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2010.01.04 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

First Nebraskan to Win National Askew Award

Omaha - Evelyn Bullock, parole transition manger for the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (DCS), was recognized at the DCS Quarterly Awards Dec. 17. Bullock is the first Nebraska Certified Public Manager (CPM) to receive the national Askew Award, an award she won for developing a plan for the Correctional Alternative Placement Program for Nebraska.

As a graduate of the inaugural Nebraska CPM Program, sponsored by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) School of Public Administration, Bullock was eligible for the Askew Award. The Nebraska CPM Program takes place over 12 months and consists of a curriculum focusing on professional management and leadership training in four learning areas: general administration skills; technical, quantitative and qualitative skills; analytic and conceptual skills; and human relations skills. CPM participants at UNO are asked to use what they learn throughout the program to address an opportunity for improvement in their organization.

Bullock received the Askew Award for developing the Correctional Alternative Placement Program for the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. The plan she developed is currently being implemented and will save Nebraska taxpayers approximately $5,000 per person per year for each low-risk offender who serves his/her sentence in the community, instead of in the state’s prisons.

The program will also reduce the recidivism rate of such offenders and keep them connected to their families and communities while serving their sentences. Since its implementation in 2008, the project has saved Nebraska more than $57,000. Bullock’s program is helping to reduce the need for near-term expansion of the Nebraska prison system, saving millions in construction and operating expenses.

The Askew Award is a national award presented to individuals for the utilization of management practices that exemplify the philosophy of the American Academy of Certified Public Managers in the completion of an exceptional curriculum project. The award is named in honor of George C. Askew, who was the first person in the United States to receive the Certified Public Manager designation in 1983. A new Nebraska CPM Program class begins Jan. 28 at UNO.

For more details and program information, contact Mary R. Hamilton at mary.hamilton@cox.net.

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