Main Line Chamber of Commerce Inspirational Breakfast – 4/5

The Main Line Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 44th Annual Inspirational Breakfast April 5th at Valley Forge Military Academy & College. This year’s speaker is Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region CEO Marcus Allen, who brings a compelling story about aspirations, achieving success and the people along the way who can act as mentors and role models.

Learn more about the event here!

Student Spotlight – Earvin Faust

Meet Earvin! He is in his second year of the MPA program. Earvin graduated with a Bachelors’ Degree in Criminal Justice from Temple University in 2008 and is currently a full-time Police Officer with the Villanova University Department of Public Safety.

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1) Tell us a little bit about your professional background. How has your time with the MPA program thus far helped you in your career?

I’ve held positions related to safety, security, and investigations for the last 14 years.  I’ve been a retail loss prevention executive, private investigator, security staff supervisor, and I am currently a Villanova University police officer.  As a leader and dedicated public servant, the MPA program has encouraged more deliberative and unbiased ethical thinking on my part before making critical decisions as well as considering the impact my decisions will have on others.   It’s reinforced my ability to focus on the greater good of the Villanova community and society as a whole while making the pivotal decisions that are associated with my line of work.

2) What do you think is the most valuable aspect of Villanova’s MPA program?

The most valuable aspects of Villanova’s MPA program are the level of expertise held by the instructors, student diversity, and smaller class sizes.  The program’s instructors clearly have strong academic and practical knowledge related to the subject.  The student group comes from diverse backgrounds and have varied work/life experience.  The smaller class sizes allow a degree of engagement in the classroom between students and instructors where all of that knowledge can be shared and considered from many points of view.  It’s definitely an effective approach to understanding how to lead equitably in public service.

3) What is your favorite thing about the Nova Nation?

My favorite thing about the Nova Nation is the welcoming attitude which permeates the campus.  I noticed this during my first visit to the campus in June 2014 and have felt like I was with family at Villanova ever since.  Prior to entering the MPA program, I had been absent from academia for 8 years.  The friendly, supportive staff and faculty of the MPA program greatly increased my comfort level as I took on this new challenge.

Earvin (center) with other members of Villanova Public Safety following his graduation from Delaware County Community College Police Academy in December 2016.

GWA Presents: Global Wastewater Symposium in Developing Urban Areas – 4/5

Please join representatives from USAID, US EPA, consultants and water providers from the private and public sectors to discuss watewater management in developing urban areas in the scope of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6.3*.

This event takes place on April 5th from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. Register for the event here!

Villanova on the Hill – Applications due April 18th

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Villanova on the Hill (VOH) program. VOH will provide an immersive experience that explores aspects of  the policymaking and political ecosystem of Washington DC, and how individuals from a variety of backgrounds, and in a broad range of professions, make it work.  The theme for the week is Finding Common Ground: Moving from Political Gridlock to Discovering Policy Solutions.

The program will take place from Monday, October 9, 2017 to Friday, October 13, 2017. By the end of the week, these students will have a clear grasp on how to forge a path toward a career in DC, and also learn from young alumni how to live and thrive in the district.

Applications are due April 18th!