FREE Summer MPA Workshops, 2017


This article provides information about the free MPA workshops for summer 2017. Workshops focus on The MPA Qualifying Examination, the Capstone, Career Services,  SPSS, Financial Fraud and Worklife balance. There is also a presentation of a project to assemble records of slavery in New York from 1626 to 1827.

MPAQE Preparation Workshop

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

  • Room: NB 1.63. All workshops will be held in this same room.
  • Time: 6:00 to 8:00 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.

Students are encouraged to attend the basic, and all of the intensive MPAQE writing workshops.  Attending these workshops will definitely prepare you better to pass the MPAQE.  Exam date to be announced later.

Following is the schedule:

  • Monday, July 17. Basic one day workshop
  • Wednesday, July 19.   Intensive writing workshop-I
  • Monday, July 24.  Intensive writing workshop-II
  • Wednesday July 26.  Intensive writing workshop-III

There will be a second set of MPAQE workshops in August for those who cannot attend the July MPAQE workshops.  You can attend both if you want to.

  • Monday, August 7.  Basic one day workshop
  • Tuesday, August 8.  Intensive writing workshop-I
  • Wednesday, August 9.  Intensive writing workshop-II
  • Thursday, August 10.  Intensive writing workshop-III

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.


CAPSTONE Preparation Workshop

  • Monday, June 12
  •  Room: NB1.63
  • Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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.


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

  • Tuesday, June 13
  • Room: NB 1.63
  • Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

 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. 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.

Conducted by: Prof. Jovanny A. Suriel, Ed.M., M.A.  Jovanny 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.


Slavery in New York State during and after the Revolutionary war

Thursday, June 15

Room: NB 1.63

Description: MPA faculty and students are assembling records of slavery in New York from 1626 to 1827. Census, slave trade, birth registration, child abandonment, cemetery, shipping and other records from many sources are being documented in a single online database that identifies individual slave holders and enslaved persons.  The project already has coded more than 3,000 individual records. Students can learn about opportunities to join the project.


Professors Ned Benton and Judy-Lynne Peters, MPA Research Assistants Tyresa  Jackson and Mathew Thompson



How to use SPSS —  (Beginning/Intermediate)

  • Thursday, July 20
  • Room: L2.72.04
  • Time: 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

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.

Conducted by Prof. Rainer Kroll, PhD


Financial Industry frauds.

  • Monday, August 14
  • Room: NB 1.63
  • Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Description:  This workshop discusses the manner and means of types of frauds carried out within Wall street financial industry. It covers insider trading, take-the-money-and-run schemes, cherry picking, prime banking, Ponzi schemes, pyramid schemes, false brokerages, market manipulation and more.

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.


Balancing Studies, Family and Career

  • Thursday, August 24
  • Room: NB 1.63
  • Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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..