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Continuing a tradition that began in 2007, new students at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service have compiled a list of books they recommend others read.
The list contains 31 books not previously selected by students from 10 earlier classes and seven books that had been recommended at least once before. For the fifth time in 11 years, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho was chosen – the most for any book.
The list also includes two works by noted Nigerian author Chimamanda Negozi Adichie. Several of the books deal with issues of social change or injustice and a large majority are non-fiction.
The books will be on display at the Clinton School’s Sturgis Hall throughout the 2016-2017 year and will also be added to the school’s permanent collection. Printed lists will also be available at Wordsworth Books in Little Rock and at the Central Arkansas Library System’s main library. The list is also distributed to over 900 independent book stores throughout the country.
2016 Clinton School Recommended Reading List:
Darlynton Adegor: Holy Bible
Rebecca Agyei: Night by Elie Wiesel
Amie Alexander: Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an
Ordinary World by Bob Goff
Hannah Bahn: Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race
by Debby Irving
Reggie Ballard: Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest your Destiny by Hill Harper
Caitlin Campbell: Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Catherine Campos: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Madeleine Chaisson: Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria
Susanna Creed: Ordinary People by Judith Guest
Brittney Dennis: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the
Leap….and Others Don’t by Jim Collins
Caroline Dunlap: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Mollie Henager: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Zack Huffman: Empire of Cotton: A Global History by Sven Beckert
Lucy Kagan: Capital, Volume I by Karl Marx
Megan Kurten: Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography
Wonks by Ken Jennings
Steven Kwizera: Confessions of a Tax Collector: One Man’s Tour of Duty
Inside the IRS by Richard Yancey
Domenick Lasora: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Jason Lochmann: On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt
Emily Loker: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Crystal Mercer: The Coming by Daniel Black
Chelsea Miller: World Changing 101: Challenging the Myth of
Powerlessness by David LaMotte
Tony Nickerson: Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just by
Ross Owyoung: Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Colby Qualls: The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by
Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
Vinay Raj: The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman
Natalie Ramm: The Circle by Dave Eggers
Liz Reich: Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and
Communities by Ruby K. Payne
Paxton Richardson: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
Fiona Sloan: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Emily Smith: To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
Thad Smith: Fathered by God: Learning What Your Dad Could Never Teach
You by John Eldredge
Josh Snyder: Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
Nick Stevens: Walking with the Poor: Principles and Practices of
Transformational Development by Bryant L. Myers
Emilie Street: Worse Than Slavery: Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim
Crow Justice by David M. Oshinsky
Ravyn Towns: #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso
Andrew Treviño: Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the
Persistence of Racial Inequality in America by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
Brandon Treviño: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of
Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service Center on Community Philanthropy has selected two Scholars in Residence for the 2016-2017 academic year. The Scholar in Residence program, established in 2009, is extended to researchers, practitioners and senior executives who have demonstrated exemplary contributions in the field of community philanthropy.
Dr. Earl Lewis
President, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
October 12-14, 2016
Dr. Earl Lewis became the sixth President of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in March 2013. A noted social historian, Dr. Lewis has held faculty appointments at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Michigan, and Emory University, where he served as provost, and has authored or co-authored eight books. A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Dr. Lewis earned an undergraduate degree in history and psychology from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and a PhD in history from the University of Minnesota. As the leader of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Dr. Lewis has reaffirmed the Foundation’s commitment to the humanities, the arts, and higher education by emphasizing the importance of continuity and change.
Robin D. Ferriby
Vice President of Philanthropic Services
Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
February 27-March 3, 2017
Robin D. Ferriby is Vice President of Philanthropic Services for the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and a vice president of the Foundation for Detroit’s Future, an organization that administers and oversees the “Grand Bargain” that resulted in Detroit’s exit from bankruptcy. Robin graduated from the University of Detroit School of Law and holds an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University. Today, his philanthropic leadership at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan includes responsibility over new gifts, donor stewardship, professional advisor relationships, new market and product development, philanthropic planning for individuals, families and businesses, and foundation relationships.
During their residencies each scholar will write an essay on community philanthropy, interact with students, faculty, and wider community, and present their work at 12:00 noon on the last day of their visit as a part of the Clinton School Speaker Series at the Clinton School of Public Service.
Nine teams of students from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service will complete public service projects in partnership with public agencies, community initiatives, academic ventures, and nonprofit organizations across Arkansas during the 2016-2017 academic year.
As part of the school’s Master of Public Service degree program, the students will earn academic credit for their work on the projects, which include efforts to end senior hunger in Arkansas, enhance services provided to children and families, eliminate housing barriers for previously incarcerated individuals, and develop economic opportunities through the arts, among others.
Organizations partnering with the Clinton School on the projects are located throughout Arkansas including Conway, Hope, and Roland. Some projects are statewide in scope.
“What distinguishes the Clinton School’s academic curriculum from more traditional graduate programs is the project work our students complete all over Arkansas, the country and the world,” said Clinton School Dean Skip Rutherford. “These nine new team-based initiatives not only will provide students with important professional experiences, but will result in long-term positive impact for people, communities, and organizations.”
The projects are part of the Clinton School’s Practicum program, the first of three public service projects completed during the two-year master’s degree program.
Forty Clinton School students will participate in the projects during their first year while also completing in-class coursework on topics such as program planning and development, field research, and communication.
The 2016-2017 Clinton School Student Team-Based Projects:
Develop case studies on communities’ efforts to stop summer reading loss
Partner Organization: Arkansas Campaign for Grade Level Reading
Team: Reggie Ballard (Little Rock, Ark.), Thaddeus Smith (Little Rock, Ark.), Colby Qualls (Monette, Ark.), and Brittney Dennis (Little Rock, Ark.)
Children who do not have access to quality summer learning programs can be 2.5 to 3 years behind their peers by the time they reach fifth grade, even if they are learning at the same rate during the school year. Through the Arkansas Community Foundation’s Summer Learning Initiative (SLI), five communities have developed and are implementing efforts to stop this summer learning loss. The practicum team will work with the Arkansas Campaign for Grade Level Reading to complete a series of case studies, one for each of the five communities. Students will use mixed methods, primarily qualitative data collection and secondary data analysis, to create narratives for each site. The case studies will be used to make improvements to the grant-making process and support provided to grantees, assess the efficacy of each project, and support a case to policymakers for funding summer and after school programs.
Develop comprehensive report of effectiveness of Arkansas GardenCorps: A nutrition education and gardening program focused on obesity reduction
Partner Organization: Arkansas Children’s Research Institute
Team: Catherine Campos (Miami, Fla.), Madeline Chaisson (Slidell, La.), and Nick Stevens (Jacksonville, Ark.)
The Childhood Obesity Prevention Research Program at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute is a statewide program designed to promote the use of school and community gardens to provide nutrition education, access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and opportunities for physical activity with the purpose of reducing childhood obesity and increasing environmental awareness and sustainable agriculture practices in Arkansas communities. The student team will assist in reviewing and aggregating all existing data from this program, as well as collect additional qualitative data from various identified stakeholders, to document program effectiveness The team will produce a comprehensive Five Year Summary Report and brief Executive Summary that will be used to 1) develop funding and additional program support 2) attract potential service members and 3) draw interest from potential service host sites (i.e. schools, community organizations).
Case study on the relationship between rural electrification and community development
Partner Organization: Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation
Team: Josh Snyder (Glendale, Ariz.), Paxton Richardson (Fall City, Wash.), Amie Alexander (Waldron, Ark.), Fiona O’Leary Sloan (Seattle, Wash.), and Emily Smith (Little Rock, Ark.)
Students will work with Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation to create a comprehensive multi-media, oral history project capturing stories of rural electrification and rural community development. The team will collect information directly from residents served by Arkansas’ 17 electric distribution cooperatives, in order to document and preserve those historical experiences, and provide case study evidence for rural development best practices. The final product will include video productions, including narration, in both feature-length (2 hours or less) and vignette format. The video(s) will be used for education and promotional purposes statewide. The case study report will comprehensively document the relationship between rural electrification and community development as a means for ensuring rural communities continue to thrive.
Create statewide foodbank member agency succession plans
Partner Organization: Arkansas Foodbank
Team: Rebecca Agyei (Kumasi, Ghana), Darlynton Adegor (Delta, Nigeria), Susanna Creed (Monrovia, Calif.), Starre Haas (Little Rock, Ark.)
Through its efforts to fight hunger in Arkansas, the Arkansas Foodbank is attempting to build the capacity of its member agencies in their 33 county device area. While many agencies thrive with the right leadership and administration, AR Foodbank has seen agencies fail and close when that leader leaves his or her position. Most agencies do not have a plan for succession when this key person or persons are no longer there to run their program. The organization’s goal is to increase the sustainability of the agencies by facilitating the creation of succession plans. This will include organizing operational information and training additional staff and/or volunteers in agency operations. The student team will conduct research using mixed methods to develop agency succession plans. The resulting deliverables will be included in a resource manual for agencies both locally and nationally, and will also be included as an organizational workshop topic.
Gap analysis to determine the best way to disseminate parent resources
Partner Organization: Centers for Youth and Families
Team: Mollie Henager (Conway, Ark.), Ravyn Towns (Memphis, Tenn.), Domenick Lasorsa (Cape Cod, Mass.), and Vinay Raj (Chennai, India)
For the last 30 years, Centers for Youth and Families has been a leading educational resource for parents needing assistance in guiding their children through childhood. The organization provides access to books, videos, and handouts as well as ongoing evidenced based parenting classes that focus on child development, discipline, building healthy relationships, teaching responsibility, and other areas specific to ADHD, strong willed children, and families who have experienced divorce and trauma. Despite a decline in the use of these resources over the last 5-7 years, therapists, social workers, judges, physicians, schools, and the general community have voiced continued support and need for them. Students will conduct a gap analysis in order to determine the best way to get information to parents to equip them where they are, ensuring relevancy and accessibility for today’s families.
Partner development and framework for nonprofit that aims to better relations between police and community members
Partner Organization: City of Conway
Team: Chelsea Miller (Hickory, N.C.), Hannah Bahn (Mercer Island, Wash.), Megan Kurten (Little Rock, Ark.), Steven Kwizera (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Brandon Treviño (Greeley, Colo.)
The City of Conway is developing a program that will be a public/private partnership to improve the relations and perception of the police force’s role in the community. The initial program will be set up to assist those who have low-level criminal violations, and warrants for their arrest for unpaid fines. In all cases, when a warrant is served, the individual goes to jail, and this creates an economic burden due to loss of job or other issues. The student team will work with local leaders to develop the framework and buy-in for a non-profit that will allow those with warrants a place to go to have a warrant served, without going to jail. Beyond creating this intervention program that will assist individuals in navigating the legal system, this non-profit will serve as an advocate for developing better relations between the police and residents of the city and, hopefully, can be used as a state and national model.
Develop evidence-based web content for statewide decarceration campaign
Partner Organization: decARcerate Campaign
Team: Emily Loker (Madison, Wis.), Caitlin Campbell (Batesville, Ark.), Jason Lochmann (Pine Bluff, Ark.), and Lucy Kagan (Fort Collins, Colo.)
Arkansas is on track to becoming the incarceration capital of the world. As crime rates decrease, the prison population continues to increase because of reactive policy and sentencing discrepancies. Crime and punishment are contentious issues, especially in the South, and it is important that stakeholders against hyper-incarceration address these issues with sensitivity. Students will gather fully developed, evidenced-based content for a website that outlines a campaign to reduce mass incarceration in Arkansas. The team will work with the decARcerate campaign to review literature about organizing de-carceration campaigns in the South, conduct message-testing focus groups with stakeholders across the state, and make recommendations to a coalition about prison reform messages that appeal to Arkansans.
Public Service curriculum development for early college prep middle school
Partner Organization: Hope Academy of Public Service (Hope Public Schools)
Team: Andrew Treviño (Greeley, Colo.), Caroline Dunlap (Brookline, Mass.), Zack Huffman (Houston, Miss.) and Crystal Mercer (Little Rock, Ark.)
This practicum team will work with the Hope Academy of Public Service, a middle school that has developed a unique program focusing on early college preparation and career opportunities in public service. The student team will assist in establishing a public service curriculum based on best practice research and primary data collection that demonstrates students of poverty are capable of meeting academic and career goals if appropriate opportunities are provided. This work with help develop a diverse group of community –minded, student leaders, with the aid of local community resources through the provision of rigorous instruction and relevant experiences in both the classroom and the larger community.
Capacity study and best practices on services available to AR homeless population
Partner Organization: Jericho Way Day Resource Center
Team: Natalie Ramm (Little Rock, Ark.), Liz Reich (Forest Park, Ill.), Ross Owyoung (McGehee, Ark.), Emilie Street (Jackson, Miss.), Tony Nickerson (Richland Hills, Texas)
There are many gaps in services provided to the homeless population due to lack of capacity. Jericho Way Day Resource Center was established to identify and provide resources and services for those in need with the ultimate goal of transitioning clients out of homelessness. The student team will develop a non-biased needs/capacity study and best practices report on social and behavioral health focused services that could expose gaps in services. The assessment and report will allow case managers and advocacy groups to pinpoint focus for finding solutions to homelessness in Arkansas.
Dr. Warigia Bowman represented the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service as she participated in a global summit on the Grand Challenges in Tech Policy for the next decade. She was invited to join a small group of highly respected, interdisciplinary international individuals August 2-4, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. The Global Tech Summit was sponsored in part by the Hewlett Foundation, Microsoft, and the University of Washington Tech Policy Lab (http://techpolicylab.org/). The Summit brought together experts in law, information, policy, computer Science, engineering, the social sciences, diplomatic missions, and the private sector.
At the summit, thirty individuals representing countries such as Japan, Rwanda, Egypt, Scotland, Canada, Holland, the United States, Sri Lanka, and India, worked together to develop global strategies for making progress on grand challenges for tech policy. In the view of directors Yoshi Kohno, Batya Friedman, and Ryan Calo, well-selected grand challenges convey a sense of vision and push a field forward. At the same time, they must be tractable—that is, consist of actual projects of reasonable scale and ambition—for meaningful progress to be made. In this vein, the Global Tech Policy Summit aimed to (1) to frame an initial set of grand challenges for tech policy for the coming decade; (2) to identify actionable research and policy work to be conducted during the 18-months following the Summit to make progress on those grand challenges; and (3) to form collaborations and a conduit for continued discussion toward addressing and continually re-evaluating those grand challenges.
Fifty community leaders have successfully completed the year-long Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy, a program of the Delta Regional Authority. The Executive Academy is a training program that brings together business and community leaders from each of the eight states of the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt regions for a collaborative leadership development experience, emphasizing regional approaches to growing local economies and creating opportunities for the people of the Delta region.
Each graduate completed leadership development coursework and field studies in the year-long program that included five sessions in Delta communities and one session in Washington, DC.
Nine DLI fellows, nominated by Governor Asa Hutchinson and DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill, represented the State of Arkansas this year:
Andrea Allen of Jonesboro
Bevin Hunter of Little Rock
Spencer Lucker of Little Rock, Clinton School of Public Service alum
Robert Moery of Little Rock
Abby Olivier of Little Rock, Clinton School of Public Service alum and staff member at the Center on Community Philanthropy at the Clinton School
Trudy Redus of Pine Bluff
Jessica DeLoach Sabin of Little Rock, current Clinton School of Public Service student
Wesley Ward of Little Rock
Peggy Wright of Jonesboro
“For our communities to grow and support strong economies that create opportunities for Delta residents, we need local leaders that understand the local and regional challenges that we face as well as the networks and resources that can help identify solutions and address these challenges,” Chairman Masingill said. “The Delta Leadership Institute’s dynamic programming and ever-growing alumni network are helping to meet this need and empower our region’s leaders to make the Delta a better place to live and work.”
In addition to the program certificate, participants graduate with an industry-recognized certification in Crucial Conversations. Present for the ceremony were Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill, Alternate Federal Co-Chairman Mike Marshall, and Amy Fecher, executive vice president for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and Governor Hutchinson’s designee to the DRA Board.
“Congratulations to the nine Arkansans graduating from the Delta Regional Authority’s Delta Leadership Institute. The Delta is lucky to have passionate public servants, like the graduates here today, who are dedicated, hardworking, and ready to take on new challenges to continue to improve the quality of life and expand opportunity in their communities. I am excited to see the positive impact these graduates will have on the region,” Governor Asa Hutchinson said.
About Delta Regional Authority
The DRA is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development in 252 counties and parishes across eight states. Through the Rural Communities Advancement Program, the DRA has provided leadership development to more than 400 community leaders over ten years and strengthened regional collaboration with its Delta Leadership Institute.
Picture Caption (left to right): Wesley Ward of Little Rock, Jessica DeLoach Sabin of Little Rock, Andrea Allen of Jonesboro, Abby Olivier of Little Rock, Amy Fecher of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Peggy Wright of Jonesboro, Bevin Hunter of Little Rock, Robert Moery of Little Rock, Trudy Redus of Pine Bluff, Spencer Lucker of Little Rock, and Chris Masingill and Mike Marshall of teh Delta Regional Authority.
Josh Visnaw was recently awarded the Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowship and will be working in Timor-Leste on education policy.
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State inaugurated the J. William Fulbright – Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellowship in academic year 2012-13. Initially titled the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship, the award was renamed to honor former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for her dedication to public service and role in the program’s creation.
The Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowship provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to serve in professional placements in a foreign government ministry or institution in partner governments. Fulbright-Clinton Fellows build mutual understanding and contribute to strengthening the public sector while gaining hands-on public sector experience. The Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship also includes an independent academic study/research component.
Fulbright-Clinton Fellows function in a “special assistant” role for a senior level official. The goal of the professional placements is to build the Fellows’ knowledge and skills, provide support to partner country institutions, and promote long-term ties between the U.S. and the partner country. The U.S. Embassy, with the Fulbright Commission (where applicable), will identify host ministries and provide administrative support and oversight during the Fellow’s program.
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“A Pearl for Kizzy: A World War II Novel,” Ed Bethune
Monday, August 22, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall) *Book Signing to Follow
– Ed Bethune is an author and a former member of the United States House of Representatives from Arkansas. In his new book, A Pearl for Kizzy: A World War II Novel, Bethune tells the story of Kizzy, a spirited child that lives with her family on a one-room houseboat in Big Pearl, Arkansas. At the onset of World War II, Kizzy befriends a young boy, who is a refugee from Nazi Germany, and a cultured young woman who encourages her to read Jane Austen’s books. In A Pearl for Kizzy, Bethune relates Kizzy’s struggle to today’s culture war and examines love, pride, compassion, courage, hope, morality, and duty.
“From the Killing Fields to the White House: The American Dream in First Person,” Ambassador Sichan Siv
Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– Sichan Siv is the international bestselling author of Golden Bones: An Extraordinary Journey from Hell in Cambodia to a New Life in America. In Golden Bones, Siv tells his own story of fleeing Cambodia after being captured and forced to perform slave labor by Khmer Rouge officials. In 1976, he escaped the killing fields in Cambodia and resettled as a refugee in Connecticut. He went on to work as Deputy Assistant to President George H.W. Bush in the White House and at the State Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary. In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed him as an ambassador to the United Nations, where he served until 2006, and represented the United States at the 60th anniversary of the United Nations.
Summit on Inclusion and Diversity with Start Here Little Rock
Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– Start Here Little Rock is launching a program to increase engagement of women and minorities in Little Rock in the entrepreneurial process and to increase access to entrepreneurial information, resources, and training. This one-day workshop will feature a variety of entrepreneurial and small business support organizations and will focus on educating attendees about the services they provide. Participants will learn how to connect to and best leverage these resources. During the second half of the program, attendees will hear local success stories from women and minority entrepreneurs across a wide range of industries and backgrounds. For more information, visit www.startherelr.org
Meredith Walker, executive director and co-creator of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls
Monday, August 29, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– Meredith Walker is the executive director and co-creator of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Smart Girls is a groundbreaking way to use the internet to inspire, encourage, and celebrate the lives of young women. The former head of the talent department at Saturday Night Live, Walker now devotes all of her time to Smart Girls by leading workshops, service days, and Smart Girls volunteer teams. Smart Girls helps young people cultivate their authentic selves and emphasizes intelligence and imagination over “fitting in.”
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Monty Python’s Spamalot, a panel with The Rep
Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre
– Monty Python’s Spamalot blends the most quotable parts of the cult comedy classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail with the satire of the entertainment industry. Obstacles such as witches, wizards, killer bunny rabbits with big pointy teeth, and the French are just a few of the things Arthur and his brave knights must vanquish on their eternal quest to find the Holy Grail, and along the way, proving that you should always look on the bright side of life. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, Spamalot opens at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre on September 2.
Mel Coleman, President of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall)
– Mel Coleman is the CEO of North Arkansas Electric Cooperative and the president of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) board of directors. NRECA is the largest trade association based in Washington, D.C., serving the nation’s more than 900 electric cooperatives. Coleman has served in numerous national, state, and local leadership roles in his career. North Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, which is based in Salem, Arkansas, is part of the 17-member Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, the Little Rock-based cooperative that provides electricity to nearly 500,000 homes, farms, and businesses in Arkansas and surrounding states.
Little Rock Paper Airplane Championship to benefit the Lymphomaniac Society
Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– The Lymphomaniac Society is proud to host the Little Rock Paper Airplane Championship on Saturday, September 10. This fun event for children and adults will benefit the Lymphomaniac Society, which provides respite trips for cancer survivors and their caregiver upon completion of treatment. Participants will compete in distance and airtime events in categories from Family (6 and under) to Adult Professional. There will be a variety of food trucks on site. For registration and sponsorship opportunities, visit http://www.lrpaperairplane.com
Jeremy Richman, founder of the Avielle Foundation
Monday, September 12, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– Jeremy Richman is the founder of the Avielle Foundation and the father of Avielle Richman, who was one of the children murdered in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. Dr. Richman has extensive research experience that spans the range from neuroscience and neuropsychopharmacology, to cardiovascular biology, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, immunology and inflammation, and kidney disease. The Avielle Foundation was founded to prevent violence and build compassion through neuroscience research, community engagement, and education.
Dana Suskind, director and principal investigator of Thirty Million Words
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall)
– Dana Suskind is professor of surgery at the University of Chicago, director of the pediatric cochlear implant program, and founder and director of the Thirty Million Words initiative at the University of Chicago Medical School. Based on scientific research that shows the critical importance of early language exposure on the developing child, Thirty Million Words helps parents enhance their home language environment in order to optimize their child’s brain development and therefore, his or her ability to learn.
“Can the Gift of a Cow Really Change a Life?,” with Alex Winter-Nelson and Peter Goldsmith
Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– Alex Winter-Nelson and Peter Goldsmith are both professors in the College of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne. Winter-Nelson and Goldsmith will present their findings of an ongoing study with Heifer International that focuses on the gift of dairy cows, draft cattle, and meat goats to farmers in Zambia’s Copperbelt region. The researches will unpack data from the first 18 months of the five-year study that examines how the livestock gifts, along with training in animal management, might change diets, the purchase of non-food items, and how farmers perceive their own economic status. Over a longer time frame, they also examine evidence of changes in women’s empowerment and decision-making in the households that received animals.
Kevin Merida, editor-in-chief for ESPN’s “The Undefeated”
Tuesday or Wednesday, September 20 or 21, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– Kevin Merida is the editor-in-chief for “The Undefeated,” ESPN’s new website that provides in-depth reporting, commentary, and insight on race and culture through the lens of sports with innovative storytelling, original reporting, and provocative commentary. Merida is the former managing editor for news at the Washington Post and is the author of two previous books, Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas and Obama: The Historic Campaign in Photographs.
Elaine Kamarck, “Why Presidents Fail and How They Can Succeed Again”
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)*Book Signing to Follow
– Elaine Kamarck is an author and the director of the Center for Effective Public Management at the Brookings Institution. In her new book, Why Presidents Fail and How They Can Succeed Again, Kamarck surveys recent presidential failures to understand why Americans have lost faith in their leaders. She argues that presidents today spend too much time talking and not enough time governing. As a Harvard academic and former White House insider, Kamarck explains the difficulties of governing in our modern political landscape, and offers examples and recommendations of how our next president can not only recreate faith in leadership but also run a competent, successful administration.
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The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service will enroll 39 new students in its Master of Public Service (MPS) degree program this fall. Located in downtown Little Rock, on the grounds of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park, and in the River Market district, the Clinton School is the nation’s first to offer an MPS degree.
Since opening in 2004, the school has attracted students from around the world, from more than 40 countries and over 200 universities. The class of 2018 includes citizens of Ghana, India, Italy, and Nigeria; students from 15 states from all regions of the United States; universities such as Fordham University, Gonzaga University, Haverford College, the University of North Carolina, and Washington University at St. Louis; and from seven universities and colleges in Arkansas.
“We’re very proud to welcome the new Clinton School class. As the nation’s first to offer a Master of Public Service degree, we continue to attract individuals with a wide range of backgrounds and interests, but with a common purpose to uplift others,” said Clinton School Dean James L. “Skip” Rutherford III. “Over the next two years, the public service projects these students will complete in Arkansas and throughout the world will have a significant positive impact.”
This fall, the new Clinton School students will begin team-based public service projects with partner organizations in communities across Arkansas. In the classroom, the students will complete core courses in professionalism, social change, and conflict resolution. Throughout their time here, students will work on three public service projects within their particular public service interests: the team-based Practicum project, the International Public Service Project, and their final project that culminates their degree known as the Capstone.
Orientation for the new class begins August 14 and classes begin August 22.
The class of 2018 includes:
Darlynton Adegor (Delta, Nigeria) – Darlynton Adegor is a graduate of Lagos State University and the Nigerian Law School with a degree in law. He has worked as a lawyer for the Nigerian Stock Exchange, the Administration General and Public Trustee Department of the Enugu Ministry of Justice, the Legal Aid Community Development, and at other various law firms and organizations, and volunteered as a project facilitator at School for Young Entrepreneurial Stakeholders. Adegor’s public service interests include rural economic development, youth empowerment, and social justice.
Rebecca Agyei (Kumasi, Ghana) – Rebecca Agyei is a graduate of Arkansas Baptist College with a degree in public administration and criminal justice. She has experience as an intern with Congressman French Hill and has volunteered with the Helping Hand of Little Rock. Agyei’s public service areas of interest include education of women and girls, hunger, and poverty.
Amie Alexander (Waldron, Ark.) – Amie Alexander is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a degree in agricultural education. She is currently pursuing a concurrent law degree with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law and has organized and facilitated youth leadership conferences in the past. Alexander’s personal public service interests include agriculture policy, rural development, and youth empowerment through education.
Hannah Bahn (Mercer Island, Wash.) – Hannah Bahn is a graduate of Haverford College with a degree in anthropology. She was previously a teacher at Pacific Ridge School where she taught multiple grades and led a social justice trip to Cambodia for senior high school students, has been the assistant program director at Hands of Peace, interned at Science Leadership Academy, and interned at Equal Education. Bahn’s public service areas of interest include social justice, social change and innovation, and education.
Reginald Ballard (Little Rock, Ark.) – Reginald Ballard is a graduate of the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff with a degree in political science and a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Master of Art in Teaching. He has previously served as a school operations manager at Luna Preparatory, external affairs coordinator with the office of Governor Mike Beebe, and has experience interning with the Clinton Foundation. Ballard’s public service interests include education, public policy, and underserved youth and communities.
Caitlin Campbell (Batesville, Ark.) – Caitlin Campbell is a graduate of Lyon College, where she was president of the student body, with a degree in political science. She is currently pursuing a concurrent law degree with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, has volunteered as a court appointed special advocate to protect the best interests of children in the foster care system, and has spent time conducting field research in urban slums of Mexico City surveying physical, mental, and civic health of individuals of underprivileged communities. Campbell’s public service interests include access to justice and education.
Catherine Campos (Miami, Fla.) – Catherine Campos is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in theater and sociology. She served two years with City Year Jacksonville as an AmeriCorps member, interned with the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, and volunteered with elementary, middle, and high school students in low income areas, working to improve literacy and social/emotional skills.
Madeleine Chaisson (Slidell, La.) – Madeleine Chaisson is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with degrees in international relations and French and Latin American studies and Spanish. She has previous experience with Dream B.I.G., Jane B. Gearhart Full Circle Campus Food Pantry, and Razorback Food Recovery. Chaisson’s personal areas of interest include immigrants’ rights, women empowerment and equality, and food security.
Susanna Creed (Monrovia, Calif.) – Susanna Creed is a graduate of Towson University with a degree in kinesiology. She recently served as an AmeriCorps NCCC and AmeriCorps VISTA member and has volunteered as a staff facilitator with the Next Step – Social Justice Retreat at Chapman University. Creed’s public service areas of interest include youth empowerment, youth leadership development, community organizing, and education.
Brittney Dennis (Little Rock, Ark.) – Brittney Dennis is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a degree in psychology and African/African American studies. She has been a youth care worker, mental health paraprofessional, a second grade teacher, an intern at Heifer International, and an AmeriCorps Vista member. Dennis’ public service interest areas include education, hunger alleviation, youth development, and social justice.
Caroline Dunlap (Brookline, Mass.) – Caroline Dunlap is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a degree in environmental studies. She has served as an AmeriCorps member with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has worked in various roles at Heifer Ranch for Heifer International, and volunteered as an HIV test counselor and a community arts space collective member. Dunlap’s areas of public service interest include conservation and fostering connections to public lands, community development, public health, and LGBTQ advocacy.
Starre Haas (Little Rock, Ark.) – Starre Haas is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with degrees in finance and accounting. She is the founder of the Little Rock Community Alliance, the CEO and founder of My Historic Downtown, and the president of the Downtown Neighborhood Association. Haas’ public service areas of interests include citizen empowerment, civil rights, and women’s rights.
Mollie Henager (Conway, Ark.) – Mollie Henager is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in psychology and Spanish. She has experience as a private Spanish tutor and as a UCA Centralized scheduling assistant, and has volunteered as an ESL tutor through Literacy Action of Central Arkansas. Henager’s public service areas of interests include international development, immigration, education, and gender equality.
Zack Huffman (Houston, Miss.) – Zach Huffman is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a degree in public policy leadership. He has served as an elementary teacher of the past three years and, while he was an undergraduate, was the youngest elected school board member in Mississippi. Huffman’s public service areas of interest include education, food security, and U.S. politics.
Lucy Kagan (Fort Collins, Colo.) – Lucy Kagan is a graduate of the University of Denver with a degree in English. She is a former field manager with the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and No Kid Hungry Campaign, a USDA commodities program supervisor with Food Bank of the Rockies in Denver, Colo., former intern for Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member for two years in Northwest Arkansas where she spearheaded Fayetteville’s Farm to School program. Kagan’s public service interests include hunger alleviation, sustainable agriculture, and governmental welfare programs.
Megan Kurten (Little Rock, Ark.) – Megan Kurten is a graduate of Hendrix College with a degree in history and political science. She is currently enrolled as a concurrent law degree student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, has worked as a lab manager at Children’s Hospital, and has served as an AmeriCorps member at the Center for Arkansas Legal Services, and has volunteered with CALS to help transgender patients get correct IDs. Kurten’s public service interests include civil rights, discrimination, and social justice.
Steven Kwizera (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Steven Kwizera is a graduate of Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda with a degree in political science and social administration, and a graduate of Keller Graduate School of Management at Devry with a master’s in project management. He has worked as a public volunteer in Uganda in malaria sensitization annual drives, advocating for rights of children and political freedom. Kwizera’s public service interests include education and rights of vulnerable children in poor communities.
Domenick Lasorsa (Cape Cod, Mass.) – Domenick Lasorsa is a graduate of Fordham University with degrees in international political economy and Latin American and Latino studies. He has served as a City Year AmeriCorps member with City Year Little Rock, an intern for the city of Little Rock in Mayor Mark Stodola’s office, and has volunteered with at risk middle school and elementary students as an afterschool tutor and mentor. Lasorsa’s public service interests include international development, education, and social justice.
Jason Lochmann (Pine Bluff, Ark.) – Jason Lochmann is a graduate of Lyon College, where he was student body president, with a degree in biology. He previously served as an Arkansas Department of Health Stead Scholar, Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence Summer Research Fellow, and volunteered as a White River Medical Center health coach. Lochmann’s public service interests include civil rights, public health with an emphasis in mental health, LGBTQ advocacy, and rural health matters.
Emily Loker (Madison, Wis.) – Emily Loker is a graduate of Northland College with a degree in English and writing. She served as an AmeriCorps member with Anti-Hunger Opportunity VISTA and Multilingual Leadership Corps. Loker’s public service areas of interest include youth empowerment, social justice, food security, and refugee and immigrant rights.
Crystal C. Mercer (Little Rock, Ark.) – Crystal C. Mercer is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a degree in theatre arts and dance. She has worked with the National Park Service as park guide at the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, for the Arkansas Repertory Theatre as an actor, wardrobe assistant, and as part of the educational touring company, has volunteered with Our House Shelter to produce Shakespeare at the Shelter and the Youth Leadership Academy for the National Park Service. Mercer’s public service interests include youth empowerment, fusing arts and activism, education, and preservation of legacies.
Chelsea Miller (Hickory, N.C.) – Chelsea Miller is a graduate of the University of North Carolina with a degree in peace, war, and defense, and religious studies. She spent two years as a mobile outreach coordinator for 7hills Homeless Center, two years as victims services coordinator for Northwest Arkansas Rape Crisis Center, is a lifelong Girl Scout, and the co-founder of Essentials Outreach in Fayetteville, Ark. Miller’s personal public service interests include women’s empowerment, gender equality, and the intersection of business, government, and nonprofit sectors.
Tony Nickerson (Richland Hills, Texas) – Tony Nickerson is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in political science. He has past experience serving as an intern with North American Missions Board Church Planting in Illinois. Nickerson’s public service interests include human rights, refugees, homelessness, and immigration.
Fiona O’Leary Sloan (Seattle, Wash.) – Fiona O’Leary Sloan is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in anthropology. She has spent time as a graphic designer, a consultant for an urban planning consulting firm, a public diplomacy intern with the U.S. Department of State, and an intern with the World Health Organization. Sloan’s public service interest areas include international relations and conflict resolution, women’s health, and socially conscious entrepreneurship.
Ross Owyoung (McGehee, Ark.) – Ross Owyoung is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a degree in criminal justice. He has previous experience with Ozark Montessori Academy as a physical education teacher, an internship with Smith Hurst, and has volunteered with programs with the Department of Human Services and Boys and Girls Club to provide meals for school-aged children during the summer. Owyoung’s public service interests include poverty, education, government, and the environment.
Colby Qualls (Monette, Ark.) – Colby Qualls is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in political science and sociology. He is currently pursuing a concurrent law degree with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, is a former intern for U.S. Department of Interior, former intern for U.S. Congressman Rick Crawford, and has spent time volunteering for the Human Rights Campaign and various political efforts. Qualls’ public service interests include education, civil rights, and civil liberties.
Vinay Raj (Chennai, India) – Vinay Raj is a graduate of the University of Madras with a degree in botany and a Master of Business Administration, a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Ph.D. in bioinformatics, and a graduate of the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences with a Master of Public Health degree. He was previously a research instructor with the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Cancer Research Center. Raj’s public service interests include disease prevention and treatment, health program planning and development, and global development.
Natalie Ramm (Little Rock, Ark.) – Natalie Ramm is a graduate of Hendrix College with a degree in English and studio art. She is currently pursuing a concurrent law degree with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, has previously served as a communications coordinator for the Maternal Health Task Force at Harvard School of Public Health, volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas, and previously with Center for Arkansas Legal Services. Ramm’s public service interests include the intersection between health and legal issues, especially for low-income women.
Liz Reich (Forest Park, Ill.) – Liz Reich is a graduate of Illinois State University with a degree in print and editorial journalism and Italian studies. She has served as a United Communities AmeriCorps member for Douglas County Mental Health in Oregon, an AmeriCorps HOPE member for Deschutes County Health Services, an English teacher in the Marshall Islands, a volunteer with Human Dignity Coalition, and a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Explore Austin. Reich’s public service areas of interest include youth development, education reform, reproductive health access, and Marshallese immigration.
Paxton Richardson (Fall City, Wash.) – Paxton Richardson is a graduate of Gonzaga University with degrees in communication and sociology. She has previous experience with Catholic Community Services as a Youth Partner in the Wraparound with Intensive Services program in Washington, with Zambia Gold as the manager of community outreach, and the YWCA as a Women’s Opportunity Center program assistant. Richardson’s public service areas of interest include international development, education, social change, conflict resolution, and immigration.
Emily Smith (Little Rock, Ark.) – Emily Smith is a graduate of Hendrix College with a degree in English, film studies and politics. She is a former City Year Little Rock AmeriCorps member and has worked to help coordinate City Year’s Summer Academy Experience for staff and senior AmeriCorps members, a former communications intern with the Clinton Foundation, and has volunteered with Heifer International. Smith’s public service interests include access to healthcare for rural communities, education reform and policy, and workers’ rights.
Thaddeus Smith (Little Rock, Ark.) – Thaddeus Smith is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a degree in political science. He has served as an AmeriCorps member with the Boys and Girls Club of Central Arkansas and has experience with the Love Your School gardening program with the Little Rock School District. Smith’s public service interests include gardening programs for children, outdoor classroom experience, and afterschool programs.
Joshua Snyder (Glendale, Ariz.) – Joshua Snyder is a graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in Journalism, and a graduate of St. John’s College with a master’s in liberal arts. He has been a program monitor for an afterschool reading program with the Sherman Independent School District, a youth adviser at an emergency shelter for teenage boys, and an AmeriCorps VISTA member. Snyder’s public service areas of interest include public education and youth development.
Nick Stevens (Jacksonville, Ark.) – Nick Stevens is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in economics. He has served as the U.S. office director at Life Child, interned with Zambia Project, and volunteered with Rally International in Goma, DRC. Stevens’ public service interests include sustainable economic development, faith-based community development, child welfare, education, excellence in social systems and services, and pan-African empowerment.
Emilie Street (Jackson, Miss.) – Emilie Street is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a degree in public policy leadership and religious studies. She has been a member of the Young Adult Service Corps and volunteered as an English teacher at Holy Spirit Episcopal Bilingual School in Honduras. Street’s public service areas of interests include social justice, women’s rights, and equal access to education.
Andrew Treviño (Greeley, Colo.) – Andrew Treviño is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a degree in political science. He is currently enrolled as a concurrent law degree student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law and has previously formally worked for U.S. Senator Michael Bennet in his Washington, D.C. office, and volunteered for the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences 12th Street Health Clinic providing pro bono legal services to low income and underserved communities in Little Rock. Treviño’s areas of interest in public service include access to education, economic and social justice, civil rights, and community empowerment.
Brandon Treviño (Greeley, Colo.) – Brandon Treviño is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a degree in political science. He is currently enrolled as a concurrent law degree student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, he serves as a mentor to incoming law students as a Dean’s Fellow, is the secretary of the Bowen Hispanic Law Student Association, and has previously volunteered with Wills for Heroes where he helped draft wills and power of attorney for first responders and law enforcement. Treviño’s public service interests include community empowerment, access to education, racial and ethnic justice, and immigrant rights.
Ravyn Towns (Memphis, Tenn.) – Ravyn Towns is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in journalism and electronic media. She previously founded the non-profit Ray of Sunshine and has volunteered by serving as a mentor for at-risk youth. Towns’ public service areas of interest include assisting survivors of gun violence and the growth and development of underprivileged, female youth.