The Archer Center Spotlight: October 2017
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News and Highlights

Archer Center Welcomes Campus Coordinators to Washington

Archer Center Campus Coordinators and campus advocates from the academic and medical institutions of The University of Texas System participated in the Archer Center’s biennial Campus Coordinator Conference in Washington, D.C., October 8 - 10, 2017. Attendees discussed best practices for on-campus outreach and recruitment and enjoyed an evening reception with current and former Archer Fellows. Thank you to this committed group of UT System administrators and faculty for supporting Archer Fellows!

Archer Fellows Participate in UT in DC events!

The Fall 2017 Archer Fellows participated in a number of events during the last week in October. From the Longhorns on the Hill advocacy day to UT System’s What Does Texas Think?, the Archer Fellows had the opportunity to meet UT Austin President Gregory Fenves, former UT Longhorn quarterback Colt McCoy, UT Dallas President Richard Benson, and UT Tyler President Michael Tidwell (pictured below).

Fall 2017 Archer Fellows

At Work

Jordan Gutierrez is a senior at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley pursuing a major in finance. On campus, he has served as the marketing manager for Enactus, an organization committed to helping the community through sustainable projects. Upon graduation, he plans to gain work experience in his field before enrolling in an MBA program and pursuing a career in finance, marketing or management. This fall, Gutierrez is interning at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts with the Washington National Opera. 
Sanah Jivani is an honors college student double majoring in sociology and communication at The University of Texas at San Antonio. She is the founder of a non-profit organization called The Love Your Natural Self Foundation, which focuses on empowering individuals through events, movements and hands-on sessions. She started this organization after losing all of her hair to Alopecia in the seventh grade, struggling with wigs, bullying and low self-worth. Now, her non-profit organization hosts projects in 70 schools and 28 countries worldwide. She hopes that this hard work and positive energy will someday change the world!​ For the fall term, Jivani is interning at the National Network to End Domestic Violence.
Jonathan Markel is a junior studying aerospace engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, pursuing an interdisciplinary certificate in public policy. He has previously interned with Texas Star Alliance Public Affairs Firm and NASA Langley Research Center. On campus, he has helped build three unmanned aerial vehicles with Design/Build/Fly, served as an associate editor of the Student Engineering Council's Vector Magazine and founded the UT Austin Chapter of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space. Upon graduation, he plans to attend graduate school before beginning a career in aerospace policy. This fall, Markel is interning in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Mackenzie Marquess is a senior at The University of Texas at Tyler double majoring in political science and speech communication. On campus, Marquess is involved in several organizations, including serving as the president of the Debate Team and Communication Club. She is passionate about women’s rights and social justice issues. Marquess plans to pursue a career in public policy and advocacy. As an Archer Fellow, Marquess is interning with the Democratic National Committee.
This fall, Bethany Salgado will complete her bachelor’s degree in international political economy with a minor in Spanish at The University of Texas at Dallas. She gained experience in policy research, journalism, and nonprofit management through internships with U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, the Leadership Institute, the Heritage Foundation, and El Pomar Foundation. Following study abroad trips to Cuba and Spain, she joined a Spanish research team funded by the National Science Foundation. Salgado is proficient in Spanish and Arabic and is teaching herself Greek. She hopes to use these language skills to bridge cultural divides through a career in cross-cultural communication. Salgado is currently interning with the U.S. Department of State.

In the Classroom

This month, Archer Fellows have met with Sue Dorfman, principal, Turner 4D; Edward You, supervisory special agent, FBI; Adrian Snead, associate counsel, Whiteford Taylor Preston; the Honorable Clarine Nardi Riddle, chair of the government affairs and strategic counsel practice group, Kasowitz Benson Torres, LLP; Katie Vlietstra Wonnenberg, vice-president for government relations and public affairs, National Association for the Self-Employed; Abe Saffer, legislative representative, AOTA; and, Tonya Saffer, senior health policy director, National Kidney Foundation. 
Archer Fellows also had the opportunity to meet with Josh Rushing, co-host of Fault Lines with Al Jazeera. Rushing previewed a Fault Lines episode entitled, “Heroin’s Child,” that aired on October 25. Click here to view the episode.

Out and About

Recruitment News

Summer 2018 Graduate Program Applications: Due November 7

Recruitment for the next class of graduate Archer Fellows is underway. The online graduate program application deadline is quickly approaching on Tuesday, November 7. You can find application information on our website or by contacting

Graduate Archer Fellowship Program Timeline
November 7, 2017: Application Deadline
November 13 - 30, 2017: Campus Interviews for Finalists
Mid-December 2017: Summer 2018 Archer Graduate Fellows Notified
January 27, 2018: Orientation (Austin, Texas)
Program Dates: May 20 - August 11, 2018

Archer Fellowship Program

Do you know an undergraduate UT student who is passionate about public service or policy? Christine Anderson, recruitment and admissions manager, is holding information sessions for the undergraduate Archer Fellowship Program throughout the fall and early spring.  The deadline to apply for the fall 2018 or spring 2019 Archer Fellowship Program is February 15, 2018. Upcoming information sessions are below:

UT Arlington
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
100 College Hall
Info Session | 10:00 a.m.
Info Session | 2:30 p.m.

UT Austin
Thursday, November 9, 2017
FAC 328
Info Session | 3:30-4:30 p.m.

UT Dallas
Monday, November 6, 2017
GC 1.206
Info Session | 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Info Session | 1:30-2:30 p.m.

UT Permian Basin
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
The Roden Center (MB 2225)
Info Session | 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 2, 2017
The Roden Center (MB 2225)
Info Session | 10:00 a.m.
Info Session | 1:00 p.m.

Got Internships?

Do you have an internship opportunity in your office in the D.C. area for the spring 2018 semester? We are continually seeking new, substantive opportunities for our Archer Fellows. Please contact the Archer Center at with suggestions or ideas! 

Alumni Association News

Alumni Scholarship Application: Due October 31

The Archer Center and the Archer Center Trust are very proud to invest in and support our alumni by awarding six (6) Todd Hill-Jones Alumni Scholarships of $1,000 each to eligible alumni! To apply, you must currently be enrolled in a graduate, law, medical or other post-baccalaureate degree program at an institution of higher education or participating in a public service fellowship program such as Teach for America or AmeriCorps. The application is available online. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CT on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Please contact Caitlyn Valadez, Alumni Scholarship Chair, with any questions!

AFAA Austin Chapter Event: Tacos with Dr. Swerdlow

The Austin Chapter of the Archer Fellow Alumni Association hosted long-time Archer Center professor Dr. Joel Swerdlow in Austin this month!  Alumni enjoyed discussing their favorite class memories and subsequent professional and academic experiences with their beloved professor.
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