Wilson Center Newsletter

December 2011 Volume 5 Issue 12

Christmas Card A Message from Dr. David Marion
Director of Academic Programs

   Happy Holidays and best Wishes for a Joyous New Year!


To say that 2011 was an exceptional year for the Wilson Center would be an understatement.  Thanks to the generous support of alumni and friends, the year that is drawing to a close has been one of our most exciting and productive.   The newly renovated and expanded Center has been a beehive of activity this fall, including evening and weekend programs for both students and alumni.  The Center sponsored or co-sponsored more than fifty programs and workshops this year, including a successful spring conference on the civic and educational mission of Hampden-Sydney College, a town meeting with Congressman Robert Hurt, the 2011 Alumni College, a 10th Anniversary 9/11 Program, a collaborative fall symposium on Shakespeare's Henry V, and a special 70th anniversary Pearl Harbor program.   Wilson Center speakers included General Stanley McChrystal, former HSC President Josiah Bunting, noted Shakespearean Scholar Dr. Paul Cantor, former U.S. Senator Paul Trible, Mark Suzman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, New York Times journalist and author Eric Schmitt, and General Patrick Finnegan, President of Longwood University. 

I am pleased to be able to report that a record number of students are currently enrolled in the national security studies and public service minors as well as the Freshman Leadership Program.  Wilson Center students interned last summer with the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, the National Academy for Public Administration, the United States Fulbright Office in Prague, La Fundacion Mujer in Costa Rica, and United Way Worldwide, among other places.  Looking ahead, our students are actively pursuing internships with the Department of State, the Agency for International Development (US AID), and the Defense Intelligence Agency for next summer.  On the administrative side, we were delighted to welcome Dr. Dale Jones to our team in July and look forward to reuniting with Dr. Curtis Smith who completes his stint as interim Director of the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville on December 30. 


Let me close with an expression of deep gratitude for the generous support that we have received from our many benefactors.  The faculty and staff of the Wilson Center extend warm holiday greetings to alumni, students and friends of the Center whose commitment and support were critical to the many achievements of this past year.





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