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News Five MPA Students Receive ICMA’s Local Government Early Career Certificate

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Each One Served as a 2019 UD Local Government Management Fellow
Danielle Littmann, Jason Wardrup, Simone Adkins, Sarah Warkentin, Tonisha Hurd

From top left, Danielle Littmann, Jason Wardrup, Simone Adkins, Sarah Warkentin, and Tonisha Hurd all received ICMA's Local Government Early Career Certificate.

Five students from the Biden School’s Master of Public Administration Program have been awarded the Local Government Early Career Certificate, from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

All five students are graduating in May 2020. They are all members of the UD ICMA Student Chapter and served as summer 2019 UD Local Government Management Fellows in the follow Delaware municipalities:

  • Danielle Littmann, UD ICMA Student Chapter Co-President — Town of Middletown
  • Jason Wardrup, UD ICMA Student Chapter Co-President — City of Rehoboth Beach
  • Simone Adkins — City of Rehoboth Beach
  • Sarah Warkentin — Town of Smyrna
  • Tonisha Hurd — Towns of Smyrna and Middletown

The Local Government Early Career Service Certificate recognizes graduating students in good academic standing who have completed or are in the process of completing a major service project for a local government organization. UD’s five students are among the 38 students across the nation graduating this spring with an MPA/MPP degree from NASPAA-accredited programs that have ICMA student chapters. Students are nominated by their ICMA Student Chapter Faculty Advisors for their outstanding demonstration of a strong commitment to local government.

ICMA Student Chapter Wins ICMA Best Chapter Event Contest

The UD ICMA Student Chapter was selected as one of the winners of the 2020 ICMA Best Chapter Event Contest! The winning submission highlights the student chapter’s “City of Milford Career Trek and Networking Event” that took place on January 10, 2020.  The chapter received a $1,000 award, which will be used for 2020–21 chapter activities.

The event was organized by UD ICMA student chapter co-presidents Danielle Littmann and Jason Wardrup; chapter advisor Marcia Scott; and Christine Hoh (UD MPA ’19), an ICMA local government management fellow with the Cities of Lewes and Milford.

The UD ICMA Student Chapter won this award last year too! The chapter’s submission, which highlighted a visit to the City of Rehoboth Beach that included a tour of the city’s municipal complex and a networking event with city and town managers, placed first in the annual contest.

About ICMA

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) is an association representing professionals in local government management positions. In addition, ICMA conducts research, provides technical assistance and training, and promotes professional local government management.

In September 2018, staff and students within the University of Delaware’s Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration spearheaded the creation of UD's International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Student Chapter. 

Students interested in learning more about the UD ICMA Student Chapter are encouraged to contact chapter advisor Marcia Scott.

About the Institute for Public Administration

The University of Delaware‘s Institute for Public Administration (IPA) addresses the policy, planning, and management needs of its partners through the integration of applied research, professional development, and the education of tomorrow’s leaders. IPA coordinates the Local Government Management Fellows Program

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