Grubbs Wins Harold Keller Award
Steve Grubbs received the Harold Keller Award for Public Service Leadership at the John C. Stennis National Student Congress on June 20, 2014 in Overland Park, Kansas. The award was established to honor the long-time leader of the Stennis Student Congress, Harold C. Keller, a speech and debate coach from Davenport, Iowa, who died in 2013.
Intern Program Kicks Off
The Stennis Center’s program for Congressional Interns kicked off its first meeting of 2014 with a session on “How to Get the Most from Your Internship." Future sessions will focus on the legislative process, budget and appropriations, separation of powers and other topics. Twenty-six interns serving in House and Senate offices are participating in the program this year, which runs through August 1, 2014.
Truman Scholars Day on Capitol Hill
The Stennis Center sponsored the 12th annual Truman Scholars Day on Capitol Hill on May 30, 2014. This program helps Harry S. Truman Scholars who are interning in Washington, D.C. for the summer to better understand Congress. They meet with Stennis Congressional Staff Fellows and others to learn about congressional public service.
Truman Scholars Visit Navy Sec. at Pentagon
The Stennis Center arranged for the Harry S. Truman Scholars to tour the Pentagon and meet with Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus on May 29, 2014. Truman Scholars are selected from each state annually based on scholarship, leadership and a commitment to public service. A year after their selection, they spend the summer working in Washington, D.C. The Stennis Center helps provide their orientation during their first week in Washington.
Mississippi N.E.W. Leadership Encourages Young Women Leaders
Mississippi N.E.W. Leadership met on May 19-23, 2014 on the campus of Mississippi University for Women. The national bipartisan program, established by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, educates college women about the political process and teaches them to become effective leaders. All week, college women from throughout Mississippi hear from women leaders in the state about the challenges and rewards of leadership in public service.
STENNIS FELLOWS HOST SYNTHESIS RETREAT
The Stennis Fellows of the 113th Congress held their synthesis retreat May 16-17, 2014 in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The Stennis Fellows are exploring how we can effectively bridge boundaries in Congress and society and have examined historical and current perspectives on polarization. They will meet once more to prepare a final report. The Stennis Fellows Program is a bipartisan, bicameral experience for senior-level staff of the U.S. Congress that has become the premiere leadership development program for staff leaders on Capitol Hill.
USS Eisenhower Award Winners Visit Navy CNO
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert met on May 4, 2014 with Master Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Robert Stumm, his wife Kelly, the Commanding Officer of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Capt. Steve Koehler, his wife Gina and Eisenhower Command Master Chief Sheila Langejans, Rex Buffington, Stennis Center Executive Director and Cmdr. Martin Edmonds, the Dwight D. Eisenhower 2013 Five Star Leadership Award recipient after his frocking ceremony to master chief. Stumm was coincidentally visiting Greenert for earning the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower 2013 Waging Peace Leadership Award when the master chief promotion list was released and Greenert proposed an impromptu frocking in his office at the Pentagon so that Stumm would not have to wait to assume the rank and responsibility as a master chief. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Peter D. Lawlor/Released)
USS NIMITZ LEADERSHIP AWARD WINNERS VISIT D.C.
As part of the Stennis Center’s Civil-Military program, the Leadership Award winners from the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier visited Washington on April 7-9, 2014. The award winners are selected through a ship-wide competition. They and their families travel to Washington, D.C. where they meet with Members of Congress and congressional staff and other civilian leaders. To honor some of the men and women who demonstrate outstanding leadership on American aircraft carriers, the Stennis Center created a special leadership awards program for eight ships.
STENNIS FELLOWS MEET AT UVA'S MILLER CENTER
The Stennis Fellows of the 113th Congress held a roundtable at the University of Virginia on March 28-29, 2014. Hosted by former Virginia Governor Gerald Baliles, the Stennis Fellows explored historical and societal perspectives on polarization with professors Frances Lee of the University of Maryland and Nolan McCarty of Princeton University. They also examined congressional leadership with John McGuire and Chuck Palus, two top leadership development experts from the Center for Creative Leadership.
Congress to Campus Program at Naval Academy
On March 23-25, 2014, the U.S. Naval Academy hosted the Congress to Campus program. The purpose is to encourage students to consider careers in public service and to provide firsthand knowledge about the work of Congress. The Stennis Center’s partner in this program is the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (USAFMC).