the 2016 Carver County Public Employee Excellence Recognition (PEER) Program award in the Project-Based Teamwork category. The award was presented at the May 17, 2016, Carver County Board of Commissioners meeting. View a video of the awards presentation>>

2016 RCP Outstanding Achievement Awards

Congratulations to the following individuals for their achievements as part of the 2015–2016 RCP-Carver County partnership. Award winners were recognized at the annual RCP End-of-Year Celebration, held on May 13, 2016, at the McNamara Alumni Center. Learn more>>

Outstanding Faculty Award: Professor Catherine Twohig; Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development; College of Education and Human Development)

Outstanding Project Lead Award: Jackie Johnston, Director of Community Education, Eastern Carver County School District 112

Outstanding Team Student Project Award:
Chuck Demler, Kaela Dickens, Joseph Hartmann, Laurel Nightingale, and Kalli Perano
Course: PA 8081: Participating in Policy and Planning Capstone Workshop
Project: Increasing Engagement with Communities of Color: A Toolkit for Carver County Parks and Recreation

Outstanding Individual Student Project:
Samantha Rosner, Master of Public Health candidate, School of Public Health
Course: Master’s Project
Project: Mobile Home Community Health Needs Assessment

2016 Outstanding Community Partner Award

RCP’s 2015-16 community partner, Carver County, received the 2016 Outstanding Community Partner Award from the Educational Partnership for Innovation in Communities (EPIC) Network. The award, which recognizes “one exemplary community partner” from among the local government partners that have worked with EPIC Network programs during the last five years, was presented at the 5th Annual Sustainable City Year Conference, held in San Diego, CA, March 13-16, 2016. Learn more >>

2015 Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Education Award

The Resilient Communities Project was selected as the 2015 recipient of the MAGS/ETS Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Education Award. Jointly sponsored by the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) and Educational Testing Service (ETS), this annual award is given to a MAGS member institution in recognition of outstanding contributions to domestic and international graduate education at both the graduate school and program level. Learn more >>

2014 Outstanding Student Project Award

An RCP-sponsored capstone project by students at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs received the Outstanding Student Project Award from the Minnesota Chapter of the American Planning Association. For their economic development capstone, students Charles Darnell, Robert Clarksen, and William Boulay worked with project lead and North St. Paul economic development director Paul Ammerman, under the direction of Lee Munnich and Lyssa Leitner, on a project titled “Assessing the Viability of a Business Improvement District in North St. Paul.” The award was presented at the annual MnAPA Conference in Duluth, Minnesota.

2013 Outstanding Student Project Award

An RCP-sponsored capstone project by students at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs received the Outstanding Student Project Award from the Minnesota Chapter of the American Planning Association. For their land use and transportation planning capstone, Master of Urban and Regional Planning students Kyle Burrows, Kristina Nesse, Andrew Owen, and Renan Snowden worked with project lead and Minnetonka planner Jeff Thomson and UMN faculty advisor Mike Greco on a transportation demand management policy for the City of Minnetonka. The award was presented at the annual MnAPA Conference in Rochester, MN, September 18-20, 2013.