Women in Public Administration Panel

The ICMA chapter hosted a panel discussion with women professionals, faculty members, and MPA students on issues impacting women working in the public sector.

NCCCMA ICMA Roundtable and Networking Mixer

UNC ICMA participated in two events at the North Carolina City/ County Manager’s Conference on February 6, 2014.

The roundtable provided an opportunity for ICMA student chapters to give feedback to our state association about the Student Chapter Program and meet other student
members of ICMA. The student reception “Networking Across Boundaries” gave students a chance to network with other public administration students from across the state.

Informal Dinner – Tom Lundy

The ICMA chapter hosted a dinner with Catawba County Manager, Tom Lundy. This was a great opportunity to have an informal conversation about county management and career interests with a fantastic supporter of the MPA program.

Life Well Run Thank You Party!

As part of our chapter’s efforts to support ICMA’s Life, Well Run campaign, we wrote thank you notes to our local governments to express our appreciation for their work.

Networking with ICMA at NC State!

Along with NC State’s ICMA chapter, we held a mixer with NC State students to socialize with future colleagues in an informal setting.

Local Government Management Fellowship Informal Dinner

The ICMA chapter hosted an informal dinner with Rob Carty, ICMA Director of Career Services and Next Generation Initiatives, and current ICMA fellows Mattie Sue Stevens (Durham City/ County), and Haley Kadish (Catawba County)

“Local Government Human Services” Brownbag

Our chapter hosted a brownbag lunch with Dan Hudgins on Human Services Management. Dan is a professor at the UNC-CH School of Social Work. Before that, he was Director of the Durham County Department of Social Services for over 30 years. Dan spoke about his experience as a human services administrator, lessons learned, and how local government officials can work with social services agencies to solve community problems.

Discussion with Ron Carlee, City Manager of Charlotte

Ron Carlee joined the ICMA Student Chapter for an informal discussion on issues affecting North Carolina. Carlee became the City of Charlotte’s 11th City Manager in April 2013. Prior to joining the City, Carlee was chief operating officer/executive in residence of ICMA. During his tenure as County Manager of Arlington County, Virginia, Carlee was widely recognized for his leadership in Arlington’s response to the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. His work has focused on leadership, interorganizational relations, social equity, civic engagement and sustainability.

“Homegrown Halloween” Brownbag

Catherine Lazorko, the Town of Chapel Hill’s Public Information Officer, joined us for a Halloween-themed brownbag. We discussed local government communications involved in Chapel Hill’s Homegrown Halloween campaign, which was initiated to make Halloween in Chapel Hill a more local and safer event.

Hillsborough Utilities Tour

In October 2013, the ICMA Student Chapter joined our Chapter Adviser and Town Manager of Hillsborough Eric Peterson, along with Utilities Director Kenny Keel for a tour of their water plant and raw water pump station. This gave ICMA students the opportunity to learn about the process of water treatment and discuss the challenges of managing this vital service.

Informal Networking Dinners

The chapter organized a dinner with Bob O’Neill, Executive Director of ICMA, at Top of the Hill where we learned more about ICMA, careers in local government, and his wealth of experience. We also sponsored a talk with Bob and our entire MPA program.

The chapter also had a networking dinner with Lee Worsley, Deputy County Manager of Durham County, NC, Southeast Regional Vice President of ICMA, President of the North Carolina City and County Management Association’s Executive Committee, and UNC MPA alumnus. Students had candid discussions with Lee about their experiences in the MPA program, career paths to city or county management, and the diversification of the profession.

Brownbag Lunches

The chapter organized periodic brownbag lunches with local government professionals at the School of Government and UNC MPA students. The following individiuals hosted brownbags last year:

Will Lambe, Director, Community and Economic Development Program, UNC School of Government

Madhu Beriwal, Founder and CEO of IEM, an emergency management consulting firm

Larry Jarvis, Assistant Director, Community Development, City of Durham, NC

Internship Q&A

In this Q&A session, first year MPA students had the opportunity to ask second year students about summer professional work experiences. This event proved to be enlightening and helpful for first year students as they prepared to search and interview for internship positions.

Social Events

In April, the chapter hosted a networking event for MPA/MPP students in the state of North Carolina. About forty students from East Carolina University, NC State, UNC-Greensboro, and UNC-Chapel Hill attended the event. We look forward to continuing these relationships and hope to have more student networking socials in the future. Students from other schools offered to host similar events and we are hoping to plan one for the 2014 North Carolina City/County Management Association conference.

Job Shadowing

This job-shadowing program allowed UNC MPA students to watch local government professionals at work and learn more about careers in local government. This program was a successful learning and networking experience for 12 participating students who shadowed professionals in all areas of local government including management, budgeting, and health and human services. We hope it will continue annually or semi-annually in the future.