Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS
NEW SENATORS MEET NEW CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS
General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was the guest at a dinner discussion held on Monday, November 7, 2011, in the U.S. Capitol. The event, one of a series led by Senator Jack Reed and Senator Roger Wicker, brings together leaders of the military and first-term Senators and is part of the Stennis Center’s ongoing Civil-Military Leadership Program. The discussion covered a wide-range of national security issues that are currently under consideration in Washington.
SOUTHERN WOMEN IN PUBLIC SERVICE: OKLAHOMA ROUNDTABLE
A bipartisan group of women leaders from Oklahoma gathered on October 28-29, 2011 in Norman, Oklahoma Norman to discuss the progress women have made in breaking down barriers and the efforts needed to continue to strengthen women’s leadership in politics. The Stennis Center partnered with the Women’s Leadership Initiative of the Carl Albert Center for Congressional Research and Studies at the University of Oklahoma.
STENNIS FELLOWS HOLD ROUNDTABLE
The Stennis Congressional Staff Fellows held their first roundtable discussion on Monday, October 31, 2011 at the National Archives. The 112th Congress Fellows are looking at how Congress can move beyond polarization in order to best serve the American people. This session was devoted to examining the history of polarization in the Congress and the Fellows discussed the topic with former U.S. Representative Mickey Edwards, Emory University Professor Alan Abramowitz, and University of Texas (Austin) Professor Sean Theriault. Future roundtables are planned to focus on other aspects of the polarization issue.
CONNECTING CARRIERS AND CONGRESS
U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia met with Commander Randy Van Rossum with Naval Reactors (left) and the Prospective Commanding Officer of the USS CARL VINSON, Captain Kent “Torch” Whalen (right), as part of the Stennis Center’s program Connecting Carriers and Congress. The program brings the Prospective Commanding Officers of the nuclear aircraft carriers, who are in Washington, DC for a five-week nuclear refresher course, to Capitol Hill for an opportunity to develop mutual understanding between civilian leaders in Congress and the main Fleet units. The USS VINSON (CVN 70) is the third U.S. Navy Nimitz class supercarrier and is named after Carl Vinson, a former congressman from Georgia.
USS CARL VINSON LEADERSHIP WINNERS IN D.C.
The 2011 USS CARL VINSON leadership award winners, their captain and spouses were in the nation's capital October 23-26 as part of the Stennis Center's Aircraft Carrier Leadership Awards Program. Included in their activities were visits to the Pentagon, The Washington Navy Yard, where they met with Admiral Kirk Donald, Director, Navy Nuclear Propulsion, and the U.S. Capitol, where they visited the offices of several Members of Congress and toured the U.S. Senate chamber.
CONGRESS TO CAMPUS PROGRAM SENDS FORMER MEMBERS TO COLLEGES
Former Congressmen David R. Minge (D-MN) and Peter Torkildsen (R-MA) visited students at Millersville University in Pennsylvania on October 2-4, 2011 as part of the Congress to Campus program.
SENATORS MEET WITH COLIN POWELL
A dinner discussion was held on Monday, September 19, 2011 as part of the Stennis Center’s ongoing Civil-Military Leadership Program, which brings together leaders of the military and civil leaders in our government. This event was part of a series led by Senators Jack Reed and Roger Wicker and is aimed at freshman Members of the Senate. The discussion at Monday night's dinner with General Colin Powell included topics such as America's position in today's changing world and the impact of a changing budget situation on the military.
STENNIS FELLOWS CONDUCT DIALOGUE RETREAT
The 112th Congress Stennis Fellows met at the National Conservation Training Center near Shepherdstown, West Virginia September 16-17 to explore more effective usage of dialogue as a leadership tool on Capitol Hill. The bipartisan and bicameral group of Congressional staff leaders is exploring the theme of Moving beyond Political Polarization: How Can Congress Best Serve the Nation in the Coming Decade? as they work together in a series of roundtable sessions and retreats.
STENNIS NOVICE TOURNAMENT A SUCCESS!
The John C. Stennis Novice Speech and Debate Tournament took place September 9-10, 2011 on the campus of Mississippi State University. The unique feature of the competition is that only high school students who have never debated can participate. The annual tournament began in 1995.
STENNIS FELLOWS HAVE FIRST MEETING
The Stennis Fellows of the 112th Congress gathered on July 25 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. for their opening session. Later in the week, they visited the USS JOHN C. STENNIS aircraft carrier off the coast of San Diego.