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News from the MPA Program

The MPA program has experienced a boom in registrations in fall 2002.  Enrollment began increasing a few years ago, but that trend accelerated dramatically.  Virtually all  six classes were either full or over-enrolled.  The program is offering a new course, Dr. Patricia Mitchell's seminar in Economic Development.
In spring 2003, the program will offer a special class on grant writing, taught by Dr. Jan Tovey of the Department of English.  Tovey is director of the English department's Technical Writing Graduate Program and also an academic advisor to the ECU Outreach Network, a program that assists local governments and nonprofit agencies in eastern

North Carolina in preparing grant applications.
Several MPA program faculty spent a good portion of this past May in Ekaterinburg, Russia, working on the ECU-Urals Academy of Public Administration (UAPA) project to establish an MPA program at the academy. The MPA program has hosted two groups of professors from UAPA in Greenville. The Russian professors visited the Institute of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill, and met with Greenville, Pitt County, and ECU officials.  Several other Russian professors will be visiting ECU later in the academic year, most likely in January or February 2003. Scavo leads a delegation of ECU professors to Russia in 2003. 

The MPA program continues to be very attractive to area administrators whether they work for local or state government, nonprofit agencies, or area health agencies.  Approximately three-fourths of the students in the program are in-service, taking one or two classes a semester.  The program admits students to begin study in fall, spring, and summer sessions.  It is not too late now to apply for January admission to the MPA program.  Contact Dr. Carmine Scavo, MPA director at 252.328.6130 or email at for more details.

MPA Program Enrolls Chinese Student from Shanghai

Invasion Iraq? Roundtable Discusses War's Issues and Implications

Ling Dai, a graduate of Fudan University in Shanghai, China, entered the MPA Program in fall 2002.  Ling Dai graduated from Fudan University with a degree in English.  Before entering the MPA program, she worked as a data analyst for the Shanghai Branch of the People's Bank of China and as a summer intern for Coca Cola.  She also taught English at Fudan University.

The Departments of History and Political Science sponsored a roundtable program on September 9, 2002 at East Carolina University.  Dr. Michael Palmer (history) and Drs. Dan Masters, Maury Simon, and Richard C. Kearney (political science) spoke on issues and implications for the war on terrorism and American foreign and military policies.  With Kearney as moderator, Masters discussed the implications of war on Iraq for the war on terrorism, Simon identified foreign policy issues concerning a war on Iraq, and Palmer outlined strategic and military options. 

Political Science Department
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858 
Contact: Rick Kearney