Wildlife Is Now Thriving Again in Chernobyl–Even If Humans Won’t for Another 24,000 Years | Open Culture

Tourists may come and go, but there may be no humans settling and building in Chernobyl for a few thousand years. For the species currently thriving there, that’s apparently for the best.


MPAer News – May 14, 2021

Hi all!

Summer Sessions 1 and 3 start on Monday!!! Some classes may open early, but they officially start on Monday. (Session 2 starts at the end of June, of course.)

A few things:

  • Virginia Beach’s Budget and Management Services is hiring! Currently, their opening is for a Management and Budget Analyst II/III, but within the next few days they will also have an opening for a I/II which is perfect for new grads! https://phg.tbe.taleo.net/phg02/ats/careers/v2/searchResults?org=VBGOV&cws=37
  • The Center for Policing Equity has openings for data folks working at the intersection of public safety and equity. There are other data type jobs on the site as well. https://www.appone.com/MainInfoReq.asp?R_ID=3625754
  • Dr Ziegenfuss is teaching his Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting course this summer. A number of MPA students have taken this in the past and have found it worthwhile; a background in accounting is not required. This starts on Monday, so you’d need to act fast; this would count as an MPA elective. CRN 36188, ACCT 625, Thursdays from 06:00 pm-09:30 pm in Constant 1064 or via Zoom. Dr Z says, “In this course I cover first the various schemes fraudsters use to steal money from organizations, second, I cover the means of preventing and detecting, and finally I cover how to become an expert witness. The course runs throughout the summer. Although it is given online, I am extremely flexible for students to travel for business or pleasure.”

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F79niEQxea4&ab_channel=OldDominionUniversity
  • 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 (http://www.odualumni.org).

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: https://www.gdit.com/careers/job/3e6be8167/senior-sourcing-associate/ and https://www.gdit.com/careers/job/0c59e98c6/senior-procurement-analyst/

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: https://degree.odu.edu
  • Reminder: We have MPA web pages at https://odu.edu/mpa 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 (gradadmit@odu.edu) 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! https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2021/april/headline-894379-en.html

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. https://www.townofbuchanan.com/news-details.php?sid=Buchanan%20Announces%20New%20Town%20Manager%202021. “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: https://degree.odu.edu/Dashboard/
  • Reminder: We have MPA web pages at https://odu.edu/mpa 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 (gradadmit@odu.edu) 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 (https://www.odu.edu/about/odu-publications/insideodu/2021/04/01/feature1). “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: https://courses.odu.edu/search?subject=PADM&term=202110
  • Some folks are – apparently – not aware of our core course matrix page. Go to http://odu.edu/mpa 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 https://odu.edu/business/departments/sps/academics/mpa/concentrations#tab48 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.: https://www.odu.edu/announcements/faculty-staff/2021/4/1/ordering_graduation_.iframe.html

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 (jsteinfe@odu.edu) so that he can forward it to his contact.