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University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service student Quiana Brown of New Orleans, La. spent the last six months collecting data on award recipients of the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund (ASPSF).
Quiana interviewed students at both 4-year and 2-year colleges who were awarded the discretionary scholastic funds, surveyed supporting staff at those collegiate institutions, and conducted informational meetings with the administrative staff at ASPSF.
The data collected looked at process barriers among single parent scholarship recipients in the state to learn more about the effective techniques that could be best implemented so that this unique population could be adequately served. Brown conducted this research as part of her final community capstone project with ASPSF whose mission is to “enable single parents to attain self-sufficiency through post-secondary education”. The organization, which has 62 affiliates, provides scholarships in all 75 Arkansas counties each year.
As a result of the information collected several themes emerged including recommendations for a more streamlined process, increased collaboration, additional support services, and the creation of new partnerships. This is information that the organization will be able to use as it continues to grow its operational strategic plan and gear up for its future years in public service.
“The outcome of this work will help us refine our processes, removing any existing barriers which will, in turn, allow more single parent students to apply and more scholarships to be awarded each year,” said Ruthanne Hill, Executive Director of the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund.
The Clinton School student will present the results of her efforts at the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund Leadership Committee meeting on May 20, 2015.
About the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund (ASPSF)
Established in 1990, ASPSF is a non-profit organization which assists low-income single parents in completing their post-secondary education through discretionary community based scholarship funds so that they are better prepared for skilled employment and more able to obtain self-sufficiency. To achieve this goal ASPSF has affiliate organizations representing every county in Arkansas and since 1990 has awarded more than $20 million dollars to deserving recipients. Affiliate Follow-up Reports for 2013 revealed that ASPSF recipients had an 86% graduation and retention rate, meaning that 86% of all scholarship recipients that school year either graduated or pre-registered for the next school term.
More information about the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund is available at www.aspsf.org
Rutherford, who coordinated the $165 million Clinton Presidential Library project in downtown Little Rock from 1997-2004, spoke as part of the Sewanee’s Graham Executive Lecture Series and noted a recent study by the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, showing over $3 billion in economic impact since the Clinton Library’s opening in 2004.
One of the main reasons President Clinton chose the downtown site for his presidential library and a school of public service, Rutherford said, was because he wanted to help revitalize the city’s downtown area, “It certainly has done that,” he said.
“Before coming to the Clinton School as Dean, I came from the private sector where profit was a good word and where results, outcomes, and bottom lines mattered. I still believe profit is a good word whether it is proceeded by the three letters ‘f-o-r’ or ‘n-o-n’, ” Rutherford said.
He cited Westrock Coffee based in Little Rock, Nisolo Shoes, founded by a recent University of Mississippi graduate whose father lives in Arkansas, and TOMS Shoes as examples of companies that both “do good and do well.”
According to Rutherford, the non profit sector is now the third largest employer in the United States.
“Where would we be without hospitals, colleges and universities, foundations, NGO’s, arts centers, and museums?” he asked. “They all do much good, they also employ many people and should be full partners in addressing the economic challenges and demands of the 21st century.”
University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service student Hunter Mullins, of Natchitoches, La., spent the last 7 months completing his final capstone project with The Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP), a non-profit non-partisan organization specializing in college student voter registration, engagement, and voting. Mullins’ efforts led to the first national evaluation of their 2014 midterm election work.
CEEP works to provide free non-partisan programming to any university looking to increase its rates of student voter registration and turn out. The organization seeks to create election engagement teams on campuses, train these groups to act autonomously, and help provide trainings and resources to support creating a pro-voting culture at college campuses nationwide.
Mullins created an evaluation focusing on both state program coordinators and the universities that CEEP worked at to gauge opinion and work processes. Baseline data was established for the organization along with evidence-based recommendations on how to improve their work in the future.
“This was an absolute necessity and will help move the program forward in a significant way,” said Marcie Smith West, former Associate National Director at CEEP.
To complete this project, Mullins first worked as the Arkansas Program Coordinator for CEEP. He utilized evaluative, survey design, and analytical skills that he acquired through Clinton School curriculum.
The capstone project is the third of three major field projects in the Clinton School curriculum. Mullins will graduate May 2015.
About The Campus Election Engagement Project
CEEP is a national nonpartisan project that helps America’s colleges and universities get as many of their 20 million students as possible to register, volunteer in campaigns, educate themselves, and turn out at the polls. CEEP primarily works through partnerships with statewide education organizations, college administrations, and student leaders to organize and promote the registration and voter turnout of college students.
More information about CEEP is available at www.campuselect.org
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“Terms of Service: Social Media and the Price of Constant Connection,” Jacob Silverman
Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
- Social networking is a staple of modern life, but its continued evolution is becoming increasingly detrimental to our lives. Shifts in communication, identity, and privacy are affecting us more than we realize. “Terms of Service” crystalizes the current moment in technology and contemplates what is to come: our newly adopted view of daily life through the lens of what’s share-worthy and the surveillance state operated by social media platforms to mine our personal data for advertising revenue. Integrating politics, sociology, national security, pop culture, and technology, Silverman explores the surprising conformity at the heart of Internet culture, explaining how social media companies engineer their products to encourage shallow engagement and discourage dissent, and reflects on the implications of the collapsed barriers between our private and public lives
Leocadia Zak, director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency
Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 12:00 noon (Sturgis Hall)
- Leocadia Zak is the director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, which helps U.S. businesses create jobs through the export of their goods and services for priority infrastructure projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. companies to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries. For the sixth year in a row, USTDA’s export multiplier increased in FY 2014 — for every dollar the Agency programmed, an unprecedented $76 in U.S. exports were generated. Zak will participate in a discussion on international trade and economic development, including President Obama’s trade policy agenda and trends in emerging markets, moderated by former Arkansas Economic Development Commission director Grant Tennille.
Tyson Gersh, founder of the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative
Monday, April 6, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- Tyson Gersh is the co-founder and president of the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI), a nonprofit based in Detroit’s North End Community that uses urban agriculture as a platform to promote education, sustainability, and community in an effort to empower urban communities, solve many social problems facing Detroit, and potentially develop a broader model for redevelopment for other urban communities. Such projects produce nutritious food while teaching the community sustainable farming skills. MUFI engages 2,500 volunteers and grew more than 10,000 pounds of produce in the last year alone.
“American Economic Leadership in an Uncertain World,” Fred Hochberg
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- Fred Hochberg is chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank, America’s official export credit agency. With globalization accelerating and the middle class rising throughout the developing world, winning the race for export success has never been more critical to America’s capacity to build a durable economy and achieve resilient job growth. The role of the Export-Import Bank is to level the playing field for U.S. exporters by equipping those who cannot access private financing with the tools they need to compete and win on the merits of their goods and services. As exports continue to drive America’s recovery — bringing millions of high-wage jobs to our shores that would otherwise end up elsewhere — the Export-Import Bank’s mission has never been more critical to the country’s long-term success.
“Why Civil Resistance Works: Nonviolent Struggle in the Past and Future,” Erica Chenoweth
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 12:00 noon (Sturgis Hall)
- Erica Chenoweth is associate professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and an associate senior researcher at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO). An internationally recognized authority on political violence and its alternatives, Foreign Policy magazine ranked her among the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2013 for her efforts to promote the empirical study of civil resistance. Though it defies consensus, between 1900 and 2006, campaigns of nonviolent resistance were more than twice as effective as their violent counterparts. Attracting impressive support from citizens that helps separate regimes from their main sources of power, these campaigns have produced remarkable results, even in the contexts of Iran, the Palestinian Territories, the Philippines, and Burma.
Clinton School Center on Community Philanthropy Scholar in Residence, Celeste Clark
Friday, April 10, 2015 at 12:00 noon (Sturgis Hall)
- Dr. Celeste Clark, the Center on Community Philanthropy Scholar in Residence, will present on the topic of corporate philanthropy. Dr. Clark has an extensive background in leadership development and corporate giving and is currently the Principal at Abraham Clark Consulting and a Trustee of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
“The Golden Hour: Africa’s Rise and the Challenge for American Diplomacy,” Todd Moss
Monday, April 13, 2015 at 12:00 noon (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
- Todd Moss is chief operating officer and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and is a former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State. Due to African nations being increasingly prosperous, democratic, and interconnected with the lives of Americans, Africa is now more important to the United States than ever before. The new threats to U.S. national security – the spread of terrorism, international criminal networks, and cross-border disease – are pushing Africa higher up the U.S. foreign policy agenda. Moss, a former senior State Department official, will discuss the challenges a rising Africa poses for American foreign policy, asses the Obama Administration’s performance, and share why he wrote about all of this in his new fiction thriller, “The Golden Hour.”
“Who Cares?,” Michael Bearden, Ballet Arkansas’s artistic director
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 12:00 noon (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with Ballet Arkansas
- Under the artistic direction of Michael Bearden, Ballet Arkansas will be performing its annual spring mixed repertory show April 17-19, 2015 at the Arkansas Repertory Theater. The show titled “Who Cares?” after the finale piece created by world-renowned choreographer George Balanchine, has a line-up of five works. This show will be groundbreaking for Ballet Arkansas in two ways: Hilary Wolfley, the winner of Ballet Arkansas’s first annual Visions Choreographic Competition will debut the full length version of her award-winning piece and this will be the first time an Arkansas entity will be performing an official Balanchine work. Bearden will give a presentation on George Balanchine and his impact on the world of dance and what it means in the greater dance world that Ballet Arkansas was authorized by the Balanchine Trust to perform a piece of his work.
Irene Hirano Inouye, president of the U.S.-Japan Council
Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with Hendrix College
- Irene Hirano Inouye is President of the U.S.-Japan Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to building people-to-people relationships between the United States and Japan. The council contributes to strengthening U.S.-Japan relations by bringing together diverse leadership, engaging stakeholders, and exploring issues that benefit communities, businesses, and government entities on both sides of the Pacific. Hirano is the former president and founding CEO of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, a position she held for twenty years. She also has extensive experience in nonprofit administration, community education, and public affairs with culturally diverse communities nationwide.
Symposium on the Moral Imperative of Music Education
Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (Wally Allen Ballroom, Statehouse Convention Center) *In partnership with the Spirit of Harmony Foundation
The Clinton School and the Spirit of Harmony Foundation, founded by musician, songwriter and record producer Todd Rundgren, will host a symposium on the importance of music education. The symposium will explore the social, neurological, economic, academic and creative benefits of music education and will conclude with a short musical performance by Todd.
The symposium panel includes:
- “The Social Benefits of Music Education: Music education improves children’s lives by making them more successful academically and in their social interactions (working with others and self-confidence)” with Margaret Martin, founder of the Harmony Project.
- “The Neurological/Physical Benefits of Music Education: Music education changes a child’s brain in ways that last a lifetime, making the child a better student and a more mentally fit adult” with Nina Kraus, director of Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory.
- “The Economic Benefits of Music Education: The proven physical and social benefits of music education ultimately result in substantial economic assets that manifest throughout a person’s lifetime” with George S. Frod, co-founder and chief economist at Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal and Economic Public Policy Studies.
- “The Academic Benefits of Music Education: Individual students experience substantial and life-change positive results from active participation in music education programs” with Carl Mouton, director of bands for Maumelle High School.
- “The Emotional/Creative Benefits of Music Education: Music changes the world and changes ourselves” with Todd Rundgren, founder and president of the spirit of Harmony Foundation.
For more information, visit http://www.spiritofharmony.org/symposium.html
“The Barefoot Lawyer,” Chen Guangcheng
Monday, April 20, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
- The son of a poor farmer in rural China and blinded by illness when he was an infant, Chen Guangcheng became a self-taught lawyer and a political activist. Repeatedly harassed, beaten, and imprisoned by Chinese authorities, Chen was ultimately placed under house arrest. Despite his disability, he was determined to escape to freedom and fight for the rights of his country’s poor. After two years, one morning he climbed over the wall of his heavily guarded home and escaped. Days later, he turned up at the American embassy in Beijing, and after high-level negotiations, was able to leave China and begin a new life in the United States. Both a riveting memoir and a revealing portrait of modern China, “The Barefoot Lawyer” tells the story of a man who has never accepted limits and always believed in the power of the human spirit to overcome any obstacle.
“Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid that Avenged Pearl Harbor,” James Scott
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
- The Doolittle Raid is a feat of legend: a daring, some thought suicidal, bombing mission designed to avenge the attack on Pearl Harbor by taking the fight to the heart of the Japanese Empire—Tokyo. The raid’s success became a rallying point for the United States, destroyed Japan’s sense of its own invulnerability, and helped force a confrontation at Midway, a critical turning point in the Pacific War. Shrouded in secrecy at the time, the raid quickly entered the realm of myth, almost literally: the White House and the American press began using “Shangri-La,” the name of a fictional mountaintop utopia, as a stand-in for the undisclosed launching point of the operation. In “Target Tokyo,” award-winning historian James Scott strips away the layers of the legend and provides the first truly comprehensive account of the raid, one that’s based on new interviews and scores of never-before published records drawn from archives across four continents.
“Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs,” Joshua Shenk
Saturday, April25, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow *In partnership with the Arkansas Literary Festival
- “Powers of Two” — the most recent book by acclaimed essayist Joshua Wolf Shenk — ruminates on the way relationships drive creativity. Contrary to the myth of the lone genius, Shenk suggests, the real agent of discovery and innovation lies in interconnection between people who teach, challenge, and buoy each other. In his book, Shenk illuminates the varieties of this relational experience—the common ingredients shared by duos ranging from John Lennon and Paul McCartney to Steve Jobs and Jonathan Ive. Join us for a wide-ranging conversation about chemistry and creativity with a special focus on the relationship between mentors and their students. Twenty years ago, Shenk learned about the craft of non-fiction and the essay from the master writer and teacher Pat C. Hoy, who joins him on stage as interlocutor. “Powers of Two” was recently nominated by PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction which is awarded to an author of a distinguished book of general nonfiction possessing notable literary merit and critical perspective and illuminating important contemporary issues.
“Arkansas Puzzle Day,” with David Rosenfelt
Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow *In partnership with the Arkansas Literary Festival
- The Clinton School will welcome crossword and Sudoku puzzle enthusiasts for the eighth Annual Arkansas Puzzle Day. The event will feature crossword and Sudoku contests, which will take place at Sturgis Hall on Sunday, April 26. All skill levels are encouraged to attend and participate. David Rosenfelt is an author who has written fourteen novels and three TV movies.
Ron Haskins, co-director Brookings Center on Children and Families and Budgeting for National Priorities Project
Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with Arkansas Community Foundation
- Haskins is a senior fellow in the Economic Studies program and co-director of the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution and senior consultant at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore. From February to December of 2002 he was the senior advisor to the President for welfare policy at the White House. His areas of expertise include welfare reform, child care, child support, marriage, child protection, and budget and deficit issues. In 1997, Haskins was selected by the National Journal as one of the 100 most influential people in the federal government. Haskins was the editor of the 1996, 1998, and 2000 editions of the Green Book, a 1600-page compendium of the nation’s social programs published by the House Ways and Means Committee that analyzes domestic policy issues including health care, poverty, and unemployment.
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Allison Meyer of Strongsville, Ohio spent seven months in Phnom Penh, Cambodia completing her University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service International Public Service Project and final Capstone Project. Meyer worked with Sarus, a non-profit specializing in peace-building and service-learning programs. Meyer’s efforts for her Capstone Project were successful in developing an organizational theory of change for Sarus, evaluating stakeholder relationships, and ultimately improving stakeholder involvement to help the organization more efficiently and effectively achieve its goals.
Allison created an organizational theory of change, which outlines the results an organization must achieve to be successful, and how it, working alone or with others, will achieve them. Then she conducted a descriptive analysis of the relationship Sarus has with its key stakeholders outlined in the theory of change: participants, partners, and organizational staff. In order to analyze Sarus’s three key stakeholders quantitative and qualitative data were gathered to determine the interests of designated parties, and how those interests should be taken into consideration as Sarus moves forward.
The results show the strengths and weaknesses of Sarus’s participant selection process, partner management methods, and staff recruitment and retention strategies. In order to help Sarus better align its stakeholder involvement with its theory of change Meyer developed action steps for Sarus, supplemented by an asset map displaying Sarus partner organizations as well as a memorandum of understanding template to strengthen partnerships.
“Allison was a tremendous asset to Sarus. During her seven months working with us, Allison created a groundbreaking and exhaustive impact assessment of our Cambodia-Vietnam peace-building programs, undertook a detailed stakeholder analysis, and facilitated our development of an organizational theory of change,” said Wesley Hedden, Founder and CEO of Sarus. “Allison’s work has helped us to more clearly understand our impact and our relationships with stakeholders and will help guide our work for years to come.”
Sarus was founded in 2010 and currently operates five different programs, each with community service activities, working with university students throughout Asia. The long-term goal of Sarus is to create a diverse international network of adaptive leaders whoact as catalysts of change to foster open, inclusive, and resilient communities in Asia. Sarus believes investing in young leaders will help neighboring countries in Asia emerge from their turbulent pasts and experience social and economic growth.
More information about Sarus is available at http://sarusprogram.org/
University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service student Ann Applebaum has been awarded the Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace.
Established in 2007 by the late Kathryn Wasserman Davis, The Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace is a competitive, merit-based award to study a language in an immersion environment or policy studies at Middlebury College Language Schools or the Monterey Institute of International Studies, respectively. Each year, the fellowship provides funding of $8,000-$10,000 for 100 aspiring and experienced peacemakers to spend a summer at one of the two schools.
Kathryn Davis Fellows for Peace receive the very best training in foreign language or policy studies and go on to use their skills for the greater good – in peace-related professions and initiatives all around the world.
For her final capstone project, Rebecca Zimmermann from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service worked with Audubon Arkansas to create an outreach plan for Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change Report.
Zimmermann, of Jacksonville, Ark., surveyed 136 Audubon members and supporters around the state to determine how to best protect birds from the threats of a changing climate. The National Audubon Society’s groundbreaking study, Birds and Climate Change Report, was released last fall and highlighted the 314 species of North American birds threatened by climate change. Zimmermann’s research of both Audubon members and partners will assist Audubon Arkansas in implementing outreach efforts that will protect the future of Arkansas’s birds.
Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change Report utilized data based on over three decades of citizen science to create climate suitability models. Among the 314 species at risk are some of Arkansas’s most beloved birds including the bald eagle, the wild turkey, and the mallard.
As the state office of The National Audubon Society, Audubon Arkansas works to protect birds from the numerous threats they face, including the dangers of climate change. Working effectively with members, supporters, and partners is critical to the success of these efforts.
“The science tells us birds face great peril because of climate change,” said Brett Kincaid, Audubon Arkansas’s executive director. “Our challenge now is to take that message and bring it to life to a broad audience. Rebecca has helped us develop a plan to share our findings and to motivate people to take action on climate change.”
The capstone is the final of three field service projects required at the Clinton School.
About Audubon Arkansas
Audubon Arkansas’s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity. They are the state office of The National Audubon Society.
More information about Audubon Arkansas is available at http://ar.audubon.org/
In partnership with Vital Voices Global Partnership, University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service graduate student Anna Applebaum researched the effectiveness of peer-to-peer exchange as a tool for women’s leadership development.
Applebaum spent four months as a McLarty Global Fellow, working in concert with Vital Voices’ Impact, Evaluation and Research Department and the VVLead Fellowship Program team. In this role, she conducted extensive research on women’s leadership development practices and the value of peer learning and peer-to-peer exchanges. Following a thorough literature review, Applebaum analyzed survey data and conducted in-depth interviews with VVLead participants to understand the effectiveness of the program’s peer-to-peer exchange methodology.
Applebaum developed a white paper on VVLead’s peer-to-peer exchange strategy, filling a gap in existing scholarship on such exchanges used specifically for women leaders. Her review focused on peer-to-peer exchanges’ value in developing leadership identity, role models, and networks. Additionally, Applebaum helped create a set of practice notes for planning and implementing peer-to-peer exchange to share with other practitioners. She also developed recommendations for future VVLead programming as well as established protocols for future research.
“Anna has served as an invaluable member of the VVLead Fellowship Program team,” said Emma Hersh, Senior Program Manager, Department of Global Programs at Vital Voices Global Partnership. “Her diligence, work ethic and academic rigor when researching and evaluating the peer-to-peer exchange methodology have strengthened VVLead’s model and the impact of the program going forward.”
Applebaum completed the project as part of her capstone project, the final of three major field service projects completed during the Clinton School Masters of Public Service degree program. Her other field service work includes a project with the East Arkansas Planning and Development District (EAPDD) and work with the Rwandan Orphans Project in Kigali, Rwanda.
About Vital Voices
Vital Voices Global Partnership is the preeminent non-governmental organization (NGO) that identifies, trains and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe, enabling them to create a better world for us all. Their mission is to identify, invest in and bring visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential to transform lives and accelerate peace and prosperity in their communities.
More information about Vital Voices Global Partnership can be found at http://www.vitalvoices.org/
The VVLead Fellowship Program supports a global network of emerging and established women leaders who provide unusual and sustainable solutions to pressing problems that have impeded women and girls’ progress to participate fully in society and the economy.
More information about VVLead can be found at http://www.vitalvoices.org/VVLeadFellowship
Working in collaboration, the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service and the Arkansas Community Organization presented the results of surveys and focus groups conducted in Fall of 2014 of residents living in central, east, and south Little Rock last night at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library.
Arkansas Community Organizations and their partner organization, the Arkansas Community Institute, worked with Dr. Warigia Bowman and forty-eight students from the Clinton School of Public Service to conduct twelve focus groups and over four hundred surveys of residents living in neighborhoods south of I-630 and east of University Avenue about their views of Little Rock city government and concerns about their communities.
The study found that I-630 represents an unspoken physical and psychological barrier in Little Rock. Read the entire report and survey findings, along with survey methodology and proposed solutions, by clicking here.