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December 11, 2014

Sandra J. Peart

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

Jepson News
Prelude 2014Jepson School welcomes largest class in its history

The Jepson School of Leadership Studies recently inducted the largest class in its 22-year history.

Debating EthicsEthics Bowl team advances to national competition

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. 

RVAGOVStudents launch RVAGOV, a hub for engagement in Richmond city government

Students launch RVAGOV, a new website to provide a platform to educate and empower full participants in Richmond city government.

Marshall Center hosts talks on leadership and economics from scholars' perspectives

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.

Jepson School presents 2014 Fredric M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award to scholar whose research focuses on the history and power of ideas about leadership

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.

Conflict and CommandFormer commanding general of the U.S. detention facility at Guantánamo Bay discusses leadership, ethics and why he believes the prison should be closed

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.

Leadership and ConflictGlobal perspectives on conflict is theme of the 2014-15 Jepson Leadership Forum
“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.
Faculty Spotlight
Dr. Ernesto SemánA Q&A with the Jepson School's new professor

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.

Dr. Julian HayterJepson professor delivers 2014 Last Lecture

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.

Student Stories
Austin Gund, '15 Leadership studies major sees leadership in action during an internship with the Richmond Police Department

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.

Louise Andersson, '15Senior launches career in leadership and management
Taking a leap of faith on an internship abroad can be both nerve-wracking and rewarding.
Diane Gremillion, '16Voice of America internship helps shape junior's future in human rights law

An internship at Voice of America helped Diane Gremillion, ’16, refine her ultimate goal of working in human rights law.

Will Moss, '15Internship gives leadership studies major an opportunity to learn more about the practical application of conflict resolution on a global scale
Leadership studies major is working with an organization that assists global leaders in societies struggling with conflict, reconciliation, and change.
Conflict and Leadership – Alumni Panel Discussion in New York

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.

Alumni in NYC

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.

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Tribune News Service: Kristin Bezio wrote an op-ed on women's voices pushing to advance gaming culture.

Style Weekly: Julian Hayter wrote an op-ed on the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education.

L.A. Review of Books: Peter Iver Kaufman discussed his new book series.

Mission Bell Media's On Leadership blog: Lucretia McCulley, librarian liaison for the Jepson School, was interviewed about her work with Jepson.

The New York Times, In Leadership: Sandra J. Peart wrote an op-ed on leadership and discussion in a democratic society.

The New York Times and ScienceDaily: Christopher R. von Rueden wrote an op-ed on how social status affects health and was quoted in an article on the health risks of low social status.

The Washington Post: Thad Williamson was featured in multiple articles on being the director of the city's first comprehensive antipoverty initiative.

Faculty books published this fall:

Joanne B. Ciulla: Ethics, the Heart of Leadership (3rd edition) with a Foreword by James MacGregor Burns and Honest Work (3rd edition)
George R. Goethals, Scott T. Allison, Roderick M. Kramer, and David M. Messick: Conceptions of Leadership: Enduring Ideas and Emerging Insights (Jepson Studies in Leadership Series)

Ethics, the Heart of LeadershipConceptions of Leadership


Greg Efthimiou, '99, was named to PR Week's 40 Under 40 2014 list.
Sam Kaufman, '99, a partner at Owen & Owens, was included in the 2014 edition of Virginia Super Lawyers.
Ben Wallerstein, '99, shared five things entrepreneurs need to know. (Article, VentureBeat)
Mark Hickman, '07, was named to the University's Career Services Advisory Council.
Bridget Wiede, '12, accepted a position as assistant director of admissions and recruitment in the Global Executive Education department at New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Sharon Uti, '13, was elected programming chair of the National Black Law Students Association MIdwest regional board of directors.


Raegan Morris, '99

Members of the Jepson Alumni Corps joined a number of alumni in New York on Nov. 5 for our fall networking event. Dr. Gill Hickman moderated an alumni panel discussion on managing conflict across a variety of career fields. Next up is the annual Jepson E.D.G.E. Institute, which we are in the process of planning. It is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 15 and will be held on campus. We hope many of you will join us for this alumni-led conference for current Jepson students. Be on the lookout for more information from Kate Rezabek, '02, and Carolyn Center, '99!

Raegan Williams Morris, '99

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