The Archer Center Spotlight: February 2016
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The Archer Center Spotlight: February 2016

Spring 2016 Archer Fellows pose with Virginia McLaurin (center), the 106-year-old whose visit to the White House made headlines across the country.

Spring 2016 Archer Fellows Inspired by Special Guest

With nearly two months of the Archer Fellowship Program under their belts, the Spring 2016 Archer Fellows are thriving in the nation's capital. This month, the students have attended class in locations such as the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, explored D.C., and heard from a variety of guest speakers. One guest was a special surprise to the cohort: 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin (affectionately known as Grandma Virginia) spoke with the Archer Fellows just days after her visit to the White House became a viral Internet sensation. McLaurin's joyful meeting with President Barack Obama and the First Lady that fulfilled one of her lifelong dreams has garnered more than 61 million views on Facebook. "She makes everyone around her laugh, and her charisma is contagious," said UT San Antonio Archer Fellow Pavi Bambekova. "Hearing her speak was a true inspiration." 

For additional updates on the current Fellows, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and stay tuned to next month's Spotlight.

Archer Center Celebrates 15th Anniversary

The Spring 2016 semester marks the 15th Anniversary of The Archer Center and Congressman Archer's legacy of inspiring young Texans to pursue lives of public service. To honor this milestone, the Center is hosting a series of events in Washington, D.C., and Texas beginning in April. Join Congressman Archer, Advisory Board Chairman Don Carlson, Archer Center staff, and alumni at kickoff events in Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas (details below). Visit our website for sponsorship opportunities and additional event details. Contact Archer Center Director Katie Romano for questions.

Washington, D.C. Reception
Saturday, April 9 | 6:00 - 8:00pm
United Nations Foundation Building | 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Austin, Texas Reception
Wednesday, April 20 | 6:00 - 8:00pm
The home of Liz and Jim Bayless | 2405 Rockmoor Avenue

2016 Graduate Fellows Prepare for Summer with Orientation

Members of the 2016 Graduate Program in Public Policy cohort met in Austin for their pre-departure orientation to begin preparing for their time in Washington, D.C. Orientation provides incoming Fellows with a valuable opportunity to get to know each other and plan for the summer. The 2016 class of Graduate Fellows (pictured below) includes 30 graduate-level students from nine UT System academic and health institutions. 

AFAA Board Names Chair of El Paso Chapter

As the Archer Fellow Alumni Association (AFAA) continues to grow, the AFAA Leadership Board has named Fall 2012 Archer Fellow Elisa Tamayo Chair of the El Paso Chapter. The AFAA Board is excited to reinvigorate this Chapter and to serve the growing number of alumni living in the El Paso area. Contact Elisa if you would like to get involved!

AFAA Hosts Annual Day of Service

Throughout March, AFAA chapters across the country will host community service events to honor Congressman Archer's legacy of public service. Now in its third year, the AFAA Day of Service was created by AFAA Leadership to recognize Congressman Archer's birthday in March. See below for details on Day of Service activities and other events for your chapter. Fill out our online form to provide your current contact information and make sure you get the most relevant information for alumni activities near you! 

Austin Chapter Day of Service
Saturday, March 19 | 1:00 - 3:00pm

Location: Ronald McDonald House | 1315 Barbara Jordan Blvd.
Contact: Chapter Chairs Kali Lang and Elizabeth Sohns  

D.C. Chapter Day of Service
Saturday, March 19 | 10:30am - 12:30pm
Location: The Archer Center | 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Details: Alumni will make sandwiches to donate to Martha's Table. Please bring a loaf of bread to participate; The Archer Center will provide peanut butter, jelly, and supplies. 
Contact: Chapter Chair Caroline Corcoran

For information on Day of Service activities in other chapters, please contact the respective Chapter Chairs.

Dallas: Lauren Boneta and Stephen Myers
El Paso: Elisa Tamayo
Houston: Omar Ellaboudy
NYC: Alex Marks
San Francisco: Margaret Wellik

Other Upcoming AFAA Events

NYC Chapter Happy Hour
Tuesday, March 8 | 5:30 - 8:00pm
Location: Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels | 249 Centre Street
Contact: Chapter Chair Alex Marks

San Francisco Chapter Happy Hour
Wednesday, March 9 | 5:00pm
Location: TBD
Contact: Chapter Chair Margaret Wellik

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