COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES (CAS)
During Regent’s largest Government Camp yet, held last July, 36 high school students from across the nation explored the inner workings of federal government, the military and national security.
In September 2014, Regent signed an articulation agreement with Wave Leadership College (WLC) in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The agreement allows WLC students to transfer to Regent in accordance with approved transfer credit equivalencies and guidelines.
Regent’s first-ever science major and state-of-the-art Applied Sciences and Ethics Laboratory debuted in August 2014. The science major supports STEM+H classes (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, plus Healthcare).
A CAS moot court team won the Mid-Atlantic Regional American Collegiate Moot Court Association tournament hosted at Regent University. The winning team of Hilary Davenport and Michael Maunder beat 34 other teams to earn an invitation to the national championship of intercollegiate moot court to compete in 2015 at the Florida International University College of Law. One other Regent team earned an invitation, and two Regent students received individual speaker awards. At the National Competition, Davenport and Maunder competed against the top 80 teams and took third place. Maunder was recognized as 10th-best speaker.
In October, students assembled kits with Fear 2 Freedom, an organization that provides clothes, toiletries and encouragement to recovering rape survivors.
CAS partnered with the Acton Institute to create discussion in the monthly undergraduate student assemblies. Each month, students watch one of seven episodes of For the Life of the World: Letters to the Exiles, a thought-provoking video series that delves into what salvation is actually for.
The Residence Life staff participated in the annual Virginia Association of College and University Housing Officers (VACUHO) Resident Assistant Conference at The College of William and Mary in November 2014. CAS resident assistants Sarah Dimovski and Hilary Davenport presented a session about crafting an interactive residence hall while maximizing resources.
According to the 2014 National Survey of Student Engagement, one of America’s most respected measures of college quality, more than 91 percent of freshmen and seniors surveyed in the College of Arts & Sciences strongly value the quality of their Regent educational experience and would choose to come to the university if they had to start all over again.
SCHOOL OF BUSINESS & LEADERSHIP (SBL)
U.S. News & World Report 2014 ranked Regent No. 24 for online graduate business programs for veterans. For 2015, the report ranked SBL in the top 50 for Online Graduate Business Programs. Regent is the highest ranked Virginia school for graduate education.
SBL enrolled its second-largest entering class in the school’s history last fall.
More than 25 SBL faculty, students and alumni gathered with leadership scholars and practitioners at the 2014 Annual International Leadership Association (ILA) Global Conference in San Diego, California. Twenty-six presentations were given by 16 Regent leadership faculty, alumni and students.
SBL launched its newest open access, online journal, led by Dr. Gary Oster. The Journal of Transformative Innovation (JTI) is an international, online, refereed journal that is important to the success of both local small businesses and international conglomerates.
During the spring 2014 semester, SBL partnered with the City of Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development’s Small Business Mentoring Program, where SBL students volunteered to guide local business owners in better business practices.
SBL hosted the 2014 Annual Roundtables of Leadership Research & Practice in May. The Annual Roundtables of Leadership Research & Practice hosted seasoned scholars, professionals and students as they presented their research to practitioners and scholars from around the world.
During SBL’s student-led, inaugural Connect 2014 event, students heard from entrepreneurs including Regent alumnus Darren Shearer, co-founder and CEO of High Bridge Books and author of Marketing Like Jesus; and Regent MBA students Lindsey Germono, president of Germono Advertising; and Hunter C. Davis, co-owner of Duck Donuts, Hampton Roads & Charlottesville.
Inside Business recognized MBA student Roger Orozco in October 2014 as a Top 40 Under 40 honoree in Hampton Roads, Virginia.
SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION & THE ARTS (SCA)
SCA’s Ph.D. in Communication program, the largest of any Christian university in the United States, enrolled 32 new doctoral students last summer, which is the largest incoming class in the history of the school.
SCA hosted the annual Regent Showcase, a festival-style night of screenings of the year’s best student films. This event featured Hollywood’s top warm-up comic, Robert G. Lee, as emcee.
Tidewater Stage, Regent’s professional theatre company, opened its sophomore season with Pump Boys and Dinettes in June 2014 and the award-winning Driving Miss Daisy in August 2014. Combined box office totals exceeded projected revenue levels, and Tidewater Stage received top billing in The Daily Press of Newport News “Inside the Arts” column.
Among many other media placements, Dr. Mitch Land, SCA dean, was a guest on What’s UP with Terry Lowry (KKHT, Houston/KBXD, Dallas), The Andy Caldwell Show (Santa Maria, California) and The Capital Hill Show with Tim Constantine (St. Augustine, Florida) in August 2014 to talk about media ethics.
Faculty members Dr. Michael Hill-Kirkland (Chair) and Marianne Savell (Head, MFA in Acting Program) directed critically acclaimed productions of The Cottage, Moonlight and Magnolias for Americana Theatre Company in Plymouth, Massachusetts, June-July 2014.
Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street aired on PBS starring Jeff Blumenkrantz, a Regent theatre adjunct professor, along with actress Emma Thompson in “Live at Lincoln Center.”
SCA communications faculty launched the second stage of the Transformational Media Project (TMP) in Jordan, July 2014. Three private foundations fund the project, and three SCA faculty members head it—Dr. Mitch Land, Dr. Bill Brown, and Dr. Ben Fraser, along with alumnus, Dr. David Hurtado. Two CTV students also assisted in the training of media professionals to reach Muslims with the gospel.
SCA completed the second Hollywood Experience in Los Angeles where 13 students, accompanied by Prof. Sean Gaffney, spent 15 days learning how Hollywood works.
The school is co-producing, with TV star Corbin Bernsen, the feature film with the working title of Jesse & Naomi (“Project Regent”) this year using local alumni, professionals and students.
The 2013 summer endowed film Habeas Corpus has currently won five awards. It has been screened at seven festivals and conferences.
SCA, in partnership with the Robertson School of Government, launched Regent’s first annual Ethics in Media and Culture Conference last year. The event recognized Chuck Colson Ministries and featured an outstanding academic in media ethics, Dr. Clifford Christians. Known for his contribution to ethics education and culture, Christians was one of two keynote speakers. Manny Garcia, the editor of the Naples News (Florida) was the second keynote speaker. Garcia is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner.
SCHOOL OF DIVINITY
In December, the School of Divinity honored its dean emeritus and visiting professor, Dr. Vinson Synan, with a “Festschrift.” The celebration commemorates a book written in honor of a scholar’s lifetime achievement in the field. The ceremony fell on Synan’s 80th birthday.
Dr. Joseph Umidi became interim dean of Regent University’s School of Divinity in July 2014. Umidi, who began teaching at Regent as an adjunct faculty member in 1985 and became an assistant professor the following year, has been a mainstay in the school for three decades.
Alum Kevin Turpin received Regent’s 2014 Alumnus of the Year award. Turpin helped launch the Life Enrichment Center of Norfolk, Virginia.
Dr. Nestor Medina, assistant professor, was awarded the Louisville Institute First Book Grant for Minority Scholars for the Academic Year 2014-2015. The $40,000 grant was given to Medina for his project titled, “Humanity, Culture, and the Spirit.” Medina’s project was one of the two selected for the grant by the institution. He explained that the project’s goal was to appreciate how cultural background impacts the expression of faith and how different communities understand God.
Through Regent’s Partners in Ministry Training (PMT) program, Divinity students can now receive up to $750 per semester that Regent will match for a potential $1500 per semester in aid. This program equips students with financial and ministerial resources, including fundraising training, placement in a local church body, on-the-job mentoring and more.
The School of Divinity is one of 10 Christian seminaries to receive a grant from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to develop a pilot program that integrates science into its core theological curricula.
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
Regent ranked #8 for Best Online Graduate Education Programs for Veterans in the U.S. News & World Report 2014 rankings for the Best Online Programs for Veterans. The school also ranked in the top 25 for Best Online Graduate Education Programs for 2015 and number one in Virginia.
Since 2004, 631 students who passed through the School of Education have been named Teacher of the Year (TOY). At least eight of these students were named TOY two or more times. Last year, Regent had 60 students who had been Teachers of the Year attend the School of Education, totaling over 16 percent of the Region II Teacher of the Year recipients. Twenty-two of the 60 recipients received their degree from the School of Education.
Leading science educator, Dr. Jenny Sue Flannagan, associate professor, was appointed by the Virginia Governor’s administration to serve on the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Innovation Committee.
ROBERTSON SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT (RSG)
Dr. Eric Patterson, RSG dean, assisted the Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, Rhode Island, with a conference entitled “Religion and Security in International Affairs” last May. Before coming to Regent, Patterson ran the government outreach program for Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, leading similar efforts at the National War College, Naval Postgraduate School, Armed Forces Chaplains Center and elsewhere.
RSG hosted Volunteer Hampton Roads (VHR), the region’s preeminent nonprofit management organization, for their annual Funders Forum last May. The yearly event by VHR brings leading foundation advancement experts to share expertise and best practices regarding the fundraising process. Partnership with VHR helps students gain exposure to exciting internship opportunities.
RSG recently welcomed Sam Gaston, city manager of Mountain Brook, Alabama, as a new faculty member for the school’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. Gaston will be a practitioner-in-residence/online — the nation’s first MPA program practitioner-in-residence position dedicated to online teaching, scholarship and student career guidance.
RSG returned to Oxford, England, for the 10th annual study-abroad summer program in 2014. The diverse group of students from the government and law schools both on campus and online, and from across the nation and the world included a congressional staff member, the spouse of a diplomat, a political candidate, a military member, and students who had lived or worked throughout the Middle East.
Last September, RSG hosted the second Senator A. Willis Robertson Lecture on Virginia Politics presented by Judge Patricia West, distinguished professor of Law and Government and associate dean of the School of Law.
Dr. Mary Manjikian, associate dean, was recently appointed to represent the International Studies Association (ISA) at meetings and conferences of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
SCHOOL OF LAW
The Princeton Review has named Regent Law among the nation’s Top 10 Law Schools for “Best Professors” for the second consecutive year.
Bruce Cameron, Reed Larson Professor of Labor Law and National Right to Work Foundation (NRTW) staff member, worked alongside alums Jennifer Brown, Megan Donley and Zachary Hoffman in different capacities for Harris v. Quinn, a case argued before the Supreme Court in January 2014.
Law graduates claimed a 100-percent pass rate on the February 2014 Virginia Beach Exam for first-time testers. This result placed Regent at the top of law school pass rates in Virginia — well above the state’s average of 69.96 percent pass rate for all first-time takers.
Regent Law students Sarah Decker, Kellisia Hazelwood, and Abbie Nordhagen placed second and claimed the second-best brief in the Touro Law Center’s National Moot Court Competition in Law & Religion at the Alfonse D’Amato Federal Courthouse, in Islip, New York in April.
In May 2014, the University of Houston released its Moot Court Competition rankings for law schools, and Regent’s Moot Court Program was listed among the nation’s top 20, finishing in the top 10 percent for law schools across the nation.
The Law School hosted the Honorable Antonin Scalia, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Honorable Henry E. Hudson, U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Virginia in September 2014. Both law and RSG students, along with faculty, alumni, public officials and judges gathered to hear these distinguished guests. In addition to classroom time, their visit to the Regent included a banquet that drew 700 guests, including nearly 50 judges from the region.
The online and on-campus M.A. in Law program which began last fall had an overwhelming response with 67 students enrolled.
The Virginia Bar Association (VBA) elected Regent Law professor Michael Hernandez into the Inaugural Pro Bono Council.
Three more Regent Law alumni were appointed as judges. Twenty-eight alumni now serve as judges. Thirty-four alumni all-time have served as judges in the 29-year history of the School of Law.
SCHOOL OF PSYCHOLOGY & COUNSELING (SPC)
Ninety-eight percent of SPC’s Master’s in Counseling students passed their 2014 Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exit Exam (CPCE) given at the end of their program. This is a national test that serves as a licensing exam, and students often struggle to pass it on the first attempt.
Dr. Jim Sells and Dr. Jennifer Ripley are in the final review process for a grant from Templeton to partner with CBN to provide counseling training to Christian leaders in China, at that government’s request. Only 10 percent of the grants submitted in this cycle have made it through the first cut to the final review stage.
Dr. Donald Walker has been asked to be featured in an American Psychological Association Psychotherapy training video featuring his Spiritually Orientated Trauma Focused Therapy for Children. This is a rare honor only extended to nationally recognized experts in psychotherapy and is the premier video training series for psychotherapy. His approach features a spiritually integrated version of a standard therapy that has been supported through research done by Walker and his students in the Child Trauma Institute at Regent.
SPC associate professor, Dr. Gabriel Dy-Liacco, received a Papal appointment to the Commission for the Protection of Minors; a group appointed by the Vatican dedicated to safeguard the welfare of minors in the arenas of protection from sex abuse and care for survivors.
SPC faculty continue to play a key role in helping the mental health professions respect matters of religious conscience and religious liberty while fostering training and practice guidance around value conflicts in practice settings. Dr. Bill Hathaway, SPC dean, has worked with various committees and working groups at APA to draft model training and practice policies. Hathaway and Sells were asked to share their insights on these issues as part of a panel for the accrediting body in counseling at the American Counseling Association annual convention in Hawaii.
Dr. Olya Zaporozhets and Dr. Linda Leitch-Alford continue clinical counseling supervision of Christian Counseling students in Ukraine. Currently, the Regent team directly supervises seven Ukranian students, most of whom are located in the southern part of the country, close to the border with Crimea. Several students are currently providing first psychological help and debriefing to soldiers who return from the frontlines for a short period of time. Zaporozhets taught two courses in psychopathology and counseling in crisis to this group of students in Ukraine last October.