Pi Alpha Alpha Service Event - Cradles to Crayons: Saturday, February 18th
This service event was sponsored by the VU Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha and attended by current and former members. Chapter members visited the Cradles to Crayons facilitiy in Conshohocken, PA to inspec, sort, and package donations for children living in low-income situations. Learn more about Cradles to Crayons here.
Virtual Networking: Villanovans in Public Service: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
This event brought 7 featured MPA alumni together for one-on-one virtual networking with MPA students, alumni, and other members of the Villanova community. Using the Brazen platform, participants engaged in virtual chat rooms to gain professional advice, discuss best practices in leadership, and gain mentorship from leaders in the field. Alumni participants included: Michele Alfaro, Sarah Galbally, Ralph Gigliotti, Ph.D., Erin Kuchar, Fran Lynch, Sarah Mandes, and Ansa Yiadom.
DC Regional Meet-Up: Villanova vs. Georgetown Men's Baskcball Game and Reception: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Alumni, students, and friends of the MPA program met up for a day in Washington, D.C. to catch the Villanova Men's Basketball team play Georgetown University and spent time socializing and networking with the DC Public Policy Society at a post-game reception.
Villanova ICMA Chapter Panel: Effective Management of an Environmental Crisis: Thursday, March 16, 2017
The Villanova ICMA Chapter invited a panelists Timothy Bergere, Special Environmental Counsel for Warrington and Warminster Municipal Authorities, Barry Luber, Township Manager of Warrington Township, Tim Hagey, General Manager of Warminster Municipal Authority and Tina O’Rourke, Business Manager of Horsham Water and Sewer Authority to discuss how intergovernmental cooperation and communicty mobilization resolved a water pollution emergency. The panel was moderated by ICMA Chapter President and MPA student, Christian Jones. Watch a recording of the event here.
Pi Alpha Alpha Spring Career and Networking Panel: Thursday, March 30, 2017
The Spring 2017 PAA Spring Career and Networking Panel brought back three MPA alumni: E.J. Mentry '15 MPA, Township Manager for Nazareth Township, PA, Katie Moyer, '16 MPA, Program Specialist for the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, and Latesha Sims '14 MPA, Manager of Recruiting and Staffing for the Camden City School District, NJ. Watch a recording of the event here!
Seventeenth Annual MPA Dinner: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Speaker: Susan Campbell, MPA, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House
Susan Campbell joined the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House as a volunteer in 2001 and became a Weekend Manager the following year. In 2004, she joined the staff full-time as the Director of Administration and was promoted to Associate Director in 2006. In 2007, Ms. Campbell became the Executive Director of the organization.
Ms. Campbell is responsible for the overall operations of the organization’s six major programs including two Ronald McDonald Houses, two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms located at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on the Oncology and Cardiac Floors, the Hospitality Kiosk at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and Ronald McDonald Camp. In addition, Ms. Campbell is responsible for strategic planning as well as managing the organization’s financial and development plans including an annual operating budget of more than $4 million dollars. She is also responsible for the current expansion project at the organization’s Chestnut Street House location and its related $50 million capital campaign.
Prior to joining the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, Ms. Campbell spent eight years at the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Office of General Counsel. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and in Law and Public Policy and a master’s degree in Public Administration.