MPA NEWSLETTER

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November 2017

Good News

Dan Bartleson (MPA '14) is now Principal at Evan Brooks Associates in Pasadena, California.

Fran Burns (MPA Faculty Member)
recently served on the panel for The Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium: Fifty Years Under the Freedom of Information Act, 1967-2017. To read more about the symposium please click here.

Daniel Kelchner (Current MPA Student) is now Executive Program Officer at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, PA.


Jonathan Kassa (MPA '09) was elected onto the North Penn School Board located in Lansdale, PA. To read more about the election please click here.


Jonathan Kassa (MPA '09) recently published an article on Inside Higher Ed titled
"The Need for Comprehensive Approaches to Campus Safety". To read the full article please click here.


Lauren Matter (MPA '15) is now Paralegal at Douglas Dolfman, Esq in Philadelphia, PA.

Meghan Myers (MPA '12)
is now Secretary at Tredyffrin/Easttown School District in the
Greater Philadelphia Area.

Himali (Gandhi) Pandya (MPA '12) is now Special Projects Manager at Astor Services for Children & Families in Rhinebeck, NY.


Emily Poworoznek (MPA Nonprofit Management Certificate Student '14) is now

Client Services Account Manager at AKA NYC in New York, NY.


Nicholas Valla and Tyler Walls (Current MPA Students) were nominated to compete in the 2018 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition.


Craig M. Wheeland, Ph.D (MPA Faculty Member and Vice Provost for Academics) was recently quoted in an article featured on Wallethub titled "2017’s Best Small Cities in America". To read the full article please click here.

Memorial Service for Adam Swope

Saturday, December 2, 2017
11:00 am with lunch to follow
St. Rita’s Community Room (on the first floor of St. Rita’s Hall on Villanova's campus)

If you plan to attend please email us at publicadmin@villanova.edu.

Please consider donating to the scholarship fund set up in Adam’s honor. As the Philadelphia Inquirer article reads:
Donations may be made to the Adam H. Swope Scholarship Fund, c/o Reading Senior High School, Principal’s Office, 801 N. 13th St., Reading, Pa. 19604, Attn: Corine McElroy. Checks should be payable to Reading Senior High School and note in the memo line: Adam H. Swope Scholarship Fund.

Veterans Day 2017

The Lockheed Martin Rotary & Mission Systems Military/Veterans Employee Resource Group (MILVETS ERG), held its annual employee Veterans Day event on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at its Moorestown, NJ site. Mike Lontoc (left), an online MPA student and Senior Engineer in Embedded Systems Development at Lockheed Martin, invited Colonel Ken DeTreux USMC (right), an on-campus MPA student and Commanding Officer and Naval Science Professor of the NROTC Philadelphia Consortium, as the event’s keynote speaker. Colonel DeTreux’s speech highlighted the importance of duty and bridging the civilian-military gap.

The Leaders' Lounge: MPA Blog Spotlights

Alumni Spotlight – Chris Gale

Chris was graduated from Grand Valley State University in Michigan with a BA degree in Public Admin/Nonprofit Management. He also finished a minor in business with a concentration on budget and finance because his career goal was to be an Executive Director. Read more here.

Events

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Applying for a Foundation Grant: Are You Ready?

When: Wednesday, December 5, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Where: Regional Foundation Center at Parkway Central Library

1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

4th Floor, Skyline Room

Philadelphia, PA 19103


Please click here for more information.

Implementing Inclusion in the Arts: A Roundtable Discussion

When: Tue, December 5, 2017

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM


Location: Philadelphia City Hall

1400 John F Kennedy Boulevard

Room 201

Philadelphia, PA 19102


Please click here for more information.

Introduction to Finding Grants

When: Wednesday, December 06, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

Where: Webinar


Please click here for more information.

BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop): Excel

When: Monday‎, ‎December‎ ‎11‎, ‎2017
‎6‎:‎00‎ ‎PM to ‎9‎:‎00‎ ‎PM


Where: Parkway Central

1901 Vine St

2nd Floor, BRIC

Philadelphia, PA 19103


Please click here for more information.

Nonprofit Fiscal Health Check: Maximizing Operations with Sound Governance

When: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
8:00 - 8:30 a.m. | Registration
8:30 - 10:00 a.m. | Program

Where: Mars Drinks Conference Center at the Chamber

200 S. Broad Street, Suite 700
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Please click here for more information.

All A-Board! 7 Tips for a Successful Associate Board

When: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM EST

Where: Webinar

Please click here for more information.

Introduction to Proposal Writing

When: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

Where: Webinar

Please click here for more information.

Going Deeper with Social Media

When: Tuesday, December 19, 2017
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST

Where: Webinar

Please click here for more information.

Thank you to all who attended the ICMA Chapter Event at the Norristown Citizens' Leadership Academy!

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Thank you to all who attended the Nonprofits and Policymakers: Courageous Conversations in Advocacy with PANO event!

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Thank you to the MPA Advisory Board for a great meeting!

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Important Dates to Know!

Spring 2018 Comprehensive Exam: March 17th (Application Deadline: February 5, 2018)

May 2018 Graduation Application Deadline: January 31st


May 2018 Commencement Weekend: May 18th and 19th


  • Save the Date:
  • MPA Graduation Brunch - May 19th at 11am
  • Graduate CLAS Convocation - May 19th at 2pm
  • For the full schedule, a list of area hotels, and more visit the University Commencement page here.


Graduate Academic Calendars

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Job Opportunites

Assistant Township Manager - Warwick Township in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Please click here for more information.


Assistant Township Manager - Upper Saucon Township in Lehigh County, PA. Please click here for more information.


Human Resources Assistant - Municipality of Norristown in Norristown, PA. Please click here fore more information.


Administrator - Casa Del Carmen in Philadelphia, PA. Please click here for more information.


Youth Empowerment Specialist - Providence Center in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Please click here for more information.


Grant Professional - JEVS Human Services in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Please click here for information.


Director of Development & Communications - Center for Grieving Children in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Please click here for more information.


After-School Program Director - Variety in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Please click here for more information.


Program Manager, Positive Psychology Programs - Penn Arts & Sciences in Philadelphia, PA. Please click here for more information.


Social Media Manager - Einstein Healthcare Network in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Please click here for more information.


Director, Leadership and Advancement - Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Please click here for more information.

Internships and Fellowships

Cookingham-Noll Management Fellowship - City Manager’s Office of Kansas City, Missouri. Please click here for more information.

New Urban Mechanics Summer Fellowship 2018
- Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, Boston. Please click here for more information.

Internship Opportunity - Upper Merion Township, PA. If interested please contact

Larry Comunale at larry.comunale@villanova.edu.


ICMA 2018 Local Government Management Fellowship Opportunity. Please click here for more information.


Internship Scholarship Placement Opportunity - Association for Pennsylvania Municipal Management (APMM). Please click here for more information.

2018-2019 White House Fellowship Opportunity. Please click here for more information.

Spring 2018 Fellowship Opportunity - The Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (CEO) in Philadelphia, PA. Please click here for more information.

2018-19 Fellowship Opportunity - Repair the World. Please click here for more information.

Additional Opportunities

Want to Help an Aspiring Villanova Undergraduate Student interested in Public Service? Say Yes to Being a Mentor! One of the major strengths of our Villanova MPA is the community connections we have with you - our outstanding alumni and current students. We would love to share this strength with aspiring undergraduate students enrolled in our Public Service & Administration minor. The new mentoring program will connect undergraduate students who want to learn more about public service as a profession with our network of Villanova MPA public service leaders. Interested in helping out? Please email Professor Lauren Miltenberger at lauren.miltenberger@villanova.edu to learn more about the new mentoring program.


NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition - The NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition Application Form is now open to ALL STUDENTS! Students who were not officially nominated by their schools may now apply to compete in next year's competition using the form above. If you already submitted nominations, but have more eager students, this is your chance to get them on board! If you didn't get the chance to nominate students, don't worry, your school can still be represented in the competition! For more information please click here.

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