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Pi Alpha Alpha

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Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA) is a national honor society that recognizes and promotes excellence in the field of public affairs and administration. Graduate students who have demonstrated significant academic achievement are eligible to become members of PAA. Pi Alpha Alpha defines its mission in the following terms:

  • To encourage and recognize outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in public affairs and administration,
  • To promote the advancement of education and practice in the art and science of public affairs and administration, and
  • To foster integrity, professionalism, and creative performance in the conduct of governmental and related public service activities.

The American University Chapter of PAA, one of the founding chapters in the United States, inducts students who have excelled academically at an annual DPAP awards night held during the spring semester. The induction dinner features speakers who are leaders in public affairs. This year’s event will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015. In order to be eligible for membership, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher, and must be within 9-12 credits of completing their degree. Students are nominated by the Department of Public Administration and Policy, and if selected, will receive a nomination letter and invitation to join. Membership requires a one-time fee of $65.00.

Questions about American University’s Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha should be directed to Renee Howatt, Academic Counselor, at howatt@american.edu.

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2014 Ceremony


Jonathan Foley, director of planning and policy analysis, Office of Personnel Management


Kristina Bell
Erica Boonstra
John David Bowser
Cherrie Nicole Bucknor
Christina Caryl
Jonathan E. Chambers
Kelly Elizabeth Cherry-Leigh
LaTiesha Cooper
Michelle A. Costanzo
Naomi E. DeShore
Anthony Eleftherion
Emily Ensley
Julia M. Fantacone
Carol E. Foster
Sherry A. Frank
Jessica Giles
Keith A. Graham

John G. Harris III
Glynnis Hokenson
Adam C. Kamp
Garrett Thomas Keefe
Rosalind Victoria Klann
Viviana Knowles
Carolyn May Kraemer
Stephen LaFlamme
Meghan Fallows LaVoo
Daniel Levi
Aviva Chengcheng Liu
Andrew I. MacCracken
Cynthia A. Malley
Erica McCoy
Anthony J. Miller
Susan Redenti-Nichols
Rachel Nusbaum

Amber N. Osborne
Rafael Rivera Pastor
Matthew F. Puckett
Alissar Khoury Rahi
Kaitlyn A. Richardson
Brandon James Robers
Elida Sarmiento
Bich-Thuy Tran Sault
Chaudhry Aneeb Sharif
Monika Mironenko Sklad
Dwayne E. Spriggs
Amanda Janis Stewart
Katherine P. Turner
Alcora Noelle Walden
Mario Junior Weber

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Homer Wilkes

President Obama Nominates Key Certificate Alum as USDA Undersecretary for Natural Resources

On May 5, 2009, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Homer Lee Wilkes as undersecretary for natural resources and environment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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