2013 Government Camp

2013 Government Camp

During the 2012-2013 academic year, 26 summer interns registered through the university. Students interned with NASA, nonprofits, municipal governments, churches, international governmental agencies, the federal government, and domestic and international small businesses.

Animation majors worked on two professional projects in several classes in partnership with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) and Operation Blessing.

The Regent Undergraduate Debate Association (RUDA) took 15 students to various regional tournaments.  The program won two individual speaker awards and one team award for reaching the Round of 16 at nationals.

Two CAS Information System students presented at the Modern Technology and Management Institute (MTMI) International Conference. Arthur Hernandez and Brandon Clark conducted research under the  supervision of Dr. Young Choi and were invited to present their findings at the conference.

The Biophysical Sciences program will be available to students beginning fall 2014. It will give students a rigorous foundational education as they prepare for vocations in medicine, dentistry, science education and more.

CAS co-hosted a conference with the Institute for Faith, Work and Economics (IFWE) titled “What’s Next:  Figuring Out Faith, Work and Calling,” in which the entire on-campus student body participated. CAS also co-hosted the 2013 Acton Conference. The conference topic was “The Poverty Cure,” and more than 600 students, faculty and staff attended.

During the 2013 Government Camp, 35 high school “campers” explored a variety of government intelligence agencies during the course of the weeklong event.

On September 30, 2013, CAS premiered a new format for the monthly undergraduate student assembly. With a theme of “When Vice Meets Virtue,” this unique concept has been designed to present challenging issues to the students—utilizing a variety of formats including media, drama, “real-time” student interaction, lecture and collaborative class discussion.


Dr. Bruce Winston transitioned from dean to full professor to focus on teaching, mentoring and writing. Under his deanship from 2006 to 2013, SBL gained ASEL and ACBSP accreditation for the leadership and MBA programs respectively. Dr. Doris Gomez now serves as interim dean.

Dr. Greg Stone is the new MBA program director, Dr. Kathleen Patterson is the new DSL program director, and Dr. Dail Fields has returned to the role of Ph.D. program director. Additionally, SBL welcomed Dr. Ming Piao to the faculty. She teaches strategic management, leadership, and human resource management for SBL’s master- and doctoral-level courses.

The MBA program was ranked 7th in the nation by In U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 rankings, the MBA program tied for 1st place in Online MBA Program Faculty Credentials and Training, and ranked 12th in Best Online Graduate Business Programs for Veterans and 75th in Best Online Graduate Business programs.

SBL hosted its annual Roundtables of Leadership Research & Practice in spring 2013. The Virtual Conference on Moral Leadership was held in December 2013 and focused on profiling moral leaders, past and present, and included scholars from around the world.

SBL was honored to host Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Bishop T. D. Jakes for a time of discussion and interaction with SBL faculty, staff, students and alumni in September 2013. Discussions were led by SBL faculty, and covered the topics of ecclesial leadership, servant leadership and racial reconciliation, and entrepreneurship and T. D. Jakes Enterprises.

Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership student Juliana Lesher received the Distinguished Service Award from the Military Chaplains Association.

Dr. Bramwell Osula spent the fall 2013 semester abroad, teaching at the China Youth University for Political Science (CYUPS) in Beijing, China.


Actors and Film Crew

Actors and film crew on the set of
-Habeas Corpus

The school launched the Regent Hollywood Experience in May 2013. Fifteen film students spent time in Los Angeles working with successful Christian screenwriters and wrote seven scripts that will be filmed at Regent for its first web series.

Thirteen students enrolled in the C.S. Lewis summer study abroad program in Oxford, England, joining Drs. Ben Fraser and Bill Brown for a unique study tour retracing the life and work of C.S. Lewis.

Six faculty and five students launched the Transformative Media Program, with external grants totaling more than $150,000, to train 25 media professionals from North Africa and the Middle East. The four-week training in Europe was conducted in partnership with CBN, culminating in the production of three short films for a web series.

Student Boniquea Matthews’ film, Secrets for Strangers, was selected to screen at the Hollywood Black Film Festival in Hollywood in October 2013.

Professor Booker T. Mattison was writer, director and producer of the Cinema-Television department’s first professional film, Habeas Corpus. The film features actors Chad Coleman from AMC’s The Walking Dead, Jamie Hector from The Wire, Tim Reid from That ’70s Show, and Lee Chamberlin from All My Children. The film also features an original score by Ray Chew, musical director of American Idol. It has been submitted for consideration to the Sundance, South by Southwest and Tribeca Film Festivals.

Students in the Cinema-Television program have won 347 film awards to date; 35 state and local, 232 national and 80 international. This year, Regent garnered seven film awards at the WorldFest Film Competition in Houston: three platinum, one gold, two silver and one bronze.

The school launched Regent’s first professional theatre company, Tidewater Stage. More than 4,500 people attended Forever Plaid and Barefoot in the Park this summer, with 17 out of the 20 performances sold out.

The first Ethics, Media & Culture Conference was held in March 2014 with Manny Garcia and Dr. Clifford Christians.


Dr. Antipas Harris, assistant professor of practical ministry and director of the Youth and Urban Renewal Center, received the Faculty Excellence Award for Service (fall 2013) and directed the Urban Youth Summer Academy in summer 2013 for rising 6th graders of Norfolk, Va.

The Center for Global Missions made trips to Ghana and China last summer. A combined 17 students went on the trips, immersing themselves in the culture and spreading the gospel in metropolitan and rural places.

David M. Edwards, instructor, released his 10th worship record in May 2013. It broke the iTunes Top 100 on release day and received a “Best Pick” from Worship Leader Magazine.

Dr. James Flynn, associate professor of practical theology and director of the Doctor of Ministry Program, was appointed to the board of directors for the Society for Professors in Christian Education. Similarly, Dr. Matthew Gordley, associate dean of academics and associate professor of New Testament Studies, was appointed to the executive board of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Society of Biblical Literature, and Dr. Joseph Umidi, professor of practical theology, was appointed to the board of directors of the Christian Business Chamber of Hampton Roads.

Dr. Vinson Synan was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award, 2013; appointed to the Oral Roberts University board of trustees; and appeared in a Huffington Post telecast to discuss a British group of Pentecostals who refused AIDS medications.

Dr. Graham Twelftree was named Charles L. Holman Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity and presented his inaugural lecture to a crowd of nearly 150 people.

Twenty-two participants went on a 13-day journey through Greece, Malta, and Italy, led by Dr. Mark Wilson, Visiting Professor of Early Christianity. They witnessed significant Biblical sites visited by the Apostle Paul.


Teacher of the Year

2013 Teacher of the Year Brenda Mitchell and Portsmouth Mayor Kenny Wright

Dr. Donald Finn received the 2013 Outstanding Adult Education Leadership Award from the Virginia Association for Adult and Continuing Education (VAACE). He was also elected to the position of Region 2 Representative on the Commission on Adult Basic Education Board of Directors.

Dr. Michael Kelly became president-elect of the Virginia Professors of Educational Leadership, a statewide organization of professors in both public and private universities.

Dr. Jenny Sue Flannagan was elected president-elect for the Virginia Association of Science Teachers.

Dr. Gail Derrick was elected to the Fulbright Association Governance Committee.

The Rumi Forum at the Friendship and Solidarity Dinner held in Norfolk, Va., honored Dr. Herman Clark for Outstanding Community Service.

Student Soccorrito (Sukie) Claudio was named the 2013 Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year. She was recognized for going above and beyond to meet the needs of a diverse student population.

Dr. Tera Simmons ’06, Naomi Ludwig (Ed.D. candidate), Clarinda Cole (Ph.D. student), and associate professor Dr. Linda Grooms presented research at the American Institute of Higher Education in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Students Kalyn Mace-Guilloux and Wanda McNair presented at the ASCD Conference, a gathering of 20,000 educators and policy makers from around the world. Mace-Guilloux, McNair and professor Dr. Helen Stiff-Williams delivered presentations on “Bullying Prevention and Discipline: Teaching Empathy and Transforming School Culture” and “Serving African American Male Students: Essential School and Classroom Changes.”

The school hosted the 15th Annual Salute to Teachers event honoring classroom leaders in the Commonwealth of Virginia who make an impact in their schools and communities. Nearly 20 percent of the 320 public and private Teachers of the Year from Virginia’s Region II at the event have attended Regent’s School of Education.


Regent’s board of trustees recognized three retiring government faculty as professors emeriti: Drs. Philip Bom, Charles Dunn and Joseph Kickasola.

Associate professor Dr. Jeffry Morrison was named academic director of the James Madison Memorial Foundation, an independent federal agency that trains secondary teachers on the Constitution.

Dr. Mary Manjikian was named a Fulbright Scholar. During her spring 2013 semester at the University of Durham (UK), she studied how governments respond to pandemics.

The school implemented a 20-percent tuition reduction for both the Master of Arts in Government and the Master of Public Administration degree programs to make the programs more competitive and give students the best possible advantage in the government job market.

As part of the 2013 activities celebrating the 30th anniversary of RSG, the inaugural A. Willis Robertson lecture was given by Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Doug Domenech. The new lecture honors the school’s namesake, Senator A. Willis Robertson, father of Regent’s founder, chancellor and CEO, Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson.

The school hosted the ninth annual Ronald Reagan Symposium with the theme “A Time For Choosing,” based on Ronald Reagan’s 1964 speech with the same name. Darren Patrick Guerra, Joseph Loconte, Stewart McLaurin and Amity Shlaes were among the speakers who evaluated the importance of the themes in that speech and how they foreshadowed current threats to our nation’s liberties.


Center for Global Justice

North Korea Human Rights Summit hosted by The Center for Global Justice

In its annual law school rankings, The Princeton Review recognized Regent Law’s faculty as among the top 10 in the nation. The 2013 survey placed Regent Law professors among a select group of law schools including Duke, Stanford, Washington and Lee, and the University of Virginia.

PreLaw magazine, a premier publication for prospective law students, highlighted Regent Law’s Center for Ethical Formation and Legal Reform in its “Back to School” issue. The issue explores 25 new ideas law schools are advancing to recast legal education by incorporating skills and training that will better equip students to practice law after graduation.

In 2013, the law school launched three new programs including the Master of Arts in Law, which is designed to provide legal training for professionals who interact with the law in the workplace but don’t wish to practice law; the LL.M. in Human Rights; and the Uganda Summer Program, which is designed for law students who want to work in East Africa.

Professor James Duane accepted an invitation to serve as a faculty associate at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society for the 2013-14 academic year.

The Center for Global Justice hosted the North Korea Human Rights Summit, a program highlighting North Korea’s labor camps, human rights abuses in North Korea, and suggestions for involvement in North Korean human rights advocacy.

The moot court competition team finished second in the University of Oxford’s Price Media Law Moot Court Programme. This was Regent Law’s first time to participate in an international competition. Thirty-eight institutions, including the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, sent teams to the event. Regent Law was one of four schools from the United States in the international competition and the only team from the Americas Regional Round to advance to the final.


Drs. Benjamin Keyes and Merrill Reese traveled to Lebanon to take part in leading a three-day training session for Syrian pastors, youth ministers, social workers and psychologists. An initiative of Regent’s Center for Trauma Studies and in cooperation with The Barnabas Group, they led workshops on how to help families and children cope with PTSD, restore hope, deal with grief and loss, as well as help volunteers work through difficult roadblocks such as compassion fatigue.

Students and faculty traveled to Kenya with the Center for Trauma Studies, visiting local schools, churches, an orphanage and a lingering Internally Displaced People (IDP) camp. The group offered a series of training workshops for local mental health professionals, community leaders, pastors, families and school children. A volunteer group of 15 psychologists and professional counselors in Kenya have since used the trauma training materials developed by SPC professors in their work helping hostage survivors of the 2013 Kenyan mall attack and family members of deceased victims to cope with the tragedy.

Students Reese Holt and Carla Sterling partnered with the Signet Family Life Center in Chesapeake, Va., to provide a free health and wellness fair for the members of the community. The wellness event was a “one-stop shop” for participating Chesapeake residents to receive screenings and demonstrations from local health experts.

The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Foundation announced Ph.D. students Michael Jones and Rebecca Vazquez as recipients of the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program. The foundation offers a $20,000 grant funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to each of its recipients.

Drs. Olya Zaporozhets and Linda Leitch-Alford traveled to Tavriyskiy Christian Institute (TCI), a growing private educational institution located in southeastern Ukraine, and piloted SPC’s first training and supervision missions program for 10 of TCI’s undergraduate  counseling students.

The Virginia Counselors Association announced Dr. Linda Leitch-Alford, assistant professor, will serve as president-elect of its 2013-2014 executive committee.

Dr. Bill Hathaway, dean of SPC, was re-elected to a three-year term on the American Psychological Association (APA) Council of Representatives. APA is the largest and most influential association of psychologists in the world.

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