Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA)

Statement of Purpose

Building on the University’s Catholic and Augustinian heritage, the Villanova University Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha promotes a spirit of community and collaboration that seeks to advance the common good.  The Chapter admits students who have distinguished themselves through academic excellence as members of the University’s Public Administration Program and whose desire is to serve the public through sound administrative practice informed by ethical principles.  Sponsoring two events each year, the Chapter invites prominent MPA alumni/ae back to campus to discuss how their careers in public service are significantly impacting their communities as well as how current MPA students may dedicate themselves to the same pursuit.

Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA) is a national honor society which promotes excellence in the study of public administration and encourages public service. As stated in our Constitution, the purposes of the Villanova University Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha shall be to encourage and recognize outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in public affairs and administration, to promote the advancement of education and practice in the art and science of public affairs and administration, and to foster integrity, professionalism, and creative performance in the conduct of governmental and related public service activities.

The chapter formally inducts and elects officers every Spring. They sponsor two events annually - a Fall Colloquium and a Spring Seminar.

One of the most important activities of the Villanova University Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha involves nominating and electing the Chapter’s two officers, the Chapter President and the Chapter Secretary, following graduation in May.

According to the Chapter Constitution, “All officers shall perform their duties as prescribed by this Chapter and in accordance with procedures established by the National Council of Pi Alpha Alpha.” The President presides at all meetings and serves as the Chapter’s official representative. The Secretary acts as President in the President’s absence, keeps the Chapter’s official minutes, and other duties normally associated with this office. The officers assume office immediately upon election.

Elections of officers are conducted via email and consist of at least two phases: 1) the nominating phase, where qualified members may nominate themselves or others for one office; and 2) the election phase, where the winner for each office will be determined by achieving a simple majority vote. If no winner emerges for either office in the election phase, a runoff election between the two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes will be held whereby the winner will be the candidate who accrues a simple majority of the votes cast. All current dues-paying student and alumni/ae members are eligible to vote, but only current dues-paying student members are eligible for nomination and election to office.

 

Adopted January, 2010

Article I - Name

This Chapter shall be known as the “Villanova University Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha,” the National Honor Society of Public Affairs and Administration.

Article II - Purposes

The purposes of the Villanova University Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha shall be to encourage and recognize outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in public affairs and administration, to promote the advancement of education and practice in the art and science of public affairs and administration, and to foster integrity, professionalism, and creative performance in the conduct of governmental and related public service activities.

Article III – Membership

SECTION 1 - QUALIFICATIONS

Membership shall be limited to those of academic excellence and achievement and/or distinguished public service who are or have been enrolled or teach in public affairs or public administration programs, or who serve or have served in the public service, as specified below.

SECTION 2 - CLASSES OF MEMBERSHIP

Membership shall be limited to those who demonstrate academic excellence in public affairs and administration programs in NASPAA member schools and/or distinguished public service, and who fall within the following classes: student, alumni, faculty, and honorary. All membership is national membership with local chapter affiliation where appropriate.

(a) Student Membership
To ensure the Chapter’s annual programming can be effectively managed by the officers elected during the summer preceding the new Academic Year, students may be inducted from among those Master’s degree students who have maintained a GPA of at least 3.80 after one year of academic study, normally 18 credits for on-campus students and 24 credits for online students.

(b) Alumni Membership
Those who meet all the requirements of student membership but who have graduated before induction by the Villanova University Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha may be inducted as alumni/ae members. Student members become alumni members upon graduation. If an alumni/ae member relocates to a city where there is another chapter, s/he may also affiliate with the other chapter.

(c) Faculty Membership
Any full-time member of the Villanova University Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha is eligible for election by the Chapter to faculty membership.

(d) Honorary Membership
(1) Local Honorary
Any person who has achieved distinction in public administration and who possesses the distinguished qualities that Pi Alpha Alpha foster may be inducted to honorary membership by the Villanova University Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha. No more than two local honorary members may be inducted each year without the express prior approval of the National Council.

(2) National Honorary
A person who has made a particularly distinguished contribution to public administration through practice or education may be inducted to national honorary membership according to the policies of Pi Alpha Alpha prescribed in Section 3(b).

SECTION 3 - NOMINATION FOR MEMBERSHIP

(a) Membership
The Villanova University Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha shall have a Nominating Committee which shall consist of three members, who shall be members of the full-time MPA faculty.

(b) National Honorary Membership
The Villanova University Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha may nominate candidates for national honorary membership. The selection of the national honorees will be made by a majority vote of the national executive committee at the Annual Conference of NASPAA or as prescribed by National Council policy.

SECTION 4 - ELECTION OF CHAPTER MEMBERSHIP

Election to Chapter membership shall be by a two-thirds vote of the Nominating Committee, normally held in January and May, and invitations are sent to the nominees. To be inducted, students must complete the application form and pay the membership fee by the date required. The Induction Ceremony is ordinarily held during Graduation Week.

SECTION 5 - DUES

Each member shall pay such initiation fees and annual dues as may be prescribed by the National Council of Pi Alpha Alpha and/or the Villanova University Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha.

Article IV - Local Organization

SECTION 1 - OFFICERS

The officers of the Villanova University Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha shall be a President, Secretary, and Chapter Advisor.  To ensure the Chapter’s annual Academic Year programming can be effectively managed by the officers, nominees for President and Secretary shall come from the ranks of the on-campus membership. The Chapter Advisor will report the names of these officers annually to the National Director of Pi Alpha Alpha.  All officers shall perform their duties as prescribed by this Chapter and in accordance with procedures established by the National Council of Pi Alpha Alpha.

To accept nomination for a Chapter office, students must write and submit a brief biography (250 words) describing their qualifications for and interest in being elected to office.  This biography will be sent to Chapter members for their consideration along with the ballot when voting for Chapter officers. 

(a) President
The President shall preside at all meetings and serve as the official representative of this Chapter. The President shall be elected by the membership from among the student members.

(b) Secretary
The Secretary shall act as President during the absence of the President, keep the official minutes of this Chapter, and other duties normally associated with this office. The Secretary shall be elected by the membership from among the student members.

(c) Chapter Advisor
The Chapter Advisor shall be selected by the MPA Program Director in consultation with the Chapter from among the full-time faculty members of Pi Alpha Alpha. The Chapter Advisor is the NASPAA Principal Representative, Treasurer of this Chapter, and will conduct all elections for the offices of Chapter President and Secretary. As Treasurer, the Chapter Advisor will collect dues, oversee and report to the Chapter about the budget, and forward the names of the Chapter’s officers annually to the National Director of Pi Alpha Alpha.

SECTION 2 - MEETINGS

Regular meetings of the Villanova University Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha shall be conducted at least bi-annually. The first meeting will be held during the first weeks of the fall semester. The second meeting will be held in the weeks immediately following spring break. Special meetings may be called by the President or Chapter Advisor.

SECTION 3 - VOTING

(a) Elections
The President and Secretary shall be elected annually, normally following graduation in May, and shall assume office immediately upon election. All current dues-paying Chapter student members are eligible for nomination to office and to vote in elections. All current dues-paying Chapter alumni/ae members are eligible to vote in elections.

All regular elections for Chapter offices will be conducted online and shall consist of at least two phases: 1) the nominating phase, where qualified members may nominate themselves or others for one office; and 2) the election phase, where the winner for each office will be determined by achieving a simple majority vote. If no winner emerges for either Chapter office in the election phase, a runoff election between the two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes will be held whereby the winner will be the candidate who accrues a simple majority of the votes. Should a vacancy occur in either office, it shall be filled by the runner up in the immediately preceding regular election or, if that candidate declines, by special election which the Chapter Advisor shall conduct as appropriate to fill the office as quickly as possible.

(b) Business
A simple majority of the membership present will be sufficient to act on business before this Chapter, unless specified otherwise in the adopted rules and regulations of the Villanova University Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha and/or of the National Council of Pi Alpha Alpha.

SECTION 4 – ANNUAL CHAPTER ACTIVITIES

The officers of the Villanova University Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha shall oversee all annual Chapter activities. These may include but are not limited to:

In collaboration with the MPA Program Director:
• to organize, sponsor, and co-ordinate the annual orientation program for new MPA students;
• to organize, sponsor, and co-ordinate the Annual MPA Fall Golf Tournament; and,
• to assist in the periodic Program re-accreditation process.

In collaboration with the Chapter Advisor:
• to organize and sponsor the election to the Chapter of new members;
• to conduct the annual election of officers; and,
• to conduct an annual fundraising drive of alumni members with the goal of building an endowment to pay Chapter dues, expenses for member pins, medallions, and to send delegate(s) to Pi Alpha Alpha biennial national convention.

In collaboration with MPA Faculty members:
• to organize, sponsor, and co-ordinate an MPA service project;
• to honor one outstanding public servant at the fall meeting;
• to host an annual public sector career and networking forum featuring Program alumni/ae; and,
• to honor one alumnus/ae annually at the spring meeting.

SECTION 5 - DELEGATE(S) TO THE BIENNIAL NATIONAL CONVENTION OF PI ALPHA ALPHA

The Villanova University Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha may select a delegate to represent this Chapter in all business conducted during the Biennial National Convention. This Chapter may also designate more than one delegate to attend the convention, but shall be entitled to only one vote. The name of the Chapter member to cast this vote shall be reported by the Chapter Advisor to the National Director of Pi Alpha Alpha prior to the convention. The expenses of delegates shall be paid by the Chapter endowment fund and/or MPA Program, if available.

Article V - Amendments

The Constitution of the Villanova University Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the active membership within a period specified by the President and Chapter Advisor.

 

2015 PAA Inductees

Pi Alpha Alpha Villanova University Chapter Membership: 2016

 

Tolle Lege Circle Members

Heffernan

Ryan C.

2011

Jacobs, OSA

Richard M.

2010

Kuczynski

Adam

2016

Monet

Kathryn

2014

Isham

Christian

2014

Akers

Travis

2014

     

 

Annual Members

Adams

Cory

2016

Baldini

Karyn

2016

Barragan

Anabel

2016

Bergeron

Allison

2014

Boston

Bridget

2014

Bradley

Parris E.

2014

Bruck

W. Earl

2013

Campbell

Christopher M.

2010

Cohen

Andrea

2014

Cullen

Kathleen L.

2011

Delamater

Donald A.

2011

Duncan

Deidra

2016

Eastman

Jeff

2016

Evans

Kamira

2016

Falciani

Jordan

2016

Fick

Alyson D.

2010

Ford

Brandon

2016

Italiano-Genova

Justine

2014

Galbally

Sarah

2012

Grady

David

2014

Hailar

John

2016

Harper

Kathyrne

2014

Hatcher

Emily

2016

Weisser-Hertz

Emma

2016

Hertz

Stephen M.

2014

Higginbotham

Thomas

2016

Irby

Jessica

2016

Johnson

Danielle

2011

Kelly III

James J.

2011

Kucelin

Jelena

2014

Kuchar

Erin M.

2011

Lavin

Shane

2014

Liskey

Melissa

2016

Lombardi

Julianna

2016

Lynch

Fran

2016

Mackley

Jacqueline

2016

Mancini

Marianne

2016

Maylor

Andrew

2014

McLaughlin

Brian J.

2011

Meadors

Nicholas

2016

Moyer

Katherine

2016

Mrochko

David J.

2010

Nguyen

Keith

2016

Oles

Andrew W.

2014

Owen

Ashley

2016

Phinney

Michael

2016

Rein

Andrew Michael

2012

Runfeldt

Michael

2016

Schoenfelt

Matthew

2016

Silver

Natalie L.

2011

Smith

Alison

2012

Sprain

Audrey Seger

2016

St. Germain

Robin

2016

Stellfox

Kristen

2016

Stepp

Keirston

2016

Swope

Adam

2016

Tate

Chabrelle

2016

Tumolo

Nicholas

2012

Volkay-Hilditch

Christine

2011

von der Hayden

Matthew R.

2013

Wilson

Deirdre

2016

Wilson

Holly

2016

Wilson

Nicholas

2016

Wooley

Jacy

2016

Zemke

Megan

2016

 

Honorary  Members

Frances Burns (MPA '99)            2010

Vincent Stango (MPA '01)          2011

Pedro A. Ramos, Esq.                2012

Nicholas Palso Ph.D. (MPA '04)   2013

Marquis Coates (MPA '11)           2014

Frank J. Larkin                          2015

Veracelle Vega                          2016 

Spring Seminar

The Chapter's annual Spring Seminar, normally held in March, is a "Networking and Career Panel." Invited public servants provide timely information concerning the practical matters associated with entry into a career in public service, including but not limited to: conducting a successful job search, career advice, and accessing and utilizing professional resources. Panelists are MPA alumni and include representatives from local, state, and federal government as well as non-profit organizations.

 

Fall Colloquium

The Chapter's Fall Colloquium, normally held in September and entitled “The Vocation to Public Service,” explores the motivation for public service and public service as an honorable life's calling. Each year, a notable public servant is invited to speak to the Chapter about one's perspective concerning these important topics. In recognition of the speaker's contributions and achievements, the Chapter awards the speaker an Honorary Membership in the Pi Alpha Alpha Villanova University Chapter.