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Highlights from the 14th Annual MPA Dinner

Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s MPA Dinner! We had a fantastic turnout at the 14th Annual event, and a wonderful time was had by all.

bonniekeynoteKeynote speaker Bonnie Svrcek, Deputy City Manager of Lynchburg, VA and Past President of ICMA, spoke to us about defining moments in her professional journey and the lessons she has learned along the way. Very special thanks to Bonnie!

Professionals, alumni, faculty, and current students from both on-campus and online had the opportunity to join together to celebrate our program! In addition, the event recognized the forty-two 2013/2014 MPA program graduates. Congratulations again to all those graduating this academic year!

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Happy Chinese New Year!

YearoftheHorseTomorrow, the Year of the Horse begins. Anticipating the Chinese New Year, Dr. Catherine Wilson and MPA students Kyle Whitmire, Sophie Lee, and Latesha Sims, and Political Science grad student Laura Caccioppoli ventured into the cold and embarked on a 4-hour long walking tour of Philadelphia’s Chinatown. The event was organized as part of a class outing for MPA 8199: Cultural Competency.

Led by a guide from Free Tours by Foot-Philadelphia, the tour’s content was a mixture of history, community development, arts/culture, and food tasting. The group stopped at pastry shops for moon cakes, enjoyed authentic bubble tea and dumplings, and visited an underground grocery store.

Bread Top House Moon Cakes
A selection of Moon Cakes at Bread Top House at 10th and Race Streets.
Asian Tea Selection
An aisle dedicated to a variety of teas in the underground Asia Supermarket.

Despite the below freezing temperatures, the group had a great time and highly recommends Free Tours by Foot! Thanks to Dr. Wilson for sharing her photos and this story with the Leaders’ Lounge. Happy Chinese New Year from Villanova’s MPA program!

Photos: 2013 Holiday Happy Hour!

What a fantastic turnout at last week’s Holiday Happy Hour! Thanks to everyone who attended. We filled up Gullifty’s Restaurant and enjoyed a festive evening celebrating the semester. We hope you had a nice time.



For more photos from the event, check out our Flickr album.

Best wishes to all our students and faculty as they wrap up their fall semesters, and a very merry holiday season to everyone in our MPA community!