A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of the Jepson School

The Jepson Update

May 29, 2015

Sandra J. Peart

From the Dean

All of us at the Jepson School love the event-filled season of spring, bittersweet as it is, and celebrating the successes of our graduating class. I am always in awe of the wide range of interests and accomplishments of our students. Students in this year’s class competed in the International Leadership Association CASE competition, earned national recognition at the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Competition, played collegiate or intramural sports, performed with a cappella groups, conducted research, filled leadership positions on campus, and more, and they left indelible marks on the University of Richmond community.

I was honored to recognize some of their achievements at Finale, our senior recognition ceremony. Earlier in the semester, I was touched that alumna Jessica Bigby, ’04, joined us at Senior Banquet to help us present this year’s Servant Leader Award to Aarti Reddy, ’15.

Spring is also the season for rejuvenation. I look forward to the challenge of rejuvenating our scholarly and teaching endeavors now and in the months ahead. I also look forward to hearing about the ways in which the Class of 2015, and all of our alumni, are rejuvenating their communities and workplaces. We know you’ll continue to make us proud.

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

Jepson News
University of Chicago Divinity School names Jepson professor Peter Iver Kaufman Alumnus of the Year for 2016
Peter Iver Kaufman will deliver a keynote address and Craft of Teaching seminar for the University of Chicago Divinity School.
Finale 2015Professor Emeritus Tom Wren's advice to graduates: Follow 'The Jepson Way'

The Jepson School honored seniors at its annual Finale Ceremony during Commencement Weekend. Professor Emeritus Tom Wren delivered the keynote.

A Q&A with Anna GryaznovaMoscow State University professor joins Jepson School as visiting scholar

Visiting scholar Anna Gryaznova discusses growing up in Siberia, teaching a course on Russian leaders, Russian-American relations, and falling in love with Richmond’s farmers’ markets.

2015 Jepson Research Symposium Is volunteering always a good thing? What about perfectionism?

Student research sheds light on topics ranging from perfectionism to immigration and global governance.  

SNAP ChallengeStudents get a taste of what meals are like for low-income Americans

How much food can you buy for about $4 per day? Some students are finding out and getting a crash course in empathy in the process.

Jepson Philanthropy InstituteStudents get $500 to make a difference and an opportunity to think about effective altruism

Students in Jessica Flanigan's Critical Thinking classes are focusing on why we give and how to decide who benefits. 

The Perfect Pitch Students learn how to hit the right notes in an interview

You have 60 seconds to explain why you’re the perfect person for your dream internship or job. Go.

Community-Based Learning for a DayCommunity-based learning takes the classroom into the world

UR’s community-based-learning program takes the classroom into the world beyond campus

Jepson School's ethics bowl team places 10th in national competition

Questions addressed a wide array of topics in business and professional ethics, personal relationships, and social and political affairs.

Student Spotlight
Josh Young, '17Gates Scholar finds challenge and fulfillment in campus leadership
A Gates Millennium Scholar ponders how to be a force for change and dialogue while finding his place at Richmond.
Aarti Reddy '15Sophomore tackles sanitation in slums in her home country of India
Aarti Reddy spent her summer working with an Indian social enterprise organization to develop and execute a plan to install toilets in the slums of Pune, India.
Spiders Hiring Spiders: Michelle Shuman, '16, and Jessica Goodman, '12"Spiders spin their own webs, they don't move into one that's already been made."

At a networking event in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Office of Alumni and Career Services (OACS), University of Richmond junior Michelle Shuman, ’16, approached alumnae Jessica Goodman, ’12.

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If you haven't heard, the gifts are in, the results have been tallied, and the winner is... Jepson! More than 15 percent of our alumni made a gift to the School this year, which put us on top and meant that Dean Skerrett of Arts & Sciences and Dean Bagranoff of the Robins School of Business had to (somewhat begrudgingly!) wear a Jepson shirt for the day. Thank you for joining us in a little healthy rivalry and, most of all, for your commitment to Richmond, the Jepson School, and current and future students.


Richmond Times-Dispatch: Terry L. Price discusses ethics, leadership, and voter decisions.

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Julian Hayter discusses power and politics

New York Review of Books: A review of Hayek on Mill: The Mill-Taylor Friendship and Other Writings by Friedrich Hayek, edited by Sandra J. Peart

Faculty books published this spring:

Presidential Leadership and African Americans   Hayek on Mill


Amy Todd-Gher, '94, joined Littler, the world's largest employment and labor law practice representing employers.
W. Daniel Beeman, '99, is pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Norfolk, Va.
Michael Stinziano, '02, was elected to a third term in the Ohio House of Representatives.
Jussica Lustig, '11
, was one of 15 people elected to the Society for Human Resource Management's Young Professionals Advisory Council.

Meredith Schalick, ’95, is the recipient of the 2015 Jepson School of Leadership Studies Alumni Award. Schalick is a clinical associate professor at Rutgers School of Law. She has devoted her legal career to helping at-risk children and is an internationally known expert in this field.

Allison Kirk Babiuch, ’05, a pediatric ophthalmologist at Cleveland Clinic, is the recipient of the 2015 Jepson School of Leadership Studies Tenth Year Reunion Recognition Award. Babiuch routinely volunteers her time to help those in need receive proper medical care as well as mentors younger colleagues.

: Select Visitors

Ed Meese"To build a safer and more just society to benefit all of our people has to be our goal." –Former AG Edwin Meese III, this year's leader-in-residence, March 24

Anson Dorrance"I had to learn how to lead them." –Anson Dorrance, UNC women's soccer coach and winner of 21 National Championships and the first Women's World Cup, Feb. 24

Polly Wiessner"How leaders manage conflict can make or break a society." –Anthropologist Polly Wiessner, Jepson Leadership Forum speaker, Jan. 26

Couldn't make it to an event this year? Videos are online.
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