Regent University Robertson School of Government Dean's Corner
As I wrap up my first year at Regent University, allow me to give you a short report of some of what we have accomplished and invite you to join us for some future events.
First, we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of RSG with a series of events this year, culminating in a RSG birthday celebration for alumni and friends during the Clash of the Titans weekend October 25-26, 2013. This will include a luncheon featuring retiring professor Philip Bom (Oct. 25), a birthday cake and recognition at the Clash of the Titans post-debate dinner (Oct. 25), and a family-friendly, mid-day picnic (Oct. 26).
Other 30th anniversary commemorative events have included a luncheon with students and Chancellor Robertson, an Armed Forces Day concert that featured the U.S. Army Band from nearby Ft. Eustis, and the upcoming Senator A. Willis Robertson Lecture on Virginia Politics which will occur on September 10th. Our speaker for the Senator Robertson Lecture will be Virginia's Secretary of Natural Resources and former Bush Administration official Doug Domenech.
Second, RSG has looked at the increasingly stiff competition in the marketplace and made two major changes. The first change is that the university has agreed to drop RSG's tuition from $820 to $650 a credit hour. This is important because many state schools cost half our current rate. The second change is that a faculty team, led by then-Associate Dean Jeffry Morrison, recommended that we align our required credit hours to those of top-ranked schools such as Georgetown and the University of Virginia: 30 hours for the M.A. and 36 hours for the M.P.A. We await approval from our accrediting agency on this change, but when combined with our tuition restructure, this makes RSG significantly more competitive in the marketplace.
Third, we are working hard to burnish RSG's reputation. We are doing so through inviting the community to events we sponsor (like the patriotic concert), through our new monthly RSG newsletter that reaches over 2500 people, through a daily inspirational e-note called The Christian Public Servant (with 12,000 subscribers), through concerted outreach to academics across the country, and by updating our outreach materials (e.g. prospectus, website, etc.). We've updated our prospectus and many of our marketing materials. Regardless of how good our product, if it remains poorly known and understood, we will not be able to thrive.
We have a lot to be proud of at RSG, and you are a major part of that. We are always looking for the next wave of mid-career professionals and younger scholars who are called to Christian leadership and would like to solicit your help in ushering the next generation. In this edition, you will meet our faculty, students and alumni who are making a difference.
Eric Patterson, Ph.D.
Dean, Robertson School of Government
For more details as well as our calendar of events, please see our website.
On Saturday June 15, Regent University's Robertson School of Government participated in the first Student Cyber Challenge in Washington D.C., at Georgetown University. The event, hosted by the Atlantic Council and sponsored by American University and defense contractor SAIC, was a chance for students of cyber policy to hone their skills through responding to a number of different cyber warfare scenarios.
The Atlantic Council's challenge revolved around a hypothetical cyber-attack scenario on U.S. critical infrastructure. To respond to this threat, teams were tasked with formulating a policy brief exploring different response alternatives, including mitigation, disruption and counteraction.
To prepare, the team explored the aspects of cyber security and weaponry, ranging from the technical dimensions of malicious code to its consequences in recent history. In addition, they closely examined the institutional aspects, including U.S. cyber defense capabilities, international law and norms and legal issues. To understand these aspects and how their role, the team sought outside help from members of academia to members of the military. The RSG team, coached by Associate Dean, Mary Manjikian, prepared briefing books, wrote a policy brief and attended several informal study sessions where they were coached on crisis management by Admiral Larry Baucom, and tutored in Russian politics by Dr. David Meyer. They were also briefed on activities of the US Cyber command by professors from the Joint Forces Staff College. Finally, the team incorporated the preceding into developing a proportionate response to the hypothetical attack.
RSG's team competed against teams from seventeen different schools, including Harvard and MIT. They were scored on the quality of their writing, their ability to present an oral brief and their knowledge of cyber issues, as well as originality and creativity. RSG Team Lead, Will Wrye said, "The experience was very much worth it. Our team worked hard, learned a lot, and made some awesome memories together. I hope Regent continues to participate in this event." Currently enrolled students who wish to participate in the 2014 Spring Cyber- challenge should contact Dr. Mary Manjikian.
"More than I ever imagined," is the phrase Eric Lupardus uses to describe his life since coming to Regent University a little over a year ago. Pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree at RSG, Lupardus was recently awarded as the first recipient of the Philip C. Bom Fellowship, named in honor of 30-year RSG Professor Emeritus Philip Bom for his distinguished service and commitment to advancing teaching and scholarship in the area of human rights. As a fellow, Lupardus works with the anti-human trafficking initiative, Set Free: Now! as a special assistant to the director. "I am gaining valuable experience in the non-profit sector and I am working to make a difference in a cause I believe in. We are currently focused in Latin America where I have always felt a particular calling to help."
Lupardus first came in contact with a Regent recruiter at a Voters Value Summit in Washington, D.C. in 2011. After researching his options, Lupardus decided to move to the East Coast and attend RSG. During his first semester, Lupardus fulfilled a long-term goal to work for a member of Congress. He was able to secure a coveted internship with Regent Alumni, Congressman Scott Rigell (R-VA). "I saw in a career newsletter that the Congressman needed an intern. Because of Regent's good name and reputation, I secured the internship even though I had no roots or political connections in the area."
Lupardus also became a member of the Regent University Conservative Union (RUCU) and was elected as Treasurer. In January, he was elected Vice President and eventually became the RUCU President. With an active agenda, Lupardus has been involved in supporting local candidates and in local government by attending town committee meetings. The group also hosted a symposium on conservative economic policy that included two economics professors and the mayor of Chesapeake, VA. In addition, Lupardus was elected as a Council of Graduate Students Senator for RSG starting in fall 2013. He says, "Through this position I am developing servant leadership skills and learning how to work with a team of leaders." As a Senator, Lupardus will represent student interests and the School of Government on campus. "Outside of class, Regent offers tremendous opportunities to network and gain experience through clubs, student government, and leadership training."
Armed with a B.A. in Political Science from Southern Illinois University, Lupardus has found his learning experience inside the RSG classroom rewarding and challenging. "The RSG faculty has been very helpful and interested in my personal success and growth. They take time to get to know their students individually," says Lupardus. In addition, Lupardus is impressed with the academic credentials and real-world experience of the RSG faculty members. "Becoming part of the Regent family means I have a huge network of like-minded people."
With a long-term career goal to work for an NGO or a non-profit entity, Lupardus participated in a study abroad opportunity in London, England offered at RSG in partnership with The Leadership Institute. "We were taught by the world's leading experts in fundraising techniques and strategies. The school brought in over 120 conservative delegates from 23 nations who became friends."
As Lupardus reflects over the last year he says, "I started this school year asking God to build me into the man he desires me to become and through Regent University and the connections I have made here, I have accomplished more than I ever thought possible."
When speaking with RSG/LAW Alumnus Greg Terra (2001), there is one thing that stands out; this is a man who is very passionate about his job. In fact, one could argue that Greg's "job" is actually a calling. A Regent trained attorney and former Army officer, Greg is co-founder of Texas Center for Defense of Life (TCDL), an advocacy [CB1] legal organization formed two years ago in Austin, Texas, to do pro-life legal work.
When the Lord gave Greg the vision for TCDL in 2008, he was attending a week-long training course with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) in California. Greg felt compelled to attend this training and then to use his legal knowledge, experience, and life-long pro-life passion to protect some of the most vulnerable Americans, the unborn. On Jan. 22, 2011, the 38th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in America, Greg and co-founder, Regent School of Law alum Stephen Casey (2008), formed TCDL. Through their efforts, they have already seen great things happen, and at the same time they have saved several lives.
One of their recent abortion cases received a great deal of coverage in the national media. In February, TCDL represented a pregnant 16-year-old girl in Houston, TX, referred to only as R.E.K., obtaining an injunction against her parents who were coercing her to have an abortion against her will. The TCDL legal team on this case included fellow Regent LAW alum Michael Casaretto (2010) who served as local counsel.
The TCDL team used a revolutionary legal argument to make their case. In Terra's own words, "Roe v. Wade goes both ways." They argued that the Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision, which gives girls and women the right to choose abortion, also gives them the right to not choose abortion, to choose life.
The court agreed and the life of the unborn child was saved! R.E.K. was granted a long-term injunction for the duration of her pregnancy ordering her parents to stop coercing her to have an abortion. According to Greg, TCDL has been involved in at least two dozen coerced abortion cases and filed a lawsuit in four of them.
When asked what made this particular case so memorable, Terra remarked that overall it went "very well" and the "media attention was beneficial" because it brought attention to the issue, generating a national dialogue on coerced abortion and Roe v. Wade. Greg and Stephen appeared on the Piers Morgan show on CNN and were recently interviewed by 20/20, with that interview now scheduled to air on June 7th.
Before arriving at Regent University, Greg earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of Oklahoma and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He then served as an active-duty U.S. Army officer for the next several years, earning the rank of Captain. In 1993, he left active duty and moved to College Station, Texas, to obtain a B.S. in political science from Texas A&M University.
In the spring of 1997, Greg attended a Preview Weekend at Regent and fell in love with the school. Late one night during this weekend he sat on the steps of the library building and thought to himself that attending Regent to pursue the law/government joint-degree program would be a dream come true. Feeling called to Regent, he did not apply to any other law or graduate schools. He was accepted and began classes that fall, graduating in May of 2001.
After graduating, Greg, his wife Michelle and their one-year-old daughter, Mary, moved to Austin, Texas, where he worked at the Texas House of Representatives before becoming a prosecutor. In 2005, Greg entered private practice, which provided him with both the resources and flexibility to form TCDL in 2011.
As a Christian leader intent on making an impact, Greg has strong advice for other alumni. "Go do whatever God has put on your heart to do. Go for it, even if it seems too big. We're all here for a reason. Try to make an impact. You ought to follow your heart; follow your passion. You have to make practical choices, but life is too short to just get a job, make a little money, take a few vacations, and then retire. Leave a legacy."
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Founder and Chancellor Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
In recognition of his many years of influence in advancing conservative values, Regent Founder and Chancellor Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson received the Faith & Freedom Coalition's first Winston Churchill Lifetime Achievement Award on Friday, June 14.
Regent Founder and Chancellor Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson accepts the Winston Churchill Lifetime Achievement Award from the Faith & Freedom Coalition.
Regent University Government Camp
July 15 - 19, 2013
Regent University Campus - Robertson Hall and offsite locations
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RSG Inaugural A.W. Robertson Lecture on Virginia Politics
Tuesday, September 11, 2013
Regent University Campus - Robertson Hall
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Robertson School of Government - 30th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, October 25 - Saturday, October 26, 2013
Regent University Campus - Robertson Hall and offsite locations