Welcome to all our returning students and greetings to our alumni!!
Fall Enrollments: When it comes to enrollments, the MPA program is one of the premier graduate programs at UNCP. With 257 enrolled in 13 classes offered this Fall, the MPA program is off to a great year. We want to thank the faculty and staff of the MPA program, the department of Political Science and Public Administration, and the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice for their support.
Did You Know? Did you know that the MPA program has 113 alumni and 115 admitted students? This fact underscores our tremendous growth (over 400%) in the last four years. Check out the University newswire for a great article on the MPA program. It can be found at: www.uncp.edu/news/2004/mpa.htm
Emergency Management Concentration (EM): Spring 2005 will mark the beginning of the Emergency Management Concentration in the MPA program. We expect that the EM concentration will have national appeal but will also fill the regional need for this growing sub-discipline. Dr. Dan Barbee who is a consultant to FEMA and Dr. Robert Schneider, internationally recognized and published in Emergency Management are the keystone professors in this concentration which comprised of Introduction to Emergency Management, Hazard Mitigation Principles and Planning, Private and Public Sector Continuity Planning, Social Dimensions of Disaster and Special Populations, Technological Applications in Emergency Management, and Capstone in Emergency Management.
Alumni and Student Association: Lawrence Locklear (‘06) will coordinate a chapter constitution for an MPA student and Alumni Association at UNCP. We anticipate that all alumni and current students will participate in the association and we are working with Lorna Ricotta in Alumni Relations toward that end.
New Location: Please make note that the MPA program has moved from the BA (School of Business) building to Old Main, rooms 224 and 225. Phone contact numbers for Amelia Elk (6637) and Dr. Giannatasio (6531) are the same.
Students and Alumni News: We are proud to announce that Jiang (Grant, ‘05), will begin the Ph.D. program at UNC Charlotte, Spring 2005. Also, Gautam Nayer (’05) will be applying to UNCC and Rutgers University’s Ph.D. program.
Newsletter Announcement: Please announce to your classes that the Newsletter is posted on the MPA website at www.uncp.edu/mpa then click on “News and Events.”
International China and South Africa
China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT): We are progressing steadily toward awarding the MPA degree at CUMT. This Summer Drs. Schneider and Broscheid and Hawthorne have taught in XuZhou. Only one core course remains to be taught and it will be presented on-line in the Spring, eligible students will graduate in May 2005.
Harbin Normal University (HNU): Courses are scheduled to begin at Harbin Normal University in Spring 2005. Currently Harbin University is aggregating a potential cohort for UNCP’s review.
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (South Africa): UNCP and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (formally Port Elizabeth Technicon), have agreed to offer joint MPA courses with an initial faculty and student on-line exchange. Ultimately this arrangement will lead to faculty and student on-site exchanges.
Updated: Wednesday, October 20, 2010
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