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NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition – Self-Nominations now Open!

The 2017 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition will occur the weekend of Saturday, February 25, 2017 and be focused on Food Security. This is an exciting opportunity for students to showcase their abilities and network with other students in the field, while bringing awareness to excellence in public service education!

Student self-nominations are open today! Learn more here.

NASPAA 2016 Annual Awards – Manuscript Award

Entries are open for NASPAA’s 2016 Annual Awards, in particular the Pi Alpha Alpha Master’s Degree Manuscript Award, which recognizes an outstanding manuscript written by a Master’s student. Note that you do not have to be a member of Pi Alpha Alpha to enter!

You can nominate yourself or be nominated by another person, for a paper written in any course! Check out further details here.

Nominations must be submitted by Wednesday, June 1st. Good luck!!

NASPAA Student Simulation Follow Up with Jon Quigley

You may remember the NASPAA Student Simulation Competition that was held back in February. One of our MPA students, Jonathan Quigley, participated in the competition! We followed up with him about his submission, what the competition was like, and more!

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1) What exactly is the NASPAA Student Simulation Competition? Tell us a little bit about this year’s competition’s focus, which was global warming.

The NASPAA Student Simulation Competition is an annual competition that includes hundreds of public policy, public affairs, and public administration students in locations all across the world. Each region has two teams that compete to win the region and move on to a international competition. This event is designed to gain practical experience and network with like-minded peers from across your region. The 2016 competition was a simulation on climate change. The simulation was designed off of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Paris in December 2015. The goal of the simulation was to try to use various factors that influence climate change to lead to a 2 degrees Celsius increase in pre-Industiral Revolution temperatures by 2100 instead of the current projections which vary between 4 and 5 degrees Celsius increases by 2100.

2) What was your submission for the competition? What made you want to participate?

I was fortunate enough to work with a wonderful team to create our simulation using the software provided to us by Climate Interactive. I was on the Population & Consumption portion of our team which focused on how much GDP growth and population can be controlled. We learned quite quickly in the simulation that population controls do little to stop climate change, but can severally anger the countries in which they are imposed. We also learned that limiting GDP growth has massive effects on the populations’ happiness and on climate change outcomes by 2100. Other areas of focus were Fossil Fuels, Alternative Energy Sources, Carbon Taxes, Agriculture and Land Use, and Research and Development.

Upon learning of the competition and my personal interest in climate change and environmental conservation and preservation, I applied to be a part of this wonderful competition! My motivation lies in my love of the outdoors, parks, and knowledge that climate change is one of the most important, challenging, and dangerous threats to our species and this planet.

3) How has your experience with this competition benefited your career in public administration?

The NASPAA Simulation was an amazing experience! I met public policy, public affairs, and other public administrations from all over the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. I met such a wide and diverse group of peers that I connected with and helped me think of climate change and the complex quagmire that is climate change in ways I never thought to view this threat from before. Not only did I network with people that I could be working with in the future, it also made me realize that the talent pool entering our field is diverse, adept, and hard working. This gives me great hope for the field of public administration as all of us at Villanova graduate and enter the field with other brilliant administrators, policy makers, and the public sector as a whole.

Great work, Jon! MPAers, you could participate in next year’s competition and gain great academic and professional experience! Details for the 2017 competition will be out in the next academic year.

Hey MPAers, we need your help!

Our Department will be going through its NASPAA re-accreditation which includes a site team visiting our campus. Part of this site visit includes having the site visitors meet with MPA students from the program.

We need students to participate in the meeting to discuss your experience in Villanova’s MPA program!

The meeting is Thursday, February 18 from 4:15-5:00pm. If you are able to attend, please RSVP to Michele Griffin at michele.griffin@villanova.edu !

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Want to ‪#‎ignitechange‬ in a big way? Today is the LAST DAY to register for the NASPAA Student Simulation Competition!

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity, register at http://studentcompetition.naspaa.org/…

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Don’t forget – the discussion of the Iowa Caucuses and Key Election Issues Event is happening TODAY at 5 pm in Driscoll Auditorium (Room 132)!

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Our first spotlight for the month is student Brandon Ford. He just received the Outstanding Student Paper Award from a nationwide ASPA Competition, he’s the President of our ICMA Student Chapter, and much more! Check out his story!

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Meet Brandon Ford! He is a current on-campus student and President of the Villanova ICMA Chapter. His paper, “The Benevolent Administrator” was just selected to receive ASPA’s Outstanding Student P…
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El Isa Brandon! Other achievements include: quant stats extraordinaire and data set renaming guru! smile emoticon
Congrats Brandon!! Hope you are well!

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'Did You Know we have the Davis Center for Athletics and Fitness on campus that's completely FREE for us graduate students? They're open early and late to fit our busy schedules! Villanova Recreation also offers group fitness classes, some of which are free too! Go take a break from homework and studying and get your fitness on! 󾭞󾮖'
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