We've got a lot of exciting news to tell you about the activities in the department. Here is a list of links to the items you'll find here below.

Recent Departmental News, New Students, Students' Success, Past Events


Recent Departmental News

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Thumbnail photo of Christine Dickason, PPL major who was named a Truman Finalist in 2014.PPL Major Christine Dickason Named Truman Finalist

Junior Christine Dickason (B.A. Public Policy Leadership) has been invited to interview for the Truman Scholarship. Good luck to Christine in Nashville, March 24th!

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5 PPL Majors Inducted into the University of Mississippi Hall of Fame

According to Elaine Pugh's announcement about the award winners, the "Honorees [were] lauded for achievements, service, and potential for future success." There were 10 inductees into the Hall of Fame, and 5 of them were PPL majors (from left to right in the photo below): Tim Abram, Madison Coburn, Gregory Alston, Daniel Roberts, and Vinod Kannuthurai. Congratulations to all inductees!

For Pugh's full story about the 2014 Hall of Fame inductees, click here.

Photograph of the ten outstanding seniors awarded the Hall of Fame distinction.

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Thumbnail photo of Dr. Weixing (Mark) Chen, Chair and Professor of Public Policy Leadership at the University of Mississippi as of August 2013.New Department Chair and Administrative Coordinator

In 2013, Weixing (Mark) Chen joined the PPL faculty to serve as the department's new chair and Professor of Public Policy Leadership.

The Mississippi Business Journal published an announcement about Dr. Chen's appointment in July of 2013.

For a more detailed announcement, see the View From Ventress announcement, released by the College of Liberal Arts.

The department also welcomes our new Administrative Coordinator II, Crystal Jones, who joined the department in August of 2013.
Thumbnail photo of Crystal Jones, Administrative Coordinator II in Public Policy Leadership.
Ms. Jones earned her B.B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Mississippi. She is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana.

For their contact information, visit our "People" page.

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Photo of Dr. Weber receiving the 2012 Faculty member Frist Award for Student Service.Weber Received 2012 Frist Student Service Award

In 2012, Dr. Eric Thomas Weber was honored to receive the Thomas F. Frist Student Service Award. The Frist Awards "recognize one faculty member and one staff member for going the extra mile in unwavering dedication to students," according to the yearly call for nominations.

College of Liberal Arts announcement about the award.

Video of the announcement at the 2012 Commencement Ceremony.

Photo by Kaylen Addison, 2012.

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Thumbnail photo of Dr. Robert Haws, May 2011.Robert J. Haws Scholarship Endowment Established in May of 2011

In 2011, the Robert J. Haws Scholarship Endowment was established in honor of our former department chair, who has retired. Click here to read the memorandum of agreement about the endowment.

In May of 2011, a ceremony was organized to congratulate Dr. Haws on his many years of service to the university. Chancellor Dan Jones attended and announced the creation of the scholarship endowment in Dr. Haws's name.

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Thumbnail photo of Dawn Bullion, 2011Dawn Bullion and Eric Weber Honored with Awards in May of 2011

Thumbnail photo of Dr. Eric Thomas Weber, 2011Dawn Bullion, Senior Staff Assistant, and Dr. Eric Thomas Weber, Assistant Professor, both in the Department of Public Policy Leadership, were honored in May of 2011. Bullion received the Outstanding Staff Member Overall for 2010-2011 at the annual Staff Appreciation Day's Outstanding Staff Awards Ceremony.

Weber received the Cora Lee Graham Award for the Outstanding Teaching of Freshman from the College of Liberal Arts. According to the College of Liberal Arts, " Criteria for this annual award include, but are not limited to, excellence of class instruction, intellectual stimulation of students, and concern for students’ welfare." You can learn more about the Cora Lee Graham Award on the College of Liberal Arts Web site here.

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Morality, Leadership, and Public Policy, Dr. Weber's second book, is released in the summer of 2011

Dr. Weber's first book, Rawls, Dewey and Constructivism.  Photo of the cover.The Continuum International Publishing Group of London, winner of the 2011 Independent Publisher of the Year Award and the 2011 Ingram Academic and Professional Publisher of the Year Award, has released Dr. Eric Thomas Weber's second book, Morality, Leadership, and Public Policy, in the summer of 2011. You can read endorsements by the President of the Policy Studies Organization of Washington, D.C., or by the Executive Director of the American Philosophical Association on Weber's Web site here. You can also find the book available online at Amazon.com here. The book will soon be available at the university's library here.

Description: "In Morality, Leadership, and Public Policy, Eric Weber argues for an experimentalist approach to moral theory in addressing practical problems in public policy. The experimentalist approach begins moral inquiry by examining public problems and then makes use of the tools of philosophy and intelligent inquiry to alleviate them. Part I surveys the uses of practical philosophy and answers criticisms - including religious challenges - of the approach, presenting a number of areas in which philosophers' intellectual efforts can prove valuable for resolving public conflicts. Part II presents a new approach to experimentalism in moral theory, based on the insights of John Dewey's pragmatism. Focusing on the elements of good public inquiry and the experimentalist attitude, Weber discusses ways of thinking about the effective construction and reconstruction of particular problems, including practical problems of public policy prioritization. Finally, in Part III the book examines real-world examples in which the experimentalist approach to ethics proves useful, including instances of "bandwidth theft" and the controversies surrounding activist judges in the US Supreme Court."

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Dr. David Rutherford, Director of the Mississippi Geographic Alliance.Department receives grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
5 August 2010

The Department of Public Policy Leadership (PPL) and the Mississippi Geographic Alliance (MGA), both at the University of Mississippi, collaborated with Mississippi State University and the University of Alabama-Huntsville to receive a $1 million grant through the National Science Foundation’s Climate Change Education Partnership program. The overall goal of the program is to establish a coordinated national network of regionally- or thematically-based partnerships devoted to increasing the adoption of effective, high quality educational programs and resources related to the science of climate change and its impacts.

Titled the Climate Literacy Partnership in the Southeast United States (CLiPSE), this two-year, Phase 1 project will develop the foundation of a partnership that will work across the Mid South to increase and improve climate change education for children and adults through formal and informal learning environments (K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, professional development providers, museums, nature centers, community organizations, and churches). CLiPSE involves climate scientists, learning scientists, and partnership development practitioners, and David Rutherford, PPL Assistant Professor and Co-PI on the project, will lead the partnership development team. Rutherford is also MGA Executive Director and will work with the National Geographic Society and its nationwide network of Geography Alliances to build the CLiPSE partnership.

The main purposes that NSF specifies for the Phase I program are (1) to establish a strong network of individuals and organizations mobilized to increase and improve climate change literacy, and (2) develop, first, a strategic plan for Phase I that will guide development of the partnership, and then, a second strategic plan for a five-year, Phase II grant that builds on lessons learned in Phase I and will guide an extensive implementation of climate literacy. The CLiPSE project, by working with six states in the Southeast during Phase I, will be extremely well-positioned to compete successfully for a Phase II award in 2012 and expand the project across the entire Southeast region.

On July 25th of 2010, The Clarion Ledger published an article interviewing Dr. Rutherford about the Mississippi Geographic Alliance. You can open a printer-friendly Adobe PDF version of the article by clicking here.

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Rawls, Dewey and Constructivism, Dr. Weber's first book, is released in September of 2010

Dr. Weber's first book, Rawls, Dewey and Constructivism.  Photo of the cover.The Continuum International Publishing Group of London released Dr. Eric Thomas Weber's first book, Rawls, Dewey and Constructivism, in September of 2010. You can read the editor's blog and press release about the book by clicking here. You can also find the book available online at Amazon.com here. Also, the book was reviewed on Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews here.

The book covers two of the most influential political philosophers of the twentieth century, John Rawls and John Dewey. Rawls developed a fascinating theory of justice, and in doing so depended on some important theories about how we come to know justice. Dr. Weber notes some difficulties in Rawls's work and shows how insights from Dewey's work can help resolve these underlying issues. The relevant theories are referred to as "constructivism," which is a term that we use to describe one outlook on how we come to know things, what philosophers refer to as "epistemology." You can read more about the book also on Dr. Weber's Web site here.


New Students

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Welcome to Our New Students in 2011

In 2011, we welcomed another group of new students. Here's a photo from the PPL retreat meeting:

New students in Public Policy Leadership, Fall 2011.

The following were our new students in 2010 for the 2010-2011 academic year:

Photo of new students from 2010.

The following were our new students in 2009 for the 2009-2010 academic year:

Incoming PPL students, Fall 2009

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Students' Success

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Thumbnail photo of the scan of the piece about Mary Alex Street and Caleb Herod, published in the Jackson Advocate.Two PPL Students Make Front Page News in The Jackson Advocate

Thumbnail photos side-by-side of Mary Alex Street and Caleb Herod.In April of 2012, PPL majors Mary Alex Street and Caleb Herod made the front page of The Jackson Advocate in recognition for their acceptance to Teach for America and for choosing to serve in the Mississippi Delta's schools. To see the piece as an Adobe PDF file, click here or on the thumbnail image of the piece on the right-hand side.

For more information about Teach for America, visit their Web site: http://www.teachforamerica.org/. Also, in April of 2012, Dr. Weber published a piece in The Clarion Ledger of Jackson, MS, highlighting the reasons for hope about Mississippi schools evident in bright graduating seniors like Street and Herod. That article is available as a scanned PDF file here: "Teachers Offer Hope for Mississippi."

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Photo of Claire Graves.Graduate in Marketing & Communications and PPL Takes Job as Policy Analyst for the TX Senate Education Committee

Upon graduation from the University of Mississippi in 2010, Market and Communications major and PPL student Claire Graves went on to earn her Master's degree at Vanderbilt University in education policy.

In April of 2012, as she neared completion of her Master's degree, Claire accepted a job working with the Texas Senate Education Committee in Austin, Tx.

Congratulations, Claire!


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Photo of Taylor Cook, recipient of a 2012 Udall Scholarship.PPL Student Awarded National Scholarship

In March of 2012, Chancellor Dan Jones and other university leaders met with PPL student Taylor Cook to congratulate her on winning a Udall scholarship. The Udall is a national award "given annually to college sophomores and juniors who are committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy or Native American health care," according to the UM press release.

The university created a video, interviewing Taylor. You can watch that video here or by clicking on the image on the right. The photo below is of the group that met to congratulate Taylor as a surprise.

Photo of the gathering where the Chancellor and a number of campus leaders and faculty members met to congratulate Taylor.

Congratulations, Taylor!


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Photo of students inducted into UM's Student Hall of FameSix PPL Students Inducted into UM Hall of Fame

In January of 2012, Chancellor Jones honored ten students with induction into UM's Student Hall of Fame. Six of these were PPL students.

These students included:

Marianna Breland, Davis Gates, Caleb Herod, Meghan Litten, Cortez Moss, and Taylor McGraw.

You can read the full story here:


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Photo of Zach HuffmanPPL Student Elected to Hometown Schoolboard

We are pleased to announce that Zack Huffman, a Public Policy Leadership major, will be seated as one of the youngest school board members in Mississippi history.

Zack is from Houston, MS, for which he will serve on school board for a four year term starting in April 2011. His agenda is to advocate for student health policies, a more technologically enriched classroom environment and, policies protecting students from physical and cyber bullying.

Join us in giving congratulations to Zack!

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Photo of students inducted into UM's Student Hall of FameThree PPL Students Inducted into UM Hall of Fame

On Friday, February 4th, 2011, Chancellor Dan Jones honored ten Ole Miss students with induction into UM's Student Hall of Fame. Three of these were PPL students.

These students included:

Mary Katherine Graham of Germantown, Tenn.
Nickolaus Damon Luckett of Drew, MS
Chelsea Kate Caveny of Hattiesburg, MS

You can read the full story here:


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Photo of UM students, including PPL and philosophy major John MontgomeryFellowship Gives PPL Student Taste of Doctors' Real-World Ethical Dilemmas

PPL and Philosophy major John Montgomery is one of two fellows in the Student Fellowship in Bioethics pilot program. It is a joint venture of the University Medical Center in Jackson, MS, and the College of Liberal Arts in Oxford, MS.

The UM Newsdesk interviewed Montgomery. "Our lives are affected now and in the future by the bioethical standards set by our health care system and our government," said Montgomery, who is contemplating a political or legal career. "The unique understanding and perspective provided by this fellowship will enable me to make informed decisions and arguments about bioethical issues in either of these fields." To read the full article as a Web formated Adobe PDF file, click here.

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Keychain Photo of PBKPPL Students Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 2010

The following PPL students have been honored to be named Phi Beta Kappa:

Chad Armstrong, PPL minor
Josh Cox, PPL minor
Elizabeth Joseph, PPL major
Jake McGraw, PPL major
Carmen Rae Musgrove, PPL major
Katherine Watson, PPL Major
Marie Wicks, PPL minor

Congratulations, Chad, Josh, Elizabeth, Jake, Carmen Rae, Katie, and Marie!

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Taylor MedalPPL Students and Lott Scholars Awarded Taylor Medals in 2010

The following Lott Scholars and PPL majors are 2010 Taylor Medalists. The Taylor Medal is the university's highest academic award. The awards will be conferred at Honors Day on April 8th. This year’s list includes three Lott Scholars: 

William Chadwick Armstrong, Lott Scholar and Physics major
Elizabeth Joseph, Lott Scholar and PPL major
James Kenneth McGraw, Lott Scholar and PPL major
McDaniel Wicker, Lott Scholar and INST major

The Marcus Elvis Taylor Memorial was established at the University of Mississippi in 1904 by Dr. William A. Taylor of Booneville in memory of his son, an honored 1871 alumnus of the university. Commonly known as the Taylor Medal, the award encourages meritorious scholarship and outstanding professional conduct.

Congratulations, Chad, Elizabeth, Jake, and McDaniel!

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Chelsea Caveny, PPL major, awarded a Truman ScholarshipChelsea Caveny Awarded Truman Scholarship, then Mitchell Scholarship

On March 30th of 2010, it was announced that PPL major Chelsea Caveny has been awarded a Truman Scholarship. According Honors College Dean Debra Young, "Chelsea is [the university's] 14th Truman Scholar -- the 4th female, the 3rd Scholar in 4 years, [and] the 2nd Public Policy leadership major to win this scholarship."

From her Truman application information:

"Chelsea majors in public policy leadership and southern studies at the University of Mississippi.  She is actively involved in student government and the Columns Society.  She spends her free time working with students at the Sunflower County Freedom Project in the Mississippi Delta.  She has a love for the state of Mississippi and plans to return after graduation to work in the non-profit sector."

Click here for the story as reported on the university's Newsdesk.

Then, in November of 2010, Chelsea was also awarded the University of Mississippi's first Mitchell Scholarship. You can learn more about this award here: http://www.ezing.net/honors-college-senior-is-ums-first-mitchell-scholarship-winner/


Rachel Willis and Chelsea Caveny named Truman Scholarship FinalistsRELATED EARLIER POST: PPL Students Rachel Willis and Chelsea Caveny Named Finalists for Truman Scholarships

Chelsea Caveny and Rachel Willis have advanced to the finalist stage of the 2010 Truman Scholarship award process. Read the full Daily Mississippian article here.

The university's Newsdesk put together a story on these two exceptional students here.

Congratulations, Chelsea and Rachel! It is a big honor to be finalists. We are extremely proud of both of you.

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Six PPL Students Inducted into Ole Miss Hall of Fame

Of the ten outstanding seniors inducted into the Ole Miss Hall of Fame, six have majored or minored in Public Policy Leadership. According to the Ole Miss Newsdesk story:

"Chancellor Dan Jones bestowed the honor Friday (Jan. 22) in a campus ceremony at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, noting that the selection is based on a student's academic achievement, community service, extracurricular activities and potential for future success. The Ole Miss Hall of Fame has recognized students with outstanding achievements since 1930. 'The selection of these outstanding students into the Hall of Fame is a reflection of their impact on life at this university,' Jones said as he offered congratulations to the students and their families. 'They will continue to make an impact on their communities and the world as they take their talent, skills and commitment to the next phase of life. I join the entire university community in congratulating them.'" (Full story here)

Of the ten students, our excellent PPL majors and minors include: Vince Chamblee, Melissa Cole, Andre' Cotten, Claire Graves, Elizabeth Joseph, and Artair Rogers. Congratulations!

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PPL Student Awarded Truman Scholarship

PPL and Economics double-major Jake McGraw has been awarded a prestigious Truman Scholarship in 2009 from the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. You can read the Ole Miss News Desk story here or open a printable PDF file of the story here. On the News Desk's page, you'll find a YouTube video presentation of the story, which you can also find here.

Pictured: Dr. Robert Haws, Jake McGraw, Professor Warigia Bowman, and Bill Gottshall, Director of the Lott Leadership Institute.
Pictured: Dr. Robert Haws, Jake McGraw, Professor Warigia Bowman, and Bill Gottshall, Director of the Lott Leadership Institute.

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Artair Rogers, elected President of the Ole Miss Associated Student BodyPPL Students Elected to Student Government Offices

Artair Rogers (right) was elected President of the Associated Student Body for the 2009-2010 year. Click here for a printable PDF version of The Daily Mississippian's story about the election.

Martin Fisher, elected Secretary of the Ole Miss Associated Student BodyMartin Fisher (left) was elected Secretary of the Associated Student Body.

We are proud of our students for all their involvement in campus affairs. Congratulations Artair and Martin!


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Research Recognition

Taylor McGraw receiving Barksdale Award, congratulated by Dean Doug Sullivan-Gonzalez and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, Chancellor Jones in the background.At the Honors Convocation ceremony in February of 2010, PPL student Taylor McGraw was awarded a Barksdale Award to support his work on a book in the summer. According to the Newsdesk press release, Dean Sullivan-Gonzalez explained that "In New York, Taylor will listen to the stories of how certain people came to the Big Apple and what their lives are like. He will certainly come away with a richer sense of common and uncommon humanity."

In particular, Taylor intends to study a certain area of New York City in which chess players get together and work, meeting tourists, business persons, and passersby for a challenge. Taylor told Edwin Smith of the Newsdesk that "The Honors College is counting on me to follow through on my goal, so the award is more than an honor; it is also a challenge. The funds will cover my living expenses for my dorm at New York University, meals, travel and, hopefully, some equipment."

A further honor that Taylor received was the congratulations of Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, who came to speak at the Honors College convocation ceremony. Click on the image here or on this link to see a larger version of the photo.


Vince Chamblee, majoring in Public Policy Leadership and EconomicsIn the spring of 2009, Vince Chamblee was recognized with the prestigious Barksdale Award. Vince is a double-major in Economics and Public Policy Leadership. In the spring of 2009 he is interning in the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Scotland. If you click here you can read a about his internship in a note he drafted for the Ole Miss Public Relations department. Dr. Debra Young, Associate Dean of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College explains that "Basically, the Barksdale is an outright award of $5,000 to pay for the project the student proposes." Dr. Doug Sullivan-Gonzalez, Dean of the Honors College describes the guidelines for the award in this way: "We ask students to design independent projects that will let them explore personal goals and test themselves in the real world."   Dean Sullivan-Gonzalez described Vince's project at the award ceremony as follows:

"Vince proposed an economist's exploration of the problem of human trafficking.  He will travel first to Geneva, Switzerland, to interview people responsible for creating global policy.  Then he will backpack through rural Ethiopia, working with a grassroots educational initiative; that work is followed by a stay in Dubai to participate in research at the Dubai Ethics Resource Center.  Vince is seeking corporate perspective and human understanding of this heart-breaking global problem."

Also, in April of 2009, Vince received word that his paper, “The Disparities of the Wealth of Nations: A Democratic Duty to End World Hunger,” was accepted for presentation at the Ohio State University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference in Columbus, OH. Vince will be traveling to Columbus for the event on May 1st and 2nd, 2009.  Vince wrote the paper for Dr. Weber's Ethics and Public Policy course in the fall of 2008.  Vince applied for travel support from the Office of Student Affairs and was awarded a grant. He also has secured support from the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College to attend the event. Congratulations, Vince!

Jake McGraw, whose paper was accepted at the Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference in Oregon for the 2010 meeting.____________________

Jake McGraw was honored in Feburary of 2010 to have his paper accepted for presentation at the 2010 Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference. His paper is called "Equal Opportunity for Quality Education in Madison County, Mississippi." Jake wrote this paper for the Ethics and Public Policy course he took in the Fall of 2009. This paper is an important part of Jake's honor's thesis, which he will defend in April of 2010. Congratulations, Jake!


Andre' Cotten, PPL Student who had his paper accepted for the Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference and who received a Student Development Grant

In Feburary of 2009, Andre' Cotten received word that his paper, "Racism," was accepted for presentation at the Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy conference coming up in April of 2009! Andre' wrote this paper for the Ethics and Public Policy course he took in the Fall of 2008. Also, Andre' was awarded a Student Development Grant from the Office of Student Affairs to support his travel expenses to and from the conference. Congratulations, Andre'!

Link to the conference Web site:

Logo of Pacific University, Oregon.

Photo of Scarlett Andrews and Meaghan Gandy together at the Pacific University Undergradate Philosophy Conference, April 2008.____________________

In April of 2008, two PPL students presented papers at Pacific University's Undergraduate Philosophy Conference in Oregon. Scarlett Andrews and MeaghanGandy wrote their papers in Dr. Eric Thomas Weber's Honors 101 course in the fall of 2007, taught in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. Click here for more information on the students' presentation. The department of Public Policy Leadership supported the students' travel to and from the conference. We are proud of these students' early success.

Photo of Meaghan Gandy, presenting her paper at the conference in Oregon in April of 2008.On left: Meaghan Gandy.
Photo of Scarlett Andrews, presenting her paper at the conference in Oregon in April of 2008.On right: Scarlett Andrews.
On upper right Scarlett and Meaghan enjoying PacificUniversity's lovely campus.

Also, Scarlett Andrews has been awarded the Rose Bui Scholarship "in recognition of academic excellence." Congratulations, Scarlett!


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Four Oustanding Freshmen Awarded 2011 Lott Leadership Scholarships

Lott Scholars



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Six Oustanding Freshmen Awarded 2010 Lott Leadership Scholarships

Lott Scholars

The 2010 Lott scholars are (from left to right): Zachary Grossenbacher, Daniel Roberts, Courtney Washington, Gabrielle Barrientos, Vinod Kannuthurai, and Matthew McDonald.


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Six Oustanding Freshmen Awarded 2009 Lott Leadership Scholarships

Lott Scholars

The 2009 Lott scholars are (from left to right): Charles "Justin" Sanders of Madison, Molly Hunter Harris of East Greenwich, R.I., Hunter Owen Nicholson of Brandon, Sarah Key Robinson of Brandon, Morgan Renee Carter of Pascagoula and Charles Shelby "CJ" Jenkins of Oxford. See the full story here.


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Four Oustanding Freshmen Awarded 2008 Lott Leadership Scholarships

Lott Scholars

The 2008 Lott scholars are (from left to right): Caleb Herod of Abbeville, Mary Allen Langford of Atlanta, Nathan Dye of Jackson, and Kaylen Addison of Purvis. See the full story here.


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Summer Internships

Many students in our department have been chosen for exciting internships. We list here only a few examples of the great opportunities that our students have pursued.


Katherine Kilroy, Public Policy Leadership major.Katherine Kilroy sent us this update about her summer internship and experience in 2009: "I have been interning for Senator Christopher Bond, of Missouri, in his downtown Kansas City office.  They have put me to work on multiple projects, some of which include, researching grants as well as researching projects of health care policies.  As of now, my mom and I are planning to travel to Honduras in late July.  I applied to a spanish cultural and language immersion program there and my days will be spent taking spanish classes in the morning and  teaching orphans to speak english in the afternoon."


In the summer of 2009, Taylor McGraw is interning with USA Today. For an example of Taylor's work, see his co-authored article, "Banks can tap Social Security to cover bounced-check fees," from June 4th. On June 23rd, USA Today published his piece, "Newport County, R.I.: Luxury market has uptick in interest." Taylor has had the following to say about his experience.

Taylor McGraw, Public Policy Leadership major"Today starts my third week at the USA TODAY, and I have already had several adventures. My first day I was out in the housing projects in the Bronx interviewing people about Sonia Sotomayor, who grew up there. Yesterday I was on the red carpet at the Tony awards, and last week I was at a discussion on sustainability with a panel that included Al Gore. So I have not been short on assignments. I am currently working on a few articles of my own that will hopefully run sometime this month.

"I am staying at a dorm at NYU and have met some interesting people there. Most are rising seniors doing internships in the city. I have been pleased with my accommodations – I am really in a great area in lower Manhattan about halfway between Union Square and Washington Square. I’m 1-for-3 in chess against the hustlers who set up boards in the parks, but at least I know when to quit. I am going to a Yankees game tonight for the first time."


Elizabeth Joseph.Elizabeth Joseph sent us the following message about her exciting opportunities in 2009 before her internship:

"As a student in the Public Policy Leadership program, I enjoy studying and analyzing policy and the inner workings of government.  I am interested in policy formulation and advising and how it not only affects the legislative and executive branches of government, but also the way outside groups work to make positive changes and bring about certain actions from the government. 

"For two weeks, I will be working with the lobbyists at Balch and Bingham LLP so that I can learn about and better understand the lobbying side of the policy process.  This firm lobbies for national security, energy, and transportation issues, which will be especially interesting as the new presidential administration makes policy changes that affect these specific areas of focus.  I am also interning at Kemp Partners, a political and business consulting firm founded by former Congressman and Cabinet Secretary Jack Kemp.  At Kemp Partners, I will be reporting on current legislative issues, conducting business development research, and attending Congressional committee hearings as well as press conferences. Through the Kemp Partners internship, I will be able to understand yet another side of the policy process—how and why policies are conceived, written, and then presented."

Upon completing her internship, Elizabeth had the follow to report:

"I spent the summer of 2009 interning in Washington, D.C.  I worked with the lobbyists at Balch and Bingham LLP.  During this two-week internship, I wrote and submitted a proposal calling for a statewide sidewalks construction initiative as a response to Governor Haley Barbour's request for ideas for how to use Mississippi's allottment of stimulus funds.  I also interned at Kemp Partners/Whitmer and Worrall for the remainder of the summer where I attended Congressional committee hearings and researched current legislative issues.  It was an incredible learning experience and the best summer of my life!"    

Congratulations, Elizabeth!


Scarlett Andrews had the following to report about the internship she lined up for the summer of 2008:

"This summer, I will be interning with Congressman Lincoln Davis of TN. He is a Representative (D) of the 4th District of TN. I will be working Monday through Friday at his office on Capitol Hill. I will hold this position May 26-June 27. I am very excited to be able to see firsthand what type of work goes on behind the scenes in Congress, as well as talking to Congressman Davis and others about their positions. Because the political process is so complex, I hope to come away with a better understanding of how the
system works. This will be helpful to me in my future endeavors, whether I choose to work in the government or not. Of course, I am also thrilled to experience Washington, D.C. for a month. It will be challenging to go by myself, but I plan to seek many exciting experiences while I am there and become a stronger, smarter person."


After her freshman year in the department of PPL, Hope Merrell held an internship for the summer of 2008 with the Gulf Restoration Network.  She worked on the Save Our Cypress campaign in New Orleans in the month of July and the early part of August.


Rachel Willis, PPL major, with Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee.Sophomore Rachel Willis spent the summer of 2008 working as a Campaign Intern for U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn (TN-7). Rachel explained that the work included "attending fundraisers and campaign events, walking doors in the GOTV effort, and monitoring polls." In 2009, she is working with Congresswoman Blackburn again. On her experience in 2009, Rachel writes that "This summer I am interning [again] with Congressman Marsha Blackburn, TN-07 in her D.C. office.  This internship is providing me with the opportunity to experience first-hand what goes on in a Congressional Office. My tasks include corresponding with consituents, assisting the Legislative Assistants with research in policy areas, and attending Congressional hearings, markups, and floor sessions. Congressman Blackburn is on the Energy and Commerce Committee, so much of the research I will be doing this summer will focus on the Cap and Trade bill and Health Care issues."

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Public Policy Leadership majors who have been selected to participated in the Lott Leadership Exchange program, heading to South Korea in the summer of 2008.Lott Leadership Exchange Program to South Korea

The Lott Leadership Exchange Program is an opportunity exclusively for rising sophomores who display academic and community leadership. Students will be heading to Konkuk University, founded in 1946, one of the leading private universities in South Korea.  It is located in Seoul, the capital city with a population of more than 10 million people. The Lott Leadership Exchange Program with Konkuk University will be a dynamic and fulfilling opportunity to explore South Korean culture and business with a diverse group of peers. For more information on South Korea, click here.

A group of PPL majors has recently been selected forparticipation in the exchange program. Study Abroad Office at the University of Mississippi

In the photo from left to right are instructor, Kenneth Townsend, Alex McLelland, Scarlett Andrews, Matthew Henry, Rachel Willis, Rob Hamilton, Emelia Wilson, Trey Nordan, Sarah Rogers, Katie Watson, and Chelsea Caveny.

For more information on this program and the various study abroad programs available through the University of Mississippi, click here.

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Katie Watson, PPL Major.Freshman Selected for National Honors Society

Katie Watson, freshman PPL major, has been selected to serve as President of Alpha Lambda Delta at Ole Miss, an honors society for freshmen. 
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Public Policy Leadership Students Head to the Conventions!

Click here to learn about Claire Graves, Jake McGraw, Brent Caldwell, and Nickolaus Luckett, who split up to head to the Democratic and the Republican conventions this fall. Click on the photo below or here for a story about these students and their trip.

PPL Students Head to Conventions

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Student Debate in '08

Members of the College Republicans and the College Democrats organized a student debate, held on September 4th, 2008, with the help of Dr. Eric Thomas Weber. PPL student Brent Caldwell led the College Democrats team, and PPL student Tyler Craft led the College Republicans. Weber moderated the event with the support of Drs. Melissa Bass, David Rutherford, and Christian Sellar in preparing the debate questions. Click here for a press release describing the lead up to the event, click here. For the Daily Mississippian's article on the debate event, click here.
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Debate News and Our Students' Exposure

The news coverage of Public Policy Leadership majors is too vast to list right away. A few links are possible to post quickly. Here is a CNN article featuring our students, and here is a New York Times article including several of our students as well (see the picture slideshow). We'll post more as these instances of our students' engagement and exposure as they are collected.



Some Exciting Past Events

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Keith Hennessey, Economic Advisor to President Bush, Meets with Students

On October 31st of 2008, PPL students had the opportunity to have lunch with Keith Hennessey. Mr. Hennessey is "Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council (NEC)" (NEC Web site). Our students and Director Hennessey discussed the state of the economy and measures that are in development for addressing it.

Director Hennessey is on right, with Dr. Kees Gispen to his left.
Director Hennessey is on right, with Dr. Kees Gispen to his left. (Photographs by Dr. David Rutherford).


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Senators Trent Lott and Tom Daschle, discussing the subject of Senate leadership at Ole Miss on September 21st, 2007.Senators Lott and Daschle

On September 21st, 2007, students in the department of Public Policy Leadership had the opportunity to have lunch with these two American leaders, after which an open forum was held for the discussion of bipartisanship, leadership, and public policy.

We were also fortunate to have a number of surprise visitors, including Senator Bill Nelson of Florida, Governor Haley Barbour, and former Governor William Winter.

Click here to learn more about this recent event, and to see photos of it. 


Dr. Josef Joffe, author of Überpower.Invited International Scholar

Josef Joffe, author of Überpower, visited Ole Miss on September 27th, 2007, gave a public lecture, and met with students in the department of Public Policy Leadership as well. 

Joffe is publisher-editor of the German weekly Die Zeit. Previously he was columnist / editorial page editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung (1985-2000).

His essays and reviews have appeared in: New York Review of Books, New York Times Book Review, Times Literary Supplement, Commentary, New York Times Magazine, New Republic, Weekly Standard, Prospect (London).

His second career has been in academia. A visiting professor of political science at Stanford since 2004, he was Payne Distinguished Lecturer there in 1999/2000. He is also Distinguished Fellow of the Institute for International Studies and Abramowitz Fellow of the Hoover Institution, both at Stanford. In 1990/91 he taught at Harvard, where he is also an Associate of the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies. He was Visiting Lecturer at Dartmouth (2002),  Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School (1989 and Professorial Lecturer at the Johns Hopkins (SAIS) in 1982-1984. He has taught at the University of Munich and the Salzburg Seminar.

His most recent book is Überpower: America’s Imperial Temptation (2006). His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, International Security, The American Interest and Foreign Policy as well as in professional journals in Germany, Britain and France. He is the author of The Limited Partnership: Europe, the United States and the Burdens of Alliance, co-author of Eroding Empire: Western Relations With Eastern Europe, author of The Future of International Politics: The Great Powers (1998).

He serves on a number of international boards and has received numerous awards. He obtained his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard. (Quoted from "Speaker of the Times").