Weekly MPA Newsletter

Below is the weekly letter from MPA graduate assistant, Matthew Irwin.

Hello everyone!  Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season!  Students and faculty, good luck returning to classes today!

Welcome to all the new MPA students starting this semester, as well!

Here comes the news…


The MPASA will meet tomorrow to begin laying out plans for the Spring semester, so stay tuned for that information.  However, as (by my calculations) the Spring semester is only 4 months from being done, it isn’t too early to begin thinking about filling the MPASA Board for next year.  This year, we hope to hold elections a little earlier than normal so that the newly-elected board can work with the outgoing-board a little longer and take over towards the end of the semester.  Therefore, please consider running for a position on the MPASA Board if you will be returning next year.  We will have a more formal announcement in the next few weeks providing job descriptions for each position.  However, the get the juices flowing, the following positions comprise the MPASA Board: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Social Chair, Service Chair, Professional Development Chair, and GSA Senator.  If you have any questions about each position, please feel free to e-mail the person that currently holds the position (See MPASA Website E-mail Tab ).  Thanks!

Congratulations! A big congratulations to MPA student Doug Wurster on being chosen to receive the Mitch Sizemore/Max Holland scholarship!

MLK Challenge. On January 18, 2010, the College will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by sending teams of students into the community to complete a “challenge” project with a Charleston area non-profit. The MLK Challenge kicks off at the Stern Center Ballroom at 9:30 a.m. To sign up for MLK Challenge, please email  volunteer@cofc.edu
Internship Opportunity. The Winkler Consulting Group is looking for a Business Marketing Intern. Deadline is January 18.

Fellowship Opportunity. Coastal Management Fellowship deadline is January 29, 2010

SC City and County Management Association Winter Meeting. The SCCCMA board would like to invite MPA students to attend the winter meeting in Greenwood, January 21-23. The registration fee will be waived. Please have the students contact Anna Berger (see information below), if they would like to attend.  You can find the agenda here.


Fellowship Opportunity. Call for 2011 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Applications are due by February 19.

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