The fall season is at its peak of beauty in many places and we’re about to be plunged into the grips of winter! As we transition from one season to the next, so goes my blog.
The tenor and content of my blog posts will likely take on a new tone for a while during my Public Administration studies. I’m enrolled in a 16-month accelerated Master’s Program at Bellevue University. So far, I’m really enjoying the class. The first term is dealing with nonprofits and grant writing. We have a practical class exercise we are actually accomplishing in real life with Omaha‘s Open Door Mission. Our project team members are writing a grant to gain funds for unmet needs at Open Door Mission. This project is for one of the three courses of our first term.
The other two courses in our first term focus on Foundations in Public Administration, and Communications in the Public Sector. We have just completed the foundations course. The foundations course had us reviewing how government at all levels manages budgets, implements policies and deals with crisis. Conducting case study reviews, I learned more than I ever wanted to know about situations like 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the Columbine Shootings, and other events. We are now moving into the communications in the second half of our term. This course deals with what we (the public) experience in communications from media, conversations, discussions and debate. I’m very curious to share and learn from you about your understanding of how our beliefs and decisions are shaped through media.
Considering I do have a family, a full-time job and I’m pursuing my Master’s….there isn’t a lot of time. I will however, try to use this platform to share with you the fun, surprising, and disturbing. I’ll also share opportunities (resources) for you to become more informed about what I’m learning. I hope you find my posts during this course of study useful and educational. I will still occasionally post reflective and personal notes….however, my focus is currently on my studies.
On the personal side of life, my twin daughters have had their braces removed, they’re both driving, and engaged deeply in their studies at Metro Community College. My son just turned 14 on Veteran’s Day. My wife is still educating our son at home and slowly regaining a bit of “personal time” back into her life. Digesting these facts and assimilating all of these changes is dizzying at times. I’m looking forward to a break from everything around the holidays.
I hope life is treating you well. Be kind to yourself. Take a moment and count your blessings. Be safe and look out for one another.
- History of Public Administration (aspanational.wordpress.com)