The Archer Center Spotlight: Back to School 2017
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Welcome to the Fall 2017 Archer Fellows!

The Archer Center welcomes the fall 2017 class of Archer Fellows to Washington, D.C.! These 48 students from seven academic institutions of The University of Texas System spent their first week meeting the Center’s namesake, Congressman Bill Archer, taking an educational walk on the National Mall with Dr. Joel Swerdlow, navigating a city-wide scavenger hunt, and learning the tips and secrets to a being a successful intern with Dr. John Daly.
Fellows learn about collaboration and teamwork, useful skills to apply to their policy projects in Dr. Chin’s class.

Stay tuned to next month’s Spotlight to learn more about the Fall 2017 Archer Fellows’ adventures or follow the Archer Center on Facebook or Instagram.

JFK and Apollo: A Tale of Two Speeches

On September 12, the 55th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s famous “moonshot” speech at Rice University, Dr. Michael Neufeld, senior curator at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, met with the Archer Fellows on Capitol Hill to discuss the history of U.S.-manned space exploration. JFK’s 1962 speech was his second public address about funding for the Apollo program. Dr. Neufeld shared insights about the legislative and presidential politics associated with the space race.

Alumni Association Honors Archer Center Executive Director with Katie's Fund

On August 2, the Archer Fellow Alumni Association (AFAA) dedicated an emergency student scholarship fund to Katie Romano, the Archer Center’s executive director, in honor of her 11 years of service to the Archer Center. Katie’s Fund supports Archer Fellows in financial need, providing emergency financial support to students enrolled in the Archer Fellowship Program who are unable to afford essential expenses due to a temporary or unexpected hardship. The Fund is supported by AFAA donations in addition to funds allocated by the 2017-18 Friends of the Archer Center Trust.

2017-18 Archer Center Trust Initiatives Funded!

We are thrilled to announce the initiatives funded by the 2017-18 Friends of the Archer Center Trust!
Travel to D.C. for Archer Fellows
First Generation College Student Support Scholarships
Student Emergency Fund 
D.C. Metro Cards
Essential Pantry Supplies for Archer Fellows in D.C.
International Student Scholarships 
Alumni Scholarships to Pursue Graduate Degrees and Public Service Fellowships 
Alumni Ambassadors Program Expansion
Computers for the Archer Center Student Lab

The Archer Center is incredibly grateful for the continued and generous financial and personal support of our Trustees.

Archer Fellowship Program

Spring 2018 Archer Fellows attend Summer Orientation in Austin

The Archer Center hosted orientation for the Spring 2018 Archer Fellows in August at the beautiful, new University of Texas System building. On August 17, Humanities Texas opened their historic offices, the Byrne-Reed House, for our welcome reception, where the next class of Archer Fellows socialized with their cohort members, Archer Fellow alumni and members of the Archer Center Advisory Board. The following day, the Archer Fellows learned about living and working in Washington, D.C., 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 Fellows also met with UT System Chancellor William McRaven, which was the highlight of orientation for the students. The cohort is ready to take on the nation’s capital this January!

Graduate Program in Public Policy

Application for Summer 2018 Now Open!

The Summer 2017 Graduate Program in Public Policy wrapped up in early August after an impactful and inspiring 12 weeks in Washington, D.C. Recruitment for the next class of summer Archer Fellows is currently underway. The online graduate program application is open and the deadline is Tuesday, November 7th. You can find more information on the program and the application on our website or by contacting
Summer 2017 Archer Fellows meet with U.S. Senator John Cornyn.

Upcoming Events 

Back to School Event with the Austin Alumni Chapter

Join the Austin Chapter of the Alumni Association for a happy hour benefitting relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
B.D. Riley's (1905 Aldrich Street, Suite 130)
Question? Contact AFAA Austin Chapter Co-Chair Kali Lang.

2017 Campus Coordinator Conference and Rooftop Reception

The Archer Center’s 2017 Campus Coordinator conference will take place October 8-10, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Please join us at a rooftop reception on Monday, October 9 at 6:00 p.m. with Campus Coordinators, Fall 2017 Archer Fellows, mentors, alumni and other Archer Center supporters! 

UT vs. West Virginia Football Experience: Support Archer Fellows! 

Visit our online auction to bid on this ultimate football experience package supporting future Archer Fellows. Bid on this package today; the auction closes on October 1!

• 4 Longhorn Foundation tickets to the UT-WVU Football game on November 18, 2017
• Pre-Game field passes and photo opportunity on the field
• Tour of the WVU football facility on Friday, November 17, 2017 by Archer Fellow alumnus and WVU Associate Athletic Director Alex Hammond
• A WVU helmet signed by Coach Holgorsen
• $100 Gift Certificate to the UT Co-Op

Alumni Association News

Archer Fellow Alumni Return to School

This fall, many Archer Fellow alumni are beginning graduate programs in law, public policy and other fields of study ranging from medicine to business. As is true for each year, Archer Fellow alumni have been accepted to some of the nation's – and the world's – most prestigious institutions. Take a look at where some of our alumni are enrolled this Fall:
Melina Acosta (Spring 2017) – M.S. in Social Work candidate, The University of Texas at Austin
Amanda Almeda (Spring 2013) – J.D. candidate, The University of California at Berkeley School of Law
Omar Araiza (Fall 2001) – Master of Global Policy Studies candidate, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
Luis Basurto (Spring 2016) – M.S. in Mathematics and Statistics candidate, Georgetown University
Kaitlyn Block (Spring 2017) – M.P.H. in Health Policy candidate, Yale School of Public Health
Darby Capps (Spring 2014) – M.Ed. in Professional Counseling candidate, The University of Oklahoma
Ruben Cardenas (Spring 2017) – J.D. candidate, The University of Texas School of Law
Bobby Cervantes (Fall 2009) – Ph.D. in American Studies candidate, The University of Kansas
Carmen Cisneros (Fall 2014) – J.D. candidate, the University of Minnesota Law School
Kaitlyn Clark (Fall 2013) – M.Sc. in Management of Information Systems and Digital Innovation candidate, the London School of Economics
Jake Cruz (Fall 2015) – J.D. candidate, Harvard Law School
Alyssa Davis (Spring 2012) – M.P.P. candidate, Harvard Kennedy School
Kevin DeLuca (Spring 2014) – Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government candidate, Harvard Kennedy School
Ana Diaz (Fall 2013) – P.A. candidate, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Sanjana Dubey
(Spring 2013) – J.D. candidate, Boston University Law
Heather Dyer (Spring 2015) – J.D. candidate, Texas A&M Law School
Nancy Fairbank (Fall 2015) –  M.Sc. in International Development candidate, the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom 
Gina Garcia (Spring 2001) –  M.A. in Integrated Marketing and Communications candidate, Georgetown University
Ghada Ghannam (Fall 2014) – J.D. candidate, The University of Texas School of Law; Master of Global Policy Studies candidate, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
Nadia Hammoud (Fall 2012) – Neurology Residency, Baylor College of Medicine
Conor Harvey (Fall 2015) – J.D. candidate, The University of Chicago Law School
Terry Hillis (Fall 2015) – Ph.D. in chemistry candidate, Rice University
Anusha Hussain (Spring 2017) – D.O. candidate, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Shalaka Joshi (Spring 2015) – M.P.A. candidate, Columbia University
Lauren Ketchum (Spring 2012) – M.A. in International Educational Development candidate, The University of Pennsylvania
Julia Kowalsky (Fall 2015) – J.D. candidate, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
Cassie Maneen (Fall 2013) – J.D. candidate, The University of Houston Law Center
Priya Matthew (Spring 2016) – M.D. candidate, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Chuck Matula (Fall 2014) –  J.D. candidate, Duke School of Law 
Courtney May (Spring 2015) – J.D. candidate, Cornell Law School
Jordan Metoyer (Fall 2013) – M.A. Global Affairs candidate, Tsinghua University, Beijing
Rachel Miller (Fall 2015) – J.D. candidate, Notre Dame Law School 
Mashal Noor (Spring 2015) – M.A. in Arts and Technology candidate, The University of Texas at Dallas
Jaqueline Odum – J.D. candidate, The University of Texas School of Law
Emily Parker (Spring 2014) –  M.A. in Tourism Management candidate, LUISS Business School, Rome, Italy
Lakecia Pitts (Fall 2010) – Family Medicine Medical Residency, The University of North Carolina Medical Center
Ana Reyes (Spring 2017) – M.A. in Teaching candidate, Relay Graduate School of Education (NYC)
Ximena Gonzalez Rojas (Fall 2010) –  M.B.A. candidate, Georgetown University
Emily Salada (Fall 2014) – M.S. in Foreign Service candidate, Georgetown University (fall 2018)
Shangir Siddique (Summer 2016) – M.D. candidate, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Mathew Smith (Spring 2013) – M.P.Aff. candidate, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
Mikaila Smith (Fall 2015) – M.Sc. in Refugee Studies and Forced Migration candidate, the University of Oxford 
Elizabeth Sohns (Spring 2014) – M.A. in Exercise and Health Science candidate, Miami University
Tonye Somiari (Spring 2015) – M.A. in Global Political Economy candidate, University of Kassel, Germany 
Hope Steffensen (Fall 2015) – J.D. candidate, Notre Dame Law School 
Christian Sweeney (Spring 2017) – J.D. candidate, The University of Texas School of Law
Alex Garcia Topete (Fall 2010) – Ph.D. in Arts and Technology candidate, The University of Texas at Dallas
Tue Tran (Fall 2013) – J.D. candidate, Harvard Law School
William Tresch (Spring 2017) – J.D. candidate, Northwestern Law School
Taylor Turner (Spring 2014) – M.A. in Producing Film candidate, Television and Video, American University
Poonam Vaidya (Spring 2017) – M.A. in Forensic and Legal Psychology candidate, Marymount University
Lindsay Bernsen Wardlaw (Spring 2011) – J.D. candidate, The University of Michigan School of Law 
Terry Wellington (Spring 2015) – M.P.I.A. in Security and Intelligence Studies candidate, the University of Pittsburgh
Kenton Wilson (Spring 2015) – J.D. candidate, Vanderbilt Law School

Alumni Fellowships and Public Service Program Acceptances

In addition, Archer Fellow alumni have received a variety of top fellowships, awards or recognition including:
Justin Atkinson (Spring 2016) – Research Fellow, Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, The University of Texas at Austin
Ariette Agnew – Teach for America Corps, Houston, Texas
Omar Araiza (Fall 2001) – Chancellor’s Scholarship, The University of Texas at Austin
Jasmine Bell (Spring 2016) – President, Communications and Media Law Society (2017-18)
Nancy Fairbank (Fall 2015) –  Marshall Scholarship
Aysha Khan (Spring 2016) – Boren Fellowship, Amman, Jordan
Ellen Mei (Fall 2015) – U.S. Peace Corps, Senegal
Jordan Metoyer (Fall 2013) – Schwarzman Scholarship
Lauren O’Neal (Spring 2017) – AmeriCorps, Austin, Texas
Zoraima Pelaez (Spring 2017) – Harry S. Truman Scholarship
Bianca Rosales (Spring 2016) – Teach for America Corps, San Antonio, Texas
Jordan Rudner (Fall 2014) – AmeriCorps, Alaska
Matt Salm (Spring 2017) – Harry S. Truman Scholarship; Udall Scholarship
Cortney Sanders (Fall 2013) – State Policy Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities  
Mikaila Smith (Fall 2015) – Rhodes Scholarship
Jennifer Tran (Fall 2014) – Fulbright Malaysian Scholars Program; Teach for Vietnam
Luis Veloz (Fall 2016) – Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University
Terry Wellington (Spring 2015) – Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Alumni Give Time and Talent to Communities Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

AFAA Houston Chapter members Emily Nasir (Spring 2013), Bailey Weiner (Summer 2015) and Jose Camacho (Spring 2013) volunteer in Houston.
Dozens of Archer Fellow Alumni have demonstrated their dedication to public service during and after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Organized by Houston Chapter Chair Emily Nasir (Spring 2013), members of the Archer Fellow Alumni Association volunteered at the George R. Brown Convention Center and will continue volunteer opportunities in the future. Our alumni have led supply drives, taken in displaced families and cleaned homes of fellow alumni who were impacted. One alumna, Jessica Beemer (Summer 2011), received recognition for coordinating immediate relief efforts in the Houston community by her boss, City Councilman Dave Martin. 
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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