Department of Public Administration
Graduates and Award Recipients
The Master of Public Administration Program of Northern Illinois University began in 1963 and achieved the status as one of the best public administration programs in the United States. Its alumni include leaders in a variety of areas of Federal, state, and local government as well as human service and other non-profit agencies. Here we honor our distinguished graduates of the program including those who won special honors.
Graduates and Awards recipients 1963 - 2011
Pi Alpha Alpha
ASPA Outstanding Student
James M. Banovetz Conference Fellowship
William R. Monat Scholar
Academic Achievement Award (4.0 GPA)
Model Public Administrator Award
Intern of the Year
Distinguished Manuscript Award
Outstanding Peer Award
Supervisor of the Year Award
Professor of the Year Award
Pi Alpha Alpha is the national honor society for the field of public affairs and public administration for universities and colleges which are members of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).
Presented by ASPA to a student who is selected by the faculty of the MPA program based upon criteria such as GPA, starred paper quality, excellence on comprehensive examinations.
Endowed in 2000 by David and Catherine Arnold, the fellowship is to honor Professor Emeritus James M. Banovetz for his leadership in building the NIU MPA program as one of the premier programs in the United States. In 2006, Audrey M. Banovetz's name was added to honor Audrey for her many years of supporting the program, its faculty and students. This fellowship can be used to attend either this ICMA conference or, as appropriate, a conference related to their planned professional specialization (fiscal, NGO, etc).
David & Catherine Arnold Conference Fellowship
This award is to support minority students who wish to attend a professional conference for minority public administrators as part of their professional development.
This award is presented in recognition of President Monat's academic excellence, generous service to his peer's and the program, and the outstanding promise of his public service career.
Presented to MPA students those who achieved 4.0 GPA.
Presented to students who exhibit a continuing effort towards excellence in their respective specialization and the field of public administration overall. The student embodies the cores values of public leadership and demonstrates a commitment to life-long education and professional development.
Presented for excellence and exemplary performance as a management intern in the field of public administration.
Presented to MPA students for excellence of their starred paper.
Presented to a student based on selection by her/his peers as the MPA Program's outstanding student leader during the academic year.
Presented to a supervisor for demonstrating excellence in intern supervision, for assuming the role of professional mentor, and for providing extraordinary opportunities to their intern for professional development.
MPA students are provided the opportunity to recognize a member of the MPA teaching faculty whom they believe to be outstanding.