MPAer News – February 26, 2021

Hi all!

The draft Fall schedule should be viewable soon, but… when does Fall registration start?

  • Current graduate students (enrolled in classes): Monday, March 29
  • New graduate students (not yet enrolled): Saturday, April 3

Below is a Job Announcement for the CEO position at YWCA South Hampton Roads.

And below is a solicitation for a Community Manager at 757 Startup Studios. If anyone is interested, contact me directly.

The UpCenter ( has an internship available in Human Resources and may have others available soon. Check out their site and let me know of any interest.

MPAer News – February 22, 2021

Hi folks!

First thing: there are some issues with the Blackboard viewer once you submit an assignment. However, this seems to be traced to an oddity in the docx files created in older versions of Word. Please use the Word that is part of your free Microsoft 365.

Internship with Greater Norfolk ( They are looking to provide an internship for someone who can collect, analyze, interpret data, and help them with strategy. If you are interested, please contact me directly.

See the RFP (below) for the 2021 Graduate Summer Award Program. For the 4th year, the Graduate School and Office of Research are partnering to award $3,000 to students to conduct summer scholarship. The RFP provides all details about eligibility and application requirements. The proposals are due March 19, 2021 by 5:00 p.m.

The City of Virginia Beach has a Contracts Supervisor position available in its Department of Public Utilities. Interested candidates can apply at

MPAer News – February 12, 2021

Hi all!

The rest of the university Spring Semester calendar (that are relevant to us with all(!) async classes currently):

Tuesday, March 30                         Last Day to Withdraw from Classes
Wednesday, April 28                     Classes end
Thursday, April 29                         Exams begin
Thursday, May 6                             Exams end
Saturday, May 8                             Degree Conferral
Spring Commencement                To be determined(!)

Learn About Citation Management Tools with ODU Libraries

Citation management software can be a powerful tool for formatting references and organizing your research workflow. Join ODU librarians to learn more about the citation management platforms that the Libraries support: Zotero and EndNote.

Zotero is an open-source software that uses a web browser-based plug-in to import citation information from databases, library catalogs and certain websites. Zotero provides robust reference organization tools and integrates with Word, Open Office and Libre Office to generated formatted citations and reference lists. Learn more about Zotero at the “Zotero Basics” workshops:

March 2, 12:30-1:00pm. Register at

March 2, 7:00-7:30pm. Register at

EndNote is a software provided by ODU that allows users to download citation information from library catalogs and databases, organize citations, and create bibliographies. Attend the “EndNote Essentials” workshop for new EndNote users and those who need a refresher. Topics covered include accessing EndNote software, collecting references from library databases, organizing your EndNote library, and using EndNote with Word. EndNote Essentials workshops will be held on:

March 3, 12:30-1:30pm. To register, email Miriam Bridges at

March 12, 1:00-2:00pm. To register, email Abbie Basile at

Anti-Vaxxers Misuse Federal Data to Falsely Claim COVID Vaccines Are Dangerous – Vice

Need to remember this when kooky stuff comes up:

“In order to use VAERS data to show the supposed dangers of vaccines, anti-vaccine groups have to avoid mentioning two crucial things: Anyone can submit a report to the program, and all of those
data—unverified, unresearched, often anecdotal—are immediately available to the public.”

MPA News – February 5, 2021

Hi all! Just some quick things:

On Monday, an Email will come out with information about available scholarships for 2021-2022. Be aware that there will only be one notice about this.

Also on Monday, the MPA Annual Student Survey will go out – via Qualtrics – to students who have completed one or more semesters.

Registration for Summer 2020 classes has been available since October. Please register now…

The US government’s $44 million vaccine rollout website was a predictable mess – here’s how to fix the broke n process behind it

From the author: “As an expert in health care operations management and contracting, I believe the complex federal contracting process bears much of the blame.”

MPAer News – January 29, 2021


  • The Annual MPA Student Survey will go out next week to enrolled students via Qualtrics if this is your second semester or later. When you see it, please do it! Be aware that this is anonymous. The annual survey is used for assessment (internal and NASPAA) and future direction.
  • The draft Fall schedule will be out in early March; registration will start on March 29.
  • But… what about Summer? Ummmmm… that has been open since October.
  • On other things, the MPA webpage ( can answer most of your questions. Specifically, go to the Student Info and FAQs page!

Here’s a link to the APA 7th Edition Student Paper Setup Guide. This is not a “must do” but might help some of your papers (or get some to consider how they set things up). Your syllabi may have specific, overriding instructions, of course.

Now is a great time to apply and secure a summer 2021 internship. GAO’s Center for Library Services is looking for graduate students to support library research by gathering information for GAO audit projects. This internship opportunity is completely virtual! Apply now through February 1:

The City of Chesapeake is recruiting for two procurement specialists to join their team.  These are great opportunities for candidates with professional skills looking to start a career in procurement as well as experienced procurement professionals. The Procurement Department in Chesapeake is a key player in the delivery of services to the community via providing procurement services to departments. The department reports to the City Manager’s Office. Recruitment brochure is linked here: and here’s the recruitment video link: They are also recruiting for part-time help on the procurement team.  For more info, visit: Anyone interested in these opportunities is welcome to contact Chief Procurement Officer Tony Cannion (757-382-6359 or or Laura Fitzpatrick (757-382-8747 or

Virginia Sea Grant has a lot of opportunities. See their most recent newsletter (there’s too much to include here!):

Stafford County, Virginia is seeking a Chief Financial Officer. The County has received AAA bond ratings from all three rating agencies and joins only 47 localities across the country with this distinction. The CFO will perform complex professional and administrative work that will consist of planning and directing financial and accounting systems, information flow, administrative policies, and asset controls for efficiency and effectiveness while developing comprehensive financial strategies and devising and evaluating organization structures. The salary range for this position is $130,000- $158,000. Qualified candidates please submit your cover letter and resume by February 22, 2021 at Inquires may be directed to Anne Lewis at

Stafford County, Virginia is also seeking a Central Procurement Division Director. The Central Procurement Division Director presides over all activities and operations involved in management, administration and supervision of the County’s contract and procurement programs. This position will be expected to maintain current processes and identify new processes, develop recommendations for improvements, and ensure compliance with County, State, Federal and grant specific purchasing regulations. The Central Procurement Division Director exercises signatory authority subject to certain constraints (based on dollar amounts) and approvals by the County Administrator and the Board of Supervisors. The expected hiring range for this position is $95,000 – $130,000.  Qualified candidates please submit your cover letter and resume by March 1, 2021 at Inquires may be directed to Anne Lewis at

And… it’s still very quiet in our office space (of course)! [I took this today when I swung by…]

What is an executive order, and why don’t presidents use them all the time?

Presidents have long interpreted the Constitution’s Article 2 clauses – like “the executive power shall be vested in a President” and “he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed” – to give them total authority to enforce the law through the executive branch, by any means necessary.

One leading way they do that is through executive orders, which are presidential written directives to agencies on how to implement the law. The courts view them as legally valid unless they violate the Constitution or existing statutes.

Executive orders, like other unilateral actions, allow presidents to make policy outside of the regular lawmaking process.

Amanda Gorman: “The Hill We Climb” | TED Talk

Poet and activist Amanda Gorman recites her poem "The Hill We Climb" at the historic inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Her words call for hope, unity and resilience in a time of division. "While democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated," she says. "In this truth, in this faith, we trust. For while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us." (Featured as part of TED’s "Best of the Web" series, spotlighting remarkable ideas from around the internet)

MPAer News – January 22, 2021

Hi, all! Most of the first week of classes (four days) is down and…a bunch of weeks to go.  The below is very short!

Reminder about Office 365. I need to emphasize this… All students can download a free copy of Office 365 for either the PC (Windows) or the Mac (iOS). Here’s the link: From the site: “With Office 365 Pro Plus, you can install Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote on up to five PCs or Macs, plus install Office apps on mobile devices. You’ll receive the latest version of all software…and free software updates for as long as you are part of ODU.”

Complete Your RCR Requirements. All graduate students must complete the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) modules on the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) website within their first 12 credit hours of study. More info is at our MPA RCR info site:

If you are graduating this Spring or Summer… you need to apply to do that. More information is at (and no… I do not know if commencement will happen).