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Four Clinton School students will travel to Tempe, Arizona this weekend to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) on the campus of Arizona State University. Modeled after President Clinton’s annual Clinton Global Initiative, which brings world leaders together to tackle global challenges, CGIU brings students together to make specific commitments to service.
Clinton School students Brad Cameron (’15), Haylee Fletcher (’15), Traci Johnson (’15), and Tshering Yudon (’15) will represent the school at the conference. Each of the students has prepared a Commitment to Action:
As part of the Clinton School’s membership in the CGI University Network, the school will provide up to $10,000 in funding to be divided among this select group of Clinton School students who are selected to pursue their Commitments to Action at CGI U 2014. Commitments to Action, a unique feature of the CGI U model, are new, specific, and measurable initiatives that address global challenges across CGI U’s five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.
The Clinton Global Initiative University Network is a growing consortium of colleges and universities that support, mentor, and provide seed funding to student leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs who are developing solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. The Clinton School is now one of more than 35 colleges and universities worldwide who have joined the CGI University Network.
Since its inaugural meeting in 2008, CGI U has brought together more than 5,500 student leaders from 135 countries and more than 800 schools. Past speakers include Madeleine Albright, Jack Dorsey, Muhammad Yunus, Hawa Abdi Diblawe, and Jon Stewart. For more information about the meeting, visit www.cgiu.org.
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Clinton School student Neena Viel has been awarded the 2014 Women’s Foundation of Arkansas and Center on Community Philanthropy Externship. Neena will begin her externship April 1st working at the headquarters of the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas located at 200 River Market Avenue in downtown Little Rock.
Neena is a native of New York and a graduate of Arkansas State University with a B.A. in Communication Studies. While at Arkansas State, Neena received the Bill and Melinda Gates Scholarship as well as the Distinguished Service Award. Her capstone with the Arkansas Department of Human Services involved data collection of more than 1600 childcare providers and policy recommendations for the Arkansas Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Initiative to improve early childhood mental health statewide.
In this role, Neena will work with stakeholders and community groups and develop a strategic plan to guide the organizations goals for the Girls of Promise Initiative. “Neena is an excellent choice to help launch the Community Philanthropy Externship Project,” said Dr. Charlotte Williams, Director Center on Community Philanthropy.
“We are excited to have Neena join our team as an extern to coordinate the Girls Promise program. Her skills in program planning and evaluation will expand the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas capacity to better serve the women and girls of Arkansas,” said Lynnette Watts, Executive Director of Women’s Foundation of Arkansas.
Below is an excerpt from the cover story of the most recent edition of Washington University Magazine. The entire article can be read here.
Fernando Cutz is a Presidential Management Fellow at USAID, the federal agency that fosters health and human rights in more than 100 countries across the globe. Projects include battling malaria in Cambodia, introducing sustainable agriculture in Honduras, and opening schools in Afghanistan. And when war strikes, whether in South Sudan or Syria, USAID is there to protect victims from violence, hunger and disease.
“It’s easy to wake up in the morning and feel good about what you’re doing,” says Cutz, who also holds a master’s degree in public service from the Clinton School of Public Service, University of Arkansas. “The mission is so positive: We’re trying to help people. That’s the bottom line — always.”
USAID is just the latest — albeit the biggest stage — for Cutz. As an undergraduate at WUSTL, he was a passionate advocate for justice and equality. Along with Chase Sackett, AB ’10, Cutz co-founded U/FUSED (United for Undergraduate Socioeconomic Diversity), a national advocacy group devoted to increasing the number of low-income students going to college. And as senior class president, Cutz led the protest against the Chicago bar that refused to admit six black students during a senior class trip. Ultimately, the bar’s owners apologized and agreed to enroll workers in a diversity training class.
Cutz says the Enterprise Holdings Scholars and John B. Ervin Scholars programs motivated him to serve others.
“A core value of the Ervin program is to bring diverse communities together,” Cutz says. “I think my interest in diplomacy — especially in the development track I’ve been involved with at USAID — goes back to those values.”
Further, Cutz says he found a great community with his fellow Enterprise Scholars. “We were exposed to some awesome mentorship experiences by the folks at Enterprise Rent-A-Car,” he says.
Cutz says the financial assistance that comes from being both an Enterprise Holdings and an Ervin scholar made it possible for him to attend Washington University. It also motivated him, as a graduate student at the Clinton School of Public Service, to start an outreach project to help low-income students in the Arkansas Delta go to college. That’s how he met Eddie King III.
“He was a role model in a place that didn’t have many,” Cutz says. “I knew he would make a great Ervin Scholar.”
King’s mother wanted a school with a good reputation for her son. King’s father, a pastor with little money, wanted a school with good scholarships. King agreed with them, but he wanted more — a school with a good community.
“Find your own strength and your own direction. It’s not necessarily Washington University. Maybe it’s another college or a vocational school or the military. But find a way to help yourself so you can help your community.”— Eddie King III, Arts & Sciences and Business Class of ’15
Growing up in Lilburn, Ga., King felt accepted and supported by his diverse group of friends. (“My sister called us the Rainbow Coalition,” King jokes.) But in the small Arkansas town where he had relocated, King felt marginalized.
“So the first thing I wanted to know when I visited was how do the communities and the micro-communities get along here,” King says. “What I found was a family-type atmosphere. I expected the community service and scholarship, but I didn’t expect that.”
King is a junior studying economics in Arts & Sciences and accounting in the Olin Business School. During breaks, he returns to Arkansas and encourages students to think big.
“Find your own strength and your own direction,” King says. “It’s not necessarily Washington University. Maybe it’s another college or a vocational school or the military. But find a way to help yourself so you can help your community.”
Robin Morrissey of Little Rock won the 7th annual Arkansas Crossword Puzzle Championship today at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. Her husband, Darren Morrissey won the Sudoku competition.
Robin Morrissey is a manager with the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration and won the crossword championship for the third consecutive year. Darren Morrissey, an engineer, who had previously finished third in the three consecutive Sudoku championships, won for the first time.
Duff Campbell of Little Rock, a mathematics college professor, finished second in the crossword contest. He had a previous second place finish in 2010.
Stanley Sloper, a pilot from Benton, was second in the Sudoku contest. It was his first time to enter the competition.
Little Rock Judge Vic Fleming and Clinton School Director of Public Programs Nikolai DiPippa coordinate and conduct the Arkansas Puzzle Day festivities.
It was announced today that First Lady of Arkansas Ginger Beebe will deliver the commencement address for the 2014 graduating class of the Clinton School of Public Service. Graduation takes place on May 10, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wally Allen Ballroom at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.
First Lady of Arkansas Ginger Beebe, CEO of Arkansas Children’s Hospital Marcy Doderer, and Dean Skip Rutherford of the Clinton School of Public Service held a press conference today at the Clinton School to announce the progress of Natural Wonders and the state of children’s health in Arkansas.
The Natural Wonders Partnership Council (NWPC), composed of organizations that serve children, was originally convened by Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) to identify the health needs of the state’s children and to construct a strategic plan for improving their health and quality of life. NWPC seeks to make a meaningful impact in the areas of prenatal care, infant mortality, and teen pregnancy, immunizations, oral health, service needs, mental health services, and injury, tobacco, and obesity prevention.
Dr. Charlotte Williams, director of the Center on Community Philanthropy, recently sat down with Andrea Price, Clinton School graduate and executive director of The Giving Net, to talk about public service, philanthropy, the importance of community, and the work of the Center.
The Clinton School Center on Community Philanthropy is pleased to announce a new externship opportunity for a Clinton School student to work with our partner, the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas. This position will allow a Clinton School student to work on the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas Girls of Promise Conference, which will be held October 2-3 at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, AR.
“The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas has enjoyed a long and successful history of collaboration with the Clinton School of Public Service students on their field service work, research projects, and through their volunteer efforts,” said Lynnette Watts, Executive Director of Women’s Foundation of Arkansas. ”In particular, the externship will afford a student with the skills in developing leadership and program planning.”
In this role, the student will have the opportunity to gain experience in implementing and managing the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas annual Girls of Promise Conference, including tasks such as: establishing working relationships with stakeholders and community groups, and developing a strategic plan to guide the organization’s goals.
The Center has a long-standing, strategic partnership with the Women’s Foundation and is excited to deepen its commitment to fostering philanthropy and developing talented young women who are pursuing careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.
“The Center is thrilled to partner with the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas to offer a unique opportunity for a student to obtain real world work experience in the field of philanthropy,” said Charlotte L. Williams, Associate Professor and Director of the Clinton School of Public Service Center on Community Philanthropy. ”Developing leadership and educational opportunities for Clinton School students are critical components of the Center’s work.”
With fellow Clinton School students cheering him on, second year Clinton School student, Chet Howland (’14), finished the Little Rock Marathon in just under three hours, posting an official time of 2:59:44. His race time placed him as the second Arkansan to cross the finish line and the 28th to finish overall.
After extreme weather conditions threatened the safety of participants and spectators on Sunday, race officials rushed to reroute the 12th annual Little Rock Marathon shortly after the start. However, despite the bad weather, Chet was determined. “I was worried the weather might ruin things,” Chet said. “But I’ve been training for this race, specifically, for a year and a half and overcast and raining is perfect for marathoners.”
During the year and a half leading up to the race, Chet had to continue his training through his time working on his International Public Service Project (IPSP) with the Clinton School in Cartagena, Colombia. He spent his IPSP developing and conducting a program evaluation for El Habitante, a sustainable tourism initiative. Regardless of his new climate, the training had to continue and he had to accommodate to his new surroundings. “I don’t miss diving in and out of Colombian traffic during 120 degree days one bit,” Chet said. “But I’m thankful for the mental toughness it provided.”
Chet says he chose running because he was too uncoordinated to do anything else in high school. “I had the option to do track or join the debate team,” Chet said. “I chose the former.”
Uncoordinated or not, Chet posted a very impressive time, reaching the gold standard for semi-competitive marathoners by finishing under three hours. As a frequent runner even when he’s not training, Chet runs about 4-5 times a week to stay well-balanced. “It keeps me sane when the rest of my life feels like it’s out of control,” Chet said. “But I’m also hyper-competitive, so it’s an odd mixture of serenity and desire to do well.”