We’re pleased to profile another fantastic member of our faculty, Assistant Professor Theodoros Arapis!
How long have you been at Villanova? Since August 2012.
What is your favorite thing about being a part of Nova Nation? It is a very student oriented university. Anything we do is for the students and that is how education should be.
Extracurriculars: Playing and watching sports (mostly soccer and basketball), following car racing (wrc, f1), and working on my car.
If you could take any MPA course what would it be and why? I would take my courses just to experience them from a student perspective.
What is your favorite movie? Rush
What is your favorite book and why? The Godfather by Mario Puzo…because I always thought Mafia of an interesting organization to be part of.
What is your hidden talent? Car racing
What tips would you offer for new MPA students? For the next two years, the MPA is your life.
Dr. Catherine Wilson was recently quoted in an article in the Lehigh Valley’s Morning Call newspaper!
She commented on the National Museum of Industrial History’s public relations efforts in the wake of a recent grand jury report. Read the full article here:
Save the date!
14th Annual MPA Dinner
Saturday, April 26th, 2014, 6:00 pm
Villanova Room, Connelly Center
Students, graduates, faculty, and friends, we hope you can join us at this year’s MPA Dinner! This event celebrates our program’s continued success and the accomplishments of our 2013 and 2014 graduates.
Announcing this year’s Keynote Speaker: Ms. Bonnie Svrcek
Ms. Svrcek is the Deputy City Manager for Lynchburg, Virginia. She was elected in 2011 as the President of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) – only the second woman in the organization’s history. In her role as Deputy City Manager, Ms. Svrcek oversees numerous city departments including the City Assessor, Communications and Marketing, Financial Services, and Information and Technology departments. Ms. Svrcek’s career in local government began when she was hired as a Staff Assistant for the city of Los Angeles’ Washington, D.C. office. She also worked as a Budget Analyst for Fairfax County, and then later as an Assistant Town Manager for Blacksburg, VA.
Ms. Svrcek attended the University of Maryland, where she earned her B.S. in Housing and Applied Design. She holds an M.P.A. from the University of Southern California’s Washington Public Affairs Center. Most recently, Ms. Svrcek attended the Harvard Kennedy School where she completed the State and Local Government Excellence Executive Education Program.
To register: You should have received an invitation with registration information via email. Space is limited, so reserve your tickets soon! If you did not receive an invitation, email Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As our students and alumni know, Villanova’s MPA professors are dedicated to providing students with applicable knowledge in the program’s coursework. One of the four goals of our mission is to “Emphasize the importance of practical experience.”
The Leaders’ Lounge is excited to introduce a new series of articles that we’re calling Learning in Action. Over the next few months this semester, we’ll be bringing you stories of students outside the classroom, implementing their skills in a real-life environment.
To start things off, here’s an example of Effective Nonprofit Management students putting their coursework into action in the workplace:
As a final project for MPA 8600: Effective Nonprofit Management this past fall, four students developed a strategic plan for Advancing Civics Education (ACE), an initiative of the Philadelphia Bar Association. The students worked closely with ACE Steering Committee members, engaging in weekly conference calls to research and develop an appropriate strategic plan. At the end of the project, the students presented their plan in class, with several members of the Steering Committee in attendance. The students were then invited to present their findings to the full ACE Steering Committee and three Philadelphia judges – Judge Ramy Djerassi, Judge John Younge, and Judge Genece Brinkley – at a dinner at Maggiano’s Little Italy.
Effective Nonprofit Management was Stephanie Myers’s first course in the program. “We worked for several months on this project, sometimes becoming frustrated, but never giving up,” Stephanie said. “In the end, we learned that a well-crafted strategic plan was the key to ACE’s success moving forward.” In addition, Stephanie found that the project allowed the students to establish valuable professional connections, broadening their networks. “Professionalism and perseverance will go a long way in public administration,” she said, “and might even get you a dinner with some of Philadelphia’s best attorneys!”
Have an example of learning in action that you’d like to share with The Leaders’ Lounge? Email Shanna Lodge to have your story included in this series.