Florida SIPA School
For more than two decades, Felix Rippy led a Texas-based law firm focused on family, civil, criminal, and business law. Currently, he attends Florida International University (FIU) in pursuit of a PhD in public management. Felix Rippy also serves as a teaching fellow in the Department of Public Administration at FIU’s Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs.
In a recently released statement, the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs announced that it has received a $160,000 grant as part of The Truth and Integrity in Government Finance Project, a multiyear study to improve efficiency and transparency at all levels of government. A dozen other academic institutions are working with FIU on the study, which is backed by the Volcker Alliance.
FIU’s work on the project is led by two professors and two graduate students from the Green School’s Department of Public Administration. The team has been collecting data on the state governments of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Delaware, and West Virginia. With the recent grant funding, the FIU team will continue with the second phase of the project, which is focused on state government budgeting and reporting performance.
Among other schools participating in The Truth and Integrity in Government Finance Project are Georgia State University, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Utah. The study has already led to several key findings related to governmental accounting and budgeting.
Felix Rippy spent more than two decades as the founder and leader of a Mason, Texas, law firm that provided family law services to clients throughout Williamson County. Felix Rippy engages with a variety of community organizations, including a 10-year run as president of the Round Rock, Texas, chapter of Kiwanis Club.
The Kiwanis Club in Round Rock, Texas, has maintained a variety of philanthropic services and fundraising projects throughout the local community for more than 60 years. A number of these services are directed towards helping in-need Texas youths, such as the Kiwanis Educated Youth (Key) Club program.
High school students engaged in Key Club activities are provided with numerous opportunities to perform services that benefit the local community, as well as their own character and educational development. Club programs are particularly valued in regards to developing strong leadership qualities, as services are, for the most part, run by the student members.
The Round Rock of the Kiwanis Club chapter oversees Key Club activities at several area high schools, including Pflugerville High School, McNeil High School, and Stony Point High School. To learn more about specific club activities and opportunities, please visit www.roundrockkiwanis.portalbuzz.com, or visit the Key Club International website,
www.keyclub.org. The Round Rock Morning Sunrisers Kiwanis Club was led by Felix Rippy for more than a decade in these endeavors, and now that Felix Rippy has moved to Indiana these important programs have been taken over by the Round Rock Noon Kiwanis Club.
IU Grand Challenges Program
An Indiana MBA and attorney, and now Ph.D. student, Felix Rippy has recently undertaken PhD studies through Indiana University (IU) and the SPEA program after Felix Rippy graduated second in his Kelley School of Business Class at IU Bloomington. In addition, Felix Rippy completed the Certificate in Public Management program at the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs, which has announced that several faculty members are leading the Prepared for Environmental Change initiative as part of IU Grand Challenges research program.
Felix Rippy notes that the IU Grand Challenges program seeks to address the most pressing issues facing the residents of Indiana. The Prepared for Environmental Change initiative seeks to help Indiana’s farmers, businesses, and communities prepare for the effects of climate change. These include heavy spring flooding and hotter summers, as well as less noticeable effects, such as altered migratory patterns and the spread of such diseases as Lyme disease and the Zika virus.
To mitigate the damage to Indiana’s public health system and agricultural production, 12 IU faculty will serve on the steering committee of the Prepared for Environmental Change initiative. The initiative will result in the creation of an Environmental Resilience Institute at the university to predict how these threats might impact the state and foster collaboration across multiple sectors to find solutions to the pressing challenges of environmental change. Felix Rippy fully supports this initiative and the SPEA school’s involvement with the government and business communities.
Since 2015, Felix Rippy has studied at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). In preparation for his future professional pursuits, Felix Rippy recently traveled to Washington, DC, to attend one of SPEA’s Career Exploration and Networking Trips (CNETs).
Offered annually in Chicago, Indianapolis, and Washington, DC, the CNETs present SPEA students with opportunities to plan and prepare for their future careers. On the trips, students meet with representatives from several business sectors and gain practical knowledge in pursuing specific career paths. Students also have the opportunity to make connections that may benefit them when they enter the workforce.
Each trip includes a networking event with SPEA alumni from government agencies such as the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture. SPEA alumni from companies such as Deloitte Consulting have also attended past CNET events.
Felix Rippy recently attended the Trans-Atlantic Dialogue sponsored in Miami, FL, by Florida International University, where Felix Rippy will soon be pursuing his Ph.D. Indiana University has also offered Felix Rippy a highly competitive seminar in Sweden to learn Swedish healthcare policy for possible American implementation, that has provided Sweden with a higher average income and higher life expectancy than the United States.
Kelley/Manchester Global MBA Program
For more than 20 years, Felix Rippy has served as a partner at the Rippy Law Firm in Mason, Texas. Felix Rippy holds a JD from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law and an MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, which offers a Kelley/Manchester Global MBA Program.
Giving students the unique opportunity to obtain an international business education through courses at both the Kelley School of Business and the Alliance Manchester Business School (MBS) in the United Kingdom, the Kelley/Manchester Global MBA Program allows students to take half their courses online through the Kelley School of Business and the other half through workshops led by senior faculty at MBS Alliance centers around the globe. Students can choose to take workshops at an MBS Alliance Center in Dubai, São Paulo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, or Singapore.
Through the Kelley/Manchester Global MBA Program, students can broaden their perspectives and learn about business cultures around the world. Upon graduation, students earn two MBA degrees – one from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and one from the Alliance Manchester Business School.