APRIL 2006 E-NEWSLETTER

TFAS NEWS

  
 

(l.-r.) Kevin Burket (E 85) and Kevin Kellems (J 86) will receive Alumni Awards in Service and Achievement this April at the TFAS Annual Conference held in Washington, D.C.

TWO KEVINS SELECTED FOR ALUMNI AWARDS

The Alumni Council Awards Committee has named Kevin Burket (E 85) and Kevin Kellems (J 86) as the 2006 recipients of the Alumni Awards.

Burket will accept the Alumni Service Award, which honors an alumnus who has exemplified commitment to and service with The Fund for American Studies. He consistently volunteers his time in an effort to enhance and further the mission of TFAS, and contribute to student and alumni programming.

"Kevin gives an enormous amount of time and energy to this organization," said Alumni Affairs Assistant Melissa Mendoza. "His dedication to TFAS is constant and he, no doubt, deserves this recognition."

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TFAS President Roger Ream (E 76) (second from l.) meets with alumni at the U.S. Embassy in Estonia, his first stop in Europe during his travels. Click here to view a slideshow.

FIVE COUNTRIES IN TEN DAYS

TFAS President Roger Ream's Thoughts On The Road

In late February I set off on a five-country, 10-day trip to Europe for purposes of recruiting students, meeting with alumni, visiting donors and confirming arrangements for our summer institute in Prague.

 

My first stop was Tallinn, capital of Estonia, to meet with U.S. Ambassador Aldona Wos. The Ambassador and her husband Louis DeJoy, a member of TFAS Board of Trustees, sponsor scholarships to enable Estonian students to attend our programs in the U.S. and Prague. 

 

Ambassador Wos arranged for information sessions at three universities, an appearance on Terevisioon, the leading morning television program, and hosted a wonderful evening at her residence for TFAS alumni, academics, and prospective students.

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Christopher Molitoris (E 05) speaks about his summer experience at graduation. He will participate in the Freedom Scholars seminar this April in Washington.

FREEDOM SCHOLARS SHIFT FOCUS TO LEADERSHIP

After two years of discussions of judicial activism and civil liberties, the Freedom Scholars seminar is poised for change.

In its third year, the seminar will focus on leadership and professional development, rather than on a public policy topic.

 

"The young alumni participants are on the brink of graduating and are eager to take part in opportunities that prepare them for their careers," said Alumni Affairs Director Renee Hamlen (E 96).

 

In April of 2006, fourteen alumni of the 2005 Institutes will gather in Washington, D.C. for this annual seminar.

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Seminar participants visit the White House for a briefing.

PROFESSORS GAIN NEW PERSPECTIVES IN WASHINGTON

This spring, The Fund for American Studies invites college and university professors to attend the third annual "Insider’s Look at Washington Politics," a public policy seminar for professors.

The seminar will take place May 17 - 19 and is designed for professors of political science, public policy, international relations and related fields.

 

Over the span of three days, professors will have the opportunity to discuss current public policy issues with Washington’s policymakers and leading experts and attend an exclusive briefing with members of the U.S. Congress.


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Louisiana native Jay Lyles (J 00, A 01) will compete for a seat in Baton Rouge's District 68 in October 2007.

TFAS ALUMNI HIT THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Armed with a winning determination and the desire to impact their communities, four alumni prepare for campaigns around the U.S.  Dan Branch (E 77), Jay Lyles (J 00, A 01), Kyle Hybl (E 91, A 93) and Hon. Eric Levinson (E 88) set their sights on victory.

Rep. Dan Branch (E 77), a member of the Texas House of Representatives has announced his candidacy for re-election for District 108 in Dallas. During his current term, he serves on the Appropriations Committee and is Budget and Oversight Chair of the Public Education Committee.

 

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Last year's program assistants Jenni Weber (H 04) and Lauren Crawford (E 04), pictured at a Washington Nationals baseball game, volunteer to call accepted students.

SPECIAL THANK YOU TO ALUMNI AMBASSADORS

This month, nearly 100 accepted students will receive phone calls from alumni. Thanks to 15 volunteers who offered to call students and encourage them to attend domestic summer Institutes, enrollment numbers continue to rise.

Ambassadors were paired with eight to ten students that shared a common Institute, hometown or university, and phoned them to congratulate them on their acceptance, answer questions and chat about their summer experience in Washington.

"Just hearing their excitement and addressing their concerns brought back a bunch of good memories of my own experience in D.C.," said volunteer C.J. Daines (CSF 03) of his calls to students. "I gained immensely from my time with TFAS and I thank you for giving me the opportunity to return the favor, however small."

TFAS would like to thank this month's volunteers: Christopher Collins (J 03), Mistie Conner (P 05), Lauren Crawford (E 04), Clyde (C.J.) Daines (CSF 03), Elizabeth Goldberg (P 05), KatieHalley (H 03),Emily Hill (P 05), Kevin Burket (E 85), Abby Houck (H 03), John Little (E 04), Patricia Nichols (P 05), Jordan Palmer (P 05), Blake Swango (H 02), Derek Wan (J 00) and Jenni Weber (H 04).

 

If you are interested in calling accepted students, please contact Alumni Affairs Assistant Melissa Mendoza at alumni@tfas.org.

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