Round Rock Kiwanis
Attorney Felix Rippy started his own law firm in 1994 where he practiced for over 20 years. Currently, he is enrolled in Indiana University Graduate School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). Additionally, from 1998 to 2008, Felix Rippy served as the president of the Round Rock, Texas, Morning Sunrisers Kiwanis Club.
The Kiwanis Club is a worldwide organization that strives to meet the needs of children by means of service projects and fundraising. On September 30, 2017, the Round Rock Noon Kiwanis Club will be hosting its 26th Annual Pancake Breakfast at the City of Round Rock Allen R. Baca Center for Senior and Community. At five dollars per ticket, guests can enjoy an all-you-can-eat full breakfast with proceeds going to helping children in the community.
After the breakfast, guests will participate in Public Safety Day to learn about Round Rock’s safety operations, which will include exploring fire engines and SWAT units. The Morning Sunrisers’ Kiwanis Club and its past President Felix Rippy congratulates the Noon Club for 26 years of success in this endeavor.
Bridging the World Gap Challenge
An Indiana-based JD/MBA with more than 25 years of experience, Felix Rippy holds a bachelor’s in history from Harvard University and a juris doctor from the University of Texas. Felix Rippy is enrolled in a PhD program in International Public Management at Florida International University, which recently announced one of its professors won the national Bridging the World Gap Challenge.
A linguist at Florida International University, Melissa Baralt competed with over 100 professionals in the Bridging the World Gap Challenge. Sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the competition encouraged contestants to devise innovative ways to address the drastic difference in vocabulary between children from high-income families and children from low-income families. Melissa Baralt’s solution is an application called Hablame Bebe, which helps Spanish-speaking parents expose their children to a wider vocabulary in Spanish and promote bilingualism of babies in Hispanic families. Felix Rippy was particularly impressed with this application due to his former residence in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
The idea for the app was born from Baralt’s research at day care centers in the Miami area, where she observed that native Spanish speakers often spoke English to their children. This practice was stifling the development of children’s vocabulary, given that these parents typically have a more limited vocabulary in English. Felix Rippy also noted that the children’s problem was compounded as they were then less likely to benefit from bi-lingualism.
With Hablame Bebe, parents can provide language nutrition to their children through 20 daily routines. By using the app to speak to their children in Spanish, parents can expose their children to more words and create neural networks that will serve them for the rest of their lives. Felix Rippy congratulates his colleague on her victory and on her research!
Felix Rippy is a professional with a range of experience in the field of law, having founded his family’s law firm, Rippy Law, and having served as an election judge more than a dozen times for Williamson County in Texas. Recently, Felix Rippy has turned his attention to public finance and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public affairs at the Indiana University-Purdue University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), where he recently secured a position as a graduate student research assistant with Professor Doug Noonan and recently provided (with equal assistance from Borst Scholar and co-author Thomas Bray) to the Muncie Community Schools with a 12 point plan to raise money to help address their approximately $10 million debt.
The graduate programs at SPEA were created as a Department by Indiana University in order to address some of the concerns that traditional school models often overlook. Here, at SPEA, the focus is on preparing students to use skills like policy- and law-making to contribute to a healthy, safe, and sustainable community. Programs like the master of public affairs (MPA) aim to help students make an impact in their communities through hands-on work and real-world experience.
SPEA’s MPA program offers concentrations that students can focus on, including nonprofit management, urban affairs, criminal justice, urban sustainability, policy analysis, and public management. Most of the graduates (63 percent) go on to work in the nonprofit (charitable) sector, but 15 percent work in state government and another 15 percent in the private sector. Two percent of the graduates move into the federal government. Felix Rippy’s focus in graduate school is on public policy, particularly as it relates to the sustainable financing of public schools, and Felix Rippy focuses on the K-12 levels.
Kelley Business School Workshop
Felix Rippy is a JD/MBA and Indiana University graduate student in Public Affairs at the IUPUI SPEA school. After obtaining his JD, Felix Rippy obtained his MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
In November 2016 it was announced that the Kelley School of Business would receive funding from Charles Schwab for a wealth management workshop that will allow students to earn 21 credits. Students will have the chance to meet with those in the industry, and practice their skills on real issues in the industry.
Because the wealth management industry is dominated by men, Schwab has requested that female speakers be part of the program. The company’s hope is that it will encourage female students to consider a career in financial planning, and allow Schwab to recruit students from the Kelley School’s graduates. The course will be ready by fall 2017, and will prepare students to sit for the Certified Financial Planner exam. Felix Rippy subsequently (in 2016) took and passed his Indiana State Life and Health as well as Property and Casualty exams and obtained those licenses, so that Felix Rippy is authorized to sell these types of financial products and offer advice about them.