The Archer Center Spotlight: June 2017
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News and Highlights

Bipartisanship 101 with Congressmen Will Hurd and Beto O'Rourke

This month, U.S. Representatives Will Hurd (TX-23) and Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) met with the Summer 2017 Graduate Fellows and Archer Fellow alumni to discuss congressional politics and bipartisanship. Graduate Fellows James Coviello (UT El Paso) and Jeremiah Rivera (UT San Antonio) attend universities that are in the members’ districts, and Graduate Fellow Claire Miller (UT Austin) is an intern in Representative Hurd’s office this summer. 

Experiential Learning with Vice Chancellor Bill Shute

UT System Vice Chancellor for Federal Relations Bill Shute kicked off his summer Graduate Fellow course, "Inside Washington: Policymaking from the Ground Up," this month. The course examines institutions and actors that inhabit the Washington, D.C., policy world, the processes by which ideas are translated into public policies and programs, and the challenges of working in a political environment. Although most of the classes meet at the Archer Center, the vice chancellor enjoys taking the cohort to locations outside the classroom. Earlier this month, on what turned out to be a balmy and breezy evening, he conducted a class on the National Mall, walking with students from the FDR Memorial to the Jefferson Memorial with a discussion of the Judicial Procedures Reform Bill of 1937. UT Arlington Graduate Fellow Aabiya Noman Baqai captured the photo below, reflecting that "an outdoor class by the Washington Monument about 'advocacy and the separation of powers' is the best kind of learning experience."

Summer Graduate Program 2017: Policy Roundtables

The Archer Center is hosting a series of roundtable discussions with policymakers and our Graduate Fellows on topics including federal oversight, national security, health policy and education policy. Thus far this month, Vanessa Allen Sutherland (Chairperson, U.S. Chemical Safety Board) and Christopher A. Hart (Member and former Chair, National Transportation Safety Board) discussed the roles their agencies play in ensuring public safety. Dr. Christopher Carney (Senior Specialist, National Aviation Intelligence Integration Office; former U.S. Representative from 2007-2011) discussed national security policy and aviation safety. He also shared some insights regarding health care policy, since he was a member of Congress when the Affordable Care Act was passed. As a Senate staffer in the 1970s, Dr. Marilyn Harris (Archer Center Advisory Board member) worked on the legislation to create the U.S. Department of Education as a separate agency. Her insider account of the political and policy challenges associated creating the Department provided context for a discussion with Judge Emilio Garza (retired, U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals) about the role the judiciary plays in implementing education policy.

Friends of the Archer Center Trust: Making an Impact

The Archer Center recognizes the generosity and dedication of the members of the Friends of the Archer Center Trust. The Trust provides vital financial support to the Archer Center and our students by funding special projects and student support initiatives unable to be funded through our annual operating budget.
2017-2018 Archer Center Trustees
Rebecca Anthony, Fall 2009 Archer Fellow
Omar Araiza, Fall 2011 Archer Fellow
​The Honorable Bill Archer
Sharon Archer
​Rick Archer
​Krupa Patel Bala, ​Fall 2007 Archer Fellow
​Arturo Barrio, Fall 2001 Archer Fellow
​Martha Bauman
​​Jim Bayless
Liz Bayless
Chris Bjornson
Austin Bonner, Spring 2002 Archer Fellow
Bob Borochoff
​Bud Brigham
Donald G. Carlson
Julia Carlson
Anne Clutterbuck
​Sidd Dadhich​, Fall 2011 Archer Fellow
Marisela Darmanin, Spring 2002 Archer Fellow
​Donna Steele Flynn
​Fred Funk
Sharon Archer Funk
Anna Bell Farrar Gall, Spring 2001 Archer Fellow
​​Melissa Gold
​Laura Gorecki, Summer 2013 Graduate Fellow
Ted Harpham
Marilyn Harris
Todd Hill, Spring 2010 Archer Fellow
Carolyn Hodges
Grace Huffman, Fall 2011 Archer Fellow
Murtuza Hussain, Spring 2012 Archer Fellow
​Aynsley Interiano
Gerardo Interiano
​​Bob Kay
​Susan Kay
Stephanie Linder
Rob Lively
​Tinia Lively
Cameron Krier Massey
​Allie Medack, Spring 2010 Archer Fellow
​Jorden Meneghetti, Fall 2016 Archer Fellow
Kat Murray
Stephen Myers, Fall 2005 Archer Fellow
Katie Naranjo, Fall 2007 Archer Fellow
​Gaven Norris, Fall 2009 Archer Fellow
Ashlee Pena, Summer 2016 Graduate Fellow
Hans Rickhoff
​Katie Romano
Miguel Romano
​Gordon Rooney, Fall 2008 Archer Fellow
Jenifer Sarver
​Scott Sawyer
​Shannon Sawyer
Bret Schenewerk, ​​Fall 2006 Archer Fellow
​Lucy Schram, ​Spring 2008 Archer Fellow
​​Claire Seitzman, Spring 2010 Archer Fellow
​Nathan Seitzman, Spring 2010 Archer Fellow
Linda Shepard
Alexis Simon, Fall 2010 Archer Fellow
​​Summer 2013 Graduate Fellows
Aaron Swerdlow
​Carter Tatum, Spring 2003 Archer Fellow
​TC Turner, Spring 2002 Archer Fellow
Benedict Voit, Fall 2006 Archer Fellow
​​Andy Von Eschenbach
​Madelyn Von Eschenbach
J. Tom Ward
Bill Wicker
​Walter Wukasch
​Molly Wurzer, Spring 2007 Archer Fellow

A Taste of Texas in Washington: Hill Country Barbecue Market

Hill Country Barbecue Market in Washington, D.C., provides comfort food to homesick Texans and others hungry for staples like slow-cooked brisket, sausage and longhorn cheddar mac ‘n cheese. Hill Country also provides generous support to the Archer Center by donating delicious meals for the Archer Fellows. "Hill Country provides one of the Archer Fellows' first meals in the District," said Cassie Saenz, Archer Center program coordinator, "and we like to think that it eases the transition of a semester away from home."

Special thanks to Hill Country and Christina Pinder, director of catering and events, for their contributions to the Archer Center!

Texans in D.C. Networking Event

The Archer Center and D.C. Texas Exes enjoyed hosting a Texas-sized networking event this month at Duffy’s Irish Pub. More than 150 Texans and honorary Texans were in attendance!

Archer Fellowship Program

Archer Center Hosts Archer Fellow Summer Orientation in Austin

The Archer Center held summer orientation for the incoming fall 2017 Archer Fellows the first weekend in June. On the first evening, the next class of Archer Fellows mixed and mingled with their cohort members, Archer Fellow alumni and members of the Archer Center Advisory Board at a welcome reception. The following day, the Archer Fellows learned about living and working in Washington from Archer Center staff and alumni; how to put their best foot forward when applying to and interviewing for an internship; and the importance of thank you notes. The cohort is ready to take on the nation’s capitol!

Got Internships?

Do you have an internship opportunity in your office in the D.C. area for the fall semester? We are continually seeking new, substantive opportunities for our Archer Fellows. Please contact the Archer Center staff with suggestions or ideas!  

2017 Archer Center Campus Coordinator Conference 

The Archer Center's 2017 Campus Coordinator Conference will take place October 8 – 10, 2017, in Washington, D.C. We invite campus coordinators and campus supporters to join us in collaboration and discussion about the Archer Fellowship Program and Graduate Program in Public Policy. For more information, please email Christine Anderson

Alumni Association News

Call for 2017 - 2018 Alumni Ambassadors

Are you looking for a way to pay it forward? Do you want to speak to prospective students about your experience as an Archer Fellow? The Archer Center is looking for alumni representatives from each UT System campus to serve as 2017-2018 Alumni Ambassadors for the Archer Fellowship Program and Graduate Program in Public Policy. Ambassadors meet with campus organizations, attend program information sessions, meet with prospective students and make occasional class visits.

If you are interested in serving as an Alumni Ambassador, please complete our online application by Wednesday, July 5. 

Past Alumni Events

Fun Run in D.C.

On Sunday, June 10, the D.C. Chapter of the AFAA organized a “Fun Run” from the Archer Fellow housing near Capitol Hill to the Archer Center, just a block from the White House (roughly about the length of a 5k). Led by Spring 2016 Archer Fellow alumni Caitlyn Valadez and Luis Basurto, current Archer Fellows and Archer Fellow alumni participated.

AFAA Houston Chapter Gathers

Archer Fellow alumni in the greater Houston area met up at Axelrad for some good food, live music and great company! 

In Other News

Archer Fellows in the News

Summer 2014 Graduate Fellow Blanca Davila was awarded the Samantha Dean Rising Star Award by the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault.

Archer Fellow alumna Daniella Diaz (Spring 2014) was named a Latina Leader to Watch by The Hill.


Happy Birthday (June 8) to Dr. Joel Swerdlow! Help us honor the Archer Center's beloved professor by making a donation to endow a permanent Swerdlow Scholarship for future Archer Fellows! 
The Archer Center is a self-supporting center that enables students from across the state of Texas to take advantage of academic and internship opportunities in Washington, D.C. Giving to the Archer Center helps students from all UT System campuses pursue their academic, personal, and professional goals.
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