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Center for Leadership & Ethics
VMI, Marshall Hall
500 Anderson Drive
Lexington, VA  24450

Leadership Conference 2015: Program

Honor in Service: Leaders Responding to the Needs of Our Time

Held on the post of Virginia Military Institute in the Center for Leadership and Ethics atMarshall Hall.

March 10-11, 2015

Updated February 23, 2015

Tuesday, March 10

7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Registration

7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast sponsored by Leidos

9:25 - 9:35 a.m. Welcoming Ceremony

9:35 - 10:25 a.m. PLENARY SPEAKER


"Seven Lessons from Psychological Science: How to Bring out the Best in Yourself and Others" 
Resources:  Slides  and   Handouts

-E. Scott Geller, Ph. D., Director, Center for Applied Behavior Systems, Virginia Tech

10:30 - 11:45 a.m. SESSION ONE:


Moderator:  Duncan Richter, Ph. D., Department of English, Rhetoric and Humanistic Studies, Virginia Military Institute 

“Understanding leaders through understanding the human person: a case study of It’s a Wonderful Life”
- John Carter, Ph. D., Department of Leadership and American Studies, Christopher Newport College

“Scholarly Pursuits as Service: Liberation Psychology as an Exemplar”
- Lt. Col. Dave Cotting, Ph. D., Department of Psychology, Virginia Military Institute

“Leadership in Developing Countries: The Role of Empathy”
-Russell Jamison, Ph. D., Department of Engineering Education; Brittany Allen, student, Virginia Commonwealth University


Moderator:  Maj. Megan Herald, Ph. D., Department of Applied Mathematics, Virginia Military Institute

“Inspiring Girls in Engineering through Leadership and Service”
-Maria Eagen, Science Department, Foxcroft School

"Building Partnerships for Clean Water Projects in Developing Communities"
- Jon Erickson, Ph. D., Department of Physics and Engineering; students:  Cort Hammond and Katie Strickland, Washington and Lee University

“Discipline-Based Service Learning in General Education Courses”
- Russell Sisson, Ph. D., Department of Religion, Union College


Moderator:  Commander Randy Zamora, Naval ROTC Department, Virginia Military Institute

“Student-Driven Service as a Core Component of Education Coursework”
-Haley Sigler Ph. D., Assistant Director, Teacher Education Program; Josephine Tarantini, student; Washington and Lee University

“Studying and Serving in the Field: Public Literacy in Rockbridge County, VA”
- Col. Christina McDonald, Ph. D., Department of English, Rhetoric and Humanistic Studies, Andrew Stanford, cadet, Virginia Military Institute

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Buffet Lunch

12:00 p.m.  Optional Post Tour - VMI Museum (Jackson Memorial Hall)



Moderator:  Cathy Tisdale, CEO, Camp Fire National Headquarters

“Child Trafficking: A Global Concern”
-Kimberly McCabe, Ph.,D., Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lynchburg College

"Sex, Money and American Kids: Trafficking in our Backyards"
-Elizabeth Scaife, Director of Training, Shared Hope International

2:30 - 3:45 p.m. SESSION TWO:

PANEL: “Putting an Institutional Pillar into Action”

Moderator:  Lt. Col. Keith A. Kline, Ph. D., Department of Psychology, Virginia Military Institute

-C. Douglas Johnson, Ph. D., Professor of Leadership and Management; students German David Araya, Jerhvon Pearman, Georgia Gwinnett College

PANEL: “The Citadel- Integrating Service Learning and Civic Engagement to Develop Principled Leaders”

Moderator:  Catharine Gilliam, J. D., Department of English, Rhetoric and Humanistic Studies, Virginia Military Institute

-Conway Saylor, Ph. D., Lori Fernald, Ph. D., Tyler Woolum, Lt. Col. Kevin Dougherty; cadets:  Jordan Yaeger, Matt Scalise, Hannah Holt, and Jessica Loya, The Citadel


Moderator:  Col. James E. Tuner, Ph. D., Department of Biology, Virginia Military Institute

“The Importance of Honor Codes in Public High Schools”

-Janet Womack, Ph. D., Principal; Kendel Lively, Librarian; Saif Raza, English Department; students:  Kyle Sperber, Emily Copes, Chris Fechison and Cassandra Kuhn; Lord Botetourt High School

“Developing a Taxonomy of Virginia Honor Systems”
-Mark Rush, Ph. D., Professor of Politics and Law, students:  Alexandra Eichenbaum, Lauren Howard, Wilson Miller; Washington and Lee University

“Connecting Honor, Leadership, and Service through Co-curricular Learning”
-David Rettinger, Ph. D., Executive Director of the Center for Honor, Leadership and Service; Department of Psychology,     University of Mary Washington


Moderator:  Lt. Col. Dave Cotting, Ph. D., Department of Psychology, Virginia Military Institute

“Embracing the Contrast between the Expected and the Real: Service that is Effective”

-Steven Grande, Ph. D., Executive Director, Spencer Center - Civic Soc. & Cultural Development; Bethany Zaiman, student, Mary Baldwin College

“Leadership: Conflict, Mediation, and Transformation”
-Roderic L. Owen, Ph. D., Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies Department, Mary Baldwin College

“American Military Engineers Student Leadership and Service Training”
-John Walewski, Ph. D., Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

4:00 - 5:30 p.m. SESSION THREE:


Moderator:  Lt. Col. Keith A. Kline, Ph. D., Department of Psychology, Virginia Military Institute

"Viewing the Honorable Servant Leader from a Psychological Perspective"
-Col. Thomas Meriwether, Ph. D., Department of Psychology, Virginia Military Institute

"Leadership Assessment in the Most Unexpected Places: Leveraging a Government Simulation"
-Linda Mallory, Ed.D., Education Specialist and Maj. Adam Scher, M.P.A., US Army; Department of Social Sciences, United States Military Academy

"Service and Impact: When Difficult Decisions Facilitate Learning"
-Timothy Powers, Director, Aggie Honor System Office, Texas A&M University

“Translating Military Experience to Executive Public Leadership”
-Rosa Castillo Krewson, graduate student, Virginia Tech


Moderator:  Maj. Heather Branstetter, Ph. D., Department of English, Rhetoric and Humanistic Studies; Virginia Military Institute

"Increasing Student Performance in the Study of Business Ethics: Using an Outcomes Assessment Process to Change and Develop a Business Ethics Curriculum"
-Thomas Abbott, Ed. D.(c.) Academic Program Manager – Business Administration, Malcolm Baldridge School of Business, Post University

"Two Case Studies in Military Engineering Ethics"
-Col. Carlos Bertha, Ph. D., Department of Philosophy, U.S. Air Force Academy

"Soldiers and Civilization"
-Capt. Reed Bonadonna, Ph. D., Director of Ethics, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

5:15 - 6:15 p.m. 'Meet the Authors' Reception and Poster Session

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker / Dinner (included in paid full conference registration / Additional registration may be required. See Leadership 2015 Conference Registration Page.) 


"We Leaders.  We Dealers in Hope."
-Cathy Tisdale, CEO, Camp Fire National Headquarters


Wednesday, March 11

7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Breakfast

8:00 - 8:50 a.m. PLENARY SPEAKER


 "The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution" 
-Barry Asmus, Ph. D., Senior Economist, National Center for Policy Analysis 

9:00 - 10:15 a.m. SESSION FOUR:


Moderator:  Lt. Col. Scott Frein, Ph. D., Department of Psychology, Virginia Military Institute

“Trends in Contemporary Higher Education: Threats To Prosperity And Human Rights”
-Peter Mwangi, M. A., African Studies Program, Ohio University

“Implementing a Social Justice Curriculum in Secondary Schools”
-Marjorie Kuzminski, Social Studies Department, The Highland School

“The Civil Rights Movement and Contemporary Social Justice: Meeting the Past and Changing the Future”
-D. Gregory Sapp, Ph. D., Department of Civic and Social Responsibility, and Department of Religious Studies, Stetson University


Moderator:  Col. James S. Park, Institute Chaplain, Virginia Military Institute

“In the Nation’s Service: Woodrow Wilson, Princeton & Service-Oriented Education”
-Maj. John Matsui, Ph. D., Department of History, Virginia Military Institute

“Dr. Robert T. Kerlin: A Martyr for Equality and the Inspiration Behind the Civil Rights Movement at VMI”
-Frederick D. Walker, cadet, Virginia Military Institute

“Affordable and Fair Housing Mitigates Adverse Effects of Poverty”
-Wonhee Lim, student, Washington and Lee University


Moderator:  Col. Tinni Sen, Ph. D., Department of Economics and Business, Virginia Military Instutute

“What Difference Does a Definition Make: Poverty & Service”
-Howard Pickett, Ph. D., Director, Shepherd Poverty Program, Washington and Lee University

“Soccer without Borders Uganda”
-Rebecca Dunn, Shepherd Internship Program, Washington and Lee University

“The Campus Kitchen at W&L”
-Chloe Doto and Rebecca Dunn, students, Washington and Lee University


Moderator:  Lt. Col., Tim O. Moore, Ph. D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Military Institute

“On-Campus Winter Shelter - a service learning and leadership model for Higher Ed”
-Patricia H. Clark, Research Librarian and former Faculty Shelter Manager; Robin C. Takacs, Instructional Technology Director and students; Virginia Wesleyan College

“Implementation of Waste Water Technology in Developing Countries”
-Tyler Brickles, cadet, Virginia Military Institute

“Nabors Service League: Impacting All Areas of Life”
-Caroline Hamp and Jacqueline Carson, students, Washington and Lee University

10:30 - 11:20 a.m. PLENARY SPEAKER  (Gillis Theater)


"STEADFAST Leadership Principles"

-Retired Brigadier General Rebecca S. Halstead, CEO, STEADFAST Leadership, Inc.

11:20 - 11:50 a.m.     Boxed Lunch
12:00 p.m.              Optional Post Tour - VMI Museum (Jackson Memorial Hall)

11:50 - 12:10 p.m.     Transition to Cameron Hall for Presentation of Jonathan Daniels '61 Humanitarian Award

12:15 p. m.                Jonathan Daniels '61 Humanitarian Award Presentation (Cameron Hall)

                                  Recipient: Representative John Lewis, 5th Congressional District, Georgia


2:00 p.m. Viewing of 'Here Am I, Send Me: The Jonathan Daniels Story' (Gillis Theater)

3:15 p.m. Wreath-Laying Ceremony, Daniels Courtyard

4:35 p.m. Parade on VMI Post Parade Grounds