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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!


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.

“The Future of Work,” hosted by Villanova’s Graduate HRD Program!

Don’t miss the 18th annual networking reception hosted by the Villanova Graduate programs in HRD and SHRM Chapter! The theme of this year’s event, “The Future of Work,” will explore how our work environments will change in the coming years through encouraged collaboration, increased flexibility, changing technology, and diversity of generations.

The event is on Tuesday, April 5th and will combine networking with TED-style talks from various speakers! Check out the flyer for details!

This event is open to all students and is a great opportunity for MPAers!!

Call for Undergraduate Student Papers: Conference on the Ethics of War

Undergraduate students, this is a great opportunity!

The Ethics Program at Villanova University in cooperation with West Point is seeking undergraduate papers of the highest quality to be presented at the third annual Villanova-USMA Ethics of War Conference. Villanova students who have written on issues surrounding the ethics of war and peace are strongly encouraged to submit papers. Papers are due April 8th, 2016.

More details can be found here.

Registration for the NASPAA Student Simulation Competition is OPEN!

Note that you do not need to have experience in climate change or systems thinking to participate in the competition. Take advantage of this great opportunity  to network, improve your resume, and better the community!

Register here: