A Glimpse Into a PSA Minor Course and ICE Pitch Day

Here at Villanova, we incorporate hands on learning experiences in all of our programs! Over the spring 2016 semester, one of our Public Service and Administration minor courses had the opportunity to gain hands on experience in the public service world. Dr. Lauren Miltenberger, MPA professor, was the instructor for this course. Here’s some background information from Dr. Miltenberger about the class and project:

“Students in PA 1050:  Public Administration worked in teams (six teams in total) to apply the model of the Solution Revolution (http://www.solutionrevolutionbook.com/) to Philadelphia.  The student teams applied concepts from this model to generate an innovative approach to upgrade the public service operating model in Philadelphia. Each team had an Innovation adviser, a Philadelphia public servant, who provided advice and guidance to the team on their recommendations.  Also, the Innovation advisers were present on Pitch Day (4/25) to listen to their teams’ ideas and discuss with them ways to apply these concepts to Philadelphia. ”

The Innovation Advisors (many who are members of the Villanova MPA community!):

– Fran Burns (Villanova MPA alumna) Chief Operating Officer of the Philadelphia School District

– Kyasha Tyson (Villanova MPA alumna) Director of Community and Economic Development, Councilwoman Cherelle Parker, Philadelphia

– Lisa Parvin (Villanova MPA current student)  Program Analyst, Department of Human Services, City of Philadelphia

– Jim Garrow, Director of Digital Public Health, City of Philadelphia

– Lief Erickson, Finance and Budget Policy Analyst, Philadelphia Controller’s Office

– Lisa Howdyshell,  Research & Information Analyst, Philadelphia Police Headquarters

Check out some photos of the students working on their projects during class!

On April 25th, these students were able to present at ICE Pitch Day! Great job to all students!!

PSA minor students at ICE Pitch Day in April

PSA minor students at ICE Pitch Day in April