Backpack Donation

Graduating MPA students, do you have a gently used extra backpack you could donate?

UT’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement is partnering with Welcome Table Inc. to bring CDF – Freedom School® to Austin.  This summer learning program will serve 50 elementary school students in east Austin. The low incomes of the families participating mean that buying school supplies, like backpacks, is often very difficult.  Freedom School is a summer camp at which reading is emphasized.  In the afternoons STEM programming will be offered.  Over 180 Freedom Schools will be in session this summer all over the U.S.  This is the first one in Austin.  Accounting Department Chair Lillian Mills will make sure the backpacks get to the coordinators of this year’s Freedom School.

You can drop off your used backpack in the MPA Program Office by Thursday May 15.

Submitted by Madeline Jo Chauvin

Etiquette for Business and Social Occasions Class

The “Etiquette for Business and Social Occasions” class will be held in as a UT Informal Class. This course will teach the basics of business and social etiquette attendees can use to improve their chances for success in their personal and professional lives.

When:  Two Saturdays; June 14 and June 21

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Thompson Conference Center, Room 3.122

For further details including class description, enrollment information and contact numbers, go to the Informal Class Website here

Applying for a Summer Internship

Are you planning to do a summer internship?  Don’t forget to get approval before you start!

The deadline to apply is Friday May 2 at 5:00 p.m. If you do not submit your application by the deadline you will be required to write a short paper regarding why you missed the deadline.

You can find information regarding MPA internships online.  Please note that the “Apply online now” button is toward the bottom of the web page.

MPA Internship Syllabus Summer 2014

For questions, please contact the Internship Coordinator at [email protected].

Submitted by Madeline Chauvin

More Than Money Careers

The University has obtained a new career resource, More Than Money (MTM) Careers. All students and staff have a one-month free access to this online platform. To validate your access, go to http://www.mtmc.co/index.php?/register/EVcp68 and register using your UT email*.

MTM Careers is an internship and job search platform that aims to help students and graduates identify and pursue employment opportunities that match their social innovation goals. Upon registering and submitting information about your education, skills, work/life priorities, and impact areas of interest; you will be able to access the following dashboards:

  • GET CONNECTED: keeping track of trends, identifying employers, and recruiting mentors that match your own unique priorities
  • UNCOVER HIDDEN JOBS: using custom twitter searches
  • GET HIRED: guidance for resume and cover letters, networking, and interviews

* A UT email always ends in utexas.edu (e.g., your McCombs email).

Submitted by Jenny Tseng

INSPIRE Women’s Leadership Program

Inspire new logo

 

What: Open House and Information Session about the INSPIRE Women’s Leadership Program

When: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
**Come anytime between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Where: Burdine Hall (BUR), Room 214

Pizza will be provided.

INSPIRE Leadership provides the participants the opportunity to gain the confidence and knowledge to express their voice in their community. INSPIRE is a direct channel through which the students can reach out to other people and make an impact by engaging in community service, and working with other young women in supportive and interdisciplinary environments. Our participants develop skills applicable to diverse social settings: critical thinking, public presentation, group motivation, and negotiation.

More information about INSPIRE here.

INSPIRE application form

Spring Internship Paperwork

Spring interns- the deadline to submit your hard copy materials and to do your online tasks is Monday April 21 at 5:00 p.m.    If your internship is already complete you may want to consider writing your paper and submitting everything during/after Spring Break.  That’s one less class to worry about at the end of the semester and you won’t risk missing the deadline.  Students submitting paperwork or completing online tasks after 5:00 p.m. on Monday April 21 will be required to write an additional research paper in order to get credit for the internship.

To see which documents have been received by the MPA Program Office go to the MPA internship webpage and “check your internship status”.

Make sure to keep copies of your internship paperwork- the State Board may want to see it someday.  Additionally, if you are writing your daily journal on a work computer, make sure to e-mail it to yourself or put it on a flash drive; you don’t want to turn in your work computer at the end of the internship and find that it’s been erased.

MPA Internship Syllabus Spring 2014

If you have any questions about your internship or requirements, please contact [email protected].

Submitted by Madeline Chauvin

Burnt Orange Saturday!

Show your longhorn pride and NETWORK at SXSW!  Wear burnt orange on Saturday, March 8 and SPREAD THE WORD.  Let’s show all the visiting schools who dominates this town!

Feeling left out (because you’ll be out of town) but still proud to be a Longhorn?  Wear orange on your trip and tweet a pic to #BOSSXSW.

Burnt Orange Saturday @ SXSW – #BOSSXSW
Date:  Saturday, March 8
Time:  All-Day
Location:  Austin, TX

Are you a proud Longhorn?  Make it known.  On “Burnt Orange Saturday @ SXSW,” everyone wears burnt orange to represent The University of Texas and show school spirit during SXSW, when thousands of visitors from all over the world are in town.  Let’s show everyone how strong the UT network is while they are in Longhorn Country.

Hook ‘em!   #UTSXSW #BOSSXSW

Submitted by Madeline Chauvin

MPA Lounge Door

Graduate MPAs:

Please do not prop open the door to the MPA Lounge.  It has a silent alarm on it that goes to the police department and they rush over to see why it went off!

Access to the MPA Lounge is granted only to graduate (traditional and 5th year) MPA students. If you have not had your proximity card programmed and would now like access, please e-mail [email protected] with your name and EID.

Submitted by Madeline Chauvin