I join my colleagues on the faculty in welcoming you to the Program in Public Policy.
Let me add my congratulations to those already expressed on your admission to the Public Policy Program at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. I am the director of the program so we will have many chances to interact over the next two years and I am looking forward to them.
I started my MPP program twenty–one years ago and I still remember the excitement of beginning a new journey in an area that I was (and still am) deeply excited and passionate about. With nationwide debates on immigration, fiscal policy, and health care and a midterm elections across the country, it is an exciting time for you to be entering this field. I have no doubt that you will make significant contributions to public policy and over the next two years we will help you be prepared to do so.
In the welcome packet you recently received, you will find material on orientation (September 2nd, 2014) and your academic advisers. Please feel free to contact your advisers by email and plan on meeting with them during orientation day. We also ask that you reserve the full day of Friday, October 3, 2014. The second year students will be reporting on their Applied Field Experiences (the required summer internship in the MPP program) and attendance at these presentations is very useful for first year students.
We have set up a Facebook group for all incoming students. It is called Bloustein School Public Policy — 2014 Admitted Students and you should feel free to join. This will give you the chance to interact with each other and give us the chance to get you more information as September approaches.
It is an exciting time for the Bloustein School Public Policy program. We are growing in size and in influence. Graduates from last year’s class are working for employers such as the Government Accountability Office in Washington and the Apprise Energy Research. Current students are doing internships at the diverse organizations including The U.S. Census Bureau, the World Economic Forum, The Centre for Civil Society in India, and more local organizations like Senator Menendez’s office and New Jersey Community Capital. The MPP program also was recently accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. We are thrilled with your addition to the program and look forward to bragging about your accomplishments in the years ahead.
Once again, welcome to the Bloustein School and do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.