School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration
MPA students have the option to take three one-credit workshops as part of their program of study.. Students from other graduate program and nondegree seeking students are welcome. The workshops scheduled for 2013-14 are described below. See the GVSU course schedule for rooms and times.
May 17, 2014
Leadership to Make a Difference - 36153 - PA 550 - 01
This workshop will explore the concept of leadership in a theoretical and practical sense. By the end of this workshop you will have assessed your own leadership abilities and practice, and appreciate the relationship between leadership and management in establishing and attaining mission, long and short-term goals. You’ll also be able to implement effective leadership methods in various organizational situations.
June 21, 2014
Technology to Make a Difference - 36456 - PA 551 - 01
This workshop provides you with the seven competencies needed to strategically integrate technology within any nonprofit organization. By the end of this course you will be able to assess the technology situation within any organization, identify areas for technology improvement, budget and plan for these technology improvements, make the right hardware, software and social media selection decisions, and assess the
effectiveness of an organization’s technology efforts.
July 19, 2014
Writing to Make a Difference - 36457 - PA 552 - 01
Writing in a nonprofit setting shares some common elements with academic writing. But the two differ in many important ways. For example, the rigor involved in research-based academic writing will help you make your case with solid evidence. But in nonprofit writing your “bottom line” is not purely intellectual curiosity. Nor are you aiming to impress your readers with fancy words or lengthy diatribes. As a graduate student, you have surely honed your writing skills for a particular audience. This workshop will help you leverage that strength in the nonprofit sector for both internal and external audiences by guiding you through writing outstanding marketing materials that capture the interest and attention of prospective funders and other stakeholders.
September 13, 2014
Introduction to Sustainability - 16736 - PA 553 - 01
September 27, 2014
Careers in State & Federal Government - 13663 - PA 551 - 01
October 11, 2014
Career in Fundraising - 13664 - PA 552 - 01
October 25, 2014
Career Development - 21097 - PA 550 - 01
How does a young professional convey their competency in public administration? This workshop facilitates students' efforts to communicate with future employers regarding applications of their education through experiential exercises and interactions with practitioners across the broad range of public affairs, administration, policy professions, and sectors. As a basis for the workshop, students will be asked to develop: a) Accomplishment statements, b) Cover Letters, c) Resumes, d) Interviewing competencies, d) Attire appropriateness, e) Marketing exchanges (e.g., career lifecycles and portfolios), and f) Networking options. In addition, area professionals will discuss the necessary skills and abilities associated with public service careers and what skills and/or abilities are paramount for attaining success particular to our West Michigan culture.
Apr 05, 2014
Philanthropic Topics, Trends and Thought Leaders Workshop 3
- 22327 - PA 554 - 01
The Johnson Center for Philanthropy
This workshop provides students with timely, interesting, and diverse content that complements learning in their graduate courses and exposes them with the topics, trends and thought leadership currently engaging the Johnson Center for Philanthropy. Through this workshop, students have the opportunity to interact with both local and visiting practitioners and thought leaders. (Each Philanthropic Topics, Trends and Thought Leaders Workshop is unique, and is numbered consecutively. This is the third workshop in the series. No prior participation in the workshop series is required for registration.)
January 24, 2015
Communication Skills - 23574 - PA 550 - 01
February 07, 2015
The Boundary Line: Indian Tribes and Relations with State and Local Governments - 23570 - PA 551 - 01
This workshop is a primer on the history, authority, structure, and activities of tribal governments. Michigan is home to twelve federally-acknowledged Indian tribes that enjoy a special status under the law. Federally acknowledged tribes are sovereign governments that exercise direct jurisdiction over their members and territory. Tribal governments provide services to their members including lawmaking, police, courts, healthcare, and education. This workshop will be valuable to students who may work for a local government, nonprofit organization, philanthropic institution, or healthcare agency and interact with tribal governments.
April 4, 2015
Sustainability in Michigan - 26373 - PA 553 - 01
February 21, 2015
Philanthropic Topics, Trends and Thought Leaders Workshop 4
- 31398 - PA 554 - 01
The Johnson Center for PhilanthropyThis workshop provides students with timely, interesting, and diverse content that complements learning in their graduate courses and exposes them with the topics, trends and thought leadership currently engaging the Johnson Center for Philanthropy. Through this workshop, students have the opportunity to interact with both local and visiting practitioners and thought leaders. (Each Philanthropic Topics, Trends and Thought Leaders Workshop is unique, and is numbered consecutively. This is the fourth workshop in the series. No prior participation in the workshop series is required for registration.)
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