A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of the Jepson School
From the Dean
As the semester comes to a close and we look forward to the holiday season, I continue to be grateful that the University of Richmond and Robert S. Jepson, Jr. and Alice Andrews Jepson so generously and wisely endowed the Jepson School of Leadership Studies more than two decades ago. In November, we admitted the largest class in the School’s history. The 2014-15 Jepson Leadership Forum, “Into the Fray: Global Perspectives on Conflict,” has drawn record crowds. At the request of many of you, we are live streaming the events this year for the first time in the program’s history. (Visit jepson.richmond.edu to learn more about events and to watch.) An alumni event in New York, which was sponsored by the Jepson Alumni Corps, and another in Savannah, helped us reconnect with our alumni and other alumni from the University. We were delighted to hear about the many ways in which our former students are putting theory to practice in so many different fields around the globe. In short, there is much to be thankful for this year. I’m looking forward to 2015!
Sandra J. Peart
Dean, Jepson School of Leadership Studies
University of Richmond
The Jepson School of Leadership Studies recently inducted the largest class in its 22-year history.
On the menu during a recent dinner at one professor’s house: a course in the art of debate to help students on the Jepson School’s Ethics Bowl team prepare for competition.
Students launch RVAGOV, a new website to provide a platform to educate and empower full participants in Richmond city government.
The John Marshall International Center for the Study of Statesmanship will host several experts in the coming months who will share their views on preserving individual freedoms, self-interest and leading from behind.
Suze E. Wilson, lecturer at the School of Management at Massey University in New Zealand, is the 2014 recipient for her research on how ideas about leadership develop.
Former Guantánamo Bay commander Maj. Gen. Michael Lehnert, the second speaker in the Jepson Leadership Forum series on conflict, discussed why he thinks the prison should be closed.
“Into the Fray: Global Perspectives on Conflict” is the theme of this year’s series, which will explore conflict in relation to music, culture, race, politics, gender and anger.
Dr. Ernesto Semán, a historian, novelist and former investigative journalist in Argentina, joined the Jepson School this fall as an assistant professor of leadership studies.
Only in his third year, Jepson professor Julian Hayter has already earned a strong reputation as a sought-after, high-energy educator with an open-door policy who challenges students to use their skills to serve the community. He was selected to give this year's Last Lecture.
As an intern for the Richmond chief of police, Austin Gund, ’15, sees the role of leadership in organizational operations, city management, and community relationship building.
Taking a leap of faith on an internship abroad can be both nerve-wracking and rewarding.
An internship at Voice of America helped Diane Gremillion, ’16, refine her ultimate goal of working in human rights law.
Leadership studies major is working with an organization that assists global leaders in societies struggling with conflict, reconciliation, and change.
Jepson alumni gathered at The New York Athletic Club Nov. 5 for a cocktail reception and panel discussion on conflict and leadership, the topic of the 2014-15 Jepson Leadership Forum. Panelists were Elizabeth Guinan Havens, ’00, chief strategy officer, Office of School Quality, NYC Department of Education; Ed Schrieber,’94, senior counsel, Johnson & Johnson; Kristen Tilley, ’07, managing director of experience, Planned Parenthood Federation of America; and Julee Wilson Wareham, ’04, fashion and beauty editor, Huffington Post. The panel was moderated by Professor Emerita Gill Robinson Hickman. The event was hosted by the Jepson Alumni Corps.
Top left: Julee Wilson Wareham, '04, Dr. Gill Robinson Hickman, and Jessica Horan Payne, '98; Top right: Danielle Taylor, '13, and Scott Rockensies, '13; Bottom: Elizabeth Guinan Havens, '00, John Renehan, '00, Kirsten Kalemba, '00, TR Straub, '06, and Amy Minatelli, '05.