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STENNIS FELLOWS HOLD FIRST ROUNDTABLE
The Stennis Fellows of the 113th Congress held their first roundtable on December 9, 2013. Their theme is “Meeting the Challenge: Bridging Boundaries for the Common Good.” They met with a distinguished panel to explore numerous questions, including:
• What is the historical perspective of polarization?• What is the role of the media in polarization and how has it changed?• How can you have a dialogue with the current level of distrust?• How can we as staff promote bipartisanship and cooperation?
USS STENNIS Award Winners Visit D.C.
The leadership award winners from the USS JOHN C. STENNIS aircraft carrier and their families visited Washington, DC on November 17-20, 2013 as part of the Stennis Center’s Aircraft Carrier Leadership Awards Program.
Citizens Engage in Work of Democracy
The Stennis Center is working with the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress (ACSC) on developing an issue brief for public deliberation. The group met at the Kettering Foundation in Dayton, Ohio on November 19-20, 2013 to discuss how citizens can get along with others who have differing views in order to do the work of democracy.
Civil-Military Dinner with the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Jonathan Greenert
On September 30, 2013, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Saxby Chambliss led a dinner discussion on a variety of national security issues with Admiral Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations. Senators Reed and Chambliss have led a series of discussions bringing together military leaders and first-term Senators, as part of the Stennis Center’s Civil-Military Leadership Program.
Stennis Fellows Conduct Dialogue Retreat
The 113th Congress Stennis Fellows met at the National Conservation Training Center near Shepherdstown, West Virginia September 20-21, 2013 to explore more effective usage of dialogue as a leadership tool on Capitol Hill. The bipartisan and bicameral group of Congressional staff leaders is exploring the theme of "Meeting the Challenge: Bridging Boundaries for the Common Good" as they work together in a series of roundtable sessions and retreats.
CONGRESS TO CAMPUS VISITS DENISON UNIVERSITY
Former Congressmen Barry Goldwater, Jr. (R-CA) and John Hall (D-NY) visited Denison University in Ohio on September 15-17, 2013 as part of the Congress to Campus program. This joint program with the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress helps college students understand the importance of Congress in American life and the value of public service.
CONGRESS TO CAMPUS VISITS JACKSONVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY
Former Members of Congress Earl Hutto (D-FL) and Sue Kelly (R-NY) visited Jacksonville State University in Alabama on September 15-17, 2013 as part of the Congress to Campus program, a joint effort with the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress. The program sends bipartisan pairs of former Members of Congress – one Democrat and one Republican – to visit college campuses around the country.
STENNIS NOVICE TOURNAMENT HELD AT MSU
The Stennis Novice Speech and Debate Tournament, established in 1995, was held in September on the campus of Mississippi State University. Over 250 students from throughout the state competed in this tournament, which is tailored to students competing for the first time. The 2013 tournament included tributes to the late Billy Tate, former president of the National Forensic League, who helped start speech and debate in Mississippi and who was a founder of the Stennis tournament.
TRUMAN SCHOLARS VISIT CAPITOL HILL
Since 2003, the Stennis Center has been connecting Truman Scholars to Congress through “Truman Scholars Day on Capitol Hill.” This program continues a partnership with the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation that dates back to 1991. It brings together Truman Scholars who are recent college graduates for an inside view of how Congress works, highlighted by personal visits with senior level congressional staff members who are part of the Stennis Center’s Stennis Fellows program. The most recent “Truman Scholars Day on Capitol Hill” program took place on July 19, 2013.
Senator Randy Head Receives Harold Keller Award
Indiana State Senator Randy Head received the Harold Keller Public Service Leadership Award from Rex Buffington on June 20, 2013 at the National Student Congress in Birmingham, Alabama. The award was established by the Stennis Center to honor the long-time leader of the Stennis Student Congress, Harold C. Keller, a speech and debate coach from Davenport, Iowa. The award goes to a current public servant who was active in Student Congress while in high school. At the 1987 National Congress, Head was elected outstanding representative in House 4, subsequently advancing to the Championship Session.