The Voinovich Future Leaders in Public Affairs, a group of committed students from the Voinovich School, met Wednesday, Oct. 21, for their fourth meeting of the semester. The group’s president, second-year MPA candidate Ryan Lovingood, explained that the group was revived recently in an attempt to provide more networking opportunities for students.
“We noticed in our first year that there was a disconnect between the first-year students and the second-year students, as well as between the MPA students and the MSES students,” Lovingood said. “We were approached by faculty who really want to start to bridge this gap. So they selected some students and asked us if we would like to become involved… and the Voinovich Future Leaders in Public Affairs is what came out of that.”
This year, the group’s primary focus has been on professional development. “We’re here for what students care about, and what we’re hearing is professional development,” Lovingood said. “In two years, we spend a lot of time in the classroom but we don’t always have the necessary skills to find that great first job or make sure our resume really reflects our strengths. That’s something we want to remedy.”
At the Oct. 21 meeting, the group discussed producing promotional materials, potential professional development opportunities that the group could facilitate and expanding to conduct or participate in community service activities. The primary focus of the meeting, however, was planning for an upcoming event that the group is hosting.
The Fall Potluck and Ridges Tour on Friday, Nov. 6, will begin at 4:3p.m. with a potluck, followed by a walking tour of The Ridges led by the Athens Historical Society. The event is free and will be open to all Voinovich School students, staff, faculty, friends and family.
“This is a great opportunity for students of every program at the Voinovich School, along with faculty and staff to get together in a casual environment, enjoy food, network and also to learn more about the place we spend our 9-5,” Lovingood said. “These buildings are important to our daily lives. I, for one, don’t know much about it. So it’s an opportunity to get a little fall spirit, and to learn something new about each other.”
For more information visit the group’s Facebook event or click here to RSVP. Graduate students and Undergraduate Research Scholars at the Voinovich School interested in getting more involved with the group can contact the group’s executive board at firstname.lastname@example.org or attend one of the group’s weekly meetings at 7 p.m. every Wednesday in the conference room in The Ridges Building 21. Meetings typically last about 30 minutes.