December 2009

Message from the Director...

This has been an especially productive and satisfying year for the staff and faculty of the Wilson Center. The support that we have received from students, alumni, and friends of the college has been extraordinary. Be assured that we do not take this support for granted. In appreciation for the assistance that we have received from our many benefactors, the staff and faculty of the Center will be making a donation to the National Military Family Association. We could think of no better way to thank our benefactors than to honor them with a gift to another very worthy cause. Before closing, I wish to thank everyone who has completed the survey that was distributed two weeks ago. We already have received many valuable suggestions for improving our programs and publications. The deadline for completing the survey is January 7 (the link appears below). Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a rewarding new year!

David E. Marion

Wilson Center Survey...

If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to complete this very short survey. Responses are due by January 7. CLICK THIS LINK:

Upcoming events...

  • Tuesday, January 26, 2010: The Military Leadership initiation dinner will feature guest speaker Col. Douglas A. MacGregor, Ph.D (U.S.A. ret). Many events are on tap for second semester, including a spring conference on the 65th anniversary of the end of WWII.

Recent events...
  • The 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall was commemorated with a panel discussion on November 10. Participating in the well-attended program were: Dr. James Y. Simms, Jr., moderator; Dr. Caroline Emmons (Fulbright Scholar, Slovakia); Dr. Dirk Johnson (Professor of German); Dr. James Pontuso (Fulbright Scholar, Czech Republic); and Dr. Salif Traore (Graduate Studies, Moscow State University).
  • On November 19, a large audience attended a presentation ("Neither Red nor Blue: The 2009 Elections and the New Politics of the Old Dominion") by Dr. Mark J. Rozell, noted political commentator and Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University.
  • On Saturday, November 21, the Wilson Center hosted an informal Cookout and Open House in conjunction with the H-SC vs. Johns Hopkins playoff football game.
  • Public Service Senior research presentations were made at the Wilson Center on November 23. This was followed with a dessert reception.
  • On Tuesday, December 1, the Center hosted a panel on Afghanistan ("What Should the U.S. Policy Be in Afghanistan?"). Participants included Lt. General Samuel V. Wilson (USA ret.), Lt. Rucker Snead '81 (USA ret) and Dr. Warner R. Winborne '88, Dr. James Y. Simms, Jr. (moderator). Later in the evening, the Center provided snacks at the Tiger Inn while faculty, staff and students watched President Obama's policy speech on Afghanistan.
  • The Wilson Center hosted an Ice Cream Social/Study Break on Thursday, December 10 for available students, staff and faculty of the Wilson Center.
Lt. Gen. Wilson, M. McFarland '11, K. Simon '11, J.B. Potter '11, Max
Lt. General Samuel V. Wilson and Max, with several students
who came by for a study break on December 10.
(Students, l - r: Matt McFarland '11 (Hampden-Sydney Tiger),
Ken Simon '11 (Military Leadership), & J.B. Potter '11 (Public Service)

UPLS in Good Hands...

UPLS held elections for the spring 2010 semester. The leaders are as follows:
  • President: Bryan Scott Vanetten '10 - Public Service Program
  • 1st Reviewer: Kenneth Simon '11 - Military Leadership/National Security Studies Program
  • 2nd Reviewer: Christopher Turpin '12 - Military Leadership/National Security Studies Program
  • Clerk: Neil Smith '12
  • Treasurer: Kyle Alexander Martin '10 - Public Service Program

Alumni (and future alumni) news...
  • Dr. Carter Morris '66, PhD is the Director of Information Sharing and Knowledge Management in the Office of Intelligence and Analysis in the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Maj. M. Anderson Sale, Jr. '93 is currently serving as assistant Army Attaché in Manila, Philippines. He recently completed his Master's Degree through the National Defense Intelligence College.
  • Chris Kurowski '98 is the Joint Warfare Analysis Center's representative to the U.S Department of State and USAID.
  • Mark Finelli '98 is now the Arizona State Captain at Vets for Freedom.
  • Martin Sullivan '08 (Public Service Program) has been appointed to the Coastal Region Metropolitan Planning Organization Citizens Advisory Committee.
  • Adam Stephenson '09 (Public Service Program) has returned from two months in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he taught English, math, music, and sport to K-1 students in school, and tutored high students in English and math in a orphanage. He was there through the auspices of "Cherokee Gives Back," the charitable arm of a Raleigh investment firm.
The Wilson Center The Wilson Center
Adam Stephenson '09 in Ethiopia

Reading List...

As things slow down during the Holiday period, it will be a good time to do some reading to recharge the intellectual batteries. Here are four books that you may want to check out dealing with various areas of interest in the public policy and leadership development arena.
  • RIVALS How the Power Struggle Between China, India, and Japan Will Shape Our Next Decade by Bill Emmott - Emmott, the former Editor in Chief of the Economist "argues that the three Asian powers are closely intertwined by their fierce competition for influence, markets and resources."
  • TRANSFORMING A COLLEGE The Story of a Little-Known College's Strategic Climb to National Distinction by George Keller - Keller, using Elon University as a case study, "examines the decisions made by Elon's administration, trustees, and faculty to transform a school with a limited endowment into a top regional university." Perhaps there are some lessons to learn here as we contemplate our next strategic plan for the future of Hampden-Sydney.
  • WARRIOR POLITICS Why Leadership Demands a Pagan Ethos by Robert D. Kaplan - Kaplan returns to the Classics and "extracts the best wisdom of the ages for modern leaders who are faced with the complex life-and-death challenges of today's world. Replete with maxims, warnings, examples from history, and shrewd recommendations, Warrior Politics wrests from the past the lessons we need to arm ourselves for the present" and the future.
  • THE ASCENT OF MONEY A Financial History of the World by Nial Ferguson - Ferguson "shows that finance is in fact the foundation of human progress. What's more, he reveals financial history as the essential backstory behind all history." As we try to understand today's economy, Ferguson offers some fascinating insights into our past and what it may mean for our future.
  • If you get some new books as presents or have some books that you recommend to newsletter subscribers, please let us know. We will be happy to share them in subsequent Newsletters. Good Reading and Enjoy the holidays!