MPA Free Workshops – June and July 2016

The Mossack Fonseca Law Firm at the center of the Panama Papers Scandal
The Mossack Fonseca Law Firm at the center of the Panama Papers Scandal

The free MPA Workshops for June and July  2016 include many new topics, including the Panama Papers and Slavery in New York at the time of the Revolutionary War, as well as some of the old favorites like Using SPSS and the Capstone Project Headstart. Registration or reservations are not needed for the workshops. Just show up.

CAPSTONE Preparation Workshop

Thursday, June 2nd (6:15 to 8:15 p.m.)

Room: NB1.105

Description: Get a head start on your capstone project by attending this orientation to the course.  This workshop is recommended for students taking the capstone in the next academic year.

Instructor: Dr. Ned Benton,  Program Director of MPA-IO, John Jay College.

MPAQE Preparation Workshops

All workshops will be in Room: NB 1.76

All workshops will be from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.

Dates: Tuesday, June 7th, Thursday June 9th, Tuesday, June 14th, and Thursday, June 16th.

 Description:  These workshops are for students who have failed the MPAQE previously or for students who need to take the exam for the first time. The workshops will be a series of intensive MPAQE writing for students who require preparation.  The grading instrument will also be explained. This will allow students to assess previous exams and scores and prepare them for the exam. Students must attend all four sessions of the intensive workshop series.  At the end of these workshops, the MPAQE will be administered. Attending these workshops will definitely prepare you better to pass the MPAQE.

Instructor:  Angelica Blazina-Mantovani is a John Jay Alumni receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Forensic Psychology and her Masters in Public Administration- Inspector General.  She worked as a Writing Center tutor for eight years.  Currently, she is in her eighth year as an Adjunct with the Public Administration Department.

Law Options for MPA students

Monday, June 6th (6:15 to 8:15)

Room: NB 1.91

 Description: This workshop will explain available law school and law-related programs, including our new MPA-IO/JD program with CUNY Law School and MPA specializations in Law and Inspection and Oversight and in Law and Public Policy and Administration.  The workshop will also provide an introduction to the kind of analytic thinking a law school curriculum requires.

Instructor: Prof. Dan Feldman teaches for the City University of New York in the MPA program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice as Professor of Public Management. His sixth book, Administrative Law: The Sources and Limits of Government Agency Power (Sage/CQ Press) was published early in 2016. A state legislator for 18 years, he wrote over 140 laws, including New York’s Organized Crime Control Act and Megan’s Law; and as chair of the Assembly Committee on Correction, led the effort to repeal the Rockefeller drug laws. Both prior and subsequent to his career in elective office, he conducted major investigations during 16 years in high-level appointed offices.  He holds degrees from Columbia College and Harvard Law School.

Navigating the Center for Career and Professional Development, and Interviewing for Success

Wednesday, June 15th  (6:15 to 8:15)

Room: NB 1.91

Description: Learn how to access the Career Center in a proactive way that sets you up for success from the beginning of your academic career and supports you throughout.. Come and learn about our services and how to best utilize the CCPD. Learn also how to succeed in an interview. In this workshop we will discuss the checklist of what to do to prepare for your interview from the moment you get the call to after you have completed the interview.

Instructor: Prof. Jovanny A. Suriel, Ed.M., M.AJovanny is the Associate Director of Career Services, MPA Careers., Center for Career and Professional Development of John Jay College.  He also teaches in the department of Public Management.

How to use SPSS  (Beginning/Intermediate)

Tuesday, June 21 (6:15 to 8:15)

Room: 413T (Haaren Hall bldg)

Description:  This workshop is designed for those with first and second-level statistics proficiency.  The format for each topic will consist of a brief conceptual introduction that provides relevant details for the process being covered.  The student will then perform specific procedures on a data set to generate an output.  These results will then be used to identify the major aspects of the statistical process.

Instructor:  Prof. Rainer Kroll, Ph.D.

Panama  Papers: Who did what and why does it matter?

Wednesday, June 22nd. (6:15 to 8:15)

Room: NB 1.99

Description: This discussion looks at the players in this international scandal: what exactly, did they do? This discussion will cover the intricacies of the individuals, the countries of which they are from, and the countries where their money is being held. This will also look at economic and political trends throughout the time frame that Mossack Fonseca has been in operation. This discussion covers legitimately earned enterprises where individuals are simply avoiding taxes as well as other types of crimes such as money laundering and terrorism finance, where illegal entities are moving money around the globe.

Instructor: Marie Springer.  Marie Springer is a doctoral candidate in the John Jay Policy, Oversight and Administration specialization at CUNY. Her current dissertation research is on Ponzi schemes, and will also be a book. This research covers more than 1,000 federal level Ponzi schemes and 2,300 perpetrators. Springer has presented papers on the SEC performance, Ponzi schemes and affinity fraud at conferences.

Previous experience in working with environmental advocacy has led her to the field of government oversight. In this capacity she worked with federal agencies and Congress. This experience provided her with an understanding of how federal agencies work and the need for oversight.

Panama Papers – Accounting / Legal Issues

Wednesday, June 22nd (6:15 to 8:15)

Room: NB 1.99

Description: The Panama Papers release illustrates the tip of the proverbial iceberg. This part of the workshop intends to outline how it has become too normal to conceal beneficial ownership and financial interests in corporate shells in so-called offshore venues like Panama but common also in domestic venues (e.g., Delaware, Nevada, Wyoming). The principles of transparency collide with the principles of privacy, allowing adverse effects from which we all suffer (e.g., money laundering, drug financing, financial support of terrorism). This is not merely an accounting and accountability problem but also a political and regulatory problem. However, it can be solved with these means. Of course, viable solutions may require redefinition of the private and public domains, as well as changes in inspection and oversight that to date is not adequately global in reach.

Instructor: David Shapiro serves as an Assistant Professor at New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice in the Department of Public Management, instructing in the fields of fraud examination and financial forensics and investigations. He also serves as Deputy Director for the Advanced Certificate in Forensic Accounting under the MPA – Inspection & Oversight program. He has published articles in the areas of forensic accounting, finance, and risk management. He recently wrote a special chapter for the book “How They Got Away With It: White Collar Criminals and the Financial Meltdown.”

Slavery in New York State Before and After the Revolutionary War

Wednesday, July 6th(6:15 to 8:15)

Room: NB 1.91

Description: A presentation of slavery law, policy and practice in New York State during the decades before and after the Revolutionary War, based on public records. Most studies of slavery in the United States focus on slavery in the southern states leading up the the Civil War.   Professor Benton will present British and American records of slavery in New York State to document and illustrate law, policy and practice in New York. For example, the 1790 U.S. Census documents that one third of the population of Brooklyn (Kings County) was enslaved.

Instructor: Dr. Ned Benton,  Program Director of MPA-IO.

Budgeting Techniques for State and Local Government

Tuesday, July 12th  (4:00 to 6:00)

Room: NB 1.76

Description: MPA students know much about public budgeting theory as it relates to American government and public administration, but they would like to know how government professionals and budget officials apply that theory to practice. This workshop will demonstrate techniques in:

  1. Preparing budgets for grant applications;
  2. Budget and cost reduction proposals;
  3. Budgets for preparing spending and financial plans

Instructor: Stephen R. Rolandi, MPA, Lecturer of Public Administration,   Department of Public Management

Finding Your Passion – Career Mapping Strategies for the New Public Service Professional

Tuesday, July 19th (4:00 to 6:00)

Room: NB 1.76

Description: Students currently enrolled in MPA programs as well as new MPA graduates may well find the process of securing employment in their chosen field a daunting and often frustrating task. This workshop will present a strategic process in mapping one’s professional future. Such a process entails clarifying what one wants for one’s life and career, thinking about those possibilities, setting goals, making plans (short-term and long-term), and how to implement them. We will examine strategies on how best to position oneself for a career in the public service (broadly defined):

  • Internships;
  • Volunteering;
  • Value of joining and serving in leadership roles in professional organizations and associations
  • Networking;
  • Continuing education

This workshop will appeal to those MPA students considering management careers in Federal, state and local government;  higher education; not-for-profit sector;  health care policy and hospital management and administration.

Instructor: Stephen R. Rolandi, MPA,   Lecturer of Public Administration,  Department of Public Management

 Research Methods

Wednesday, July 20th (6:15 to 8:15)

Room: NB 1.91

Description:  In this workshop participants will take a close look at the rudiments of research methods. It is ideal for those who are planning to take PAD 715, as well as those wanting to improve their term papers or needing to refresh their knowledge of the process of preparing a research design proposal, collecting data and conducting univariate and bivariate analysis. Examples will be discussed and analytical processes demonstrated.  Participants will be provided with a list outlining basic statistical terms and symbols, for their easy reference and revision.

Instructor:  Dr. Marilyn Rubin, MPA-PPA Director, John Jay College.

Balancing Studies, Family and Career

Monday, July 25th  (6:15 to 8:15)

 Room:  NB 1.76

 Description:  This workshop will have a panel of discussants who will engage participants to share the struggles and challenges they face in order to be successful in their academic plans, have a happy, fulfilled family life, and a successful career, and give guidance and counseling on how to balance these three.  This workshop is aimed at helping students learn some techniques and skills to grapple with these challenging issues. This workshop is recommended for those who are having a stressful time balancing studies, family life and career. We will have some students from MPASA to share their challenges and experiences balancing studies, family and career.

Moderator:   Mabel Gomes is a John Jay Alumni in Public Administration. She has been teaching in the department of Public Administration for over 19 years.  She is also currently the MPA Academic Advisor for ACFA.