St. Edward's University Magazine Winter 2014
In this issue of St. Edward’s University Magazine: We follow Samir Ashrawi ’77, MBA ’93 from Jerusalem to Austin and Assistant Professor of Management Gary Pletcher to Honduras. Students give us the best advice they’ve gotten from their professors. And we bring you a photo essay of the John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center–South.
TA K E O N YO U R W O R L D Power Players Students from St. Edward’s University are getting an inside look at how Washington works. Washington, D.C., can feel like the center of everything, full of movers and shakers making big decisions and changing the fate of the world. As a newcomer, it can feel like everyone knows everybody, and you’re on the outside. That’s where The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars comes in. The center helps students find full-time internships in the D.C. area and provides housing while they’re there. Interns also take a class, complete a civic-engagement project and attend a speaker series during their time in the capital. Additionally, the center helps them connect with an expert in their field. Since 2010, 16 students from St. Edward’s have taken part in The Washington Center’s internship program, thanks to efforts by the university’s Career Services office to generate applications. That interconnectivity in D.C. is reflected in the ties among the students at St. Edward’s who have completed internships there. We spoke to a few of them about what their time at The Washington Center meant for them. — Lauren Liebowitz BRENT JOHNSON ’12 Major: Political Science When: Summer 2011 Internship: Kieloch Consulting What he’s doing now: Member of the Membership and Development team of Voices for Progress in D.C.; graduated with a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University “I’ve always been interested in politics and policy — any of my friends will tell you that I’m a political nerd. [The internship] illustrated to me how policy and politics work together to produce the type of meaningful social change that I care so much about.” LE’DARRION ALLEN ’13 Major: Criminal Justice When: Fall 2011 Internship: Office of the Attorney General What he’s doing now: Special projects coordinator and advisor for the Multicultural Leadership Board at St. Edward’s; applying to Air Force Officer Training School “Being at The Washington Center for a full semester required a lot of hard work, but it was worth it. I was considering different career paths. I was really interested in law, but after interviewing a court clerk, I realized I was more interested in military law. I’m now hoping to serve as an officer in the Air Force. The Washington Center was a turning point in my career aspirations.” KYLE GREEN ’11 Major: Global Studies When: Summer 2011 Internship: Peace Corps What he’s doing now: Senior program coordinator at The Washington Center “My internship gave me a level of confidence and professionalism that I had not tapped into while on campus. It also taught me a lot about what I enjoy doing — building and sustaining institutional relationships, which is exactly what I do at The Washington Center.” 10 ST. EDWARD’S UNIVERSITY