Pi Alpha Alpha Event TONIGHT – Join us in person OR via Live-stream!

Tonight… Villanova University Pi Alpha Alpha presents: 

The Vocation to Public Service
Guest Speaker:  Marquis Coates, M.P.A.
Founder and CEO of Tools For Success, Inc.

Join us tonight, Thursday October 9, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in Bartley Hall 1011. Can’t be there in person? No problem! We’ll be live-streaming the event at this link at 7:30 p.m. EST.

PELRAS Regional Workshop and APMM Managers Meeting

Villanova’s ICMA Student Chapter has arranged a “field trip” for any MPA students interested in local government.  The Association for Pennsylvania Municipal Management and the Pennsylvania Municipal League offer Fall Workshops around the state for professional managers and their staff.  On October 31st, a workshop will be held at the Upper Merion Township Building. Click the link below to sign up at a student rate of just $25. 

This event is open to all ICMA Student Chapter members, or any student interested in learning more about municipal government.

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The PELRAS Regional Workshop and the APMM Fall Managers Meeting
October 31, 2014
Upper Merion Township Building

APMM Fall Managers’ Meeting Topics (morning sessions):
Glass Half Full or Half Empty? A Look at the Markets and What’s Ahead
Public-Private Partnerships: Empowering Local Government to Meet Economic Challenges

PELRAS (Public Employee Labor Relations Advisory Service) Regional Workshop Topics (afternoon session):
Advanced Employee Discipline

Click here for more information and to register.
Let Dr. Wheeland know if you plan to attend!

Cheer on your Wildcats with us!

Hey Football Fans!!!
Cheer on your Villanova Wildcats and spend a Saturday with us:
MPA Football Tailgate
Villanova vs. Rhode Island
Saturday October 11, 2014
Villanova Stadium
Tailgate starts @10am- Kickoff @ 1pm
Tickets to the game are free for students with a valid
Wildcard student ID!
All other tickets are $5.00 per ticket.
Entrance to the tailgate is free!
Please RSVP to Stephanie Nissen by October 2nd with the number of tickets needed.

2014 ICMA Annual Conference

This month, Villanova MPA Alum Allie Bittner ’14 and MPA students E.J. Mentry and Shanna Lodge traveled down to Charlotte, NC for ICMA’s 2014 Annual Conference.

The Leaders’ Lounge got the inside story from our ICMA conference attendees:

Allie Bittner, E.J. Mentry, and Shanna Lodge at ICMA's 100th Anniversary Annual Conference

Allie Bittner, E.J. Mentry, and Shanna Lodge at ICMA’s 100th Anniversary Annual Conference

To kick off our time in Charlotte, we met up with other members of the Villanova MPA community for a happy hour. It was a great time for alumni, online students, and on campus students to connect. Check out pictures from this event on Facebook.

Over at the Charlotte Convention Center, we had the chance to hear great keynote speakers, including historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, who spoke about her recent book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. We also attended informative sessions, including a special session for MPA students at which we discussed the ethical implications of a case study.

The trip was a great opportunity for us to connect with other members of our local community. We were honored to be invited to attend the Pennsylvania Delegation Dinner, hosted by APMM and PML.


Our winning video was showcased at the Life, Well Run exhibit throughout the conference.

This trip was possible in part thanks to our student chapter of ICMA’s winning video in the Life, Well Run video contest! Thanks to your votes, our video also won the popular vote, earning our student chapter Life, Well Run prizes. Thanks to all who voted, and a special thanks to all the students, faculty, and professionals who contributed to our chapter’s video submissions.

Unitas represented Villanova proudly at the Life, Well Run booth, where our winning “Interns” video played throughout the conference. We were also recognized at the ICMA Student Chapters Administrative Meeting, at which Unitas president E.J. Mentry had the opportunity to exchange ideas with members of other student chapters.

Attending the conference was an outstanding experience. We are grateful for the opportunity and would highly recommend that students interested in the profession of local government consider attending the conference in the future.

Join us: Pi Alpha Alpha Fall Colloquium

Attention students, alumni, faculty and friends:
Villanova University Pi Alpha Alpha presents: 
The Vocation to Public Service
Guest Speaker:  Marquis Coates, M.P.A.
Founder and CEO of Tools For Success, Inc.

Mr. Coates is the Founder and CEO of Tools For Success, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing mentorship and academic and professional supports for youth in Philadelphia. He is also a board member and secretary for two local nonprofit organizations: Wesley Proctor Ministries, Inc. and People Building People, Inc., as well as the author of Tools for Success: A Young Man’s Guide to Professional Development. While at Villanova, Mr. Coates was a Graduate Assistant with the Center for Multicultural Affairs, where he served as the Program Coordinator for a male mentoring program and as a Retention Advisor where he was responsible for advising over 30 sophomores both academically and socially. He also worked as a Project Assistant at Dechert LLP during his graduate and undergraduate studies.

Date: Thursday October 9, 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Bartley Hall 1011
Light refreshments will be served.
Please join us afterwards at Gulliftys
*if you have class this evening, please consider joining us afterwards at Gulliftys
RSVP by October 2, 2014 to Stephanie Nissen at stephanie.nissen@villanova.edu
Space is limited and the event is expected to fill quickly so RSVP as soon as possible.
Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA) is a national honor society which promotes excellence in the study of public administration and encourages public service. The Villanova Chapter, chartered in March 2010, hosts bi‑annual meetings to provide educational and informational sessions for PAA members as well as the Villanova Master of Public Administration (MPA) students, alumni, faculty, and University administrators.

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