November is a month of thanksgiving, including for the sacrifices that many have made to protect our country. Indeed, Veterans Day should be a day of thanksgiving and celebration for all Americans: We enthusiastically acknowledge and appreciate the service of millions of military men and women. Unfortunately, Americans tend to take one of two approaches to Veterans Day, either disregarding its meaning altogether and using it to catch up on shopping and yard work, or by making it solely a mournful day focused narrowly on departed military personnel. In contrast to Memorial Day—which does focus on those who gave the ultimate sacrifice—Veterans Day should be a day in which we thank God for the peace and stability of our own society and during which we congratulate, thank and celebrate living veterans and military personnel.
Regent University has committed to supporting military personnel, veterans and their families and has been recognized as one of the top "Military Friendly" colleges in the country. We have memoranda of understanding with several military schools that allows for easy transfer of credit hours to Regent. At RSG we have a past member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on our faculty and routinely utilize the expertise of top-flight veterans as guest lecturers and adjuncts, such as visiting lecturer Rear Admiral Larry Baucom (USN, ret.) who teaches on disaster and crisis management.
In this edition of our newsletter you will meet one of our new students, recently retired Chief Petty Officer Chad McQueen, as well as Assistant Professor Mary Manjikian. Dr. Manjikian spent years as a diplomat serving at U.S. embassies in Europe and also comes from a military family. You will also meet one of our alumni, Mr. Larry Mayes '98, Vice President of Programs for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston.
Eric Patterson, Ph.D.
Dean, Robertson School of Government
"I am most interested in threats," says Dr. Mary Manjikian, "what people think of as a threat and the context within which they determine what is threatening to them and their society." Assistant Professor of Government Mary Manjikian's courses and research, including her two new books for 2012, Threat Talk: Comparative Politics of Internet Addiction and Apocalypse and Post-Politics: The Romance of the End, focus on threats. In 2013 she will publish an additional book on immigrants, squatters and security concerns in Europe.
It is this interest in threats that is the basis for her Fulbright Fellowship in the United Kingdom for Spring 2013. "My project will examine how public health crises—most notably the plague—have often strengthened state power." For those interested in the intersection of crisis leadership, national security and limited government, her work will prove provocative.
Manjikian grew up in Schenectady, N.Y. and attended Wellesley College (B.A.), Oxford University (M.Phil.) and the University of Michigan (M.A., Ph.D.). She is a former U.S. Foreign Service officer and has lived and worked in The Netherlands, Russia, Germany and Bulgaria. She teaches on international security, including classes on disaster assistance management, national security and intelligence, and terrorism.
RSG launched her latest book at an event on November 6. Threat Talk: The Comparative Politics of Internet Addiction (Ashgate: 2012), compares the ways in which Internet addiction has been constructed in the American, Russian Indian and Chinese contexts. She analyzes whether China had in fact manufactured an "Internet addiction crisis" in order to implement stricter regulatory regimes regarding Internet usage by vulnerable groups, such as students. The book thus examines the connection between securitization and technology usage regimes, particularly with reference to new and evolving technologies.
Like many Regent faculty, Manjikian feels that teaching at the Robertson School of Government is not merely a job, but a calling. "I particularly enjoy helping students to look at everything we study from a faith perspective," she states. "A student recently told me, 'At first I didn't believe you when you said that the Bible actually had a lot to say about issues like intelligence and disasters, but it turned out you were right.'"
Manjikian has taught two summers at Regent's program at Oxford University. She says, "It's fun to get to know the students in a more relaxed atmosphere. We've enjoyed watching silly British TV shows together, travelling on trains and boating on Oxford's Isis River—along with learning about such challenging issues as nationalism and the problem of refugees in Europe."
"My last year in the Navy, I started a small ministry encouraging sailors," says Chief Petty Officer Chad McQueen (Ret.), a new RSG student. "My mentor and I designed a 'witness' military challenge coin with a Scripture verse on it, and on my last deployment, the chaplain and I gave out about 60 of them to the sailors we mentored and counseled. Shortly after we had a revival service, six of them accepted Jesus and we baptized them in a swimming pool in Bahrain. I realized I could make a difference for Christ while serving my country." Read the full story.
Having achieved a number of professional goals in the financial industry, Larry Mayes '98 was looking for a change. He began to reexamine his life and future following his mother-in-law's death from cancer.
"I remember thinking, 'At the end of the day, if I were to die what would my tombstone say? Here lies a mortgage broker?' It seemed cold," Mayes recalls.
That's when he decided to begin a new career. Read his story.
Regent is a top military-friendly university and a fully accredited Service members Opportunity College (SOC). We host a vibrant community of service members, veterans, and military spouses and dependent children. Our military-friendly degree programs are taught by distinctive scholars and practitioners including former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and former U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Vern Clark. We also offer generous financial aid and discounts including the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program. Learn more about Regent's military community.
Veterans Prayer Breakfast
Friday, November 9, 2012
Robertson Hall - Moot Courtroom
7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
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Executive Leadership Series with Sal Giunta
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The Founders Inn Ballroom
12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
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President's Thanksgiving Prayer
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
University Library Steps
8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
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On Oct 23, Rear Admiral Larry C. Baucom, USN (Ret.) presented at the RSG Brown Bag Lunch Series on "Breaking Barriers in Disaster Management: The Homeland Security Infrastructure Program." Baucom outlined government recovery actions in crisis and disaster management situations.