Weekly MPASA Newsletter

Thank you to Matthew Irwin for the weekly updates for MPA students!


New Service Project for March- Habitat for Humanity Build

Please mark on your calendars that we’ll be volunteering to help build a house with Sea Island Habitat for Humanity on March 20.  The build will be on Johns Island from 1-4pm, and we’ll meet at noon for a pizza lunch provided by the MPASA. More information and an Evite will be coming your way closer to the time, but please save the date!

Note from Matthew Irwin:  This was SO much fun last year!  Please consider signing up when the time comes!  You do not have to have exceptional skills or strength (I mean, look at me…haha).

MPASA Spring 2010 Professional Development Event

“Marketing Yourself to Public/Nonprofit Sector Employees”
When: March 23 @ 6:30 PM
Where: Hawkins Living-Learning Center at 6:30 PM. (across Coming St. from the library in Rutledge Rivers Residence Hall)
Come enjoy a panel discussion featuring leaders from the nonprofit and public sector, and their ideas for how we, as students, can improve our chances of securing the jobs we desire upon graduating from the program.  The discussion will benefit those graduating in May, as well as those starting the program, as developing a healthy resume through experience is a process that begins as soon as a student receives his/her acceptance letter.  This event is open to all MPA students and alums, and the MPASA will provide refreshments at the event.  Also, a short networking session will occur directly after the event, as we will be inviting members of ASPA to the program (will last about 30 min).

Those with Tuesday night classes…Your professors know of the event and will bring you. If you have questions, please e-mail Professional Development Chair Anna Kate Christophillis.

MPASA March Happy Hour

When: March 19 @ 6:30 PM
Where: The Blind Tiger Pub
Who: All MPA students, alums, faculty, and staff

New Information:

Call for Papers and Proposals The SECoPA (South Eastern Conference for Public Administrators) 2010 Conference

The SECoPA 2010 Conference invites papers and panel proposals for the upcoming Annual Conference in Wilmington, North Carolina on October 13 to October 16, 2010 entitled “Setting the Course for Excellence in Public Service.”   We encourage students, practitioners, and academics to submit proposals.  Visit SECOPA’s Facebook page for more information.

Registration Dates/ALL Graduate Students are Moving from CougarTrail to MyCharleston

I hope everyone received the e-mail concerning the switch, especially those who will be registering for classes for next semester.  If you did not, check your C of C e-mail.  The website is my.cofc.edu

March 15, 2010 Registration for Fall 2010 Begins for Degree-Seeking Graduate Students
Degree-seeking graduate students – While you can “look up” fall 2010 class availability now, you will not actually be able to register until March 15.

June 7, 2010 Registration for Fall 2010 Begins for Certificate Program Graduate Students
Certificate program graduate students – While you can “look up” fall 2010 class availability now,  you will not actually be able to register until June 7.

July 19, 2010 Registration for Fall 2010 Begins for Non-Degree Graduate Students
Non-degree graduate students – While you can “look up” fall 2010 class availability now, you will not actually be able to register until July 19.

Job Opportunity

Position:  Project Coordinator, OFS Green Building Services
The Harvard Office for Sustainability (OFS) Coordinator, Green Building Services (GBS), is responsible for supporting the GBS team as they facilitate green building design, construction and operations across campus. The position will assist GBS as they provide building commissioning, energy auditing, energy conservation measure project management, and green building consulting services and create and deliver green building educational materials. There will be a large learning component as the employee is exposed to a variety of different tasks and works to gain full proficiency and fluency in these tasks. This is a one year position with the possibility of renewal.

Duties & Responsibilities

    • Report directly to the Manager, OFS Green Building Services
    • Provide administrative project support for green building consulting and LEED certification services to project teams and clients throughout Harvard University
    • Support the building commissioning, energy auditing, and energy conservation measure project management services of GBS
    • Attend project meetings and assists the GBS team as they work to ensure thoroughness and accountability in delivering sustainable design, construction, and operations projects
    • Assist the GBS team in developing program-specific tools and templates
    • Work with OFS staff to create green building educational materials and organize and deliver training and best practice sharing events
    • Support the GBS team in implementing the Harvard Green Building Standards by reviewing projects to ensure guidelines are being met
    • Conduct green building research as needed
    • Participate as a member of the overall OFS team, generally contributing to the well being of the organization, including supporting the OFS occupant engagement efforts
    • Proactively study sustainability and LEED educational materials to assist in performing job

Basic Qualifications

    • A related undergraduate and/or graduate degree, such as mechanical or electrical engineering, architecture, and/or construction management
    • Understanding of building mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems
    • Be a proactive, self-starter with a passion for green building
    • Demonstrated attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple priorities
    • Excellent writing and editing skills
    • Excellent communication skills, with the capacity for developing and maintaining strong client relationships across a highly decentralized university management structure
    • Client services skills and follow through
    • Professional experience / working knowledge of construction administration, specification writing, and construction documents and drawings
    • Familiarity with the US Green Building Council’s LEED rating system and LEED accredited professional designation
    • Professional experience with high performance buildings and a broad range of sustainable technologies

Technology Skills Required: Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and ability to learn software such as eQUEST, AutoCAD, Access, and Photoshop as needed.

Executive Leadership for Cougar Media Network

I wanted to let you know the Executive Leadership Positions for 2010-11 in the Cougar Media Network have been posted. These positions include:

Editor-in-Chief, George Street Observer
Editor-in-Chief, Miscellany literary journal
General Manager, CofCRadio
General Manager, Cougar Television
Advertising Manager
Public Relations Manager
Online Publishing Manager

All applications and job descriptions can be found on the Student Media website.  A new position of Public Relations Manager has been added as Student Media begins to develop a public relations and external relations department within in the network.

Graduate students are eligible for these positions; however, they must be enrolled for nine (9) hours per semester.

If you need PDF copies of any of the applications, please contact Mandi Bryson at 953.5289

Old Information, but Still Relevant:

Fellowship Opportunity

Here is an alert about an opportunity for graduate students who may wish to pursue a Ph.D. The Presidential Fellowship is worth an additional $5,000 per year (on top of the usual $16,000 plus $24,000 in tuition remission). http://www.fau.edu/spa/phd

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