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Alumni Events

Charles F. Bonser Lecture Series in Public Policy
Tuesday March 25, 2014
4:00 PM
Kelley Graduate Center-Room 1040
Bloomington, IN
Professor Michael Burda, Trial by Error or Trial by Fire? Europe is on the verge of undergoing the same economic integration process that the U.S. experienced more than a century ago. This will be the triumph of economic over political priorities – in the near term. But the challenges are real and widespread. Prof. Burda will analyze the future of banking in Europe, product and labor market reform and immigration policy.

SPEA Auction and Gala
Friday, April 4, 2014
7:00 PM
IU Auditorium
Bloomington, IN
Each year, the SPEA Annual Auction and Gala is an opportunity for our community to celebrate our accomplishments and support SPEA graduate students by raising funds for minimally or unpaid summer internships and professional development opportunities.

Alumni are invited to attend a special VIP reception before the gala at 6pm. Come meet the Gala committee, prospective students, and catch-up with other local alums. You’ll also get a first hand look at the Silent Auction spread! RSVP to Aliza Cazzell at Parking around the Showalter Fountain will also be provided for any alum who buys tickets by April 1st. Tickets are $15 with day of parking around Showalter after April 1st is $10 (no parking pass).


Thursday, March 13, 2014
SPEACon 2014 Alumni Mini Conference
Spent the afternoon at the IUPUI Campus Center with SPEA alumni and students learning more about all things SPEA. Panels included alumni sharing what it’s like to work in several industries, across sectors, and faculty discussing their current research. SPEA students also highlighted exciting projects for local government, nonprofit and private organizations.

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Chicago Alumni Event
SPEA Professors Michael Rushton and Joanna Woronkowicz along with SPEA alums Michelle Boone and Lisa Key presented to a packed room of SPEA Alums, friends and current students during the Chicago Colloquium. Students and alums mingled during the networking reception following the Colloquium working to make lasting connections. Pictures are on FB go here to view. If you would like to find out how you can participate in a networking reception in your area or if you have ideas on how to improve our receptions, please email Aliza Cazzell at

Thursday, January 9, 2014
D.C. Alumni Networking Meet-n-Greet
Over 90 alums and 60 students were in attendance at the Old Ebbitt Grill for a night of networking and fun. Alums from every area of SPEA brought their knowledge of living and working in DC to share with the eager and ambitious young minds. This event grows each year and we hope you can be a part of it in the future!

November 7-21, 2013
SPEA Alumni Association Online Auction
This auction supports the SPEA Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. The auction raised more than $5,000 and brought the scholarship fund total closer to the Board’s goal of being able to award 4 scholarships in 2014. If you would like to help increase the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund and help students succeed, please email

Thursday, November 7, 2013
SPEA Networking Meet-n-Greet in Denver
Over 50 students gathered at Katie Mullen’s Irish Pub for an evening with local IU alums. Denver is becoming one of the most sought after locations and students were excited to learn more about career opportunities and the local scene.

Saturday, November 2, 2013
IU Homecoming Weekend
Several SPEA graduates took advantage of the IUAA open house and toured the renovated facilities while also participating in the IUAA tailgate. Lots of fun for the whole family! GO HOOSIERS!!

Friday, November 1, 2013
The 8th Annual Nonprofit Toolkit.
Local non-profit leaders interacted with several SPEA students to hear about their ideas on ways to improve non-profit organizations.

October 17, 2013
2013 Fall Capitol Hill Colloquium and Reception
Standing room only was the theme for the riveting 2013 Capitol Hill Colloquium. Former Senator Evan Bayh treated the more than 180 alumni and friends to insights on the current state of politics as well as personal stories about his successes and struggles while in office. The Washington Leadership Program, SPEA Connect, SPEA IUB and SPEA IUPUI all had students in attendance for a delightful speech and engaging networking event. We hope you can join us next year!

Thursday, September 26, 2013
SPEA Career Expo
SPEA’s second career expo featuring alumni/employers from the Bloomington and Indianapolis area.

March 22, 2013
SPEA in Indianapolis Networking Meet-n-Greet
Over 60 alumni, students, SPEA faculty and staff enjoyed an evening of networking and watching the IU Hoosiers seal a win in NCAA March Madness tournament at Euphoria in Indianapolis.

February 21, 2013
SPEA in Chicago: The Promise & Perils of School Choice in Chicago
Over 100 IU alumni, friends, prospective and current SPEA students enjoyed discussions on education policy and a networking reception at the John Barleycorn- River North. SPEA Professor Ashlyn Nelson shared insights on the positive and negative outcomes of school choice, and IU alumnus Michael Milkie, superintendent of the Noble Network of Charter Schools, discussed the challenges facing public schools in Chicago. Read more in the 2013 SPEA Magazine and view event photos.