News and Events

Upcoming Events

All current students, alumni, faculty and friends are welcome to join us at an upcoming Deparment event. 

Additional events to be announced soon!


Past Events

Pi Alpha Alpha Service Event - Cradles to Crayons: Saturday, February 18th 

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.   

Virtual Networking: Villanovans in Public Service: Tuesday, March 7, 2017

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. 

DC Regional Meet-Up: Villanova vs. Georgetown Men's Baskcball Game and Reception: Saturday, March 4, 2017

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. 

Pi Alpha Alpha Spring Career and Networking Panel: Thursday, March 30, 2017

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! 

Seventeenth Annual MPA Dinner: Saturday, April 29, 2017

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.

Pi Alpha Alpha Induction Ceremony: Thursday, May 18, 2017

MPA Graduation Brunch: Saturday, May 20, 2017

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

Alumni at Welcome Back Picnic
Students and Crandall Jones
Students at ICMA Event