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The Archer Center Spotlight: July 2016
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The Archer Center Spotlight: July 2016

2016 Graduate Fellows Wrap Up Exciting Summer

The 2016 Graduate Fellows are completing the final weeks of their summer in Washington. Outside of their internships and classes, the cohort has taken advantage of tours of The White House, the Pentagon, The Huffington Post and National Public Radio. The Graduate Fellows have also learned firsthand from a variety of experts through the Archer Center’s 2016 Summer Speaker Series focused on health policy. Next week, these 30 bright and talented students will wrap up their fellowship with a graduation luncheon, ceremony and reception. We look forward to watching them continue to flourish as they return to their graduate, doctoral or medical studies in Texas.

Summer 2016 Graduate Fellows tour the Pentagon.
Summer 2016 Graduate Fellows following class at The Huffington Post.

2016 Friends of The Archer Center Trust Initiatives Unveiled

The Archer Center is excited to announce the five initiatives fully funded through the Friends of The Archer Center Trust!  The 2016 initiatives include scholarships for first generation college students, travel vouchers for Archer Fellows, funds for a speaker series featuring UT System experts and scholarships for Archer Center alumni pursuing graduate degrees. The initiatives were unveiled at a reception at The Archer Center with Chairman and Mrs. Archer, Trustees, Archer Center alumni and current Fellows. Many thanks to the members of the 2016 Friends of The Archer Center Trust!

The Honorable Bill Archer
Sharon Archer
Omar Araiza, Fall 2011 Archer Fellow
Jim Bayless
Liz Bayless
Chris Bjornson
Austin Bonner, Spring 2002 Archer Fellow
Nydia Bonnin
Don Cable
Marcia Cable
Donald G. Carlson
Julia Carlson
Anne Clutterbuck
Julie Cowan
Kelly Ferguson
Scott Ferguson
Holly Frost
Anna Bell Gall, Spring 2001 Archer Fellow
Melissa Gold
Laura Gorecki, Summer 2013 Graduate Fellow
Ted Harpham
Marilyn Harris
Roderick P. Hart
Todd Hill, Spring 2010 Archer Fellow
Carolyn Hodges
David Hobbs
Bob Kay
Ausra Laurusaite-Kromelis, Fall 2004 Archer Fellow
Rob Lively
​Tinia Lively
​David Marventano
Allie Medack, Spring 2010 Archer Fellow
Katie Naranjo, Fall 2007 Archer Fellow
Krupa Patel Bala, Fall 2007 Archer Fellow
Hans Rickhoff
Miguel Romano
Mario Sanchez, Fall 2006 Archer Fellow
Shannon Sawyer
Bret Schenewerk, Fall 2006 Archer Fellow
​​Summer 2013 Graduate Fellows
Paul Seegers, Fall 2005 Archer Fellow
Gene Shepherd
Susan Stone
Travis Thomas
Benedict Voit, Fall 2006 Archer Fellow
J. Tom Ward
​Kathaleen Wall
Jessica Shepard Watts, Spring 2006 Archer Fellow
Bill Wicker
Walter Wukasch
Summer 2016 Graduate Fellows and 2016 Trustees with Chairman Archer at a reception unveiling the 2016 Trust initiatives.

The Archer Center Goes Behind the Gavel

At the Archer Center’s most recent 15th Anniversary Celebration event, supporters and alumni enjoyed a “Behind the Gavel” experience and special discussion with U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady and former Chairman Bill Archer. Additional special events continue throughout 2016 as we celebrate this milestone for the Archer Center!

Archer Center alumni, friends and supporters enjoy a behind-the-gavel discussion with Chairman Kevin Brady, former Chairman Bill Archer and Advisory Board Chair Don Carlson.
Chairman Archer's commemorative gavel displayed at the event in the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee hearing room.

The Archer Center Welcomes Cassie Saenz

Please join the Archer Center in welcoming Cassandra “Cassie” Saenz to our D.C. staff as the Archer Fellowship Program Coordinator. Prior to joining the Archer Center, Cassie served as the Assistant Director in the Office of Fellowships, Awards, and Resources at Georgetown University. Originally from South Texas (born in Laredo, raised in Edinburg), Cassie graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor of science in foreign service as well as a master of arts in Latin American studies. Please join us in giving Cassie a big Texas welcome!

Archer Fellow Spotlight: Andrene Castro

Summer 2016 Graduate Fellow Andrene Castro is an intern at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, where she has organized the first ever White House Summit on African American LGBTQ Youth (pictured below). Andrene's other major projects this summer include developing an early learning toolkit for faith based communities to initiate or expand early learning services in their faith communities, planning a White House Summit for African American youth with disabilities, and researching policies that impact educator diversity.

Special Alumni Message from Chairman Bill Archer

Archer Fellow alumni — Chairman Archer has a special message just for you: where are you now? Please watch this short video and fill out the brief survey by clicking here!

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