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The Jepson Update

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

The Jepson Update

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

The Jepson Update

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

The Jepson Update

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

From the Dean

Happy new year! I’m particularly excited about the start of a new semester at the Jepson School, because after a hiatus of several years, I am back in the classroom. It is a joy to teach leadership studies and economics again to a group of enthusiastic juniors and seniors. Yesterday, we interrogated Mandeville’s Grumbling Hive, one of the first “invisible hand” metaphors to emerge in economic thought.

I’m also excited to be teaching in our new ethics suite. The state-of-the-art classroom was finished as part of a major renovation designed to better support our faculty and students, and I can now attest, from experience, to its beauty and utility.

Meanwhile, I look forward to our EDGE Institute on Feb. 17-18. Some 70 alumni will return to campus to conduct workshops with Jepson School students who are preparing for their summer internships. EDGE is the signature program of our Jepson Alumni Corps.

Finally, we are about halfway to our fundraising goal for our Profile-Raising Initiative, and I look forward to seeing that come to fruition.

Please enjoy this newsletter and know that we are grateful for all your support.


Sandra J. Peart
Dean, Jepson School of Leadership Studies
University of Richmond

Reunion Weekend and Alumni Awards

Save the date for Reunion Weekend 2019, May 31 - June 2! Jepson School alumni who graduated in 1994 (our first class of graduates!), 1999, 2004, 2009, and 2014 will want to participate in the special events the University is hosting for these classes. 

Now is the time to nominate Jepson School alumni who have exhibited exemplary qualities of professional achievement, scholarly achievement, and/or community or public service. The Jepson School will recognize these alumni during Reunion Weekend. Stay tuned for details on other ways the Jepson School will celebrate #SpiderReunion. 

Ethics Suite

The renovation of Jepson Hall 120, which transformed an auditorium into an ethics suite, finished on schedule. This semester, the Jepson School is holding 21 weekly class sessions in the state-of-the-art classroom, which features three large screens to facilitate collaborative learning. 

The suite, which also includes four offices and a small conference room, provides a dedicated space for the study of leadership ethics.  

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Crystal Hoyt named Association for Psychological Science Fellow

The Association for Psychological Science (APS) named Jepson School professor Crystal Hoyt to its 2018 class of fellows in recognition of her sustained, outstanding contributions to the science of psychology. Hoyt's receipt of such an honor from a prestigious international organization will come as no suprise to the countless UR undergraduate students she has taught, including nearly 100 she has mentored in their research endeavors.

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Julian Hayter influences monumental debate

In Richmond, Virginia, where five prominent Confederate monuments line Monument Avenue, Jepson School professor Julian Hayter finds himself at the heart of one of our nation’s most public debates. But Hayter has never shied away from raising his voice. To him, the statues that line Monument Avenue are much more than metal, they’re an embodiment of racial inequality and a history of segregation.

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Tim Bezbatchenko, '04, named president of pro soccer club

Tim Bezbatchenko, '04, has applied his leadership studies degree to a successful career in the world of professional soccer. A former midfielder for University of Richmond and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, he was recently named president of the Columbus Crew Soccer Club in Ohio. 

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