A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of the Jepson School
From the Dean
Spring is always a hopeful time at Jepson and on campus. The newest Jepson students are finishing their first semester of required coursework. They are learning how to think critically and reason statistically. Juniors are busy securing credit-bearing internships with a leadership component that may lead to long-term employment or help them settle on a career path. And as many of you, our alumni, probably remember, seniors are looking forward to a series of events that mark the final stages of their time at the University and as a leadership studies major or minor: Senior Banquet, Finale, the senior recognition and appreciation ceremony, and Commencement.
Even as we are hopeful, though, recent world events demonstrate a growing need for understanding the forces that shape leaders. Our graduates will no doubt face many leadership challenges in the world and in the careers they pursue. We know they will put their Jepson education to good use.
Sandra J. Peart
Dean, Jepson School of Leadership Studies
University of Richmond
Before Caitlin Manak, ’12, went to India to study abroad last fall, she bought a new Nikon camera. The purchase allowed her to snap the winning photo for the second annual “Capturing the Jepson Spirit Abroad” photo contest.
Nobel Laureate F. W. de Klerk, the former president of South Africa who was instrumental in bringing apartheid to a peaceful end, discusses the important lessons of managing change and leadership.
The fifth Jepson Colloquium, held Jan. 28-29 at the University of Richmond, brought together scholars from around the world to discuss topics related to leadership and global justice.
Two University of Richmond professors are deconstructing how people think about heroes—whether it’s Batman or Barack Obama.
While many students spent winter break catching up on movies, sleeping or reading bestsellers, relaxing and counting down the days until school resumed, Kelly Landers, ‘11, spent her time off in a place very familiar to her, but not at all relaxed—on stage.
Richmond Scholar Kerrissa Richards, ’11, gave up her winter break for a medical mission trip in Africa—a trip that was not only a rewarding experience but that also affirmed her belief that science is service.
A new living-learning community is spending this year examining how societies shape and pursue the common good. A trip to two European capitals is helping them tie what they’re learning in the classroom to the real world.
Study of leadership, teamwork and organizations paves the way for player-turned-basketball-coach.
Jepson School of Leadership Studies graduate goes on to earn an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Policy and teach at the college level.