Winter 2018 MPA Free Workshops

bookeepingThe following is the schedule of Winter MPA Free Workshops. Students show up for the MPA workshops in the rooms given below.  There is no need to Register for the workshops ahead of time.

Basic Grant Writing Workshop

  • Cancelled

Description:  This workshop will give you the basic information on how to write grant proposals with some practical examples.

Instructors: Prof. Patricia Araujo and Prof. Maria Volpe who has extensive experience in writing proposals and getting grants.

John Jay Careers Online and Networking Skills

  • Friday, January 5th.
  • 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Room: NB 1.101

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.


How to use SPSS ( Beginning and Intermediate)

  • Tuesday, Jan. 9th.
  • 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Room: L2.72.04

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

Slavery in New York State

  • Wednesday, Jan. 10th.
  • 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Room: NB 1.101

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.

Instructors: Dr. Ned Benton, Program Director of MPA-IO and Dr. Judy- Lynne Peters, Director of MPA Services.

CAPSTONE Preparation Workshop

  • Thursday, Jan. 11th.
  •  6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Room: NB 1.101

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 1.101 from 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.  At the end of this workshop, the MPAQE will be administered, so there will be an opportunity to pass the test.

It is MANDATORY  for students to attend all three of the intensive MPAQE writing workshops.  Attending these workshops will definitely prepare you better to pass the MPAQE.

Following is the schedule:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 16th. Intensive writing workshop-I
  • Wednesday, Jan. 17th. Intensive writing workshop-II
  • Thursday, Jan. 18th.  Intensive writing workshop-III
  • Monday, Jan. 22nd.  6:00 to 8:00 p.m. MPAQExamination.  Room NB L2.72.06

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

 Financial Industry Frauds.

  • Monday, Jan. 22nd.
  • 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Room: NB 1.101

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.

Introduction to Non-profit Legal Environment and Board Governance for Public Managers

  •  Tuesday, Jan. 23rd.
  • 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Room: NB 1.101

Description: There are approximately 2 million NFP organizations in the US that account for 6 percent of the national GDP. NFPs play a significant role in American society by undertaking and providing funding for programs that benefit the greater good. This workshop is intended for MPA students interested in not-for-profit management careers who need some appreciation of the legal environment of not-for-profit organizations, aims to impart knowledge about the governance of NFPs and the role of boards, and will cover the following:

  • Are board members essentially advocates and fundraisers?
  • Do board members direct an organization to the extent that staff is unable?
  • What is the proper leadership role for a NFP board?
  • Is a board’s role primarily defined by their need to resolve crisis situations?

Instructor: Prof. Stephen Rolandi. He has significant professional experience in many NFP organizations as a board member and also as a volunteer.

Balancing Studies, Family and Career

  • Wednesday, Jan. 24th.
  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Room:  NB 1.101

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.


MPA and Professional Certifications combined for career development

  • Thursday, Jan. 25th.
  • 6:00 to 8:00 p.m
  • Room: NB 1.101

This workshop will address how  a number of professional certifications will help to further your career with an MPA degree.  There are a number of certifications that track well with the MPA concentrations, for example, the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) compliments those on the I/O track, and the Senior Professional In Human Resources (SPHR) aids those on the HR track.  These certifications require testing and an ethical parameter but are well respected in their industries, and an MPA/certification combination provides significant leverage in the job market.  The training is high caliber and compliments the MPA program well. The combination of a graduate degree and a professional certification provides the job-seeker with a strong argument and must be strategically placed in a resume or CV.

Instructor: Prof. Kenneth Grossberger, professor in the Dept. of Public Management.