A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of the Jepson School

The Jepson Update

May 25, 2012

Sandra J. Peart

From the Dean

As the rhythm of the academic year turns from the frenetic end-of-school rush to the more relaxed pace of summer, it is a good time to reflect on all we accomplished at Jepson this spring. We hired four new assistant professors who will join us this fall. More students than usual crossed the stage at Commencement to obtain a degree in leadership studies. We hosted a conference in collaboration with PPEL that examined the ethics of assassination. We were also pleased to have more guests than usual at Finale, our senior recognition ceremony.

For the first time, we held an Honors Symposium to highlight student thesis research. Our John Marshall International Center for the Study of Statesmanship invited faculty from across the University to examine texts on human nature and governance. On a different note, we celebrated Dr. Gill Hickman’s distinguished career and wished Dr. Doug Hicks well in his new career.

We are also looking forward to the year ahead. We have many plans in place for our twentieth anniversary. Bob and Alice Jepson, the School’s generous benefactors, will visit us almost 20 years to the day after the Jepson School opened, and all alumni are invited to a celebratory brunch during Homecoming. 

We will launch a new portion of our website this summer that will include special feature stories, videos, a list of events and more. Check back often. We are excited to celebrate with you.

Sandra J. Peart
Dean, Jepson School of Leadership Studies
University of Richmond

Jepson News
Michael Stinziano, '02Alumni award recipient and state representative draws on his leadership studies knowledge to serve

Michael Stinziano,’02, a state representative in Ohio, is receiving the Jepson School’s Tenth Year Reunion Recognition Award for his service to his community.

Finale 2012Retiring faculty honored for service, offer advice to seniors
Jepson School seniors and retiring faculty members Gill Robinson Hickman and Tom Wren are honored for their service and achievements.

Jepson School honors outstanding students and retiring faculty members
Awards included the James MacGregor Burns Award, the Fredric M. Jablin Award for Undergraduate Research and the Jepson School Award for Leadership and Service.
Honors Symposium Leadership studies students showcase research on topics ranging from international leadership to how novels participate in cultural leadership

The Jepson School’s honors program is turning 10. To celebrate, the School hosted a symposium to showcase student research.

The Ethics of Assassination Symposium features expert panel and former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens
A symposium sponsored by the Jepson School and co-sponsored by PPEL examines the legality and morality of targeted killing and features former Navy SEAL and best-selling author Eric Greitens.
Faculty News
Dr. Douglas A. HicksProfessor's work has contributed to the fields of leadership studies and religion and enhanced community-based learning at the University

Dr. Doug Hicks has earned numerous awards for his teaching, scholarship and service. After 14 years with the University, he is starting a new chapter in his career.

Dr. Gill Robinson HickmanInaugural faculty member of the Jepson School set to retire after 20 years of helping students put theory to practice

As an inaugural faculty member of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, Dr. Gill Robinson Hickman shaped the School and its curriculum. She is retiring this spring.

Alumni News: What's Next
Chris Dolci, '12Senior's diverse academic portfolio helps him land a job with a leading financial services firm

Chris Dolci, ’12, credits a unique major and diverse internships with helping him land a job with JPMorgan Chase. He knows it will be a challenge because of the company’s recent troubles, but he is ready to face the challenge head-on.

Conor Flanagan, '12Senior parlays internship into job with a Fortune 500 company

An internship and a double major in leadership studies and business administration helped Conor Flanagan, ’12, land a job as a brand analyst with a Fortune 500 company.

Alex Wiles, '12Senior makes connections between leadership studies, business and the arts
Through research, internships and a unique combination of classes, Alex Wiles, '12, has made connections between leadership studies, business and the arts.
Natasha Levanti, '12Immersion in another culture led to research on international leadership and equality and plans for graduate school overseas
A yearlong study abroad experience in Denmark helped Natasha Levanti, ’12, combine her interests in leadership studies and international studies and figure out her future plans.

Bridget Wiede, '12Study abroad experience leads senior to Oxford for graduate school

Bridget Wiede, ’12, plans to fuse her interests in leadership studies and history at Oxford University in the fall.

Josie Senoga, '12Senior's experiences inspire her to pursue a master's degree in public policy and human rights

Josie Senoga, ’12, grew up on two continents. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in public policy and human rights on a third thanks to her undergraduate experiences.

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Alumni College Session with Joanne Ciulla
June 1, Jepson Hall, 3-4:30 p.m.
Jepson Alumni Reception

June 1, Heilig Meyers Lounge, 7-9 p.m.
Reunion Rally, Camp Concert Hall
June 2, Camp Concert Hall, 11 a.m.


The Special Projects Committee of the Jepson Alumni Corps will soon be launching a fundraising initiative in honor of the 20th Anniversary.

Funds raised will be used to support experiential opportunities such as internships, research and travel for current and future Jepson students to present research and participate in research-based service experiences. Be on the lookout for letters and emails asking for your support for this exciting initiative. The goal is $25,000: $20,000 honoring our past 20 years of leadership education, and $5,000 representing our commitment to Jepson's future. 


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