This is a slow time of the year… registration hasn’t started, classes are just about 25% of the way in, it’s not October yet, etc. Sooooooo… here are some odds ‘n ends:
The draft schedule for Spring AND Fall 2021 should be available in about two weeks or so. Registration starts in early November.
Let’s Talk Grad Life: Helping Graduate Students Master the Balancing Act – The Graduate School will be hosting interactive presentations to provide students tools to enhance overall well-being and academic success. Open to ALL graduate students and undergraduate seniors! All sessions will occur between 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM. To RSVP: http://bit.ly/LTGLFall2020 – Zoom links will be emailed to those who RSVP the day before each event. Questions? Please email Courtney Nishnick at email@example.com
A few folks have problems with using APA properly. For example, how should I reference a single author book (like Kettl) as compared to an edited book (an editor with many authors in the book chapters)? Well… like with everything else, the answer can be found quickly online, and the answer to this question can be found (with examples) at:
DegreeWorks for new students. The 2020-2021 catalog has not been released yet, but – when it is – new students (who began this Fall) will see a slight change as the data analysis requirement will be added soon thereafter… which leads me into thinking about the Spring semester. One of the suggested courses to complete that is FOUN 720; the Fall 2020 entrants may want to sign up for a section to check that class off!!!
GAO Internship. GAO is hiring undergraduate and graduate students for paid internships on their financial auditing team for Summer 2021. Internship positions are available in their HQ in Washington, D.C. and in field offices in Los Angeles, Denver, Dallas, Seattle, and Atlanta. Candidates must be enrolled in an academic program during the internship, and have completed coursework in accounting, auditing, and business law by the start of their internship. Learn more about these and other eligibility requirements, and apply by October 19 at the links below: • Undergraduate internship posting here: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/578200100 • Graduate internship posting here: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/578200500
Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) invites highly qualified applicants to apply for the Program Reporting & Projects Coordinator position. The candidate will work closely with all members of the VASG leadership team and extension partners, although their primary collaborators will be the Associate Director and Business Manager. PROGRAM OVERVIEW: Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) is a federal-state partnership funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with matching support from member universities. It is hosted at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) at William & Mary. VASG’s mission is to enhance the ecological, economic, and social resilience and sustainability of coastal and ocean communities and the ecosystem services they depend upon through university-based research, extension, education, and communication that provide science-based information to decision makers. VASG services the Commonwealth of Virginia, the region, and the nation.
POSITION OVERVIEW: The Program Reporting & Projects Coordinator supports VASG operations, particularly coordinating programs, project reporting, and evaluation. The position maintains project management and contact databases. Reporting to the Associate Director, the Program Reporting & Projects Coordinator provides grant administration support as well as supporting special initiatives, particularly related to VASG’s professional development programming. Specific responsibilities include (but are not limited to): Plans, coordinates, and analyzes federal/state reporting. Provides technical assistance with on-line reporting. Tracks project outcomes and impacts. Maintains and updates project management and contact databases. Provides administrative support for VASG fiscal, logistical and research administration. Coordinates meetings, trainings and workshops sponsored by the VASG core office.
The Virginia Institute of Marine Science at William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. W & M is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
The ODU Libraries will be hosting an online workshop, Using the Libraries’ Services and Resources to Help You Succeed in Your Courses, on September 8 from 6-7 PM. Students can register here (https://odu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3l1IcMaVIbrZpDT) to receive the Zoom link.
Don’t forget about our concentrations: Multi-Sector Public Service or Nonprofit Management and Governance
Note: Within each concentration description, there is a link to register for that concentration.
White House Fellows. “The White House Fellowship is a nonpartisan program that fosters and strengthens leaders for the betterment of our communities and nation. Founded by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the White House Fellows program is the Nation’s premier nonpartisan program for leadership and public service. It offers exceptional young men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government. The Program has been supported by each Presidential Administration since 1965. Fellows spend a year working as full-time, paid staff members for senior White House officials and Cabinet Secretaries. They also participate in an education program that includes meetings with prominent executives in the public and private sectors and trips to observe U.S. policy in action both domestically and internationally. The White House Fellows Foundation and Association, an organization of more than 800 Program alumni, would like to invite you and your colleagues to join us in identifying the next generation of Fellows. We are hosting webinars about this exceptional opportunity over the coming weeks. Please see the invitation below. We encourage you to attend.”
‘The immortal god of harmony”: that’s what Beethoven, no less, called Johann Sebastian Bach. “Music owes as much to Bach as religion to its founder,” is how Schumann put it, and Bach’s music continues to inspire a feeling of reverence and love that borders on spirituality, in atheists and believers alike. An astonishingly productive composer, Bach perfected all the existing musical forms of the baroque period and took the use of harmony to a new level, setting out parameters that most of the western musical tradition has been working within ever since. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/aug/26/js-bach-where-to-start-with-his-music
The Fall semester starts officially on Saturday! Some (but not all) online classes will open on Saturday (8/29) and live classes begin during the week. (In fact, I will see some of you on Monday at 5:30 PM for PADM 753.) For those of you on campus or who come to campus: wear your masks!
The Old Dominion University Writing Center (WC) offers free appointments to all currently enrolled students. Students may seek help with their writing projects for a variety of courses and meet with a consultant to discuss anything from brainstorming to learning how to proofread their own work. The WC offers supplemental instruction to help students improve their writing strategies. They offer writing consulting sessions that assist students in learning to proofread their own work, in getting projects started, and in developing the writing process for a paper. Appointments are approximately 45-minutes. WC graduate student consultants work with individual students or groups. They offer real-time online video appointments and asynchronous video feedback appointments. The Writing Center’s services will be virtual for Fall 2020. All appointments should be made online via their website: https://www.odu.edu/al/centers/writing-center. If any questions arise, please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Email: when you send Email to a professor or to an administrative office, use your ODU Email account. If not, it may get filtered out in spam. (If you have ODU Email redirected to your personal Gmail, etc account, it may get filtered out, too.)
Graduate Student Forum – Getting Ready for Fall’s Restart – Join Vice Provost & Dean Robert Wojtowicz and Associate Dean Bryan Porter for a virtual discussion regarding fall restart information and COVID updates!
“…Thirty years after she became Old Dominion University’s first female vice president, Kay A. Kemper was elected rector of the University’s Board of Visitors on June 18….Kemper joined Old Dominion as director of government relations in 1983. Seven years later, she was appointed vice president of institutional advancement, adding development, alumni affairs and public relations to her portfolio….Kemper left ODU in 1996 to establish Kemper Consulting, which specializes in government relations on the local and state levels. She retired as president of the firm in 2016 and that year was appointed to ODU’s Board of Visitors by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. She was recently reappointed to another four-year term by Gov. Ralph Northam….”I believe that all of that background and experience has brought me to this point,” said Kemper, who received a master’s degree in public administration from ODU in 1980.”
“Windsor’s Town Council voted on Aug. 11 to appoint William Saunders as its new town manager…Saunders was selected out of 13 applicants and will begin his duties on Aug. 17. He has 13 years of experience in local government, having served most recently as Surry County’s director of planning and community development…Saunders is a native of Suffolk, and has lived in the Windsor community for more than 20 years. He received his master’s degree in public administration from Old Dominion University, a bachelor’s degree in economics from Elon College and a graduate certificate in geographic information systems from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a member of the International City/County Managers Association, the American Planning Association, and the Virginia Association of Zoning Officials. He is also a currently credentialed planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners and a certified zoning administrator.”
“Michael Stallings has been appointed the new town manager for Smithfield. The Smithfield Town Council cast the deciding votes at Tuesday’s meeting. Stallings is currently the town manager for Windsor and is a lifelong Isle of Wight County resident… Stallings has served as Windsor town manager for the past 10 years. He has also served as assistant town manager, planning and zoning administrator, assistant planning and zoning administrator and zoning official for Windsor… Stallings received his undergraduate degree in geography with a concentration in planning from Radford University and his master of public administration from Old Dominion University. He is also actively involved in the International City/County Management Association, the Virginia Municipal League, as well as the Virginia Local Government Association where he sits on the Civic Engagement Committee. In addition, he currently serves on the Board of the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce.”
And finally, ODU face masks! This really looks better in person; it’s a camo design, but it’s more blue-than-green. (And yes… that’s the new edition of Kettl’s book for PADM 651 right behind it.)
COVIDCalls. On August 5, Dr Yusuf and Dr Behr (from ODU’s VMASC) were on the COVIDcalls video/podcast to talk about current work on evacuation, sheltering, public messaging and vulnerable populations during a hurricane-pandemic. COVIDcalls is a daily discussion hosted by historian Scott Knowles (Drexel Univ) with experts on issues related to COVID-19. See the discussion at https://youtu.be/fcJzhxswkNw
Budget and Management Analyst. Virginia Beach’s Budget Office has an opening for a Budget and Management Analyst I. Anyone interested can apply at http://www.vbgovcareers.com/; the deadline to apply is 8/21.