Regent University Robertson School of Government Dean's Corner
We celebrated the graduation of our largest class ever from the Robertson School of Government on May 3, 2014. Among those graduates is our 1,000th alum: Alise Krapane. We celebrated the achievements of all the graduates as well as this important milestone RSG's history.
In this month's newsletter you will meet Alise, a Latvian citizen who was referred to RSG by an RSG alum while studying in London. Alise is poised to make a significant contribution to the political dynamics of her country when she returns later this year. You will also meet our distinguished graduates, Rushad Thomas (now on his way to work at the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation) and Chris Meconnahey, as well as other RSG award winners. As you consider the biographies of this new generation of graduating students, I think you will be impressed by the caliber of individuals who choose to come to RSG and who then go on to make a difference in the world. From the standpoint of the faculty, it is humbling and exhilarating to work with the rising generation of leaders!
Finally, if you live locally, join us as we honor the troops at our Armed Forces Day concert featuring the U.S. Army TRADOC Band on May 17.
Eric Patterson, Ph.D.
Dean, Robertson School of Government
1000 Regent University Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
For more details as well as our calendar of events, please see our website.
Dr. Mary Manjikian
Dr. Mary Manjikian was honored as the recipient of the 2014 Chancellor's Award at Regent University's Commencement Service on Saturday, May 3.
She was described as an impressive scholar who is having an impact on her field while raising Regent University's profile both in the U.S. and abroad. A former diplomat, Manjikian is an expert on the concept of threat in international affairs, particularly how governments define and react to perceived threats. She was recently awarded a Fulbright scholarship to Durham University's Institute of Advanced Study in addition to being awarded two smaller grants to provide security analyses for the U.S. Army War College. Since 2012, Manjikian has had three books published as well as given various presentations and published peer-reviewed journal articles.
Her graduate Research Methods course received Quality Matters (QM) certification, and she has gone on to become a QM peer reviewer, serving as a resource for faculty at other universities. In her national security courses, Manjikian is known for addressing the tough issues such as whether Christians can be involved in espionage, surveillance, and whistle blowing. This year she took on a new role as the associate dean of the Robertson School of Government, and she serves as the director of the Oxford Summer Program and is RSG's university accreditation faculty leader.
"Her accomplishments are many, and her superior work speaks for itself," says Dr. Paul Bonicelli, executive vice president at Regent University.
The Robertson School of Government's Class of 2014 was awarded a Master of Arts in Government or a Master of Public Administration degree. On Friday, May 2, many graduates gathered to participate in the School of Government's annual Commissioning Ceremony accompanied by family and friends.
RSG 2014 Outstanding Graduates
Nominated by the RSG faculty, graduates Rushad Thomas and Christopher Meconnahey received the RSG 2014 Outstanding Graduate of the Year award from Dean Eric Patterson at the RSG Commissioning Service. This award is presented to each student whom the faculty considers to be the embodiment of the mission and vision of the Robertson School of Government. Key elements considered in the selection process are leadership, service, scholarship and research.
RSG 2014 Student Awards
Outstanding Leadership: Eric Lupardus
Presented to that student whom the faculty considers to be an exemplary leader.
Outstanding Service: William "Bill" Dudley
Presented to a student who clearly presents a Christ-like model of service toward fellow students.
Outstanding Research: Rushad Thomas
Presented to that student who exhibits exemplary research abilities.
Outstanding Scholarship: Bryan Ballas, Kassandra Dulin, Phillip Grissom, Nancy Pleskovitch
Presented to students who obtained the highest GPA (4.0) within the graduating class.
1,000th Graduate: Alise Krapane
Presented to the 1,000th graduate of the Robertson School of Government.
Larry Provost '06
Lawrence "Larry" Provost '06 currently lives in the Washington, D.C., area with his wife Lori '06 (Communication & the Arts). Employed at The American Legion, America's largest Veteran's organization, Larry is serving in the National Security Division. "My position at The American Legion is twofold. The first is performing in person representation on behalf of Army and Air Force Veterans who do not have an honorable discharge. I assist them in their attempts to upgrade their discharge status before the various military discharge review boards. It is an extremely redemptive position, and The American Legion is the only Veteran's organization that provides this service, free of charge, on a regular basis. I also perform other duties as directed that involve various forms of research, writing, and communication with the military, Congress and other entities."
Larry was recently featured by The Leadership Institute as one of their outstanding graduates in their monthly newsletter and has also been a part of the evangelical outreach committee for the March for Life. He is currently writing for Townhall.com and Human Events and is preparing to travel to Israel for a seminar on Holocaust Studies.
Reflecting on his time at Regent, Larry says, "The Robertson School of Government thoroughly prepared me for my current duties. My RSG training has helped me in better preparing briefs for my clients and in communicating with various agencies. RSG's curriculum is one of the liberal arts curriculums that actually practices what it preaches —teaching students to analyze all points of view but within a strong Christian context. The mission of RSG to equip Christian leaders remains with me to this day." He adds, "The mission of Regent is one of those things that keeps me going when I have to go that extra mile for a Veteran or a project. I am fully aware that I am a representative of the institution and that I have an obligation to be, with God's help, the best representative of Regent that I can be."
Regent Presents the Class of 2014
Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D. emeritus professor of Neurosurgery, Oncology, Plastic Surgery and Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine was the ceremony's keynote speaker.
On Saturday, May 3, an academic sea of caps, gowns, hoods and the graduates who earned them processed through the Library Plaza on Regent University's campus in Virginia Beach, Va.
There, more than 1,400 representatives from Regent's eight schools crossed the threshold from the role of student to alumni at the 2014 commencement ceremony.
Following the National Anthem sung by Cassidy and Tess Parroco, and "Great is Thy Faithfulness" led by Regent's worship team and Rev. Jason Peaks, Regent's founder, chancellor and CEO, Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson, greeted the class of 2014, and the 7,000-member crowd who cheered them on through the ceremony's opening.
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Bonicelli Joins Center for Strategic and International Studies
Dr. Paul J. Bonicelli, executive vice president of Regent University, has accepted an appointment as a senior adviser with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), one of the world's preeminent bipartisan international policy institutions.
"CSIS's innumerable contributions to policymakers have made it a most prestigious organization. Over the years as a graduate student, a staffer on Capitol Hill and a senior executive in President George W. Bush's administration I have made much use of the knowledge and insights that CSIS offers. Many of our Regent students and faculty are familiar with CSIS, and I am very glad for this opportunity to more fully acquaint them with the organization," Bonicelli said. "I look forward to working alongside these scholars and providing research and analysis in my areas of expertise, including foreign policy and international relations."
CSIS is a bipartisan, nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. The center's 220 full-time staff and large network of affiliated scholars conduct research and analysis and develop policy initiatives that focus on defense and security; regional stability; and transnational challenges ranging from energy and climate to global development and economic integration. It is ranked as the world's top security and international affairs think tank by the University of Pennsylvania's Global Think Tank Report. Former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn (D-GA) has chaired the CSIS Board of Trustees since 1999. CSIS was founded by David M. Abshire and Admiral Arleigh Burke in 1962.
Bonicelli, a 1987 graduate of Regent, has an extensive career in higher education administration and government service that includes a presidential appointment (with Senate confirmation) as assistant administrator for the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean and an appointment as deputy assistant administrator of USAID's Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance. He has also served as a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly. He writes regularly for foreignpolicy.com and thefederalist.com, and gives radio and television interviews on foreign policy and politics.
Prior to joining Regent in 2011, Bonicelli served as provost and professor of government at Houston Baptist University. He joined Patrick Henry College at its inception and served several years as dean of academic affairs and chairman of the Department of Government. He also served as a professional staff member on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs and began his academic career at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. He holds a B.A. from the University of Memphis, an M.A. from Regent and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee.
2014 Armed Forces Day Concert At Regent University
In honor of Armed Forces Day 2014, Regent University is hosting the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Band for a free concert of patriotic and Americana music.
The U.S. Army TRADOC Band is led by Major Leo Peña and is based at nearby Joint Base Langley-Eustis. The concert will honor military personnel and veterans in attendance; it is free and open to the public. Seating is limited; free tickets are available from the Regent University Box Office at 757.352.4245.