A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of the Jepson School
FROM THE DEAN
As we pause between two academic years, we reflect on the past year and eagerly await the start of the next.
Last year we had wonderful speakers on campus and in our classes, hosted numerous conferences and events, and graduated a truly outstanding class. The class of 2011 comprised 8 percent of all graduates from the University, yet they comprised 13 percent of the University’s Phi Beta Kappa recipients, 29 percent of its students elected to Mortar Board, and 25 percent of its students admitted into Omicron Delta Kappa. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors and know they will make us proud.
In the midst of a busy summer – students are conducting research with faculty members, completing internships, or taking part in the Jepson at Cambridge program, faculty members are busy writing books, and Jepson is hosting the annual Summer Institute for the Preservation of the History of Economic Thought – we are also looking forward to the fall.
The Jepson Leadership Forum 2011-12 season – Game Changers: How Women Lead and Change the World – promises to be spectacular. And the Jepson School turns 20 in 2012. After 20 years, we continue to affirm that a School of Leadership Studies within the liberal arts tradition, emphasizing critical thinking and leadership ethics, forms a strong palliative against the ethical flaws we all-too-frequently observe around us. Stay tuned for information about how we will celebrate this milestone and mark this exciting time in the life of the School.
Sandra J. Peart
Dean, Jepson School of Leadership Studies
University of Richmond
The Jepson School will host the 12th annual Summer Institute for the Preservation of the History of Economic Thought June 24-27.
Allison Marsh Bogdanovic and David Shimp, 2001 graduates, received Jepson School of Leadership Studies awards at Reunion Weekend 2011.
Natasha Levanti, ’12, is the recipient of the 2011 Fredric M. Jablin Award for Undergraduate Research.
Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine’s advice to students of the graduating class of 2011: Be long-term thinkers and leaders. Kaine delivered the keynote address at Finale, the Jepson School’s annual senior recognition and appreciation ceremony.
One leadership studies class this spring aimed to show students how music can spread ideas, effect change and help a generation find its voice.
Laura Poatsy, ’11, and Carly Cameron, ’11, employ the lens of social psychology to explore questions about unethical behavior and how personality affects leadership, respectively.
Ambassador Sallama Shaker, the first woman to serve as deputy foreign minister for Egypt, sat in on an upper-level leadership studies class to discuss topics such as the revolution in Egypt, Islam and global politics.
As a team manager, leadership studies major Megan Dooley,’13, is working behind the scenes in San Antonio to help the men’s basketball team succeed in the Sweet 16.
When Megan Abbott, ’11, came here four years ago, she had no idea her experiences would include interning at the Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C., studying abroad in Chile, and having dinner at the house of former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine.
After four years studying the course of Southern history, graduating senior Amanda Kleintop is taking her place among those working to make Virginia’s history relevant to people today.
Gregory Yeadon, ’01, is drawing on his leadership studies and business backgrounds to help build a network of patient support sites for people diagnosed with rare diseases.