Colonel Rideout Addresses the MPA Graduates at West Point

June 8, 2013
Colonel Rideout addresses the Graduates at the Reception

Colonel Rideout addresses the Graduates at the Reception

Colonel Dane Rideout, the Garrison Commander of the U.S. Army Garrison at West Point, was the speaker at the reception for this year’s graduating class of  John Jay College’s MPA program at West Point. The reception was held in Cullen Hall on Friday May 31st.

The event was very special because Colonel Rideout graduated from John Jay’s MPA Program at West Point in 2001 with a Master’s Degree in Public Management and a specialization in Human Resources Management. In 1997, Rideout was assigned to West Point as the Chief of Cadet Advanced Training and later helped establish the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethics.
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The Benefit of Not Taking the GRE

April 15, 2013

Commentary by Courtney Stelmach

There were many different characteristics that I could consider when researching potential Public Administration graduate programs around the Hudson Valley area. Did I want to enroll in an online program? Was I interested in attending class only on weekends? Many colleges and universities across the United States are offering more and more programs that work around working adults’ schedules, aiming to increase enrollment by offering expanded flexibility. I did know, however, that as soon as I saw that the CUNY John Jay MPA Program at West Point did not require Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores, I was sold.
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Professor Profile: Geri Wildenberg

April 15, 2013

A graduate of the CUNY John Jay MPA Program at West Point herself, Professor Geri Wildenberg brings a wealth of experience and practical knowledge to her classes. With an undergraduate degree in engineering, a Masters in public administration and a Doctorate in organization and management, Professor Wildenberg has spent most of her professional career in the public sector. “Although I still consider myself an engineer, I have spent most of my professional career as a supervisor, manager, and leader in Army public works organizations”, she says. “While engineering is ‘all about numbers’, public service is ‘all about people’.  Much of my professional development focused on strengthening those very important people skills.”

Like many of the CUNY John Jay MPA Program at West Point professors and students who work for government, Professor Wildenberg stresses the importance of truly understanding what it means to work in the public sector. “You probably should do a little ‘soul-searching’ before choosing a public service career,” Professor Wildenberg says. “No matter whether you work at the federal level or for the state, the county, or a municipality, you have to remember that you are a public servant.  The politicians set the agenda.  Public administrators execute it.  If you’re looking to change the world, go into politics.  But if you are committed to making the world a better place by ensuring laws are administered fairly and faithfully, then public service is for you.” She also emphasizes customer service skills, stating, “No matter what you do in the public sector, customer service skills are most important.  If you plan to be a supervisor or manager, being able to motivate employees to deliver exceptional customer service is just as important.”

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Student Profile: Robert McLoughlin

April 12, 2013

Robert McLoughlin

When asked what advice he would give to prospective government employees, Robert McLoughlin’s answer was very telling: “I think the first thing I would recommend is not to see yourself as an employee. If you choose a career in public service, and you can identify yourself as a public servant, and acknowledge all the expectations and responsibilities of that role, then you will have laid a solid foundation for your future endeavors.” Read More »

Professor Profile: Katherine Hauserman

March 12, 2013

One of the most interesting facts about the CUNY John Jay Program at West Point is that several of the professors who teach in the program are graduates of the program at West Point themselves. One such professor is Katherine Hauserman, who teaches PAD 703 Human Resource Management, as well as PAD 707 Advanced Issues in HR.

Not only did she attend the MPA Program at West Point, but also she currently teaches JJC classes there and works at West Point. Professor Hauserman is a Human Resource Specialist at the U.S. Military Academy, Civilian Personnel Advisory Center. She moved to New York after graduating from the University of Montana with her bachelor’s degree in Sociology, and has been at West Point for the past 23 years.
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FAFSA update

March 12, 2013

Students wishing to be considered for an Academic Merit Scholarship and.or any other forms of financial aid need to submit a FAFSA form each academic year. If you have not yet submitted your FAFSA for the 2013-2014 academic year, you may do so at

JJC Summer Semester at West Point

March 12, 2013

JJC will be offering PAD 703 during its summer semester at West Point. Class will meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00-9:15 PM from May 28- June 28. Katherine Hauserman will be the course instructor. Diana will open registration in early April and will contact everyone by email. If you would like to register for this class, please reply with your request at that time.

Spring II Semester

March 12, 2013

The Spring II semester will begin on March 19th. We are offering PAD 712  Tuesdays, PAD 704 on Wednesdays and PAD 771 on Thursdays. All classes will meet from 6:00-9:15 PM in Mahon Hall. Classroom assignments will be sent to you by email. If you would like to register for any of the spring II classes, you may do so by contacting Diana at

JJC Fall Semesters at West Point

March 12, 2013

The Fall I semester will meet from September 3- November 7th. PAD 700 will be offered on Tuesday evenings, PAD 743 will be offered on Wednesday evenings and PAD 715 will be offered on Thursday evenings. All classes will meet from 6:00-9:15 PM. The Fall II semester will run from November 12- December 17, during which time PAD 702 will meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00-9:15 PM. To register for fall classes, please submit your registration request in response to the announcement Diana will send out by email in early April. As always, if you have any questions about which classes you need to take, please contact Diana by email or phone.

Get Ready for the Spring 2013 Semester

February 8, 2013

Administrative Announcements:

  • The Spring I semester will end on March 7.
  • The Spring II semester will begin on March 19.
  • Spring Break for the JJC MPA Program at West Point will be March 8- 18.
  • If you have not yet registered for Spring II classes, please contact Diana at or 860-430-9468.  We are offering PAD 704, PAD 712 and PAD 771 during Spring II.
  • We are currently accepting applications from students who want to begin their MPA in March, June or September. If you know anyone who would be interested in earning their MPA with John Jay at West Point, please give them our contact information.

Editor Announcement:

  • Please feel free to contact me at if you have any written material or photos you would like to submit, or if you have ideas for future editions.

Graduation Information:

  • JJC will host a graduation reception at West Point for the Class of 2013. Diana and Jennifer will send out more information once the date and time have been confirmed. All graduates, their guests, current students and faculty will be invited to celebrate with us.