Can schools require COVID-19 vaccines for students now that Pfizer’s shot is authorized for kids 12 and up?

"A growing number of colleges and universities have announced that they will require all students who plan to be on campus to receive the COVID vaccine. Other institutions are requiring the vaccine only for students who want to live in dorms."

MPAer News – May 7, 2021

Graduation and Commencement Week! Here are a few things:

For those of you who have graduated in the Fall or Spring (or will graduate this Summer):

  • There is a Virtual Commencement Ceremony at
  • We do a cleanup of the Email list in August. Students will be re-added via the “major-minor” report (i.e., course enrollment) AND we will keep anyone on the “Student” list that wants to stay on it (just let me know). Folks who will not be registering in the Fall will be moved to the Alumni list BUT I need your non-ODU Email address.
  • As a graduate, you are now an official ODU Alumnus (if you already weren’t) and should check out the Alumni Association (

For those of you who still have some (or a lot of) courses left:

  • Register for your Fall classes!!!
  • NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION!  Wednesday, August 11th. Details will go out this summer.

Potential Opportunity: General Dynamics Information Technology has two positions open. One is for a Senior Sourcing Analyst and the other is for a Senior Procurement Analysis. They are having a hard time finding the right candidate and wished to see if anyone was interested. Here are the links to the positions: and

And… some photos from Dr Yusuf(!) (from a 2020-2021 catchup ceremony):

And a nice photo from the university:

MPAer News – April 28, 2021

Hello all! Here are some things for this week:

  • Spring classes officially ended today (4/28).
  • Some Fall classes are getting crowded and nearly full.
  • Summer registration has been open for a while now (since November) and openings are slim.
  • The easiest way to see how you currently stand – in terms of coursework and GPA – is to go to DegreeWorks:
  • Reminder: We have MPA web pages at that may help a bit with questions for both New Students and general Student Info.
  • Starting in the Fall but need something to do this Summer? You can contact Grad Admissions ( and ask for your application to be deferred back so you can register for a Summer course.

Corey Pleasants, ODU MPA grad during the 2010s, was recently appointed by Governor Northam as Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Resources. Great!

Interstate water wars are heating up along with the climate – The Conversation

Interstate water disputes are as American as apple pie. States often think a neighboring state is using more than its fair share from a river, lake or aquifer that crosses borders.

Currently the U.S. Supreme Court has on its docket a case between Texas, New Mexico and Colorado and another one between Mississippi and Tennessee. The court has already ruled this term on cases pitting Texas against New Mexico and Florida against Georgia.

Climate stresses are raising the stakes. Rising temperatures require farmers to use more water to grow the same amount of crops. Prolonged and severe droughts decrease available supplies. Wildfires are burning hotter and lasting longer. Fires bake the soil, reducing forests’ ability to hold water, increasing evaporation from barren land and compromising water supplies.

MPAer News – April 16, 2021

First, two announcements (and congratulations!):

Outstanding Student for the 2020-2021 Academic Year:
Carl Blake

Spore Scholar for the 2021-2022 Academic Year:
Tameka Paige

Now… a few things:

  • MPA alum Susah McCullough was recently appointed town manager of Buchanan, VA. “McCulloch holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Old Dominion University and comes to Buchanan after serving for the past two years as the Economic Development Project Manager for Pittsylvania County, Virginia.” Susan got the Economic Development job around the time she graduated.
  • Classes officially end in less than two weeks.
  • Graduating students received notice from the university about commencement ceremonies earlier today.
  • Fall registration is open and it’s already getting tight in a few classes.
  • The ODU Real Estate Club has two lunchtime speakers (via Zoom) on April 27 and 28: Mr. Dale Wittie, Director of Housing Development of the VHDA and Mr. Bob Geis, Deputy City Manager of Chesapeake. The flyers have been sent to MPA students via Email. This may be of great interest to MPAers.
  • The Health Division at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is seeking graduate students for internship opportunities ranging from four to twelve months. I sent this out separately due to the length and detail.

MPAer News – April 7, 2021

Some brief things for this week:

  • Classes officially end three weeks from today (4/28).
  • Fall registration is open for all now. Please do (unless you are graduating, of course).
  • Summer registration has been open for a while now (since November).
  • The easiest way to see how you currently stand (in terms of coursework and GPA) is to go to DegreeWorks:
  • Reminder: We have MPA web pages at that may help a bit with questions for both New Students and general Student Info.
  • Starting in the Fall but need something to do this Summer? You can contact Grad Admissions ( and ask for your application to be deferred back so you can register for a Summer course.

MPAer News – April 2, 2021

A few things for this week:

Old Dominion University Earns 22 Citations from U.S. News & World Report in its 2022 Best Graduate Schools Rankings ( “Among the highlights for ODU: The public administration program in the Strome College of Business was listed among the top 30% of schools in the public affairs category. The Darden College of Education and Professional Studies and the Strome College’s part-time MBA program ranked in the top 50%.”

Fall Registration:

  • Fall courses:
  • Some folks are – apparently – not aware of our core course matrix page. Go to and click on Core Course Matrix. This will show you when certain classes will be taught.
  • Please register soon; some courses ARE filling up and registration only started on Monday!!!
    • PADM 652 (Admin Theory II)
    • PADM 671 (Public Budgeting)
    • PADM 723 (Ethics)
  • PADM 653 (Wicked Problems) is an elective for the Multisector Public Service Concentration. DegreeWorks (and the university catalog!) will be updated this Summer but see for the list.
  • New students (not enrolled) will need to wait until Saturday (April 3).

Spring Commencement: Info was sent out this week to students by the university; however, more information is to come. Today (Friday), the following was sent out about commencement caps/gowns/etc.:

The Naval Surface Warfare Command would like to know if there is student interest in employment there. No details were offered, but, if you have interest, please send your resume to Dr Steinfeld ( so that he can forward it to his contact.

MPAer News – March 29, 2021

Fall Registration… It’s time!

  • Fall course registration is open for currently enrolled students!
  • Fall courses:
  • For those of you who forgot, registration directions are at
  • The Web2=Web5 equivalence is still in place. Thus, Web5 folks can register for Web2 sections if only Web2 is listed. All Web7 folks (out of state) would continue to use Web7.
  • Most of you know this, but…PADM courses at the 800 level are for PhD students only!
  • New students (not enrolled) will need to wait until this Saturday (April 3).
  • Please register soon, as some courses tend to fill up (and yeah… we’re still FIVE months out from when classes start in late August!).

Spring Commencement: Students were sent a message about commencement last week. Yes: it’s murky. And No: I know much as you do. Another message is supposed to come out by April 2, so hold on or check

Academic Scholarship for Studies in Public Administration 2021 – Each year, the Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, recognizes the potential for individual excellence in public service through educational assistance to members of the Chapter. The annual $500 scholarship is awarded to a student who is an undergraduate with a minimum of 60 hours of college credit or graduate student who has completed 9 hours of college credit.  If the student is not a member of ASPA, a new membership will be a part of the scholarship.  If the student is a current member of ASPA, an additional year’s membership will be included with the scholarship.

The recipients for this award must meet the following criteria:  

  • Resides in Virginia, 
  • Is not a previous recipient of this scholarship, 
  • Has a minimum grade point average for completed hours of 3.0, 
  • Is in one of the following categories: 
    • Enrolled in a program offered by an institution with a presence in Hampton Roads, 
    • Has residence in Hampton Roads and is enrolled in related educational programs outside the region, 
    • Works in public service in Hampton Roads and is pursuing a degree via an accredited live and/or on-line program. 
  • For purposes of this award, the Hampton Roads Region includes the cities of Chesapeake, Elizabeth City, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg, and the counties of Currituck, Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, Northampton, Southampton, and York. 

Applicants will provide information on their extracurricular activities, professional development, and work experience.  They will also furnish references and an essay discussing the importance of the chosen degree program to public administration and why they want a career in public service.

The scholarship application and information are available at The application is due no later than 11:59 pm (Eastern) April 11, 2021.  It should be submitted via e-mail to If you have any questions, please contact HR ASPA Chapter President Tom Poulin at

MPAer News – March 19, 2021

Several things for this week:

Fall Registration:

  • Begins on Monday, March 29 for current (enrolled) students.
  • Begins on Saturday, April 3 for new students.
  • Summer registration? It has been open since October!
  • Look at the Summer and Fall schedules! You can get to this quickly at

Spring Commencement: Sorry folks… We still only know as much as you do (including “catch up” ceremonies). However, something may be announced next week.

Nice article from the Alumni Association! “Featured Alumnus: Tony Brothers ’86”. From the article (link):

“During the time in the NBA, I have done quite a few other things from starting a non-profit and different pursuits that have caused me to work with the City [of Norfolk]. I’m interested in public administration and politics and everything, so now I am back at Old Dominion after 34 years! I am in the Master of Public Administration Program, where I am applying myself and I have three classes under my belt. Proud to say I have a 4.000 [GPA] right now.”

Debunking a Myth: The Irish Were Not Slaves, Too – The New York Times

"Historians say the idea of Irish slaves is based on a misreading of history and that the distortion is often politically motivated."