University of Southern Indiana

Current MPA Students

Chelsea Brown

Chelsea Brown

Bachelor in Public Relations & Advertising '13, University of Southern Indiana.

Luke Clark-Hampleman (Herrin, IL)

Luke Clark-Hampleman

B.S. in Public Relations and Advertising. Public sector concentration.

Why did you choose the MPA Program at USI? "USI allowed many opportunities for me to advance in my academics through work and social meets between graduate students and teachers. I believed that USI is the best fit for me, because of the facilities and faculty that would help me along my education."

What do you hope to gain from the MPA Program? "I wish to learn and adhere to the skills of the public sector. Hopefully one day achieving a goal of running for office."

Travis Dickison (Clayton, IN)

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B.S. in Political Science '15, University of Southern Indiana. Nonprofit concentration.

Why did you choose the MPA Program at USI? "The MPA program at USI had the curriculum I was looking for with plenty of courses relevant to nonprofit management that I was interested in. Also, as a alumnus of the political science department at USI, I knew the quality of the faculty would allow me the best learning experience."

What do you hope to gain from the MPA Program? "I hope that the MPA Program will give me the education and skills I need to serve in the nonprofit sector, possibly as a fundraiser and later an executive."

Loc Duong (Vietnam)

Bachelor of Law '15, Ho Chi Minh City University of Law. Nonprofit concentration.

Why did you choose the MPA Program at USI? "I’ve made the decision to pursue the MPA program because I would like to know how the US public administration system works and what differs from the political Vietnam system and American. I had the opportunity to intern at a law firm in Vietnam, and interacted with both public administrative system and legal procedures. I met with many difficulties when I worked with Vietnamese governments because of many structural shortcomings, which leads to negative thoughts about administrative system in my country. I would like to know how the US public administrative system works so that I would recommend to my country to better improve."

What do you hope to gain from the MPA Program? "After graduating this program, I would like to work at an educational organization, at first my target is NAFTA (Associations of International Educators), and then I will pursue a Doctorate of Educational Leadership at Arkansas State University (a few years later)."

Hannah Forkel-Matte

B.S. in English and Rhetoric Composition '14, University of Southern Indiana. Public sector concentration.

Why did you choose the MPA Program at USI? "My positive experience as an undergraduate student."

What do you hope to gain from the MPA Program? "Hannah states that this degree will assist her in gaining a position where she can assist those struggling with addiction and develop more intensive programming. Her hope is to also gain more insight into professional development through a higher level of education."

Sara Goad (Evansville, IN)

B.S. in Sociology '03, University of Evansville. Nonprofit concentration.

Why did you choose the MPA program at USI? "I feel that USI’s MPA program will help me gain the skills in leadership, policy making, fundraising, and grant writing to help achieve my goals of wanting to have a positive impact on our community and under-served populations."

What are your future goals/what do you hope to gain from the program? "My ultimate goal would be to run a nonprofit advocacy and resource center for transgender individuals."

Misty Henry (Kansas City, MO)

Bachelor in Psychology '09, University of Southern Indiana.

Why did you choose the MPA Program at USI? "After looking at the various graduate study options, the MPA program was the only one that seemed to fit my undecided path."

What do you hope to gain from the MPA Program? "I hope to obtain the skills to successfully run and/or start a non-profit organization or work with a government agency like the Consumer Product Safety Commission as a small business ombudsman."

Ashley Hughes (Terre Haute, IN)

Ashley Hughes

Bachelor of Social Work '13, University of Southern Indiana. Nonprofit concentration.

Why did you choose the MPA Program at USI? "The MPA program will give me the skills I need to become a better community leader that is able to make a positive difference in the world!"

What do you hope to gain from the MPA Program? "I hope to obtain the skill set needed to further my career in either higher education or advocacy work for underrepresented groups and the nonprofit sector."

Malcom Krepp (Connersville, IN)

Malcom Krepp

B.S. in Political Science '11, University of Southern Indiana. Public sector concentration.

Why did you choose the MPA Program at USI? "I chose the MPA program at USI because of the individualized attention the faculty is able to provide. They have worked tirelessly to help me achieve my goals and even before I applied to the program helped me to achieve an academic and professional future that I can be proud."

What do you hope to gain from the MPA Program? "The MPA program is where I will build the foundations of my career in academia. Throughout the course of my last year in the program I will be writing and defending my thesis, which deals with an administrative classification system for food insecurity. After graduation I will be applying to Public Policy PhD programs across the country with the eventual goal of focusing my research and teaching career on social welfare, urban institutions and food security."

Christine Lucas (Evansville, IN)

Bachelor of Social Work '15, University of Southern Indiana. Nonprofit concentration.

Why did you choose the MPA Program at USI? "I chose the MPA program at USI because I want to learn how an organization is managed, become a stronger leader, and gain the skills needed for accomplishing my goals. I also learned so much through my studies at University of Southern Indiana as an undergraduate both personally and professionally that I am confident that my investment in a master’s degree will yield the same kind of results."

What do you hope to gain from the MPA Program? "One of my desires is to be an effective leader and use my passion for serving others to create a more fair and just community. I also wish to help individuals gain the skills and tools needed to accomplish their own goals. I would like to help individuals gain strong independent living skills and be able to contribute to the community. By acquiring a Master of Public Administration at University of Southern Indiana, it will prepare me to manage an organization that helps disabled or veteran individuals obtain housing, work, or other resources needed for them to be self-sufficient."

Shadrach Mensah (Mumford, Ghana)

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B.A. in Political Science and English, University of Ghana. Public sector concentration.

Why did you choose the MPA Program at USI? "To advance my management and decision making skills"

What do you hope to gain from the MPA Program? "To gain knowledge in the management which will make my skills universal and flexible to be able to function in any setting. Also have a long term personal goal of starting a non profit to cater for homeless and underprivileged children."

Chaze Patrick (Chicago Heights, IL)

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A.A. in Criminal Justice Studies '13, Heartland Community College and B.S. in Criminal Justice Sciences '14, Illinois State University. Public sector concentration.

Why did you choose the MPA Program at USI? "This MPA Program at USI is devoted towards excellence! This is a belief that I also share and hope to achieve in the future. Additionally, the faculty, staff, and students are committed in helping you succeed. This has been reflected based on the  involvement of various successful projects in the community and national level."

What do you hope to gain from the MPA Program? "Based on my experiences with the MPA Program, I hope to become an effective civic leader. The lessons that I have learned in the MPA Program thus far have been valuable in doing so. Additionally,  I hope to eventually become an entrepreneur and change lives for the better.  The knowledge learned from the MPA Program helps you flourish for a lifetime."

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