January 2017 MPA Workshops

The January 2017 MPA workshop schedule includes several new topics. All the workshops are free, and none require registration in advance.

Name of Facilitator Topic of workshop Date Time Room
Ned Benton Capstone Jan. 4th. Wednesday 6:15 to 8:15 NB 1.109
David Shapiro Accountability, Executive Management, and Related Party Transactions Jan. 5th.


6:30 to 8:30 NB 1.109
Angelica Blazina MPAQE Basic One Day Workshop Jan. 9th. Monday 6:30 to 8:30 NB 1.63
Angelica Blazina MPAQE Basic One Day Workshop Jan. 10th. Tuesday 6:30 to 8:30 NB 1.63
Angelica Blazina MPAQE Intensive writing Workshop-I Jan. 11th. Wednesday 6:30 to 8:30 NB 1.63
Angelica Blazina MPAQE Intensive writing


Jan. 12th. Thursday 6:30 to 8:30 NB 1.63
Deborah Washington MPAQExamination Jan. 18th. Wednesday 6:00 to 8:00 NB L2.72.05
Amanda Harris Law school personal statement writing prep. Jan. 17th.


6:15 to 8:15 NB 1.61
Amanda Harris Law school personal statement writing prep. Jan. 19th.


6:15 to 8:15 NB 1.61
Rainer Kroll SPSS Jan. 18th.


4:00 to 6:00 NB L2.72.06
Jovanny Suriel John Jay Careers Online and Networking Skills


Jan. 23rd.


5:30 to 7:00 NB 1.61
Mabel Gomes Balancing studies, career and family Jan. 24th.


6:30 to 8:30 NB 1.63


 Students show up for the MPA workshops in the rooms given below.  There is no need to Register for the workshops ahead of time; just show up.

CAPSTONE Preparation Workshop

  • Wednesday, Jan. 4th.
  • 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.
  • Room: NB1.109

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.


MPAQE Preparation Workshops. . All MPAQE workshops will be held in NB 1.63 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Description:  The MPAQE Workshop will explain the grading instrument, allow students to assess previous exams and scores, and prepare them for the exam.  This workshop is for students who have failed the MPAQE when taken in PAD 700 and for students who need to take the exam for the first time.  At the end of this workshop, the MPAQE will be administered, so there will be an opportunity to pass the test.

Students are encouraged to attend one basic, and both of the intensive MPAQE writing workshops.  Attending these workshops will definitely prepare you better to pass the MPAQE.

Following is the schedule:

  • Monday, Jan. 9th. Basic one day workshop
  • Tuesday, Jan. 10th.   Basic one day workshop
  • Wednesday, Jan. 11th. Intensive writing workshop-I
  • Thursday, Jan. 12th.  Intensive writing workshop-II
  • Monday, Jan. 16th.  6:00 to 8:00 p.m. MPAQExamination.  Room NB L2.72.06

Instructor: Prof. 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 eight year as an Adjunct with the Public Administration Department.


Law School personal statement writing preparation workshops

  • Tuesday, Jan. 17th. 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 19th. 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.

Room: NB 1.61 for both days

Description: Writing a personal statement can feel like a daunting, mysterious task.  What do I want to say about myself? How should I say it? What’s appropriate to include? In this two-part workshop, students will learn how they should approach this kind of essay in terms of content and language. Students will also dissect successful personal statement examples as well as complete some writing exercises that will start them on perfecting a piece of writing they can be proud of.


Accountability, Executive Management, and Related Party Transactions: City College as Potential Illustration of Rule or Exception?

  • Thursday, January 5th.
  • 6:30 to 8:30
  • Room: NB 1.109

 DescriptionInternal controls may work well in the mail room but not so well in the executive suites and boardrooms. How are officers and directors’ noncompliant conduct (e.g., allegedly City College) prevented and timely detected where the officers and directors are expected to be the controlling persons? In light of disclosures such as the Panama Papers scandal and the seeming impenetrability of financial secrecy offered through domestic and international tax havens, how are related party transactions implicating directors and officers discovered through routine internal controls?

Instructor: Prof. David Shapiro


How to use SPSS ( Beginning and Intermediate)

  • Wednesday, Jan. 18th.
  • 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
  • Room: L2.72.06

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, PhD


John Jay Careers Online and Networking Skills

  • Monday, January 23rd.
  • 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Room: NB 1.61

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 and build networking skills. 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.AHe is the Associate Director of Career Services, MPA Careers; Center for Career and Professional Development of John Jay College.  He is also a professor in the department of Public Management.


Balancing Studies, Family and Career

  • Tuesday, Jan. 24th.
  •  6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Room:  NB 1.63

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:  Prof.  Mabel Gomes is a John Jay Alumni in Public Administration. She has been teaching in the department of Public Administration for over 20 years.  She is also currently the MPA Academic Advisor for ACFA.