It’s time for a little meet and greet! Read up and get acquainted with some of Villanova’s MPA staff!
STEPHANIE NISSEN, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Hometown: Prescott, AZ
Years @ ‘Nova: 3
What is your favorite thing about Nova Nation? I love how everyone here shares in a commitment to service. I think it strengthens the bond between students, faculty, and staff and sets Villanova apart from other universities. I also love the team spirit. Even when our basketball team is struggling there remains a strong support among the Villanova community inside and outside the University. I also love Nova Nation because they share the same mascot as my alma mater UofA. Go Wildcats!!!
Extracurriculars: Sports have never been my strong suit, but I do love to run. I have done one marathon and am definitely planning to do another sometime in the near future. I love the outdoors and being from AZ, where it is summer year round, I have trouble staying inside for any extended period of time. I have a passion for working with children and make an effort to volunteer/visit children’s camps in the area whenever I can.
If you could take any MPA course what would it be and why? I completed a majority of the MPA courses when I was in the program, but I would like to take Effective Nonprofit Management. I worked with Dr. Wilson as a research assistant my first year in the program and came to truly appreciate her passion for the nonprofit sector, which leads me to believe I would really enjoy the class.
What is your favorite movie? Shawshank Redemption
What is your hidden talent? I am pretty amazing when it comes to untangling necklaces
What is your favorite book? I have two: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson and Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger. Not sure why they are my favorite but they are the only two books I could read more than once
What are you looking forward to most for the 2012-13 academic year? Welcoming more people into the MPA Community
CHRISTINE PALUS, DIRECTOR
Hometown: Monroe, NY (now Bryn Mawr, PA)
Years @ ‘Nova: 7
What is your favorite thing about being a part of Nova Nation? Basketball games
Extracurriculars: Running, playing piano, playing with my daughter.
If you could take any MPA course what would it be and why? MPA 8500 – because I would love to be a local government manager.
What is your favorite movie? Cool Runnings
What is your hidden talent? Making iced coffee better than Starbucks
What is your favorite book ? James and the Giant Peach
What are you looking forward to most for the 2012-13 academic year? Getting to know our online students
LAURA HOKENSON, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT EXTRAORDINAIRE
Hometown: Scituate, MA
Years @ ‘Nova: 6
What is your favorite thing about being a part of Nova Nation? Running into Coach Jay Wright on campus
Extracurriculars: Trampoline, tambourine and baking. Sometimes, simultaneously.
If you could take any MPA course what would it be and why? MPA 8299: Land-use and Zoning so I can finally use my SimCity skills.
What is your favorite movie? Home for the Holidays. It combines two of my favorite things: Christmas and Robert Downey, Jr.
What is your hidden talent? I know all of the words to Marky Mark’s “Good Vibrations”. That’s a talent, right?
What is your favorite book and why? From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. I used to wish I could camp out at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Now I dream about running away to IKEA.
What are you looking forward to most for the 2012-13 academic year? Watching the faculty learn the new technology for the online program. It’s an exciting time to be at Villanova!