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2011.12.14 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Nebraska Certified Public Manager Program Graduates Fourth Class

Omaha - Nebraska Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy and Interim Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs B.J. Reed presided over the graduation of the fourth class of the Nebraska Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program on Friday, Dec. 9. With this graduation, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) School of Public Administration continues its tradition of providing management training for public and non-profit professionals across Nebraska and beyond. 



The 2011 graduates include: Trish Brockman, an assistant warden for the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS); Colleen Svoboda, a performance improvement manager for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services; Heike Langdon, an outreach and visitor relations manager for KANEKO; John Hargreaves, Jr., a unit manager for NDCS; David John Erickson, a safety and sanitation specialist for NDCS; Dave Skow, a case manager for NDCS; and Bryan Freeman, president of VII Finger Productions.

Each of the newly minted Certified Public Managers completed the yearlong program of 17 on-line and on-campus courses, and a major project designed to benefit their organization. 



Some projects included a mentoring program for the Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility, a volunteer program for KANEKO, social networking for NDCS and an advertising and business model for non-profit organizations.

The ceremony also included a celebration of two of last year’s alumni, Capt. Kevin Conlon and Bill Brecks, whose projects earned Askew Awards at this year’s American Academy of CPMs (AACPM) conference.

For his project, Brecks developed a program to help Lexington city employees learn basic Spanish so that they can better serve their population. Conlon created a sequence of webcasts to help the Sheriff’s office recruit for new deputies more effectively and efficiently.

Certificates of distinction were also handed out to three alumni from the CPM program’s first graduating class. Janeth Glenn, James Litchfield and Phyllis Wagner were each recognized for their ability to apply the lessons learned in their CPM training to help advance their organizations.

This year’s graduation was bittersweet for many in the UNO CPM program as its long-time director Mary Hamilton announced she would be stepping down to serve in a different role. Ellen Freeman-Wakefield of the School of Public Administration will be taking Hamilton’s place as CPM director.

At the end of the ceremony, Lt. Gov. Sheehy thanked the graduates for their service to their communities and the state while the graduates and alumni thanked Hamilton for her service to the program.

For detailed information on the program, visit www.unomaha.edu/cpm or contact Ellen Freeman-Wakefield at efreemanwakefield@mail.unomaha.edu

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