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The 25th Anniversary
Michigan Education Policy Fellowship Program
Alumni Seminar & Reception

May 24, 2000
MSU University Club
3435 Forest Road
Lansing, MI
9:00 am - 5:00 pm




9:00 a.m. — Registration & Coffee

Registration Fee $25.00

10:30 - 11:45 a.m. — Keynote Address

The Honorable David C. Hollister
Mayor of the City of Lansing
"Power & Organizations"

11:45 a.m. - 12:00 Noon — Award Presentation

Presentation of the Institute for Educational Leadership's
National Leadership Award to Mayor Hollister
by Ms. Betty Hale, Vice President
Institute for Educational Leadership
Washington, DC

12:00 Noon - 1:15 p.m. — Lunch

1:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m — Keynote Address

Bill Ballenger Editor
Inside Michigan Politics
Michigan's Leading Authority on Politics
"The Evolution of Michigan's Public Policy Landscape - 1975-2000"

3:15- 5:00 p.m. — Alumni Reception

EPFP Alumni and Invited Guests

Biographical Information

David Hollister began a teaching career in 1965 and after six years of public service as a county commissioner, he was elected to the position of State Representative from Lansing in 1974, serving until December 1993. He was elected Mayor of Lansing in November of 1993, and was re-elected to a second four-year term which began on January 1, 1998.

Bill Ballenger is a former Michigan state representative and state senator, an ex-state racing commissioner, and director of the Michigan Department of Licensing & Regulation. Mr. Ballenger also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education & Welfare in the administration of President Gerald R. Ford.

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The Impact of Polling on the Policy Process
& The Role of Think Tanks

April 17, 2000
2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

This session will examine how public policy is shaped from two perspectives: The Impact of Polling & The Role of Think Tanks. Participants will explore the role of think tanks and other organizations which work at the intersection of politics and policy. This session will examine how public policy is shaped by opinion polling, how organizations sample public opinion, and how business and political leaders use this information in the policy debate. Part of the discussion will focus on exit polling and explore how elections can be "called" prior to the polls closing.


Session A Resource Person: The Impact of Polling on the Policy Process

Mr. Ed Sarpolus
Vice President
4710 W. Saginaw
Lansing, MI

Ed Sarpolus is credited with playing a major role in making EPIC x MRA the most quoted source of survey research in Michigan, as well as a regularly quoted source by national media outlets and publications, particularly on issues of international trade. Major clients include the Detroit Free Press with more than 600,000 daily readers, the Lansing State Journal, Oakland Press, the Flint Journal, as well as most television news outlets in Michigan, including WXYZ- ABC TV-7 in Detroit, ABC TV-12 in Flint, WOOD TV-8 in Grand Rapids, TV-5 in Saginaw, WLNS TV-6 in Lansing and WILX TV-10, also in Lansing. Election day exit polling conducted by EPIC x MRA is not only covered by print media clients, but television coverage of election day survey results covers more than three quarters of Michigan's viewing audience.

Other EPIC x MRA research on major topics of public interest, as well as election polling results, are regularly covered not only by Michigan media outlets, but also by national outlets. Sarpolus has appeared as a commentator on PBS, CNN World News, Inside Politics-CNN, MSNBC, Nightline, ABC and NBC News. Sarpolus has also been regularly interviewed by Michigan radio stations and NPR, quoted in most major national publications including Time, U.S. News and World Report, Business Week, the Washington Post, New York Times, Boston Globe and the National Journal. EPIC x MRA research results and commentary by Sarpolus has also been a regular contributor to the Polling Report, The Hotline, and Congress Daily. Finally, because his extensive experience on trade issues, Sarpolus has been a featured speaker for groups such as the Council on Foreign Relations and Consumers for World Trade.

Session B Resource Persons: The Role of Think Tanks

Mr. Jeff Padden
Public Policy Associates
119 Pere Marquette Drive
Lansing, MI 48912-1231

Mr. Joseph Overton
Senior Vice President
Mackinac Center for Public Policy
140 West Main Street
P.O. Box 568
Midland, Michigan 48640

Joseph Overton is Senior Vice President of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, an independent, non-profit research and educational organization located in Midland, Michigan. At the Center, Mr. Overton directs research projects, staff operations, and strategic planning. He has also written a variety of Center studies and commentaries.

Mr. Overton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and a Juris Doctor degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, and was appointed by Governor John Engler to the Michigan Appellate Defender Commission upon recommendation by the Michigan Supreme Court. He currently serves a term expiring in 2003.

Before joining the Mackinac Center, Mr. Overton held a variety of positions at The Dow Chemical Company, including Electrical Engineer, Project Manager, and Quality Specialist. Mr. Overton has been involved in studying and promoting free market principles for over a decade. His work has taken him to Poland, Nicaragua, the People's Republic of China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Colombia, Malawi, Mozambique, Greece, Italy, Slovenia and Croatia.

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Michigan Policy Seminar

March 9, 2000
Michigan Policy Seminar
State Capitol Rooms 402-403
9:30 am - 4:00 pm




9:30 - 9:40 AM

Welcome & Introductions
Dr. Mike Boulus, Executive Director, Middle Cities Education Association

9:45 - 10:15 AM

The Future of Tax Policy in Michigan
State Representative Nancy Cassis, Chair, House Taxation Committee

10:15 - 11:00 AM

The House Democratic Caucus's Values & Visions
State Representative Mike Hanley, House Minority Leader

11:00 - 11:45 AM

The Governor's Education Agenda
Mr. Scott Jenkins, Governor's Education Advisor

12:00 - 1:15 PM


1:30 - 2:45 PM

The Balance of Power & The Impact of Term Limits
Mr. Dan Loepp, Karoub and Associates

2:45 - 3:15 PM

Michigan's Higher Education Policy Agenda
State Senator Joe Schwarz, Chair, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education

3:15 - 4:00 PM

Forum Wrap-up

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Problem Solving Simulations

February 21, 2000
2:00pm - 7:00pm
Kellogg Ctr., MSU

The Fellows will experience and discuss specific assessment instruments to better understand and practice the behaviors and skills that contribute to effective group problem solving and decision making in organizations. Through participation in these exercises, individuals experience how certain behaviors can positively or negatively affect the performance of a group working to solve a common problem.

Resource Persons: Ben Perez and Jacquelyn Thompson

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Learning in the 21st Century

January 10, 2000
Michigan Virtual University
University Corporate Research Park
3101 Technology Parkway,
Suite G Lansing, MI
2:00 pm-6:30 pm

Dinner 7:00 pm
Kellogg Ctr., MSU

This session will examine the role of the Michigan Virtual University (MVU) and explore policy perspectives on learning in the 21st Century. Fellows will discuss emerging strategies for distance education and have the opportunity to use a form of distributed learning technology.

Resource Persons:

David Spencer
President & CEO
Michigan Virtual University

An educator and technology buff, David Spencer is president and CEO of the Michigan Virtual University, a private, not-for-profit corporation founded in 1998 by Governor John Engler. Dr. Spencer and the MVU are charged with meeting the specific workforce development education and training needs of Michigan's primary business sectors through the innovative use of distributed learning technologies.

Dr. Spencer is the former president and CEO of Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration in Troy, Michigan. Under his leadership, Walsh College developed a new master's degree in business administration, a master's in information management and communication, and multi-level courses in interactive marketing, all of which incorporate information technology into the curricula. Dr. Spencer also opened two suburban Detroit extension centers, launched a $6.1 million capital campaign, and expanded its corporate training and business alliances throughout Southeast Michigan.

Dr. Spencer began his career as a Michigan public school teacher and later served as a chief administrative assistant in the Michigan senate, working as an aide to the Senate Appropriations Committee on Higher Education and the Computer/Technology Committee.

He serves on the governing boards of the Cranbrook Institute of Science, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities Task Force on Distance Learning, and Midwest Higher Education Commission Task Force on Distance Education.

Previously, he chaired the Oakland County Cable Communications Corporation, Business Enterprise Development Center in Oakland County, and Troy Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the boards of the International Center for Canadian-American Trade, Oakland County Local Development Corporation, WJBK-TV Editorial Advisory Board, Junior Achievement of Southeast Michigan, and Henry Ford Health System-Northeast.

Jamey Fitzpatrick (EPFP 90-91)
Vice President for Development & Educational Policy
Michigan Virtual University
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Jamey Fitzpatrick joined the Michigan Virtual University in 1998 as vice president of development and education policy. He works with corporations, granting agencies and foundations to enhance MVU fund development to help advance workforce development through distributed learning. Most recently, Fitzpatrick garnered a $750,000 Ameritech grant to MVU to support the launch of the Virtual Information Technology College.

In addition to fund development, Fitzpatrick also works with schools, colleges, universities and policy leaders in forming Web-based learning strategies.

Both an education and technology specialist, Fitzpatrick has practical experience in promoting the use of technology in education. Previously the director of data and technology services for the Michigan Department of Education, Fitzpatrick was the lead architect of the state's 1998 technology plan, adopted unanimously by the State Board of Education. He also has served as director of technology and media services for the Saginaw Intermediate School District and as a marketing specialist for the Pitney Bowes Corporation.

In 1995, Fitzpatrick was appointed by Governor John Engler to the Michigan Information Network advisory board, which examined statewide connectivity for the state's entire education system. He now serves on the boards of Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan, and the Michigan Information Technology Network.

Fitzpatrick earned a bachelor's in business administration from Olivet College and participated in the Education Policy Fellowship Program sponsored by the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C.

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