RSG Newsletter


September 2015
Robertson School of Government Dean's Corner

Dean Eric Patterson, Ph.D.Dear Friends,

In September we look back a bit longingly on the slower pace of summer but relish the excitement of a new autumn semester. In this edition of our newsletter you'll see that our faculty remained busy writing, traveling and teaching during the summer just as our students wrote theses, worked at internships and transitioned into the workplace. For instance, Professor Morrison taught on the campus of Georgetown University as part of the Madison Foundation's summer program, Professor Slack taught in Oxford (UK), and student Chase Bond did research at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. You will also meet recent alum, Justin Haskins, who is developing a national reputation as a journalist and editor based at The Heartland Institute. These are just a few of the stories demonstrating the influence and reach of RSG's faculty, students and alumni who are Christian leaders changing the world.

Warm regards,

Eric Patterson, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor
Robertson School of Government


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Faculty Story: What I Did Over the Summer

To outsiders, the world of higher education is often viewed as having the summer off, free from studying, deadlines and work. This is not so for the faculty of the Robertson School of Government. Each member remained productive and busy over the summer.

Patterson

Patterson

Dean Eric Patterson remained busy as a scholar and military reservist. In addition to preparing to teach Middle East Politics and Christian Foundations of Government in the fall, he worked on a co-edited volume based on last year's Ronald Reagan Symposium, wrote a number of op-eds, and prepared talks for a number of fall conferences in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Ft. Bragg. He also spent three weeks on military duty with the Texas Air National Guard. He serves as commander and conductor of the Air National Guard Band of the Southwest and performed patriotic performances in Texas, Colorado and New Mexico.

Manjikian

Manjikian

Associate Dean Mary Manjikian attended the American Enterprise Institute's Summer Conference in Washington, D.C., and had three works published, "Not all Soldiers: Hegemonic Masculinity and the Problem of Soldier's Agency in an Age of Technological Intervention" in the Handbook of Gender and War, along with "Deterring Cybertrespass and Securing Cyberspace: Lessons from U.S. Border Control Strategies" and "A Typology of Arguments about Drone Ethics" both for the Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College. In addition, Dr. Manjikian wrote two manuscripts for the U.S. Army War College.

Bonicelli

Bonicelli

Professor Paul Bonicelli continued to provide analysis at Foreign Policy's "Shadow Government" blog and prepare for a transition from administration to the classroom, where he will be teaching International Relations Theory and a course on democratization this fall.

Morrison

Morrison

Professor Jeffry Morrison taught an online course for RSG on Religion and Politics as well as directing and serving as the lead faculty member in a month-long, 6-credit hour graduate seminar on American Constitutionalism at Georgetown University for the federal government. Morrison continues to serve as academic director of the James Madison Foundation, a federal government institution, in Alexandria, Virginia.

Roberts

Roberts

Professor Gary Roberts worked diligently to complete the draft of his book, Working with Spiritual Intelligence, and, as a participant in the annual labor union symposium for the General Accounting Office in Washington, D.C., Roberts presented a summary of best practice performance appraisal research.

Slack

Slack

Professor James Slack taught a course on prisons and criminal law as part of RSG's Oxford (UK) Study Abroad program. The course included a prison visit and time on the campuses of Oxford and Cambridge Universities. He also continued to lead the editorial team for RSG's The Christian Public Servant.

Gaston

Gaston

Professor Sam Gaston attended the Alabama City-County Management Association (ACCMA) summer conference, made two presentations at the Alabama League of Municipalities Conference on the Council-Manager form of government, spoke to the Homewood/Mountain Brook Kiwanis Club about the city of Mountain Brook, spoke to the Leadership Mountain Brook class about the city of Mountain Brook, and authored an op-ed piece supporting the Auburn University's undergraduate public administration program with four other graduates supporting it.

Daley

Daley

Professor Ed Daley, as our newest faculty member, began preparations for the Organizational Theory course this fall, held monthly conference calls with about 40 students enrolled in ICMA's Emerging Leaders Development Program and Mid-Career Manager Institute development programs to complete The Effective Local Government Manager course and participated in a career development for city management conference at Virginia Tech. He also met with ICMA's new Strategic Planning Task Force which will have a final report out in January 2017.

 

Student Story: Joseph "Chase" Bond – Challenged by an Unequivocal Education

Lincoln Smith

Joseph "Chase" Bond ('15)

Joseph "Chase" Bond came to Regent University from his hometown of Hoover, Alabama, to pursue a Master of Arts in American Government. Following two internships, first for the Hudson Institute's Center for Political-Military Analysis and more recently for the Department of Defense's Institute for National and Strategic Studies and Center for Strategic Research, Chase is focusing his studies in the areas of national security, terrorism-counterterrorism and intelligence.

Bond cites several reasons for choosing Regent University and specifically the Robertson School of Government. Regent University provides unparalleled programs of study and Christian worldview while the Robertson School of Government, "has provided me with some of the most accomplished and practiced professionals who give their time and talents wholeheartedly. The smaller classroom makes it a more personalized experience to draw from and learn in a proficient way." Bond further explains that the Robertson School of Government "prepares students by challenging them and cultivating their achievements with an interactive unequivocal education."

Bond also worked as a research assistant to RSG Dean Eric Patterson and led RSG's "Up to Us" team in a national competition sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative. That team took fourth runner up out of over forty universities across the country, besting teams from Yale, Northwestern and elsewhere. Patterson relates, "Chase's leadership was invaluable to the team doing so well against challenging competitors."

Regent University's motto is, Christian Leadership to Change the World. For his future career, Bond explains that his knowledge and Christian education, which has included studies in the areas of Christian character, conscience, self-governance and individuality, "should be a guiding factor for a form of government and political union. I believe that this can be the only way that Christian leadership can change the world."

Bond goes on to share his favorite Scripture, Jeremiah 29:11 which states, "For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." In 2013, Chase was diagnosed with a life threatening tumor. In the span of three days, this verse was presented to Chase on three separate occasions. This served as assurance that the surgery he needed would be successful and that his future was secure.

For anyone considering graduate programs, Bond states that the, "Robertson School of Government has an unparalleled program of education and I am proud to be a graduate."



Alumni Story: Justin Haskins (RSG '11) – More than a Master's Degree

Justin Haskins (RSG '11)

Justin Haskins (RSG '11)

Justin Haskins is a writer, journalist and editor at The Heartland Institute, a national nonprofit think tank that develops and promotes pro-liberty policies. Haskins came to the Robertson School of Government in 2010 seeking an M.A. in government and international relations, but says he left with much more than a master's degree. "My time at Regent was especially important to me both personally and professionally." Justin's experience at Regent not only informed his understanding of government, but it played an essential role in shaping his worldview, his passion for journalism, and his faith.

Since his time at Regent, Justin has done extensive work as a writer and journalist in multiple capacities, with hopes of trying to bring clarity to convoluted political discussions and shed light on issues that receive little attention in the media. Justin has been published over 60 times in leading print and digital media outlets, including the New York Post, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes and many other leading conservative publications, such as Breitbart, National Review and The Blaze. In his current position as editor of The Heartland Institute, he carries a variety of responsibilities that include editing newspapers and opinion pieces on topics in public policy, helping authors develop their books and academic materials, marketing various publications, and, most importantly to him, writing. On top of writing stories for The Heartland Institute, he also writes about one story each week as a columnist for Townhall.com.

Justin says that his mission in writing is to inform, inspire and motivate his readers. "I believe that good ideas are contagious, and while not all of my ideas are brilliant, I write with the hope that at least a few of the good ones will catch on and make a positive impact on the world. My ambition as a writer is to write just one story that makes a difference in a tangible way." Justin's favorite subject to cover is the subject of religious and personal liberty. He says, "Individual freedom is the bedrock of the American way and without it, America would be nowhere near as successful today as it currently is. With that said, I worry a great deal about the future of this nation—about our collective values, our lack of compassion for one another, and the constant political fighting. I feel that in the midst of all this chaos, the world is just looking for solutions. They don't have to be particularly good solutions either, just anything to address the growing list of problems we face. I believe political opportunists have taken advantage of this desperation many are feeling and have used it to obtain more power for themselves at the expense of the individual. I try to address this in my writing and to work toward refocusing our attention back to our God-given liberties." Justin hopes that his writing will help develop pro-liberty policies and give a voice to those whose freedoms are being suppressed.

When asked to give a word of encouragement to Regent alumni, Justin said, "My word of advice to other Regent alumni is to cherish and support Regent. It's not just another school. It really is a special place where people's lives are transformed daily; it certainly was the case for me, and for that, I owe Regent a great deal."


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