Event for Members and Friends of the Villanova University Public Policy Society – June 2

Fundamental Tax Reform and Tax Policy Issues in Election Year 2016 Featuring Rep. Patrick Meehan
Thursday, June 2nd8 am – 2 pm
Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Great opportunity for students! This event will bring together a cross section of business leaders to discuss the economic and societal issues surrounding the need for fundamental tax reform. Patrick Meegan, U.S. Representative of the Seventh District of Pennsylvania, will be the featured speaker.

This is a FREE event but registration is required! Register and learn more at http://2016taxreform.eventbrite.com



Faculty/Course Highlight: Sally Slook and MPA 8299: Land Use Zoning

Did you know we offer some great 1 credit courses in the MPA curriculum? One of these courses is Land Use Zoning, taught by Sally Slook, who is the Assistant Township Manager for Upper Merion Township! We asked Sally a few questions about the course.


1) Can you give a synopsis of the course and what students should expect if they take it?

This course provides an overview on the concepts of land use, and zoning practices and regulations. Also, the course is designed to provide a “real world application” where top local professionals in the field come in and speak to the class about their experiences in the profession and applicable local projects.

2) Sounds awesome! Who have past class visitors/speakers been?

2015 – Judy Holton, Executive Director of the Montgomery County Planning Commission and Robert Loper, Township Planner for Upper Merion Township.

2016 – Brian O’Leary, Executive Director of the Montgomery County Planning Commission and Robert Loeper, Township Planner, Upper Merion Township.

3) What have past visitors done or talked about in class?

This year, Mr. O’Leary reviewed the Bryn Mawr Master Plan, which he worked on directly as a member of the Lower Merion Planning Commission. The students were able to review the actual sketch development plans and see the before and after results of a local planning process. Some of the students were able to drive into Bryn Mawr and see the changes first hand that were implemented. This experience helps the students understand zoning regulations and why they exist.

Brian O'Leary with MPA 8299 students

Brian O'Leary with MPA 8299 students
Brian O’Leary with MPA 8299 students


What a great way to incorporate hands-on learning into the program! Be sure to keep an eye out for Land Use Zoning class offerings in the future!!

Course Highlight: Effective Nonprofit Management

One of the many wonderful classes in our MPA program is our Effective Nonprofit Management course, taught by Dr. Catherine Wilson. In this class, students gain real world experience in the nonprofit world by working as consultants for a local nonprofit organization. Students were split into teams and assigned to four different organizations; this semester, students helped Global Philadelphia Association, ACLAMO Family Centers, Catholic Social Services of Philadelphia, and Eastern State Penitentiary!

Great job to all the students!

PS – Interested in this course? Effective Nonprofit Management will be offered in the Fall 2016 semester!


Follow Up from ASPA’s Conference in Seattle

Student (now alumnus!) Brandon Ford, who was also the President of the ICMA Villanova Chapter, attended ASPA’s conference in Seattle, Washington in March. This conference is also where Brandon received his award for Outstanding Student Paper! Check out some photo highlights from the conference.

Great work, Brandon!