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2011 JOHN C. STENNIS CONGRESSIONAL DEBATE

Elliot Mamet 2011 Champion

The Stennis Center sponsored the John C. Stennis Congressional Debate June 13-18, 2011 in Dallas, Texas as part of the National Speech & Debate Tournament.  Over 400 of the nation’s best high school debaters participated in this mock Congress vying for the honor of being crowned national champion.  The Stennis Center supports legislative debate competition for high school students to develop public service leadership skills.

STENNIS CENTER HOSTS TRUMAN SCHOLARS DAY ON CAPITOL HILL

Truman Scholars Day

The Stennis Center hosted Truman Scholars Day on Capitol Hill on June 24, 2011.  Over 40 Harry S. Truman Scholars in Washington, D.C. for the summer spent time with Senior Stennis Fellows learning about how Congress works.  Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, the first Truman Scholar elected to the U.S. Senate, met with the group, as did Don Ritchie, the historian of the Senate. The Truman Scholars also visited the floor of the Senate.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE STENNIS FELLOWS OF THE 112TH CONGRESS

The Stennis Center is pleased to announce the John C. Stennis Congressional Staff Fellows for the 112th Congress.  A distinguished independent selection panel chose 32 leaders on Capitol Hill from a pool of highly qualified nominees in recognition of their exemplary record of public service and commitment to Congress as an institution of American democracy.  The Stennis Fellows program honors top Congressional staff leaders and brings them together in a series of roundtable discussions and retreats to look ahead to challenges facing Congress.  A list of the new class of Stennis Fellows is online here.

STENNIS CENTER HOSTS DINNER FOR U.S. SENATORS AND CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF

Stennis Hosts Dinner

The Stennis Center hosted a program in the U.S. Capitol on April 11 with Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a group of first term U.S. Senators.  The roundtable discussion was co-chaired by Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island and Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi, and is a part of the Stennis Center’s Civil-Military Program created to build relationships and enhance understanding between civilian and military leaders.

PROSPECTIVE COMMANDING OFFICERS VISIT CAPITOL HILL

On April 12, 2011, incoming Commanding Officers of the USS ENTERPRISE and USS HARRY S. TRUMAN visited Capitol Hill. 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.

PCO Visit

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.

Stennis Montgomery Assoc

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

Stennis Logo

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.

 
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