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STENNIS CENTER HOSTS STUDENT LEADERS IN WASHINGTON

Stennis Montgomery Assoc tableThe Stennis Center hosted student leaders from Mississippi State University for a program on March 31 in Washington, D.C. The students, members of the Stennis Montgomery Association, met with the Mississippi Congressional Delegation and congressional staff members. The students share an interest in public service leadership and many are pursuing jobs in Washington after graduation from Mississippi State.  The students had opportunities to meet leaders in Washington and learn more about the executive branch and the legislative process.  They also had an opportunity to learn history, including a tour of the Capitol and a visit to the Vice President's office to see a historic conference table that was the centerpiece of Senator John Stennis' office for many years.

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CHANGE OF COMMAND ON USS JOHN C. STENNIS

Change of Command

USS John C. Stennis’ new commanding officer Capt. Ronald Reis shakes the hand of Carrier Strike Group Three commander Rear Adm. Joseph P. Aucoin during a change of command ceremony on Friday, March 18, 2011, aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). USS Stennis is currently moored in homeport of Bremerton Washington.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class William Tyndall/Released)

BOARD OF TRUSTEES HOLDS MEETING IN U.S. CAPITOL

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The Board of Trustees of the Stennis Center for Public Service held its annual meeting on March 9, 2011 in the Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, DC.  The board reviewed all of the programs of the Stennis Center, as well as the Center’s finances and overall operation.  U.S. Representative Terri Sewell of Alabama, Former U.S. Representative Travis Childers of Mississippi and Former Mississippi Attorney General Mike Moore were welcomed as new board members.  They join existing board members U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, former Mississippi Governor William Winter, and Executive Director Rex Buffington who serves ex officio.  Board members are appointed by the leadership in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.




LIFTING LEADERS PROGRAM VISITS ARKANSAS STATE CAPITOL

Lifting Leaders Visit Arkansas Capitol 2011

The college students participating in the Stennis Center’s Lifting Leaders pilot mentoring program are pictured here with Arkansas State Representative Donna Hutchinson, chair of the Arkansas General Assembly’s Women’s Caucus.  On February 17, 2011, the students spent a day at the Arkansas State Capitol attending hearings, watching legislative activity from the gallery and meeting with women state legislators to learn more about leadership and government. The students also met with Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe and Arkansas State Treasurer Martha Shoffner.

112th CONGRESS STENNIS FELLOWS NOMINATIONS

The Stennis Center is accepting nominations from Members of Congress of outstanding senior-level Congressional staff for selection as a Stennis Congressional Staff Fellow for the 112th Congress. Each Member of Congress may submit only one nomination for consideration by an independent panel that will choose 24 to 28 participants. Stennis Fellows are chiefs of staff, legislative directors, counsels, committee staff directors and senior professional staff in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives who have established distinguished records of public service. Click here to go directly to the Nomination Form and here for a brochure about the Stennis Fellows Program.

PROSPECTIVE COMMANDING OFFICERS VISIT CAPITOL HILL

On January 26, 2011, Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) met with Captain Ronald Reis (l) and Captain Brian Luther (r), incoming Commanding Officers of the USS JOHN C. STENNIS and USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH, respectively. The Stennis Center regularly brings prospective commanding officers (PCOs) and Members of Congress together to enhance civil-military relationships. Click here to learn more about this program connecting aircraft carriers and Congress.

USS EISENHOWER LEADERSHIP AWARD WINNERS VISIT WASHINGTON, D.C.

USS EISENHOWER LEADERSHIP AWARD

On November 29, Chief of Naval Operation(CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead met with the leadership award winners from the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER during their visit to Washington, D.C. Each year, the Stennis Center for Public Service sponsors leadership awards for outstanding officers and sailors on board the USS EISENHOWER aircraft carrier. Click here to learn more about the Leadership Awards Programs sponsored by the Stennis Center.

111th CONGRESSIONAL STENNIS FELLOWS RETREAT IN SHEPHERDSTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA

The 111th Congressional Stennis Fellows gathered in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, for a workshop on "Dialogue Essentials" and to finalize their learning agenda for the coming year. The workshop focused on providing interactive efforts to apply dialogue to practical problem solving and a powerful way to find common ground. Before the retreat concluded, the Fellows finalized their learning agenda that will be used as a basis to organize a number of roundtables with outside experts between December and April.

USS STENNIS AND USS EISENHOWER LEADERSHIP AWARD WINNERS VISIT D.C.

On October 19 & 20, the USS STENNIS and USS EISENHOWER leadership award winners toured Washington, D.C., where they met with Members of Congress, congressional staff and other civilian leaders. The trip is a part of the Stennis Center's continuing effort to strengthen understanding and relationships between civilian leaders and the military. As the leadership award winners are honored and learn about how policy is made in Washington, the civilian leaders have an opportunity to learn about the life, values, culture and institutions of the military through visits with the leadership award winners and their family members. Including family members in discussions with leaders in Washington helps further understanding of contributions made by the family members of those who serve in the American military.

Click here to read more about the Stennis Center's Leadership Award Program with eight of the Navy's aircraft carriers.

SOUTHERN WOMEN IN PUBLIC SERVICE REGIONAL ROUNDTABLE IN STONE MOUNTAIN, GEORGIA

Power, personality and potential were on display as the Stennis Center convened more than 30 women leaders from Florida, Georgia and South Carolina to discuss ways to encourage, promote and strengthen women's leadership in the South. The Southern Women in Public Service Regional Roundtable was an intensive 24-hour program on October 29-30, 2009 in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Florida, Georgia and South Carolina rank 25, 38 and 50 respectively in the percentage of women in state legislatures, a key barometer of women's political leadership.

Led by professional facilitator Carole Leland, participants worked in small groups to determine where we have come from regarding women's political leadership, where we are now, where should we go and finally how do we get there with purpose, planning and action. Former West Virginia Secretary of State Betty Ireland and Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, set the tone with opening remarks on the importance of women's leadership. Participants included mostly women serving as state legislators, along with a mixture of others in public service. In addition, female college students with an interest in becoming leaders also were involved in the discussions.

 
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