Category: SPA
UEP Alumni Panel and Networking Event
| May 5, 2016 | 1:10 pm | Events, SPA | Comments closed

UEP has been busy in the last week, hosting two alumni events over the weekend. The first was an alumni panel featuring UEPers that are now working in global operations, research and consulting.

  • Screen Shot 2016-05-05 at 12.25.51 PMDenise Chin (MA 2014) –  Senior Research Assistant at the Director General’s Office at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • Jon Crowe (MA 2010) – Senior Consultant at Meister Consultants Group
  • Armando Milou (MA 2008, WSSS) – GIS Specialist with the International Finance Corporation
  • Nicholas Petschek (MA/MALD 2012) – Senior Consultant in Governance, Culture & Leadership at LRN
  • Katie Walsh (MA/MALD 2014) – Cities Manager for the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

    Alumni Panel: Working in Global Operations, Research and Consulting

    Networking before the Alumni Panel: Working in Global Operations, Research and Consulting

Alumni briefly discussed their work and career trajectories since graduating from UEP before responding to questions from the audience. Discussion followed on how UEP prepared them for their careers, opportunities they wish they would have taken advantage of while there, and how they see the next few years of their work playing out. Students in the audience asked about the UEP network in their fields and the language skills required in their work. Alumni unanimously agreed that Negotiations was one of the most important classes they had taken. They also recommended taking diverse courses, including branching out to other schools in the area.

Alumni Networking Event at Vanderbilt Kitchen & Bar

Alumni Networking Event at Vanderbilt Kitchen & Bar

The next day was a more informal networking event put together by the UEP Student Planning & Policy Association. Current students and alumni convened at Vanderbilt Kitchen & Bar near State Street where a crowd of 50 or so discussed careers and opportunities. There was a good showing from class of 2015 graduates, as well as a number from previous years. Folks enjoyed a buffet and drinks while expanding the career opportunities of the UEP network in Boston and elsewhere.

UEP Song and Story Night: Pt. 2
| March 17, 2016 | 3:09 pm | Events, SPA | Comments closed

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UEP hosted its second ever Song and Story Night last Friday! Students and faculty gathered around 6pm to hear about “Time in the Field: Stories of Work, Jobs and Internships.” The event was organized by UEP’s Student Planning and Policy Association to give students and faculty an opportunity to express themselves outside of the classroom. At Song and Story Night, they can show off their musical talents and storytelling skills, and get to know a little more about the experiences of their fellow classmates.

Host and UEP student Mason Wells starting off the event

Host and UEP student Mason Wells starting off the event

Students and friends performed for their colleagues and classmates within the loose theme over snacks and drinks until the building closed, at which point the group migrated to Davis Square to continue the evening.

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Snacks and Guitars

UEP Song and Story Night!
| October 23, 2015 | 2:37 pm | Events, SPA | Comments closed

Last Friday students and professors gathered for the first ever UEP Song and Story Night. Fourteen talented singers, musicians, poets, storytellers, and comedians performed on the theme of Dr. Seuss’s “Oh the Places You’ll Go!” Attendees brought food and drinks, which were eaten over nearly 3 hours of excellent performances. With so many new students early in the school year, Song and Story Night was an opportunity for people to get to know one another and invite friends to learn more about what UEP is all about.

Song and Story Night!

Song and Story Night!

Notable faculty performers included UEP transportation planning professor Mark Chase, who played both guitar and harmonica. Barbara Parmenter, GIS professor and student affairs coordinator, told jokes (within the Places You’ll Go theme) that she learned while living in Egypt.

Song and Story Line Up

Song and Story Line Up

Other performances included Persian singing by UEP first-year Sara Moaveni, Swedish/Norwegian singing by first-year Nick Dahlberg, and a fascinating tale of the debutante experience by second-year Anna Krane. UEP second-year and co-host of the event Danielle Ngo recounted the epic story of her experience learning to swim in high school.

Stay tuned for more upcoming SPA events in the remainder of the fall semester!