RSG Newsletter

December 2013
Regent University Robertson School of Government Dean's Corner

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Dean Eric Patterson, Ph.D.Dear RSG Friends,

Merry Christmas! The holidays and year-end are upon us, and it has been a year of change and development here at the Robertson School of Government. Here are a few of the highlights.

*RSG 30th Anniversary events include the Clash of the Titans debate featuring Newt Gingrich, David Axelrod, David Plouffe, Jay Sekulow and Dana Perino. Read the full story.

*Associate Professor Mary Manjikian awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and studied at the University of Durham (UK). Read the full story.

*RSG inaugurates the annual Senator A. Willis Robertson Lecture on Virginia Politics, featuring Virginia's Secretary for Natural Resources. Read the full story.

*RSG students present their study findings to the Virginia Governor's Task Force on Unfunded Mandates in Richmond. Read the full story.

*Regent University awards professor emeritus status to Dr. Philip Bom, Dr. Charles Dunn and Dr. Philip Bom. Together, they served Regent for nearly 70 years! Read the full story.

*RSG welcomes new assistant professor Ionut Popescu (Ph.D., Duke University). Read the full story.

*RSG students field the first-ever Regent University cyber-challenge team in competition at American University. Read the full story.

Much more could be said about the internships completed, courses taught, dignitaries who visited, books and articles published by faculty, events completed, and thousands touched by the daily Christian Public Servant. Looking back, I am very proud of our students, faculty and staff, and I remain thankful for the opportunity to serve here at Regent University.

God Bless Us, Every One!

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

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2014 Reagan Symposium Essay Contest

A Time for Choosing – Reagan Essay Contest.

These are the themes boldly analyzed in Ronald Reagan's 1964 speech "A Time for Choosing," in response to an increasing divide in American politics. Reagan called for embracing America's historic values of freedom, responsibility and faith at home and a strong defense against Communism abroad. On its 50th anniversary, watch this moving speech, and hear from world-class experts on whether Reagan's ideas foreshadowed current threats to our nation's liberties.

Enter Essay Contest Deadline: December 15, 2013

Student Profile: Naomie Pierre Louis - The Journey from Haiti to Regent

Naomie Pierre Louis is a current graduate student in the Robertson School of Government, earning her M.A. in Government with a concentration in Public Administration and International Relations. She migrated from Port-au-Prince, Haiti to the United States at the age of 9 with her parents and four siblings. During her time in Haiti, she witnessed a variety of social, political and economical injustices. Her experiences have served as a catalyst to her pursuit of a public service career at Regent.

"I came to RSG to catapult my journey of politics and government. I always knew that I had a call and passion to serve the public, I was just not fully sure in what capacity," Pierre Louis says. Convinced that there was a linkage between faith and reason, she says coming to Regent clarified that there was more to Christianity than simply having a personal relationship with Christ.

Inspired by former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Pierre Louis believes the Regent University motto, Christian Leadership to Change the World does not just occupy the entrance of the library for aesthetic reasons but consumes RSG's programs, events, faculty, staff and students.

"The integration of faith and reason with a global perspective to impact, develop and improve is what makes RSG peculiar. At RSG, you get the sense that it's not just an academic program; rather it's a training ground — preparing students to become a catalyst of change as they sit in the classroom," she says.

In early 2014, Pierre Louis will have a chance to put what she has learned at RSG to practice serving as an intern with a non-profit in the nation's capital as well as continue her work on the executive board of the National Association of Haitian Professionals (NAHP). "I probably would have never landed the internship, however I was able to have an authentic and stimulating discourse with my interviewer about the first step in formulating any policy or program."

"At RSG, students are better prepared for their calling as a result of exposure to notable and experienced practitioners of the field in the classrooms and at different events, to show the connection between the theory and practice," says Pierre Louis.

Pierre Louis sees RSG as a long term investment, aligned with her favorite scripture: "For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry" (Habakkuk 2:3, KJV).

Bonnie Shelton Ford - Serving with Regent Alumni Board

Originally from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, Bonnie recently joined the Executive Alumni Board (EAB) as the representative for the School of Government. A graduate of RSG ('08) and a former Government Affinity Chair for the Dallas/Ft. Worth Alumni Chapter, Ford is uniquely prepared to both reach out to fellow RSG alumni and to serve the greater alumni community. Recently, Bonnie sat down to discuss her history with Regent and her appointment to the EAB.

EM: What brought you to Regent and the Robertson School of Government?
BF: I graduated Magna Cum Laude at Lee University when I was 20, but I knew that I wasn't finished with my education. I thought that I wanted to return home to Texas to earn my Ph.D. but when I visited Regent in 2005, I was attracted by the motto Christian Leadership to Change the world. I ended up completing a joint degree with an M.A. in Journalism and an M.A. in Government, with a concentration in Terrorism & Homeland Defense. Regent was the perfect fit for me.

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Recent Events

Professor Provides Research to Army War College

0Academics often wonder if their research is being read by policymakers and if their work will ever have an impact on international security and decision-making in international affairs. Dr. Mary Manjikian, associate professor at Regent University's Robertson School of Government, doesn't need to wonder any more.

Manjikian was recently appointed as a member of the External Research Associate Program (ERAP) for the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College. This program affords academics at leading universities the opportunity to conduct policy research and analysis on international security topics of particular interest to the Army and the Department of Defense.

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Upcoming Events

Holiday Concert with the Army TRADOC Military Band
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Regent University Campus - Main Theatre
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
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2014 Reagan Symposium
Friday, February 7, 2014
Regent University Campus - Main Theatre
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