TWO KEVINS SELECTED FOR
(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.
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
dedication to TFAS is constant and he, no doubt, deserves this
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
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.
Christopher Molitoris (E
05) speaks about his summer experience at graduation. He will participate
in the Freedom Scholars seminar this April in
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.
PROFESSORS GAIN NEW PERSPECTIVES IN
Seminar participants visit the White House for a briefing.
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.
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.
Louisiana native Jay Lyles (J 00, A 01) will
compete for a seat in Baton Rouge's District 68 in October
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
Rep. Dan Branch (E
77), a member of the Texas House of Representatives has announced
his candidacy for re-election for District
During his current term, he serves
on the Appropriations Committee and is Budget and Oversight Chair of
the Public Education Committee.
SPECIAL THANK YOU TO
Last year's program assistants Jenni
Weber (H 04) and Lauren Crawford (E 04),
pictured at a Washington Nationals baseball game, volunteer to call
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.