A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of the Jepson School

The Jepson Update

July 7, 2014

Sandra J. Peart

From the Dean

As we pass the halfway mark in 2014 and enter the languid days of summer, it is appropriate to reflect on the academic year just finished and the one ahead. I am proud of all that we accomplished this year, thanks in no small measure to you—our alumni, friends and supporters. You offered your time, ideas and support to enrich the School and the experiences of Jepson students. I am truly grateful.

In the fall, a new assistant professor will join the Jepson family. Historian Ernesto Semán specializes in leadership and politics in Latin America, U.S. foreign policy and the Cold War. We hope you will stop by to meet and welcome him if you are on campus. We will also welcome Anna Gryaznova and Hui Zhao. Gryaznova is an associate professor and associate dean of academic programs and international relations at Moscow State University. She will join us as part of our Simoniova Cmelikova Visiting Scholar Program in Leadership and Ethics. Zhao received her doctorate from Harvard University and will join us as the Marshall Center’s visiting research fellow.

The 2014-15 Jepson Leadership Forum, "Into the Fray: Global Perspectives on Conflict," promises to be exciting and timely. In the classroom, I am looking forward to broadening the focus of my Leadership and Economic Policy course. It’s shaping up to be a busy year. I’m looking forward to it.

Best wishes for the rest of your summer and the year ahead,

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

Picture of generosityA portrait of the benefactors of the nation's first undergraduate school of leadership studies now hangs in Jepson Hall to honor their vision
A new portrait hanging in Jepson Hall honors the benefactors of the nation’s first undergraduate school of leadership studies.
Two Jepson alumni and the School's benefactors honored with awards during Reunion Weekend 2014

The Jepson School of Leadership Studies presented awards to Matthew B. Zemon,’94, Timothy M. Bezbatchenko,’04, Robert S. Jepson, Jr., B’64, GB’75, H’87, and Alice Andrews Jepson.  

Finale 2014University Chancellor E. Bruce Heilman delivers keynote address at Jepson School ceremony recognizing seniors

E. Bruce Heilman, university chancellor, gave the keynote address at Finale, the Jepson School's senior recognition ceremony.

Faculty and Students
Research in the AmazonA Jepson professor is spending the summer in the Bolivian Amazon to study leadership and assist with flood relief efforts. His trip includes a short stop in the Peruvian Amazon to meet with Richmond students.

Leadership studies professor Christopher von Rueden is spending two months in the Bolivian Amazon to study status hierarchy and leadership in a small-scale society.

Will Kelland, '15Richmond student experiences life in the outback with an Aboriginal Australian tribe while studying abroad.
Rare access to Aboriginal Australian tribal lands while studying abroad opens door to deep cultural learning for leadership studies major.
The Leadership studies professor Thad Williamson writes about tackling poverty in Richmond
Generational poverty is a notoriously complex issue for Richmond. Having the city’s low-income residents at the policy table will be key to unraveling it.
Mike Blodgett, '14Graduate putting leadership and public speaking skills to work in Cambodia

Mike Blodgett, ’14, plans to put his leadership and public speaking skills to work in Cambodia as a volunteer with the Peace Corps.

Shaye Ellis, '14From ancient Athens to the Jepson School: Graduate reflects on research experience that gave her a greater appreciation for leadership and the liberal arts
Research on leadership and the liberal the arts gave Shaye Ellis, ’14, a greater appreciation for her undergraduate education. Now she is putting her skills to work in the world of marketing and advertising.
Shiksha Mahtani, '14Graduate stepped into a leadership role to fight famine in Somalia and spread South Asian culture on campus

Start an organization to fight famine in Somalia. Conduct research. Spread South Asian culture on campus. Make the most of her four years at Richmond. Check.

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Historian Ernesto Semán will join Jepson in the fall as an assistant professor of leadership studies. He recently received his doctorate from New York University.

Faculty provided commentary on a range of topics for diverse media outlets. Opinions and interviews


Amy Dellamora Amick, '94, is president of the revenue cycle management segment at MedAssets Inc.

Camille T. Cade Hammond, '97, and Raegan W. Morris, '99, joined URAA.

Stefanie Mathew, '97, is the director of corporate partnerships for the National Park Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Kimberly Bowers, '05, became the senior associate director of development at George Washington University.

Natasha Marie Levanti, '12, now works for the European American Chamber of Commerce in New York. She recently had an article published in the European Union politics publication Parliament Magazine.

Kristen Bailey, '14, had an article published in the Journal of Undergraduate and Scholarly Excellence. She worked on the article during her Jepson internship.


Raegan Morris, '99As the Jepson Alumni Corps kicks off our third year, we welcome many new members. Together with faculty, staff and alumni from across the decades, we recently hosted the inaugural Jepson E.D.G.E. Institute to help students prepare for life after college. This fall, we are excited to host our first alumni social event. Stay tuned for more information. These annual events help position the Alumni Corps to succeed in its mission to create meaningful and ongoing connections with the Jepson School and its students. For those of you I haven't yet met, I look forward to seeing you soon at a Jepson event!

Raegan Williams Morris, '99


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@chikieboom: Class is still in session! 's Kristin Bezio discusses leadership in fiction, from Shakespeare to Hunger Games.

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