Union professor among Jefferson medalists

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Times Union

Mary O'Keeffe, a public policy economist who supervises the College's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, was recently honored with a Jefferson Medal, the "Nobel Prize of public service," at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the Jefferson Awards Foundation, the annual honors recognize "unsung heroes" from across the country for their community service.

A public policy economist who teaches the College’s service-learning class, “ Income Tax Policy and Practice,” O'Keeffe has helped Union students secure nearly $4 million in state and federal refunds for low-income working families and senior citizens.

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