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The Jepson Update

A newsletter for alumni and friends of the Jepson School • Fall 2019

The Jepson Update

A newsletter for alumni and friends of the Jepson School • Fall 2019

The Jepson Update

A newsletter for alumni and friends of the Jepson School • Fall 2019

The Jepson Update

A newsletter for alumni and friends of the Jepson School • Fall 2019

From the Dean

Interest in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies is greater than ever! Whether that’s because of the local, national, or international challenges we face today or because our faculty and staff are inspiring and welcoming, we are excited that this fall we received a record number of applications to the School. We keep pushing our students to think critically, make decisions effectively, and improve their world.

Our faculty continue to publish at an outsized rate, serve and lead in the public sphere, and use innovative, highly effective teaching practices.

In addition to learning from our stellar faculty, Jepson School students can interact with our leaders-in-residence, participate in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, pursue leadership opportunities both in and out of the School, network with alumni mentors, attend our speaker series, and receive support for a University of Oxford master’s degree. All these opportunities enable them to put leadership studies into practice.

Keep up with all that is going on in the School with this Jepson Update—and enjoy!




Sandra J. Peart
Dean, Jepson School of Leadership Studies
E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Professor in Leadership Studies
University of Richmond

Homecoming Brunch with the Dean

Catch up with Jepson School classmates and professors while enjoying delicious food at the Dean's Homecoming Brunch, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, in Jepson Hall! The complimentary brunch is our way of thanking our generous Jepson alumni and friends for exceeding the School's fundraising goals during the first annual UR Here Day of Giving.

Register today for brunch and other Homecoming activities. 

Alumnae Recognized for Service

At Reunion Weekend, the Jepson School recognized two alumnae who are leaders in helping people in crisis. Psychiatrist Stephanie Eken Sander, '97, received the School's Alumni Award for her clinical work on obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. Paige Wigginton, '09, received the School's Tenth-Year Reunion Recognition Award for her work providing crisis support to students at University of Pennsylvania, where she is associate director of special services. 

Read more. 

Jepson Faculty Recognized at Colloquy

Jepson faculty shone at Colloquy, the University of Richmond's annual celebratory event marking the beginning of the academic year. 

Associate professor of leadership studies Javier Hidalgo received UR's Distinguished Educator Award, while three other Jepson faculty members received appointments to endowed positions. 

Read more. 

Volunteer for the Jepson EDGE Institute

Share your time, talents, and professional experience with current leadership studies students by assisting with planning or facilitating the 2020 Jepson EDGE Institute, scheduled from 11:30 a.m.- 6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16, in Jepson Hall. Last year, 85 alumni helped out. Let’s keep the momentum going!

Complete an on-line interest form by Monday, Oct. 21. And don’t let concerns about travel expenses keep you away. Thanks to a generous donation, some funds are now available to defray the costs of traveling to campus to participate in EDGE. Contact Dr. Kerstin Soderlund to learn more.

Inaugural Jepson Scholar Pursues Master's at University of Oxford

This fall, inaugural Jepson Scholar Sabrina Escobar Miranda, '19, is studying the culture and society of her native El Salvador in a master's program at the University of Oxford. Read her story. 

A generous gift by Jepson School benefactors Robert S. Jepson Jr., B'64, GB'75, H'87, and Alice Andrews Jepson created the Jepson Scholars Program, which provides up to three scholarships annually for graduating Jepson School seniors to pursue a one-year master's degree program at the University of Oxford. Read about the Jepson Scholars Program. 

Alumni Mentoring

In 2017, Washingtonian Magazine named Aaron Graham, '02, to its list of "40 under 40" leaders for his leadership of social ministries that tackle foster care and affordable housing in the nation's capital. Recently, the founder and lead pastor of The District Church, a large, interdenominational congregation in Washington, D.C., mentored Timothy "Tee" Feyrer, '18, in Christian ministry.

Now Feyrer, who has started working at Redeemer Anglican Church in Richmond, will visit campus to minister to University of Richmond students.  

Read more. 

The Jepson Leadership Forum

The 2019-20 Jepson Leadership Forum, "Digital Dystopias: Truth and Representation in the Internet Age," explores the benefits, pitfalls, and challenges facing the next generation as it navigates an online world. Join us in person or via livestream when available. Learn more. 

Check out the Marshall Center Lecture series as well. Upcoming speakers will discuss the decline of statesmanship in the U.S. Senate, tolerance and civility, and the contributions of abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Learn more.

Reunion Weekend 2019
Rose Wynn, '14, center, chats with former classmates.
Colette Connor, '04, center, shares a laugh.
Raegan Morris, '99, right, catches up with friends.
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Jepson School of Leadership Studies
221 Richmond Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

General Information:

Phone: (804) 289-8008
Fax: (804) 287-6062