PAA Spring Networking Event

Villanova’s Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha invites you…

Career and Networking Panel: Finding Your Vocation in Public Service

Thursday, March 12th
Bartley Hall 2010

Our featured panelists:

  • Don Delamater, Township Manager East Norriton Township
  • Sarah Galbally, Deputy Secretary of Policy and Planning at Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Governor’s Office
  • Stephen Robishaw, Grants Associate at Congreso de Latinos Unidos

Please join us afterwards at Gullifty’s in Bryn Mawr.
RSVP by March 9, 2015 to Michele Griffin at Space is limited and the event is expected to fill quickly so RSVP as soon as possible.

See the event flyer for more information.

Save the Date! MPA Dinner 2015

Join us for the MPA Dinner!

Students, graduates, faculty, and friends, please save the date! This event celebrates our program’s continued success and the accomplishments of our 2014 and 2015 graduates. More information to follow.

MPA Dinner 2015

A Fond Farewell to Assistant Director Stephanie Nissen

Join us for a Farewell Happy Hour for Stephanie Nissen!

As many of you know, Stephanie Nissen, who has served as the Assistant Director of the Department of Public Administration for the past three years, is moving on from the program to take on a new role in the Villanova Community – Instructional Designer for Villanova’s new College of Professional Studies. Join us for a happy hour this Friday night to celebrate Stephanie and send her off right!

Friday, January 30th, 5pm
Azie on Main
789 East Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Guests are welcome!
If you are able to attend, please RSVP to

Service Opportunity: Cradles to Crayons

Join us for an MPA Service Opportunity!

When: Saturday, February 7, 2015, from 10:00 a.m.-12 noon

Where: Cradles to Crayons, 30 Clipper Road, Conshohocken, PA 19428
(Approximately 10 minutes from Villanova)

Who: The entire Villanova MPA community: Online and on-campus MPA students, faculty, staff, and alumni/ae.

The mission: “Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. We supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.”

What: Volunteering to inspect, sort, and package all new and like-new donations into customized “KidPacks.” This will include sorting clothes, organizing outfits, gathering school supplies, and cleaning toys.

To participate in this service project, email the MPA Administrative Assistant, Michele Griffin: Sponsored by the Villanova University Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha and the Department of Public Administration


Alumni Perspective: Many Paths to Public Service

The Leaders’ Lounge is pleased to bring you this guest post by one of our alumni, Diane Warchola, MPA ’08. Diane’s story demonstrates how public service is also an important part of the corporate sector. Special thanks to Diane for sharing her story with The Leaders’ Lounge!

Many Paths to Public Service

We all know the private sector frequently gets bad press for being “all about the bottom line” and for caring more about shareholders than about people. In some cases this bad press is warranted and in some cases it’s not. There is a growing trend among private sector organizations to have public service as part of their mission.

DianeWThe company I work for (Teleperformance) has two such public service initiatives: Citizen of the World (COTW), which is its philanthropic program, and Citizen of the Planet (COTP), its environmental program. When I interview candidates for open positions and ask them why they’re interested in working for us, nearly all of them mention the COTW program, explaining how they want to work for a company that has a commitment to something other than profitability.

Teleperformance launched the COTW program in 2006, in affiliation with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Our commitment was to raise $5 million between 2007 and 2012 (cash and in-kind donations). We exceeded this goal and renewed our CGI commitment of $5 million for 2012 through 2016.

The primary mission of COTW is to help the world’s most vulnerable infants and children meet basic survival needs and ultimately reach their individual potential. The global company, which employs over 150K folks worldwide, participates in COTW.

Our local Teleperformance division has chosen to focus our COTW efforts on the Mary McCleod Bethune Elementary School (K-8), which is part of the Philadelphia School District. The students and faculty at Mary Bethune struggle with the same budget shortages that face the entire Philadelphia School District; these issues have an even greater impact for Mary Bethune because the majority of its students are considered to be economically disadvantaged.

Many of the teachers at Mary Bethune take second jobs so they can buy school supplies for their students; our COTW Stuff the Bus Back to School campaign augments these efforts to help minimize the shortfall from the District. The school motto of “Excellence is the only option” shines through every student and is fostered by the faculty and administration at the school.

We recently met with the school’s Principal, Ms. Jamina Dingle, and together we developed a project to convert a currently unused room into a student lounge for grades 5-8. Our volunteers were excited to do in-service on the 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, to paint and furnish the lounge. We’ve worked with Donnell Thomas from the Chestnut Hill Ricciardi Brothers Benjamin Moore store; they have been generous to donate 100% of the paint and painting supplies needed for the project.

We are glad we work for an organization that has developed such a robust philanthropic program. Through our COTW program, we have an opportunity to do more as a group than we ever could as individuals, to impact more lives than we ever thought we could. And all this public service is coming from the private sector!

More to come in in the next few months when we have an update on the completion of the project…

-Diane Warchola, ’08


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