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St. Norbert College announces additions to blue ribbon panel for iOme Challenge

From St. Norbert College, August 19, 2009
by Mike Counter,, (920) 403-3089

Veteran and award-winning journalist Martin Merzer and Don Kettl, Dean of the School of Public Policy at University of Maryland, have agreed to be Blue Ribbon panel judges for the iOme Challenge, according to St. Norbert College professor of Economics, Kevin Quinn.

During his 36-year career at The Miami Herald and The Associated Press, Merzer served as a business writer, a foreign correspondent and a roving national writer. He also regularly mentored younger staffers and coached college students.

In 1992, Merzer's work during Hurricane Andrew helped The Miami Herald win the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

Professor Don Kettl is a student of public policy and public management. He specializes in the management of public organizations. He has appeared on Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360"and "The Situation Room," Fox News Channel, as well as public television's News Hourand the BBC. He has testified frequently at congressional hearings and contributed to op-ed pages in major newspapers, including The New York Times,The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsday andThe Los Angeles Times.

Kettl and Merzer join professors James Choi of Yale University and John List of the University of Chicago as panel judges.

First-place team will share a minimum of $15,000 plus a $1,000 honorarium will be awarded to the faculty advisor. The first-place team also earns a trip to Washington D.C. to share their plan with members of Congress, policymakers and special interests during the week of the State of the Union address likely in January 2010.

The iOme Blue Ribbon panel, made up of economists, business leaders and policy experts, will select one grand champion and three honorable mentions.

Teams must identify a team leader and a faculty advisor and complete an intent to submit form ( by Oct. 1, 2009. Deadline for submission is Dec. 31, 2009. Entries must be a combination of an essay and a video. Winners will be announced by Jan. 21, 2010.

The iOme Challenge is seeking entries from U.S. college students. For more information, go to