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“Living Public Service”

About 350 alumni, friends, and special guests attended the first event of Sanford's Inaugural Year on July 22 in the Cannon Caucus Room in Washington, D.C.

The reception featured comments from U.S. Senators Richard Lugar and Ted Kauffman, U.S. Rep David Price, Duke President Richard Brodhead, and Dean Bruce Kuniholm.

A new video debuted, highlighting the work of public policy alumni who have devoted their careers to public service: Gene Conti (MPP’78, PhD‘78), Will Davis (T’84, MPP’87), Ashley Files Flory (MPP’83), Yvette Fontenot (PPS’94) and Ichiro Toda (PIDP’98).

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August 31, 2009

October 2-3, 2009:
Inaugural Celebration Weekend

You’re invited! The Sanford School of Public Policy officially became a school on July 1, and to celebrate, we’re planning special events throughout the year. Please visit the Sanford Inaugural Events web pages to register. We look forward to seeing you!

Richard FisherHighlights for Oct. 2-3 include discussions on the global financial crisis with Richard Fisher, CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (left), and NPR’s Cokie Roberts; and on health care reform with public health expert Gail Rosseau, M.D. (below), and political journalist John Harwood (T'78) of CNBC andGail Rosseau The New York Times. You can attend briefings by Sanford faculty members on issues from energy and environmental policy to foreign policy. Also enjoy social events with alumni, faculty and staff; Duke Football vs. Virginia Tech; and a party with a champagne toast to the new school. Details and Registration: Sanford Inaugural Events

Sanford Updates

Uncle Terry wants you! For the 5,000 Hours of Service Initiative, that is. As part of the school’s inaugural year, alumni, students and friends are pledging to complete 5,000 hours of community service. It starts with inspired action in your local community, and yields a global impact. We need YOU to help! If each public policy alum completes at least ONE HOUR of service we will reach our goal. Learn more and pledge to participate at 5000 Hours of Service Initiative.

John Rice Jr. Sanford Board of Visitors member John Rice was featured on the CNN program, “Black in America 2: Tomorrow’s Leaders” by Soledad O’Brien. Rice’s work as founder and CEO of Management Leadership for Tomorrow was highlighted in the July 22 segment.

Volunteer The Duke Reader Project offers students the opportunity to get feedback on a class writing project from alumni who have relevant professional experience. We invite participation from all Duke alumni, but are particularly seeking volunteers with judicial, legislative or policy experience related to national security to work with students in David Schanzer's fall course on counterterrorism law and policy. Find out more at

Alumni News

President Obama appointed Daniel Werfel (MPP’97) Controller of the OMB’s Office of Federal Financial Management on July 30. Read the White House news release.

Outside the Classroom, the company founded and led by Brandon Busteed (PPS’99), won a Stevie Award for Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program for a program to prevent high-risk drinking among students.

A recent proposal in the health care reform debate moved Glenn Hackbarth (MAPPS’77, JD’77) into the spotlight in this article inThe New York Times because of his role as the head of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.

Two Sanford alumni were appointed as observer members of the Duke Board of Trustees in June: Hardy Vieux (PPS’93) of Alexandria, Va., is president-elect of the Duke Alumni Association. He is an attorney with Blank Rome LLP in Washington, D.C. Sunny Kantha (PPS’09) was executive vice president of Duke Student Government as an undergraduate and is an investment banker at Morgan Stanley in New York.

Find more alumni news and notes on the Sanford alumni page and the PIDP alumni page.

Faculty News

Professor of Public Policy Bruce Jentleson was sworn in as Senior Advisor to the U.S. State Department Policy Planning Director in July.

Don Taylor, assistant professor of public policy, teaches a class on comparative health care systems and has joined the national health reform debate, both on his blog and in his 10-part series of op-eds in the Raleigh News and Observer.

William A. DarityWilliam A. Darity, professor of public policy, African American studies and economics, co-authored an article in American Prospect on “Race, Wealth, and Intergenerational Poverty,” which discusses the persistent large wealth gap among whites, blacks and Latinos. 

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