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KU Public Management Center recipient of governor’s proclamation

Tue, 01/29/2013

LAWRENCE — January 2013 has been proclaimed by Gov. Sam Brownback to be Certified Public Manager Recognition Month in the state of Kansas. Representatives of the Kansas Certified Public Manager program received this commendation from the governor earlier this month at a proclamation signing ceremony.

The nationally accredited Kansas CPM program is managed for the state of Kansas by the KU Public Management Center in Topeka. There are roughly 1,400 graduates of the Kansas program, and they work in various levels of leadership in city, county, state, federal and quasi-governmental agencies. The Kansas CPM program is widely regarded as one of the best of the 41 national and international programs.

Certified Public Manager is a certification attained by program participants who develop and strengthen their managerial skills through a competency-based curriculum. Classes cover topics such as budgeting, strategic planning, coaching, business writing, communication and process improvement. The program offers a valuable and unique opportunity by filling a training gap for staff members with significant technical expertise who seek to further their knowledge of current management practices.

 

Jon Quinday, Russell city manager, is one of the 2012 Kansas CPM graduates. He had this to say about the CPM program, “Of all the professional training I've received in the past 25 years, CPM is the most valuable in terms of the information presented, the quality of instructors and the lessons I've been able to put to use immediately. It puts public officials in the best position to deal with daily management activities as well as planning for the future.”

This year the Kansas CPM program is celebrating 20 years in operation; the proclamation was written in celebration of this anniversary.



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Lauded race and class historian becomes KU Foundation Professor David Roediger’s award-winning research and writing has already transformed how historians view the growth of social freedoms in America though the intersection of race, class, ethnicity, and labor. Now Roediger, as KU’s first Foundation Distinguished Professor of History (http://bit.ly/1AbAqYw), will continue to break new ground in those fields as he leads KU’s departments of American Studies and History. Roediger likes to study historical flash points — where one particular change brings a cascade of wider cultural changes. His latest book, “Seizing Freedom, Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All,” makes the point that as slaves began freeing themselves across the South during the Civil War, their emancipation inspired and ignited other cultural movements for freedom — such as the women’s movement for suffrage and the labor movement for better working conditions and an eight-hour day. Understanding the individual stories of average people who wanted to make their lives better, including slaves or factory workers, is important to understanding the wider political movements and elections, Roediger said. “It's tempting to think that all the important political questions have been decided,” he said, “but actually people are constantly thinking about what freedom would mean for them.”


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