MPAer News – September 25, 2020

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: – Zoom links will be emailed to those who RSVP the day before each event. Questions? Please email Courtney Nishnick at

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:

Other helpful things at

My (obsessive) favorites:

Changing Age Distribution of the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, May–August 2020 | MMWR

Strict adherence to community mitigation strategies and personal preventive behaviors by younger adults is needed to help reduce infection and subsequent transmission to persons at higher risk for severe illness.

MPAer News – September 11, 2020

Just a few things for the week:

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!!!

If you don’t know how to get to DegreeWorks, it’s available through the portal ( or directly using

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:
• Graduate internship posting here:

Virginia Sea Grant Program Reporting and Projects Coordinator
Position Number: 00342V

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.

MPAer News – September 4, 2020

Labor Day weekend is coming up and the first week of classes is over!

Graduating folks: Make sure that you apply for graduation. You get Emails about this from the university and… some don’t do it. More info is at

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 ( to receive the Zoom link.

Don’t forget about our concentrations:
Multi-Sector Public Service
Nonprofit Management and Governance

While most students take the general MPA, some are interested in other facets of public service like the integration of the three sectors (public, private, and non-profit) or leading with the non-profit environment. Take a look:

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.”

JS Bach: where to start with his music | JS Bach | The Guardian

‘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.

MPAer News – August 28, 2020

Please stand here!

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 ODU Library has good stuff for new (and current students):

As mentioned at Orientation (every time), the APA manual (now in the 7th edition) is #3 in ALL books at Don’t believe me? See below (from Friday, 08/20/2020 around 8:30 AM).

At, the APA Manual is number 3!

New Students. Please make sure to look through this page:

New AND Returning Students:  Please don’t forget about all of the things we describe here: (including free Office365, the Rec Center, the RCR, DegreeWorks, and so on)

Career Development Services. Attached is a brochure (PDF) that we received on Thursday.

The African American Policy Forum has several positions open. For more info, please see

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: If any questions arise, please email them at

MPAer News – August 21, 2020

One more week until classes start! A few tidbits:

The ODU Library has good stuff for new (and current students):

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!

MPAer News – August 14, 2020

Two more weeks until classes start!

Orientation recording!

The orientation – held on Wednesday, August 12 – was recorded and can be found at: The video will be available for 30 days. The link shows the presentation, as well as the chats and a transcript on the right side.

Note: the gallery view doesn’t show it, but we had 30 folks on the call! Alas, the local section didn’t have chicken fingers, brownies, and cookies…because we couldn’t do it in-person.

The PDF for the slides is available at:

And again, all new students should review the New Student Info area on our website (

Kay Kemper Elected Rector of Board of Visitors. This was in the week’s ODU News. For those of you who didn’t see it ( (excerpt):

 “…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 hires new town manager. From Windsor Weekly ( (excerpt):

 “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.”

And as a follow-up to the above:

Town manager to leave Windsor for Smithfield. Again (albeit from March), from Windsor Weekly ( (excerpt):

 “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.)

MPAer News – August 7, 2020

Some things for the first week of August…

Reminder: Orientation! Wednesday, August 12 at 8:00 PM. Live-but-streaming session at

All new students should review our New Student Info area on our website (

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

Budget and Management Analyst. Virginia Beach’s Budget Office has an opening for a Budget and Management Analyst I. Anyone interested can apply at; the deadline to apply is 8/21.

The Academy for Nonprofit Excellence at TCC has weekly nonprofit job alerts. The job types vary, but occasionally there will be some good ones in there. Sign up at: