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Past Events

Pi Alpha Alpha Webinar Series - APA Style Webinar: Monday, March 14, 2016

This interactive webinar was sponsored by the VU Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha and presented by our University librarians, Barbara Quintiliano and Merrill Stein. The webinar reviewed the mechanics of APA style guidlines, types of citation, as well as research resources that are available to MPA students. 

How to Start a Career in Public Service: Tuesday, March 15, 2016

This March 2016 event brought three Villanova MPA students together for a panel presentation to undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career path in public service. Dr. Lauren Miltenberger presented and moderated the discussion on topics such as finding jobs in the public, private, and nonprofit sector, resume and cover letter strategies, interviewing tips, as well as accessing internships in public service. 

Pi Alpha Alpha Spring Career and Networking Panel: Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Spring 2016 PAA Spring Career and Networking Panel brought back two MPA alumni: Dr. Alex Henderson '04 MPA, Assistant Professor of Healthcare and Public Administration at Long Island University, and Amanda Serock '04 MPA, Township and Sewer Authority Manager for Chadds Ford Township. The discussion was led by past PAA President, Kamira Evans '16 MPA. Watch a recording of the event here! 

Professional Development Webinar - Cover Letter and Resume Review: Friday, April 1, 2016

This interactive professional development webinar featured speakers, Sheila Doherty, Assistant Director of Student Services in the Villanova Career Center, Robert Carey '16 MPA, Program Analyst for the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, and the discussion was facilitated by Dr. Lauren Miltenberger. The webinar featured topics including the fundamentals of resume development, tailoring resumes and cover letters based on a job sector or organization, as well as indentifying competencies and transferrable skills. Watch the recorded webinar here! 

ICMA Chapter Event - Why Choose a Career in Local Government: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Villanova ICMA Student Chapter hosted an engaging panel discussion on career paths in local government. The panel featured honorary guest, Gloria Wolek, and Villanova Master of Public Administration (MPA) alumni: Drew Sharkey, Sandra Brookley Zadell, and Christopher Hoffman. Moderated by ICMA Chapter President, Brandon Ford, the guided conversation explored the reasons why these individuals chose a career in local government as well as recommendations for those interested in serving in the field of local government. Watch the recorded panel discussion here! 

Sixteenth Annual MPA Dinner: Saturday, April 30, 2016

Speaker: Maureen Byrnes, MPA
Maureen Byrnes is a Lead Research Scientist and Lecturer in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University.  She also serves as Senior Policy Advisor to PolicyLab at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 
For over 30 years, Ms. Byrnes has served in leadership positions in the federal government, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector.  In addition to serving as the Executive Director of Human Rights First, Ms. Byrnes was the Director of the Health and Human Services program at The Pew Charitable Trusts.  She also has served as the Executive Director of the National Commission on AIDS and as Vice President of the Association of American Universities.  Ms. Byrnes graduated magna cum laude from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York and has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Pi Alpha Alpha Induction Ceremony: Thursday, May 12, 2016

MPA Graduation Brunch: Saturday, May 14, 2016

Pi Alpha Alpha Spring Networking Event: March 12, 2015

The Spring 2015 "Finding Your Vocation in Public Service" panel featured MPA alumni: Don Delamater '09 MPA, Township Manager of East Norriton Township, PA, Sarah Galbally '13 MPA, Secretary of Policy and Planning for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Governor's Office, and Stephen Robishaw, '12 MPA, Proposal Development Manager at Rowan University. The interactive panel was facilitated by past PAA president, Bridget Boston '15 MPA. 

Fifteenth Annual MPA Dinner: April 25, 2015

Speaker: Elisa Basnight, JD, MPA

Elisa Basnight, JD, MPA currently serves as the Director of the Center for Women Veterans at the United States Department of Veteran Affairs.   Ms. Basnight has a distinguished career in public service as member of the U.S. Army, corporate commercial counsel at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in Philadelphia, as well as founder of a nonprofit organization, the Girls Action Network, which is dedicated to creating opportunities for girls and young women, especially from underserved communities in the STEM fields.   She graduated from the U.S. Military Academy – West Point as the first African American woman graduate from the state of Wisconsin.  Ms. Basnight is also a graduate of Boston University-Brussels, Rutgers Law School – Newark, and Harvard University’s School of Government, earning a master’s degree at Harvard in public administration and selected as a Zuckerman Fellow from 2006-2007.

ICMA Spring Event - Recruiting the Next Generation of Local Government Managers: April 30, 2015


Pi Alpha Alpha Induction Ceremony: May 14, 2015


Pi Alpha Alpha Fall Colloquium- "The Vocation to Public Service": October 22, 2015

The Fall 2015 PAA colloquium welcomed Villanova Alumnus, Frank J. Larkin, United States Senate Sergeant at Arms and veteran of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Secret Service. Watch the recorded event here!


Nonprofit Meetup with Mo Manklang of Generocity: October 8, 2015

First Annual MPA Game Watch: February 22, 2014


Pi Alpha Alpha Spring Networking Event: March 20, 2014


ICMA Spring Event - Interlocal Cooperation to Deliver Municipal Services: April 10, 2014

Fourteenth Annual MPA Dinner: April 26, 2014

Speaker: Bonnie Svrcek, M.P.A.

Bonnie Svrcek is the Deputy City Manager for Lynchburg, Virginia.  She received her B.S. in Housing and Applied Design from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California, Washington Public Affairs Center. She also attended the Senior Executive Institute in Charlottesville and in 2011 she attended the State and Local Government Excellence Executive Education at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  In June 2011, Ms. Svrcek was selected President-Elect of ICMA - only the second woman in the organization’s history - and began serving a three-year term as President-Elect (2011-2012), President (2012-2013) and Past President (2013-2014).

Pi Alpha Alpha Induction Ceremony: May 15, 2014


New Student Orientation and Kickoff Picnic: August 23, 2014


Resume Review and Professional Skills Workshop: September 18, 2014

This professional development event featured a panel of experts with experience in HR, Career Services and Personnel Management.  Following the presentations, an interactive resume review session was held.  

PAA Fall Colloquium- "The Vocation to Public Service": October 9, 2014

This year's Fall 2014 colloquium welcomes MPA Alumnus, Marquies Coates '11 MPA, CEO and Founder of Tools For Success, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to providing mentorship and academic professional support for Philadelphia youth.

MPA Happy Hour in Washington, D.C.: October 11, 2014

Foggy Bottom Brew Pub located inside the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel

MPA Annual Football Tailgate - Villanova vs. Rhode Island: October 11, 2014

PAA Spring Networking Event: March 14, 2013


Online MPA "Coffee Talk": April 16, 2013

The MPA Director, Dr. Palus, and Assistant Director, Stephanie Nissen, hosted a "coffee talk" for students enrolled in the online MPA Program.


ICMA Student Chapter Spring Event: April 18, 2013

"Municipal Pensions: Reform and Funding Options"


Thirteenth Annual MPA Dinner: April 27, 2013

Speaker: Willie C. Taylor 

Mr. Taylor is the Director for the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Philadelphia Regional Office.  He provides managerial oversight for the agency’s financial resources, programs and staff.  Mr. Taylor rejoined the EDA family in April 2008.  Prior to his return to EDA, Mr. Taylor was employed by the Escambia County (FL) Board of County Commissioners in 2006 as the Assistant County Administrator for Community Services and Public Services agencies.  In addition to working in Escambia County, Mr. Taylor’s local government experience includes nearly six years of employment with Miami-Dade County (FL) Government.  In his tenure with Miami-Dade County, he held various administrative and professional positions within the Planning Department, the Housing Agency, the Solid Waste Management Department and the Office of Community and Economic Development.  Mr. Taylor obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Florida A & M University.  He also holds a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from Clemson University.   


Pi Alpha Alpha Induction Ceremony: May 16, 2013


Pi Alpha Alpha Fall Colloquium: September 19, 2013

The Villanova Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha presents The Vocation to Public Service. This year’s event welcomes Villanova Alum Nick Palso, M.P.A, Ph.D. as the guest speaker. Nick currently serves as the Environmental Protection Specialist/Outdoor Recreation Planner for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission


MPA Annual Tailgate: October 5, 2013

Villanova vs. William and Mary


ICMA Student Chapter Fall Event: November 7, 2013

“Developing a Communication Plan: Social Networking, Websites and Emergencies”


Career Workshop: January 26, 2012

"From Awkward to Awesome: How to Build Professional Relationships"


Pi Alpha Alpha Networking and Career Forum: March 15, 2012


Twelfth Annual MPA Dinner: May 5, 2012

Speaker: Lester A. Salamon, Ph.D.


Pi Alpha Alpha Induction Ceremony: May 17, 2012


Launch of ONLINE DEGREE: June 11, 2012

The Office of Graduate Studies joins the faculty of the Master of Public Administration program in announcing the launch of a new online MPA degree. The program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). Prospective students can choose between the campus-based program or the online program which offers 100% online learning. Classes in the online program are led live by instructors and virtual classes are enhanced through two-way online voice communication. Graduate Arts and Sciences partners with University Alliance to offer this program. Those interested can learn more by visiting the MPA Online Degree Website.


Fifth Annual MPA Golf Outing: September 30, 2012


Pi Alpha Alpha Fall Colloquium: October 11, 2012

Pi Alpha Alpha presented, "The Vocation to Public Service" featuring guest speaker Pedro A. Ramos, Esq. Chairman, School Reform Commission School District of Philadelphia. Watch the recorded event here!


MPA Holiday Happy Hour: December 13, 2012


Launch of the MPA Blog 

The new MPA blog: Leaders' Lounge is live and open to all members of the MPA community.  The blog contains important information about upcoming dates and deadlines, job opportunities, and features faculty bios, student profiles and blog submissions written by MPA faculty and staff. Click here to view the blog.


Pi Alpha Alpha Colloquium: March 24, 2011

"Finding Your Vocation in Public Service"


ICMA Student Chapter Event: April 13, 2011

"Careers in Local Government"


Eleventh Annual MPA Dinner: April 30, 2011

Speaker: MaryAnn E. Tierney, FEMA Region III Director


Pi Alpha Alpha Induction: May 12, 2011


New Student Orientation: August 19, 2011


Pi Alpha Alpha Colloquium: September 15, 2011

The Vocation to Public Service


ICMA Student Chapter Event: December 1, 2011

“Open Space Preservation and Sustainable Community Development”


ICMA Student Chapter Event: November 18, 2010

Municipal Budgets in the Wake of the Great Recession Sponsored by: Villanova's ICMA Student Chapter and MPA Program

Graduate Open House: October 19, 2010

Pi Alpha Alpha Fall Colloquium: The Vocation to Public Service:September 16, 2010

Guest Speaker: Commissioner Frances Burns, MPA '99 City of Philadelphia Licenses and Inspection

Third Annual MPA Golf Outing : August 29, 2010

New Student Orientation: August 20, 2010

The MPA Program welcomes new faculty member, Lauren Miltenberger, Ph.D.: August 2010

Lauren Miltenberger, Ph.D. joins Villanova University after completing her doctoral work at the University of Delaware. At the University of Delaware, Lauren was involved as a core faculty member in the design and implementation of a new undergraduate public policy program. Lauren's research experience includes being a co-leader of a mixed method study investigating the relationship between nonprofit social service providers and the state of Delaware. The Urban Institute is currently using this study as a model for a new national project on the nonprofit-government relationship. Prior to attending the University of Delaware, Lauren held executive nonprofit management positions and worked for a public policy research institute at Rutgers University. Her primary research interests include nonprofit management, governance and leadership issues and the intersection between nonprofits and government in the modern welfare state. She teaches Financial Management, Public Personnel Management, and Decision-Making in the MPA Program.

Villanova Partnership Invests in Future: April, 2010

A new video created by Graduate Assistants Ana Henandez (MPA 2011) and Elysia House highlights the impact of Villanova's partnership with School of the Future (SOF). For anyone not familiar with the West Philadelphia high school, developed by the School District of Philadelphia and Microsoft, the video provides a firsthand look at the technology-based education model and effect on students, teachers and volunteers. They hope that the best practices of SOF will influence schools around the world to better prepare students for an increasing digital world and global economy.

Pi Alpha Alpha: April, 2010

We are delighted to announce the formation of a chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha, the national honor society for Public Administration and Affairs, for the MPA Program. We will hold our induction ceremony and reception on May 13, 2010 at the Villanova Conference Center.

Graduate Open House: March 9, 2010

Good News: March 1, 2010

Congratulations to MPA student, Christopher Campbell. Chris was selected as a finalist for the ICMA Local Government Management Fellowship.

Good News: February 24, 2010

Congratulations to MPA student, Catherine Schneider. Catherine was selected as a 2010 Founders' Forum Fellow by the American Society of Public Administration. Each year, Founders' Forum Fellowships are awarded to full-time undergraduate or graduate students studying in a field relevant to public administration. Fourteen students were selected for fellowships this year.




Tenth Annual MPA Dinner and Accreditation Celebration: December 12, 2009

MPA Program releases its annual newsletter: December 1, 2009 

"The Intership/Job Search: Resources and Strategies": November 19, 2009

Speaker: Jennifer Mullen, Assistant Director for Student Services from the Villanova Career Center

Graduate Open House: October 20, 2009 

Second Annual MPA Golf Outing: September 20, 2009

August 25, 2009

The Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities (PLCM) partnered with Villanova's College of Engineering and the MPA program to offer a number of workshops on topics including: Pennsylvania? Open Records Law, Hiring and Promotion, Veterans Preference and Military Issues, and Harassment in the Workplace. The workshops were recorded in a distance learning classroom in the Center for Engineering Education and Research in order to be be made available over the web to municipal officials throughout Pennsylvania.

MPA Program receives first-time accreditation: August 1, 2009

MPA Ninth Annual Dinner: May 2, 2009








MPA Lecture Series in Public Leadership: November 11, 2008

MPA Program releases its annual newsletter: September 1, 2008

First Annual MPA Golf Outing: August 3, 2008

MPA Eighth Annual Dinner: May 3, 2008