Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS
Senator Randy Head Receives Harold Keller Award
Indiana State Senator Randy Head received the Harold Keller Public Service Leadership Award from Rex Buffington on June 20, 2013 at the National Student Congress in Birmingham, Alabama. The award was established by the Stennis Center to honor the long-time leader of the Stennis Student Congress, Harold C. Keller, a speech and debate coach from Davenport, Iowa. The award goes to a current public servant who was active in Student Congress while in high school. At the 1987 National Congress, Head was elected outstanding representative in House 4, subsequently advancing to the Championship Session.
Remembering Lindy Boggs (1916-2013)
The Stennis Center pays tribute to Lindy Boggs. Mrs. Boggs, a former ambassador to the Holy See and the first woman elected to Congress from Louisiana, was a trailblazer for women in politics. She retired from Congress in 1990, and was an original member of the Stennis Center’s Board of Trustees. Mrs. Boggs encouraged the Stennis Center, who mission is to promote public service, to initiate a program to increase women’s political leadership in the South. Thus was born the Southern Women in Public Service conference in 1991 and subsequent efforts of the Stennis Center to promote women’s leadership, including 2013’s NEW Leadership Mississippi program with the Center for American Women and Politics. In 1995, the Stennis Center created the Lindy Boggs Award to honor outstanding women leaders in the South. For more on the life and legacy of Mrs. Boggs, visit the sites below.
Mississippi N.E.W. Leadership
The Stennis Center and Mississippi University for Women (MUW) held the inaugural Mississippi N.E.W. Leadership on May 20-24, 2013 on the MUW campus in Columbus, Miss. N.E.W. Leadership is a national bi-partisan program from the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University designed to educate college women about the political process and teach them to become effective leaders. The program brought together 33 women from universities and colleges across Mississippi to encourage them to pursue leadership in public service.
USS LINCOLN Sailors Presented With Stennis Center Leadership Award
Three Sailors from the aircraft carrier USS LINCOLN (CVN 72) were presented with the Stennis Center Leadership Awards during a ceremony held in Norfolk, Virginia on April 27, 2013. The Stennis Center presents these awards annually to individuals who have shown remarkable leadership abilities and have exhibited exemplary performance in their U.S. Navy career.
USS ENTERPRISE Award Winners Visit DC
The leadership award winners from the USS ENTERPRISE aircraft carrier and their families visited Washington, DC on March 21-22, 2013 as part of the Stennis Center’s Aircraft Carrier Leadership Awards Program. They are pictured here at the Pentagon with Admiral James A. "Sandy" Winnefeld, Jr., Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Rex Buffington, director of the Stennis Center.
Nimitz Sailors Presented With Stennis Center Leadership Award
Three Sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) were presented with the Stennis Center Leadership Award during an awards ceremony held near Seattle, Washington on February 21, 2013. The Stennis Center presents these awards annually to individuals who have shown remarkable leadership abilities and have exhibited exemplary performance in their U.S. Navy career. See the full story here.
PALM BEACH STATE HOSTS CONGRESS TO CAMPUS
Former Congressmen Dennis Hertel (D-MI) and Bob Walker (R-PA) visited on February 17-19, 2013 with students from Palm Beach State College as part of the Congress to Campus program. This program, co-sponsored by the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress, brings a bipartisan pair of former Members of Congress to college campuses to discuss with students how Congress works and the value of public service.
STENNIS CENTER HOSTS CONGRESSIONAL LUNCHEON FOR STUDENTS AT INAUGURATION
On January 22, 2013, the Stennis Center hosted a luncheon at the U.S. Capitol for the Stennis Montgomery Association, a group of politically active students at Mississippi State University. The students came to Washington, D.C. for the presidential inauguration. Members of the Mississippi congressional delegation and Mississippians on congressional staffs attended the luncheon with the students.
USS EISENHOWER Award Winners Visit DC
The leadership award winners from the USS EISENHOWER aircraft carrier met with U.S. Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island as part of their trip to Washington, DC on January 17, 2013.
STENNIS FELLOWS RELEASE FINAL REPORT ON CONGRESS
The 112th Congress Stennis Congressional Staff Fellows released a summary of highlights from their work together focused on the future of Congress as an institution of American democracy. The 30 staff leaders nominated by Members of Congress and selected by an independent committee as Stennis Fellows in the 112th Congress represent both parties and both chambers. Their summary, Moving Beyond Political Polarization: How Can Congress Best Serve the Nation in the Coming Decade, can be read here. For a list of Stennis Fellows, click here.
Stennis Fellows Final Report on Congress