The 2012 Presidential Election may be over, but Dr. Arapis’s lessons on economics are timeless. Here’s his lecture from Falvey Memorial Library’s 2012 Presidential Election Series on November 27th, in which he reviews the ways government has used economics to deal with current and past crises as well as his personal view of the economic thought that will revitalize America’s strength.
Hey Everyone! In addition to our faculty spotlights, we will also be featuring posts about our amazing MPA students. This week, meet one of our stars, Ms. Hannah Klein!
Hannah Klein joined the Villanova MPA program in August 2011 with a mission of getting her MPA with a certificate in Nonprofit Management. She developed her love of nonprofits as an undergraduate. At Lafayette College, Hannah spent most of her time running Best Buddies and volunteering in other programs through the college’s outreach center. When she wasn’t volunteering or coordinating volunteering efforts, Hannah worked towards her degrees in Math and Economics, which she received in 2011. In her senior year at Lafayette, Hannah completed her senior thesis focused on funding for afterschool programs and its effects on juvenile crime rates. Entering Villanova’s program, Hannah wanted to intern with nonprofits focused on youth and juvenile justice.
It didn’t take long for Hannah to realize that she was frustrated that the nonprofits couldn’t make policy changes overall, but rather work within the policies set by the government. She decided to pursue the City of Philadelphia’s Mayor’s Internship Program in Summer 2012 and was placed in the Mayor’s Office of Grants. At the end of her summer she was offered a full-time position with the City and currently continues her work in the Mayor’s Office of Grants overseeing the grant funding for education, public safety, and restorative justice programs in the City, building off of her passions. In her free time at work she also coordinates the Mayor’s Internship Program, which helped her get to where she is today.
Hannah has loved assisting Dr. Wilson on her research over the past two years, learning more about qualitative research since her background was in quantitative. And, she has enjoyed her participation in Villanova’s chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha.
Welcome back everyone! Let’s kick the Spring semester off with a bang, shall we?
Here’s a VUtube exclusive from Nancy Bieber on the art of decision-making:
Hey All! Meet one of our favorites – Dr. Wilson!
Name: Catherine E. Wilson
Title: Associate Professor and Nonprofit Coordinator, Department of Public Administration
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Years @ Nova: 7
What is your favorite thing about being a part of Nova Nation? As an alumna of Villanova, I feel very fortunate to be back on campus, teaching and working alongside former professors and new colleagues. I have learned and continue to learn much from both cohorts!
Extracurriculars: Hiking, kayaking, listening to live music
If you could take any MPA course what would it be and why? MPA 8100 – Decision Making. Making well-informed and prudent decisions is at the heart of running a good enterprise and instilling confidence in others.
What is your favorite movie? The Count of Monte Cristo
What is your favorite book and why? Democracy in America. Alexis de Tocqueville is one of the finest and most poignant writers of American political culture. His findings in the 1830s are still as relevant today as they were then.
What is your hidden talent? I actually like signing and have been involved in a range of groups – as lead singer in a band in high school, to participation in classical choral group, and most recently through performance in a Gilbert and Sullivan musical. I am trying to get back involved in singing as I find there is nothing more satisfying than music.
What tips would you offer for new MPA students? The learning process never ends. While in the program, take time to attend events, lectures, and conferences on issues that are of importance to you and taking place in your own regions. In doing this, you’ll quickly realize that the knowledge you gained in the program has direct application to the important issues in the world. Finding the connection between theory and practice is essential for all professionals in the field of public administration. It will set you apart from your counterparts in the field by providing a level of sophistication to your work.
Five NASPAA members are co-sponsoring a national policy analysis competition open to NASPAA programs in the U.S. All teams entered in the Challenge will work on the topic of responses to childhood obesity in the U.S.
Click here to learn more.
Did you miss out on the PAA Fall Colloquium? Don’t worry – you can catch keynote speaker Pedro Ramos’s lecture “Vocation to Public Service” here:
Special thanks to Mr. Ramos and all of those who attended!
Please join fellow MPA students, faculty and friends for a
Holiday Happy Hour
Thursday, December 13th @ 7:30pm
Friends and family are always welcome!!!
No need to RSVP, just show up