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Posted by DEAN SKIP RUTHERFORD – Congratulations and sincere thanks to Clinton School staffer Joe Ballard for planning, organizing and executing a very successful and productive orientation week. Joe also deserves credit for coordinating the 2008 summer International Public Service Projects (IPSP). The 2008 IPSP’s were our best ever.
While congratulating Joe, let me also congratulate the faculty and the entire staff for their dedication. With our small group, it takes a team effort and our team stepped up. Special recognition to Liz Guarno and Dianne Kelly for going above and beyond the call of duty. Thanks everyone.
Graduates Scott Curran (Class 1), Vivian Flowers (Class 1), Julie Gehrki (Class 2) and Christin Harper (Class 2) participated in our first ever alumni panel. Scott is deputy general counsel for the William J. Clinton Foundation; Vivian is director of diversity at UAMS; Julie is with the prestigious Wal-Mart Foundation; and Christin, who was wooed by many organizations, is with the Arkansas Department of Human Services. We very much appreciate their participation. Other alumni who stopped by during the week included Josh Heimburg who also works at Human Services and Marisa Pryor, who is home on vacation from her work with the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in South Africa. We wish Christina Corodimas (Class 2) the best as she relocates to California and Nancy Mancilla (Class 1) who is moving to Romania where she is opening an environmental consulting firm.
It was good to see so many of our returning Class 3 students who came back for the IPSP presentations. While several will remain in Little Rock for their Capstone (Individual) projects, others have departed or soon will depart to locations all over the country and the world. We wish each of them the very best
Kudos to students J.D. Lowery, Molly “My Blog is a Winner” Brunkow, Julie West, Sara Himelfarb and Russ Swearingen for their award winning IPSP blogs.
Classes begin Monday and Practicum (Group) public service project assignments have been made. Under the capable leadership of Marie Lindquist, director of field service education, our new students will be working all over Arkansas including with Heifer International, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, the Boys, Girls, Adult Community Development Center in Marvell and on specific projects in Newport, Helena and West Memphis–all in the Mississippi Delta region of the state.
Thanks to our terrific volunteers who assisted throughout the week. I’ve said it before and I’ll proudly say it again: Clinton School volunteers are the very best.
Patrick Kennedy and Nikolai DiPippa have launched an outstanding 2008 fall public program series. The September schedule (click here) is awesome and just wait until you see October. In addition, thanks to the dedicated work of many, the videos of over 150 programs are now accessible via our website (click here).
It’s great to welcome Alex Thomas, director of admissions and alumni services, to the school. Alex joins us after previously serving as director of admissions at Rhodes College in Memphis. Alex is our first full time admissions director, and his addition is indicative of how the Clinton School is growing. We gratefully acknowledge the work of Anne Speed who has capably served in admissions in a part time capacity.
We appreciate the generous welcome and hospitality we received while touring the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). This weekend we’ll be in Fayetteville visiting the University of Arkansas campus, meeting with several members of the faculty and taking in a Razorback football game (the first of the Coach Bobby Petrino era). Thanks to Ben Beaumont, director of the communications for the University of Arkansas System and the Clinton School, for putting this together.
*Clinton School Baggo Announcement*
Russ Swearingen, who lost his Clinton School baggo title when he failed to show up on time for a rematch with the Dean, chose classmate Sara Himelfarb as his partner for an upcoming doubles match. I’ll make my selection soon and will announce it via text message.
We’re off to a good start. Thank you all. Now, let the classes begin.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – Little Rock NBC affiliate KARK Channel 4 came by yesterday for the international panels featuring the Clinton School students. Emily English, who worked to promote sustainable agriculture in Vietnam was interviewed. Click here to watch.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – Recently returned from traveling all across the world, the Clinton School students today discussed their summer International Public Service Projects in a series of panels at Sturgis Hall. From evaluating an early childhood development program in Cape Town, South Africa, to promoting women’s literacy in Kathmandu, Nepal, and fostering youth leadership in Calcutta, India, the students discussed the lessons they learned and work they performed this summer. Beginning in May, the students were based in 15 different countries representing each of the world’s six inhabited continents. As part of the Clinton School’s “hands-on” curriculum, the students partnered with a host agency to complete a public service project for academic credit.
Molly Brunkow wore a saree, the traditional dress of women in Nepal, where she worked to enhance programming at a day school. Hunter Riley dressed in an outfit he picked up in Cameroon, where he worked to expand a youth leadership development through a soccer league.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – The September programs schedule at the Clinton School includes rapper Chuck D, Minuteman Project president Jim Gilchrist and a panel featuring the children of the Little Rock Nine. Click here for the full schedule.
Meet the 30 new Clinton School students:
Posted by ERIC WILSON – As our newest class members become familiar with the Master of Public Service degree program, they are also being introduced to the synergy of downtown. Dean Skip Rutherford has been quoted on several occasions calling the “Central Arkansas Library our school library, the Statehouse Convention Center our auditorium and the Rivermarket our student union.” A favorite student hangout spot downtown happens to be Copper Grill, and restaurant owner Mary Beth Ringgold joined us in welcoming the class with this sign pictured above.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – We received some photos from student James Mitchell who is finishing up his International Public Service Project in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where he has been working to expand rural education. Mitchell recently traveled the countryside to see the sights and prepare for his final Capstone project which he will also complete in Tanzania. Here are some pics:
Posted by ERIC WILSON – The Clinton School was packed this Saturday afternoon as the newest class gathered for the first time to begin orientation. Dean Skip Rutherford welcomed the group of 30 students joined by their families and friends and congratulated them on taking the first step to earning a Master of Public Service degree. The Clinton School’s unique program and mission attracted students from 11 states and five countries including Brazil, Indonesia, Poland, Uganda and Ukraine. For a full description of the class, click here.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – More than 700 people, many of the ALLTEL employees, showed up today for the Clinton School’s program featuring Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam. Verizon announced plans in June to aquire Little Rock-based ALLTEL. Click here to watch the speech video.
McAdam, who was introduced by U.S. Senator Mark Pryor, discussed his company’s business and community philosophies, as well as its future presence in Little Rock. The Central Arkansas media was out in full force to cover the event. Click here for early coverage from Arkansas Business.