Colonel Rideout addresses the Graduates at the Reception
Colonel Dane Rideout, the Garrison Commander of the U.S. Army Garrison at West Point, was the speaker at the reception for this year’s graduating class of John Jay College’s MPA program at West Point. The reception was held in Cullen Hall on Friday May 31st.
The event was very special because Colonel Rideout graduated from John Jay’s MPA Program at West Point in 2001 with a Master’s Degree in Public Management and a specialization in Human Resources Management. In 1997, Rideout was assigned to West Point as the Chief of Cadet Advanced Training and later helped establish the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethics.
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Assembly member James Brennan
A group of 14 students accompanied by MPA Career Advisor Mary Ann Triest visited Capitol Hill, Albany, New York, on April 30, 2013. This daylong trip was organized by MPA Students Association for students to gain exposure in the inner-workings of the state assembly and public service in general.
In the morning, Assembly member James Brennan, who chairs the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commission, met the students at his conference room. After introducing his assigned committee, he discussed about the present structure, functions and dynamics of the state assembly and the significance of the Speaker of the Assembly in making major decisions, such as assigning committees to the assembly members.
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The 2012 Pi Alpha Alpha Inductees
On May 22nd, a new class of JJCCJ MPA graduates was inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha, wnich is the national honor society for students in the field of Public Affairs and Administration. Under the auspices of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), this honorary society encourages and rewards scholarship and accomplishment among students and practitioners in the field of public affairs and administration.
Those MPA students who have completed 30 credits with a GPA of at least 3.67 and those BA (Public Administration) students who have completed 90 credits with similar GPA are qualified to join the honor society.
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Lauren Fischer and Ryan Spiker have been selected as the finalists for the 2013 Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) program. The PMF is the most prestigious and competitive fellowship of all federal student programs in the nation. This program provides initial years of employment and leadership development trainings, inculcates a spirit of public service, and prepares future leaders for a career in the government.
Lauren is an MPA student specializing in the Criminal Justice Policy and Administration and she will be graduating soon in May 2013. Since summer last year, she has been working as an Intern at Federal Criminal Justice Agency, New York.
She also has been serving as a College Assistant for the Office of Undergraduate Studies and the Office of Undergraduate Research for nearly one and a half year. Now Lauren is expecting to start the PMF program starting this fall. Her plan is to focus in the field criminal justice.
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On March 16, 2013, approximately 150 students gathered to attend the Law Day @ John Jay, which was aimed to provide firsthand information about the law school admission process, strategies for Law School Admission Test, and law school funding options.
Nitza Escalera, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Fordham University School of Law, moderated a session.
A daylong event kicked off at 9:30 a.m. with four concurrent sessions. Ursula Duran, Senior Associate Director of Fordham University Law School presented on How to Fund Law School. A panel on Law School Confidential: Law Students Reveal Their Experiences was held at Lecture Hall which was joined by five law students, who are John Jay alumni, with Nitza Escalera, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Fordham University School of Law, as a moderator. In this panel, students shed light on the academic rigors of law school, the law school curriculum, study groups, and the opportunities and challenges of law school life.
A Workshop on LSAT Strategies
A separate workshop on LSAT Success Strategies was also provided by Carolyn Nelson, Esq., Founder and President, and Shawn Grant, Esq., from Nelson Test Prep. In addition, Mock Law Class was held by Debra Moss Curtis, Law Professor of Nova Southeastern Law School, where students explored the law school classroom experience to see for themselves if it is a right choice.
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