Give back by having a great meal!! Tomorrow, 12/1 from 11:00 a.m. – close, eat at Gullifty’s in Bryn Mawr and 20% of your order will go to The Starfish Foundation, an organization which helps at-risk Ecuadorian youth achieve a post-secondary education.
The flyer works all day, but feel free to stop by anytime from 7 PM to 9 PM for food and/or drinks to meet some the Starfish volunteers
See the flyer below for details. You must have the flyer with you for 20% to go to The Starfish Foundation!
Thank you to our MPA alumnus, Dave Grady, for sharing! Check out the organization’s website at http://www.thestarfishchange.org/
We interviewed current student Kamira Evans to get her perspective on public service, the MPA program at Villanova, and more!
What do you think is the most valuable aspect of Villanova’s MPA program?
There are several facets of the program that I find extremely valuable. One is the collaborative learning style that is encouraged in the classroom. The opportunity to learn not just from the professor but from each others real world experiences is very beneficial. It’s great to be able to work through various viewpoints and thought processes, and to see case studies through the eyes of a colleague.
Another aspect that I think really positively impacts the program is the Advisory Board. I recently had the privilege of attending the Annual MPA Advisory Board meeting, and it was very interesting to see the process from the perspective of a student. I’m currently taking Public Personnel Management, and it was interesting to see the Department engaging in the processes of organizational learning and knowledge management in a way that benefits the students.
What’s your favorite thing about the Nova Nation?
I really like how the MPA program makes an effort to be inclusive and hold events for MPA students so that they feel like they are a part of the Nova Nation. I also love the overall commitment to community service that the University embodies.
How has your time with the MPA Program thus far helped you in your career?
The process of analyzing my organization and department from different angles has really helped me think about the challenges we face and potential solutions that can be implemented.
Looking for a job? Check out this opening!
Administrative Assistant – Edgmont Township is seeking an Administrative Assistant. This position provides administrative support to the Township Manager, Assistant Manager, Building Department Administrator and the Finance Administrator. Essential job functions include basic office tasks such as filing, faxing, emailing, copying, and monitoring deadlines. Additional duties include assisting with Building Department operations, assisting the Finance Administrator and Assistant Manager with day-today operations, and assisting residents with questions pertinent to municipal governance. A Bachelor’s Degree in public administration or a related field is required. Prior experience in a similar office setting is preferred, but not required. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and application for employment to Samantha Reiner, Township Manager at email@example.com by December 4, 2015. Edgmont Township is an equal opportunity employer.
Further details regarding the job description are in the Administrative Assistant Job Description.
Apply for the position here.
Check out this write-up from ICMA Student Chapter President, Brandon Ford, about the APMM Fall Managers Meeting! Great work, Villanova ICMA!!
On October 30th 2015, the Association for Pennsylvania Municipal Management (APMM) held its annual Fall Managers Meeting at the Upper Merion Township Building. Several members of the Villanova’s Unitas Student Chapter of ICMA (Jaime Snyder, Christian Jones, Da’Vine Johnson, & Christian Slater) and I were lucky enough to have opportunity to attend the meeting with Dr. Wheeland, our chapter’s advisor. The meeting featured three panels covering the topics of grant funding opportunities, the solicitor/manager relationship, and misconduct investigations & discipline essentials for municipal police departments. Each panel consisted of distinguished speakers from across the public service spectrum, including municipal managers, solicitors, and staff from the PA Governor’s Center for Local Government Services.
The APMM Fall Managers Meeting was an exceptional chance to learn more about the field of municipal management from practitioners in the field. Don’t get me wrong, the MPA program at Villanova is fantastic and provides a great foundation for aspiring managers, but nothing beats engaging with and learning from those in the field! Villanova students, myself included, had many opportunities throughout the day to interact with managers and administrators from across the state. The fact that many of the professionals in attendance were Villanova alumni made a great learning experience even better, as we were able to learn firsthand from their experiences with the MPA program, their transition from student to practitioner, and about many of the issues they face on a daily basis.
P.S. – Villanova’s Unitas Student Chapter of ICMA is always looking for new members. Membership is FREE and open to ANY student (grads and undergrads) interested in public service. If interested in joining, contact Dr. Wheeland at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit their website for more information.