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IU Northwest announces SPEA Public Affairs Month events

Topics covered from March 25 to April 24 include criminal justice, health, government policy, civic engagement

Monday Mar 11, 2013

The Indiana University Northwest School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) invites the campus and community to celebrate Public Affairs Month with an array of engaging and informative events beginning Monday, March 25, and continuing through the month of April.

Criminal Justice Week: Events on March 25 - 27

NYPD Stop and Frisk Debate

2 to 4 p.m., Monday, March 25

Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, located in the Savannah Center

Two IU Northwest criminal justice professors (Monica Solinas-Saunders, Ph.D., and Joe Ferrandino, Ph.D.) will assume the role of an ACLU attorney and NYPD spokesman, respectively, and debate the impact of the NYPD’s “stop and frisk” policies on minorities in the city. This 30-minute debate is moderated and will be followed by a discussion of crime and justice in the context of minority citizens and communities, including the actual beliefs of the participating professors and invited discussants.

Murder Mystery

1 to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 26

Dunes Medical/Professional Building, Rm. 2158

IU Northwest professor Joe Guzik will lead an interactive presentation of “whodunit” scenarios in which the audience has to follow the clues, think deeply and find the killer. 

Assessing the Rehabilitation of Batterers in Indiana

5:30 to 6:45 p.m., Tuesday, March 26

Dunes Medical/Professional Building, Rm. 2134

In this presentation, Monica Solinas-Saunders, Ph.D., will discuss the issue of rehabilitation for batterers in Indiana. An overview of the different approaches adopted in different counties throughout the state will be provided. She will focus on an ongoing study on the effectiveness of a program offered in eight different Indiana counties.

GIS in Criminal Justice

12 to 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 27

Dunes Medical/Professional Building, Rm. 2080

Are you interested in crime, crime mapping, or geography? If you want to learn about crime mapping in the city of Gary, come to this interactive seminar. Using real data, Joe Ferrandino, Ph.D., will discuss the basics of geographic information systems (GIS) and take attendees through several data maps of the city, discussing how they are made and how they are used by policy makers. Attendees can ask questions, take notes and participate in the seminar.

Drugs and Alcohol: The Consequences

2:30 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 27

Marram Hall, Rm. 119

Transitioning from criminal justice week to health week will be a presentation that impacts both systems – the consequences of drugs and alcohol from a broad-based perspective.

Health Week: Events on April 1 and 3

Bioethics Committees: An Interactive Discussion
7 to 8 p.m.,Monday, April 1
Hawthorn Hall, Rm. 107

Led by Susan Zinner, Ph.D, IU Northwest, and Jana Lacera and Dr. Brian McClenic, co-chairs of the Community Hospital Bio-ethics Committee, will discuss the function of bioethics committees within hospitals and how they resolve patient disputes involving family members, employees and others. Several students from Zinners' Administrative Ethics class will pose patient dilemmas to Lacera and McClenic and attendees will see how they work through real life scenarios. 

GIS in Health Services: Gary Health Patterns
4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 3
Hawthorn Hall, Rm. 410

Do you know the number one hot spot for cardiac calls in the city of Gary? The answer may surprise you. MPA student Ed Toth will lead an interactive presentation of GIS, focused on its utilization in the delivery of emergency health services. The presentation will focus on real data provided by the Gary Fire Department from 2002 through 2011 and analyze hot spots by specific type of calls, response times and station coverage of the city. This seminar is of interest to students that have questions about GIS as well as anyone interested in the health of Gary’s citizens.

Non-Profit/Civic Engagement Week: Events on April 10 and 11

SPEA Nonprofit Series: Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations

8:30 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 10
Dunes Medical/Professional Building, Rm. 2080

The SPEA Nonprofit Workshop Series continues with a seminar on fundraising, an essential component of nonprofit management. Registration is required in advance for this event. Please contact Barbara Peat, Ph.D., at to reserve your seat. 

Recognizing the Value of Social Capital within Social Work Field Experiences

5 to 6 p.m., Thursday, April 11

Dunes Medical/Professional Building, Rm. 2178

Join Jennifer Anderson, BSW and MSW Field Coordinator for the IU Northwest School of Social Work, and her colleagues for this presentation of original, thought provoking research that has interdisciplinary appeal. 

Government/Policy Week: Events on April 16 - 18

Resume Building and Interview Skills Workshop

5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 16

Dunes Medical/Professional Building, Rm. 2178

Sponsored by the SPEA Graduate Student Association (GSA), this event is open to only students, staff, and faculty. To ensure sufficient space, RSVP to Cory Thames, SPEA GSA President, at is appreciated, but not required.

Analysis of Emergency Service Delivery in Gary: 2002 -2011

4 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 17

Hawthorn Hall, Rm. 210

Joe Ferrandino, Ph.D., of IU Northwest will present the results of a class project in which students mapped and analyzed all of the Fire Department and EMS calls in the city from 2002 through 2011. This project integrates the management of public agencies during budget downturns with public health and public performance measurement to assist students in their learning of community-based research and inform the agency that they study.

Creating Public Value: Strategic Management in Government

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 17

Dunes Medical/Professional Building, Rm. 2080

Come see students teaching students: SPEA V 502 students will teach SPEA J 303 students a model of strategic public management based on Harvard's Kennedy School's Mark Moore's model of creating public value. Others are welcome to join. To ensure sufficient space, an RSVP to Lori Anderson at is appreciated, but not required.

GIS in Government and Policy Decisions

5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 18

Marram Hall, Rm. 119

Joe Ferrandino, Ph.D., will lead a workshop on using GIS to make policy decisions by government actors and researchers. Using the city of Gary as an example, Ferrandino will show the audience how to use GIS and what types of questions can be used to analyze and evaluate, using the locations of fire departments as the example. Other policy decisions, such as the allocation of police officers and the location of service providers will also be discussed.

Additional SPEA Events

Leading Across Differences

7 p.m., Monday, April 22

Dunes Medical/Professional Building, Rm. 2080

Students teach students about a model of cultural competence from an organizational and leadership / managerial perspective. To ensure sufficient space, an RSVP to Lori Anderson at is appreciated, but not required.

SPEA Capstone Poster Presentations

5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 24

Moraine Student Center Lobby

Students from both SPEA capstone courses will present their capstone poster projects. Students from the Crime and Public Policy class will present their Gary area-related data and students from the SPEA MPA capstone course will integrate their learning through an analysis of the Postal Service Anthrax attacks in 2001. This program is of particular interest to those interested in pursuing an MPA.

SPEA Public Affairs Month events are free and open to students of all majors and to the Northwest Indiana community, except for the April 16 Resume Building and Interview Skills Workshop, which is only open to the campus community.

Space is limited for these events. For more information, contact Joe Ferrandino at (219) 980-6902 or

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