Robertson School of Government Newsletter


Robertson School of Government

March 2013

Regent University Robertson School of Government Dean's Corner

Watch the dean's welcome message.

Dean Eric Patterson, Ph.D.Greetings from the Robertson School of Government! As spring arrives here in lovely southern Virginia, we are all beginning to enjoy the daffodils, dogwoods, and anticipate returning to Virginia Beach's lovely shoreline.

In this edition of the newsletter, you will meet distinguished professor of government, Admiral Vern Clark, USN (Ret.) who served as the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) in the United States Navy and is a former member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Each year he lectures in the fall and spring semesters here at RSG. We also feature one of our newest alumni, Gabrielle Jackson, who worked for years in California politics before earning her M.A. in Government at RSG. Our student profile this month is Keelyn Geoghean, one of Regent University's Student Ambassadors, who spent five years working as an EMT prior to coming to Regent in 2012.

RSG continues to celebrate its 30th anniversary with a series of events which last month included a private luncheon for our students with university founder M.G. "Pat" Robertson. As we celebrate RSG's past 30 years, I hope you will join us as we move forward in establishing the next 30 years, perhaps by choosing to come here yourself as a student, sending your students here, or supporting RSG in some other way.

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

For more details as well as our calendar of speakers, seminars, and events, please see our website.


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In this Edition

Dean's Welcome

Admiral Vern Clark, USN (Ret.): Leading By Example

Keelyn Geoghean: Answering The Call

Gabrielle Jackson: California Senate Fellow, RSG Graduate and World Traveler

"Christians and Public Service" with Regent University Founder M.G."Pat"Robertson


Reflections with Dr. Joseph Kickasola

Spring Policy Briefing with Admiral Vern Clark, USN (Ret.)

RSG in the NEWS

Dr. Carlos Campo: Regent Holds Town Hall on Strategic Growth


Dr. Paul Bonicelli: Abrams' New Book Offers Window into Middle East Peace Process

Dr. Mary Manjikian: Internet Addiction: What's Not to Like?

Dr. James Slack: Beware of Numbers for Subjective Measures




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Faculty Profile: Admiral Vern Clark, USN (Ret.) - Leading By Example

Dr. James Slack"He is bold; he is purposeful. He's also passionate. He has taken on the right fights and been willing to do so for the good of the Navy to be sure - but also, for the good of the armed forces and for the good of our country. He leaves a stronger and more capable Navy to the benefit - the great benefit of the United States of America," said former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld about Admiral Vern Clark, USN (Ret.).

From his early days as a lieutenant in command of a patrol gunboat to the halls of the Pentagon as the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Clark has led by example. After a distinguished 37-year Navy career, Clark became the second longest serving CNO in history when he retired in 2005.

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Student Profile: Keelyn Geoghean - Responding to the Call

Gabrielle Jackson"911 – What is your emergency?" For five years, this was the call Keelyn Geoghean answered hundreds of times as a professional Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). As a first responder, she dealt with accidents and other life-threatening situations. While providing immediate care to patients as an EMT can be stressful, she says, "I truly enjoyed working as an EMT; I was challenged in many ways."

Looking back, she says being an EMT taught her that small acts of kindness, a simple smile, and being courteous makes all the difference in the world when serving people. Today, Geoghean is answering a different call – the call to RSG. "Last year I felt called to go back to school, more specifically, to Regent's School of Government."

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Alumni Profile: Gabrielle Jackson '12 - California Senate Fellow, RSG Graduate and World Traveler

Gabrielle JacksonShe moves fast and with vision: California native and recent RSG graduate Gabrielle Jackson has landed in the nation's capital working for The Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics (IFWE). She completed her M.A. in Government in December 2012, taking most of her coursework online.

Jackson, a former California Senate Fellow worked in the California State Legislature. Accepted into the competitive Capital Fellows program, Jackson was awarded a year-long fellowship to engage in policy-making and public service in the California state government.

Read the full story.

"Christians and Public Service" with Regent University Founder M.G. "Pat" Robertson

Christians and Public ServiceRSG continues to celebrate its 30th anniversary with a series of events, including a private luncheon for our students with university founder M.G. "Pat" Robertson on the theme, "Christians and Public Service."

The Robertson family is no stranger to public service: Pat Robertson's father, A. Willis Robertson, served first as an Army officer during World War I and then went on to serve his country for four decades as a congressman and senator. Chancellor Robertson is best known for his decades of work in the church. However, during this 30th anniversary event, we focused attention on some of his public service outside of that realm.

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Recent Events

RSG Dean Hosts Regent Conservative Union

RSG Dean Hosts Regent Conservative Union



Dr. Eric Patterson, dean of the Robertson School of Government, shares a meal with students at his home on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.

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Upcoming Events

Regent Preview

Friday, March 15, 2013
Regent University main campus
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Regent University Chapel Grand Opening Celebration

March 20-23, 2013
Regent University main campus

View event details.

Reflections with Dr. Joseph Kickasola
Saturday, April 6, 2013

Regent University, Special Invite only

Spring Policy Briefing with Admiral Vern Clark, USN (Ret.)
Thursday, April 11, 2013

Regent University, Robertson Hall, RH 114
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
View event details.

RSG Commissioning and Commencement
Friday, May 3, 2013

Saturday, May 4, 2013
Regent University, Robertson Hall

US Army TRADOC Band, Armed Forces Day Concert

Saturday, May 18, 2013
Regent University, Communications Building, Main Theatre
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the Robertson School of Government and
School of Communication and the Arts
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