A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of the Jepson School

The Jepson Update

October 4, 2013

Sandra J. Peart

From the Dean

The semester is in full swing. We will soon admit our newest class, students are taking electives such as Leadership Breakthroughs, Leadership in a Diverse Society, and Social Movements, and our exciting new Jepson Leadership Forum, “Culture Shock: The Art of Leading Society,” began on a high note with music historian Peter Guralnick. Our John Marshall International Center for the Study of Statesmanship is getting ready to begin its sixth year of programming. And our newest faculty member, anthropologist Christopher von Rueden, is adding yet another perspective through which our students can study leadership.    

Last year, we were able to celebrate 20 wonderful years. I’m grateful to you—our alumni, students, and friends—for celebrating with us and making it a historic year in terms of events, financial contributions, and student and alumni engagement. Several students will benefit this summer from the fundraising efforts of our alumni as they conduct summer research or land internships.

With your help, we plan to keep the momentum going and continue to make a difference in the lives of our students, our community, and beyond.

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

Jepson News
Marshall Center Lecture Series opens with economist Nicola Tynan discussing F.A. Hayek's critique of socialism

A former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See and a former chancellor and provost at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, are among the speakers for the 2013–14 Marshall Center Lecture Series.

Goethals earns SPSP award for distinguished service to society
George R. Goethals, a social psychologist in the University of Richmond's Jepson School of Leadership Studies, is a recipient of the 2013 SPSP Service Award for Distinguished Service to the Society.
Cultural transformation is focus of 2013-14 Jepson Leadership Forum
An award-winning playwright and a TV critic for The New Yorker are among speakers for the 2013–14 Jepson Leadership Forum titled “Culture Shock: The Art of Leading Society.”
Lincoln presidency exhibition of documents and letters to be accompanied by lectures, discussion program, reception at UR Downtown Oct. 9-Nov. 13

A traveling exhibition, "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War," will be on display at University of Richmond Downtown Oct. 9-Nov. 13. Events associated with the exhibition will include public lectures and a panel discussion.

New York Times highlights research by Crystal Hoyt and Stefanie Simon, '07
Crystal Hoyt, an associate professor of leadership studies and psychology in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, and Stefanie Simon, '07, conducted an experiment to see how women were influenced by various role models.
VFIC awards Mednick Grant to Tony Kong for study of acculturation during study abroad experiences

The Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) has awarded a Maurice L. Mednick Memorial Grant to Dejun “Tony” Kong, assistant professor of leadership studies and management at the University of Richmond.

Student Experiences
Alyson Fraser, '14Internship gives senior an opportunity to help plan national leadership training conferences for youth
As a youth and development intern for Children’s Defense Fund, Alyson Fraser, ’14, planned national leadership training conferences and outreach initiatives.
 Matt Palmisano, '14New Jersey native learns what it takes to lead rebuilding efforts after a superstorm

As an intern with the New Jersey governor’s office, Matt Palmisano, ’14, learned what it takes to lead rebuilding efforts in a state after a storm as devastating as Hurricane Sandy.  

Jackson Taylor, '14Internship at hospital in Kenya showcases differences in international medical care
A summer internship with a hospital in Kenya gives Jackson Taylor, ’14, myriad experiences to draw from when applying to medical school.
Mary Hampton Elam, '14Senior works to address issues of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation

A Robert L. Burrus Jr. Fellowship helped Mary Hampton Elam, ’14, confirm her dream of eventually opening a coffee shop as a recovery and restoration center for women coming out of tough situations.

Travis Burr, '14Internship with Civil War commemoration organization shows intersection of history and leadership studies
Travis Burr’s interest in history and leadership studies led to an internship with the city’s annual Civil War and Emancipation Day event.
Alumni News
Giving BackJepson alumni lead workshops and raise money to support student research and internships

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Jepson School, alumni led workshops for students and raised money to support internships and student research.

Matt Knisely and Ben Wallerstein

Matt Knisely, '94, (left) managing director, Capital Transactions at Shorenstein, spoke to students last month as part of University of Richmond Career Services' Spider in the Spotlight Series. Ben Wallerstein, '99, (right) senior vice president and counsel at Dutko Worldwide, led a discussion on public policy and education in Dean Peart's Leadership and Economic Policy class.

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Thad Williamson was named co-chair of the Maggie L. Walker Initiative for Expanding Opportunity and Fighting Poverty in Richmond.

Dr. Peter Kaufman is a 2013 recipient of the University's Distinguished Educator Award.


Too perfect to be a role model? NYT article features research by professor Crystal Hoyt and Stefanie Simon, '07.

Tim Bezbatchenko, '04, was hired as the new general manager for Toronto FC.