Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - Pi Alpha Alpha Spring Webinar Series - Digital Fundraising for Nonprofits
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The Villanova MPA Team was announced as the gloabal winner of the 2019 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition!
Villanova University served as one of 11 host sites for the international event, which focused on issues surrounding forced migration. To read the full press release, please click here.
Students in Dr. Arapis' Fall 2018 MPA 8199 Advanced Statistics course presented upon their research findings. Students presented upon Pennsylvania Charter Schools as well as International Fiscal Transparency
Pennsylvania Charter School Symposium: For more than two decades now charter schools have become an integral part of the American education system. In Pennsylvania alone, as of 2016, 181 charter schools serve 128,701 students. Using a panel of post-recession data (2013-2017) the following two studies assess the fiscal savings behavior of charter schools and their impact on school district fiscal condition.
Student Presenters Included:
International Fiscal Transparency Symposium: Since the early 2000s, global institutions, including the IMF and the OECD, have linked fiscal transparency to better governance and improved economic performance. Fiscal transparency guidelines, therefore, have been established but without considering a country’s unique environment. Simply put, what works in developed or democratic countries may not work in developing or autocratic countries. To shed some light on the aforementioned, the following two studies use panel data (2006-2015) that cover 59 countries from all around the world.
Student presenters included:
This virtual event featured Rich Knoezer, MPA '14, Manager of Technology & Management Consulting at RSM US LLP. Rich discussed emerging technologies, leading companies in the field, and ways for public administrators to engage in new technologies for more effective management practices and more secured data.
This virtual professional development event featured Christie Vuoto, Assistant Director of Industry Advising for the University Career Center. This webinar covers the top career readiness competencies employers seek such as critical thinking, communication skills, collaboration, and more. Additionally, the webinar helps you identify the competencies sought after in the public sector and how you can connect your skills and competencies to the mission of an organization.
The ICMA Chapter welcomed Michael DiBerardinis to discuss his career as a public service and what it takes to manage one of America's largest, oldest cities at the historic Arlen Specter Center on the campus of Jefferson University in East Falls. Michael DiBerardinis has been with the City of Philadelphia for a combined 17 years, serving as Managing Director since January 2016.
Sara Woods, MPA '05, spoke to students and alumni about her call to public service, path to a career in nonprofit leadership, and her role at one of Philadelphia's largest nonprofit organizations, Philadelphia Futures.
The Fall 2018 PAA Spring Career and Networking Panel brought back two MPA alumni: Nick Tumolo MPA '14, Assistant Dean of Students, Villanova University and Karyn Baldini, '15, Lieutenant, Philadelphia Police Department.
Undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, faculty, and friends were invited to participate in a lunch career chat featuring Jennifer Sweeney, Senior Manager, State and Government Affairs and Political Programs at the Campbell Soup Company and Brian J. Flaherty, Senior Vice President, Public Policy at the Connecticut Business and Industry Association. Our lunch career chat featured roundtable discussion of careers in public policy and government affairs, specifically within the private sector.
Speaker: Adam Thiel, MPA, Fire Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia
On May 16, 2016, Mayor James Kenney appointed Adam Thiel to serve as the 20th Fire Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia. Commissioner Thiel is responsible for leading the Philadelphia Fire Department’s 2,800-plus uniformed and civilian members in every facet of protecting our Nation’s 5th-largest city from fires and emergencies arising from all hazards.
Commissioner Thiel previously served as a Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has also served as the Governor of Virginia’s deputy Homeland Security Advisor (dHSA), deputy Chief Resilience Officer (dCRO), Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC), and FirstNet State Single Point of Contact (SPOC). In addition, he was the fire chief for the City of Alexandria, Virginia from 2007-2014 and chaired the Northern Virginia Emergency Response System (NVERS) Steering Committee.
Commissioner Thiel’s 26 years’ experience spans five states (MD, NC, VA, AZ, and PA) as a chief fire officer, incident commander, company officer, fire and emergency services instructor, hazardous materials team leader, paramedic, technical rescuer, structural/wildland firefighter, swiftwater rescuer, and rescue SCUBA diver; he has directly participated in planning, response, and recovery efforts for multiple Presidentially-declared disasters and National Special Security Events (NSSEs), including the 9/11 tragedy, hurricanes, tropical storms, floods, an earthquake, major blizzards, international sporting competitions, and political events.
Commissioner Thiel completed doctoral coursework in Public Administration and Public Policy at Arizona State University (ABD) and George Mason University, respectively; earned his M.P.A. degree from George Mason University; received his B.S. in Fire Science from the University of Maryland University College; and earned his B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
ICMA Chapter Event - Macros Meet Metros: How Innovation and Technology are Shaping Local Government - Wednesday, February 21st
The ICMA Chapter event featured a lively panel discussion followed by a welcoming recpetion. The panel was moderated by ICMA Chapter President and MPA student, Nick Valla. Prof. Fran Burns also welcome participants and panelists to the event. The panel featured:
This service event was sponsored by the VU Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha and attended by current and former members. Chapter members visited the Cradles to Crayons facilitiy in Conshohocken, PA to inspec, sort, and package donations for children living in low-income situations. Learn more about Cradles to Crayons here.
This event brought 7 featured MPA alumni together for one-on-one virtual networking with MPA students, alumni, and other members of the Villanova community. Using the Brazen platform, participants engaged in virtual chat rooms to gain professional advice, discuss best practices in leadership, and gain mentorship from leaders in the field. Alumni participants included: Michele Alfaro, Sarah Galbally, Ralph Gigliotti, Ph.D., Erin Kuchar, Fran Lynch, Sarah Mandes, and Ansa Yiadom.
Alumni, students, and friends of the MPA program met up for a day in Washington, D.C. to catch the Villanova Men's Basketball team play Georgetown University and spent time socializing and networking with the DC Public Policy Society at a post-game reception.
Villanova ICMA Chapter Panel: Effective Management of an Environmental Crisis: Thursday, March 16, 2017
The Villanova ICMA Chapter invited a panelists Timothy Bergere, Special Environmental Counsel for Warrington and Warminster Municipal Authorities, Barry Luber, Township Manager of Warrington Township, Tim Hagey, General Manager of Warminster Municipal Authority and Tina O’Rourke, Business Manager of Horsham Water and Sewer Authority to discuss how intergovernmental cooperation and communicty mobilization resolved a water pollution emergency. The panel was moderated by ICMA Chapter President and MPA student, Christian Jones. Watch a recording of the event here.
The Spring 2017 PAA Spring Career and Networking Panel brought back three MPA alumni: E.J. Mentry '15 MPA, Township Manager for Nazareth Township, PA, Katie Moyer, '16 MPA, Program Specialist for the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, and Latesha Sims '14 MPA, Manager of Recruiting and Staffing for the Camden City School District, NJ. Watch a recording of the event here!
Speaker: Susan Campbell, MPA, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House
Susan Campbell joined the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House as a volunteer in 2001 and became a Weekend Manager the following year. In 2004, she joined the staff full-time as the Director of Administration and was promoted to Associate Director in 2006. In 2007, Ms. Campbell became the Executive Director of the organization.
Ms. Campbell is responsible for the overall operations of the organization’s six major programs including two Ronald McDonald Houses, two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms located at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on the Oncology and Cardiac Floors, the Hospitality Kiosk at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and Ronald McDonald Camp. In addition, Ms. Campbell is responsible for strategic planning as well as managing the organization’s financial and development plans including an annual operating budget of more than $4 million dollars. She is also responsible for the current expansion project at the organization’s Chestnut Street House location and its related $50 million capital campaign.
Prior to joining the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, Ms. Campbell spent eight years at the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Office of General Counsel. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and in Law and Public Policy and a master’s degree in Public Administration.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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).
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.
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.
Foggy Bottom Brew Pub located inside the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel