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The Archer Center Spotlight: August 2016
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The Archer Center Spotlight: August 2016

Fall 2016 Fellows listen to Dr. Joel Swerdlow at Arlington National Cemetery during welcome week.

Fall 2016 Archer Fellows Arrive in Washington

The Archer Center welcomes its Fall 2016 class of Archer Fellows to Washington, D.C.! These 40 students from eight academic institutions of The University of Texas System had a busy first week: meeting the Center’s namesake, Congressman Bill Archer; taking an educational bus tour with Dr. Joel Swerdlow to Arlington Cemetery, the Iwo Jima Memorial and the Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air & Space Museum where they saw the Enola Gay (the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan); navigating a city-wide scavenger hunt; and learning the tips and secrets to a being a successful intern with Dr. John Daly.

“My first week has been amazing. I already feel like I have made friends that will last me a lifetime," said Luis Veloz, a Fall 2016 Archer Fellow from UT Austin. "The classes are great. And Dr. Daly has made me question my professional skills in the best way possible. I feel more confident and in control thanks to his classes.”

Stay tuned to next month’s Spotlight to learn more about the Fall 2016 Archer Fellows’ adventures or follow the Archer Center on FacebookInstagram and Snapchat

Archer Center Announces New Staff

The Archer Center welcomes two new members to our team!  Dr. Michelle Chin, who has been an undergraduate Archer Fellowship Program professor for two years, joins the Center full time as academic director in Washington, D.C.; and Christine Anderson has been hired as recruitment and admissions coordinator in Austin.
 
As academic director, Dr. Chin oversees all academic programs and the Center's Washington, D.C., team of staff and students. Dr. Chin will continue to teach our undergraduate Policymaking Process course. Previously, she was senior researcher and policy analyst at the Learning Policy Institute, an education policy expert on the staff of U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas for eight years, and a policy aide for U.S. Representative Joe Barton of Texas for four years. She also served as assistant professor of political science at Arizona State University and directed the Arizona State University Capitol Scholars program. Dr. Chin earned her Ph.D. and a master’s degree in political science from Texas A&M University and a bachelor of science in political economy from Andrews University. "Teaching at the Archer Center has been such a joy," said Dr. Chin. "I have appreciated working with talented, smart and hard-working Archer Fellows over the past few years, and I am looking forward to all that we can accomplish together to nurture, encourage and develop effective and thoughtful leaders." Fun facts: Dr. Chin plays the violin, and loves documentaries and kitchen experiments – she was featured in a cooking segment for a local TV weekend show several years ago. 

As recruitment and admissions coordinator, Christine manages outreach and selection for the Archer Fellowship Program and assists with recruitment for our Graduate Program in Public Policy. Christine works closely with Archer Center campus coordinators across the UT System to promote and market the program a role she is familiar with having served as the UT Austin campus coordinator from 2014 to 2016. She also previously advised students pursuing certificates in Global Studies; Human Rights & Social Justice; Media, Culture & Identities; Public Policy; and Social Inequality, Health & Policy through the Bridging Disciplines Programs at UT Austin for eight years. In this role, Christine offered guidance and practical help to students as they pursued their academic goals through challenging coursework and internships. She brings her passion for student success and student advocacy to her position with the Archer Center.

"During my time as the Archer Fellowship Program campus coordinator at UT Austin I was able to see first-hand how the Archer Center launches bright, passionate university students into new professional and educational experiences," said Christine. "As a member of the Archer Center staff, I am honored to work with dedicated professionals supporting our next generation of leaders." Fun facts: Christine speaks German, loves to swim in the many natural watering holes around Texas, and enjoys hiking.
 
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Michelle Chin and Christine Anderson to the Archer Center family!

Farewell to Madison (Madi) Estes

This summer during staff transitions, Fall 2012 Archer Fellow alumna and president-elect of the Archer Fellow Alumni Association Madi Estes stepped in to assist the Archer Center in a temporary program coordinator role. Estes worked with Archer Center staff members and alumni to create a new recruitment video, spearheaded several important alumni projects, and advised the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 Archer Fellows on their internship applications and supporting materials. Estes moves to London in September to pursue a master of arts in non-proliferation and international security at King’s College. We are grateful for her lasting contributions to the Center, our students and the Archer Fellow Alumni Association.

Archer Fellow Alumni Return to School

This August, 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. Look at where some of our alumni are enrolled this fall:

Aliyah Ali (Spring 2016) – M.D. candidate, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Whitney Allen (Fall 2012) – M.P.P. candidate, The University of Maryland
Amr Arar (Spring 2016) – M.D. candidate, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Celina Artusi (Spring 2013) – M.A. in policy, organization, and leadership studies candidate, Stanford University
Pavela Bambekova (Spring 2016) – M.D. candidate, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Beau Baumann (Spring 2015) – J.D. candidate, Cornell Law School
David Austin Black (Spring 2016) J.D. candidate, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law
Darby Bogdanich (Spring 2014) – M.S. in psychology candidate, The University of Oklahoma      
Chirag Buch (Spring 2016) – M.D. candidate, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Brenda Carrillo (Fall 2013) – J.D. candidate, Baylor University School of Law
Bobby Cervantes (Fall 2009) – M.S. in technology commercialization candidate, McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin
Shivani Chatterjee (Fall 2010) – M.B.A. candidate, Yale University
Camden Cornwell (Fall 2011) M.B.A. candidate, Carnegie Mellon University
Anna Crockett (Spring 2012) M.P.Aff. candidate, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
Aparna Datta (Spring 2016) – J.D. candidate, The University of Virginia School of Law
Alyssa Davis (Spring 2012) – M.P.P. candidate, Harvard Kennedy School (fall 2017)
Belen Diaz (Fall 2015) – D.D.S. candidate, The University of Texas Health Science Center School of Dentistry
Robert Dube (Spring 2015) – J.D. candidate, The University of Minnesota Law School
Zack Dunn (Fall 2015) – J.D. candidate, The University of Pennsylvania Law School
Blake Eaton (Spring 2015) – J.D. candidate, The University of Chicago Law School
Madison Estes (Fall 2012) – M.A. in non-proliferation and international security candidate, King’s College, London
Joseph Gallardo (Fall 2014) – J.D. candidate, Harvard Law School
Lynda Gonzalez (Spring 2011) – M.S. in journalism and M.A in Latin American studies (dual degree) candidate, The University of Texas at Austin
Ghada Ghannam (Fall 2014) – Specialized graduate degree in forced migration and refugee studies candidate, The American University in Cairo
Daniel Grube (Spring 2015) – M.A. in international security and M.S. in international political economy (dual degree) candidate, The London School of Economics
Charlie Hannigan (Fall 2014) – Ph.D. in operations management candidate, The University of Texas at Dallas
Ellen Hense (Spring 2016) – J.D. candidate, The University of Houston Law Center
Levi Herrera (Spring 2013) – M.A. in literature candidate, Texas State University
Connor Hughes (Fall 2014) – M.D. candidate, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Murtuza Hussain (Spring 2012) – L.L.M. in taxation candidate, New York University Law
Shannon Kahlden (Fall 2014) – J.D. candidate, Columbia Law School
Patrick Kelly (Spring 2015) – J.D. candidate, Baylor Law School
Autumn Lansford (Fall 2012) – M.A. in Europe and Eurasian studies candidate, George Washington University
Daniel Liaou (Spring 2015) – M.D. candidate, Baylor College of Medicine
Maggie Mahfood (Spring 2016) – M.S. in homeland security policy candidate, American University
Demetrius Martinez (Spring 2016) – M.P.Aff. candidate, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
Vinh-Son Nguyen (Spring 2016) – M.D. candidate, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Carisa Nietsche (Fall 2012) – M.A. in German and European studies candidate, Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Alexandra Noll (Spring 2015) – J.D. candidate, University of Michigan Law School
Crystal Pacheco (Spring 2006) – J.D. candidate, St. Mary's University School of Law
Alisha Patel (Spring 2014) – J.D. candidate, The University of Chicago Law School
Max Patterson (Spring 2015) – J.D. candidate, University of Houston Law Center
Michael Pearson (Fall 2015) – M.P.Aff. candidate, The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs
Elizabeth Petruy (Fall 2012) – M.P.Aff. candidate, The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs
Shruthi Prabhu (Spring 2015) – J.D. candidate, The University of Virginia
Clark Reeder (Spring 2016) – J.D. candidate, The University of Texas School of Law
Angelica Reyes (Fall 2014) – J.D. candidate, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
Josh Riddell (Spring 2014) – M.S. in finance candidate, McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin
Alexandra RodriguezM.B.A. and M.S. in international trade candidate, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Preston Rose (Spring 2016) – J.D. candidate, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
Mayu Takeda (Fall 2011) – M.Des. candidate, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Ali Tejani (Spring 2014) – M.D. candidate, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Stephen Thomson (Spring 2010) – M.P.P. candidate, The University of Virginia
Mark Walser (Spring 2006) – M.A. in education, teacher leadership candidate, Fort Lewis College          
Erin White (Spring 2006) – M.S.W. candidate, Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College
Emily Worland (Summer 2015) – J.D. candidate, The University of North Texas Dallas College of Law
Christina Wright (Fall 2011) – J.D. candidate, New York University School of Law

Alumni Fellowships and Public Service Program Acceptances

In addition, Archer Fellow alumni who have received top honors, awards and fellowships include:
 
Zack Dunn (Fall 2015) – Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Fellow
Blake Eaton (Spring 2015) – Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Marcus L. Urann Fellowship
Drew Galloway (Fall 2014) – San Antonio New Leaders Council Fellow
Ghada Ghannam (Fall 2014) – Rotary International Global Education Grant
Cyrus Huncharek (Spring 2016) – Teach for America Corps, South Dakota
Brandon Hunter (Summer 2011) – Lassen Fellow in Latin American Studies, Princeton University
John Lira (Fall 2011) – Presidential Management Fellowship (selected)
Demetrius Martinez (Spring 2016) – South Texas Graduate Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin
Mitra Miri, Ph.D. (Spring 2007) – David Swensen Fellowship, Yale University
Zoraima Pelaez (Spring 2017) – Harry S. Truman Scholarship
Garrett Riou (Spring 2014) – U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, Armenia
Lorin Washington (Summer 2015) – Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Equity and Inclusion Fellow

Archer Fellow Alumni Updates

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