A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of the Jepson School

The Jepson Update

December 14, 2010

Sandra J. PeartFrom the Dean

It has been a truly outstanding fall at the Jepson School. We welcomed 76 new students from the class of 2013 into the School at Prelude in November. Dr. Joshua Walker, '03, the School's first alumnus to return as a professor, delivered the keynote address and encouraged students to take advantage of unique learning opportunities at Jepson.

Some of those opportunities this semester included field trips, such as the one to Gettysburg led by Dr. George (Al) Goethals and Gen. John Mountcastle, unique courses such as Dr. Tom Wren's Judicial Leadership that gave first-year students an opportunity to participate in a few mock trials, and Dr. Hickman's Theories and Models of Leadership class that invited alumni to share their insights and advice.

The Jepson Leadership Forum, the Kaleidoscope series, and the Marshall Center Lecture Series all hosted terrific speakers and scholars such as John Milton Cooper, Cleve Jones, and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jack Rakove. And the Jepson School hosted the Mid-Atlantic Ethics bowl for the second year in a row.

In another first, we held a tailgate on campus last month for alumni, students, and faculty to connect. As the semester comes to a close, I am especially grateful for the dedicated faculty, staff, students, and alumni who work to make the Jepson School so successful.

Best wishes,

Sandra J. Peart
Dean, Jepson School of Leadership Studies

News and Events
International Leadership AssociationFaculty participate in global leadership conference
Ethics, religion, and the future of higher education were among the topics scholars discussed at the International Leadership Association’s annual conference in October.
Marshall Center TalkMarshall Center Lecture Series 2010-11: Pulitzer Prize-winning historian discusses "Revolutionaries"
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Stanford University professor Jack Rakove opened the 2010-11 Marshall Center Lecture Series on Nov. 18 with a talk on the men and events behind the nation's founding.
Debate CompetitionJepson School hosts the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ethics Bowl second year in a row
Twelve teams took part in the 2010 Mid-Atlantic Regional Ethics Bowl, hosted Nov. 20 by the Jepson School of Leadership Studies.
Prelude 2010Alumnus offers inductees 'some small sense of what can be possible' and encourages students to get involved
Members of the class of 2013 officially launched their academic careers in leadership studies Nov. 9 at Prelude, the ceremony by which students are formally inducted into the Jepson School.
Student Experience
Judicial LeadershipCourse puts first-year students in the courtroom
First-year students go from the classroom to the courtroom to put theory to practice in Dr. J. Thomas Wren's Judicial Leadership class. Their verdict for the course itself? Outstanding.
Student Experience 2010-11Gettysburg field study brings Civil War Leadership course to life
A course in "Civil War Leadership" taught by a retired Army general and a social psychologist with expertise in peers, heroes and performance is one example of the learning experiences the Jepson School of Leadership Studies offers its students.
Sports and LeadershipFirst-year seminar scores points for examining deeper issues of cultural pastime
Sports, Leadership, and Social Justice, one of 30 new first-year seminars offered this fall, is examining complex cultural issues through the lens of sports. The topics aren't all fun and games, but students agree the class is a win-win.
Alumni News
Michael Stinziano, '02Interest in public service lures Jepson graduate to seat in Ohio statehouse
Leadership studies graduate represents old and proud Columbus district in his hometown and carries on family tradition of public life.
Alumni Panel Discussion Alumni to students: Be flexible - your Jepson background is
Alumni tell students a degree in leadership studies provides career flexibility and practical skills for any field they choose.
Spotlight on Alumni in Health Care
Kristen Habicht Nichols, '05Alumna sees nursing career as an opportunity for servant leadership
As an oncology nurse at Johns Hopkins, Kristen Habicht Nichols, ’05, draws heavily on her leadership studies background and relishes the opportunity to be a servant leader.
David Shimp, '01Hospital's chief operating officer draws on leadership studies concepts to manage the big picture and make a positive impact in health care
As a chief operating officer at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, David Shimp, ’01, draws on the concepts he learned as a leadership studies major to “help shape the quality of care and the way that care is delivered for an entire community and region.”
Patrick Oliver, '98Government consultant turned physician values leadership studies background
After working as a consultant with the U.S. Department of Defense and transitioning to a career as a physician, Patrick Oliver, '98, knows the value of a flexible degree that "prepares you to be successful in many different careers and places in life."