Public Policy Leadership Senior Finalist for Rhodes Scholarship
Austin Powell interviews Nov. 18-19 for prestigious international fellowship
Posted with thanks to the University of Mississippi Communications Office and Edwin Smith.
OXFORD, Miss. – Austin Powell has long dreamed of winning a Rhodes Scholarship. Now, the University of Mississippi senior is just one step away from achieving that goal.
The Corinth native goes to Birmingham, Alabama, next weekend to interview as a Rhodes finalist and will learn Saturday (Nov. 19) whether he is selected for one of the prestigious scholarships. A public policy and philosophy double major in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and the Lott Leadership Institute, Powell said he was excited when he heard the news.
“My ultimate goal is to come back and raise the quality of life for Mississippians by developing an in-depth understanding of the criminology and the criminal justice system, how different entities can become community partners in Mississippi, and how the state can take partial ownership of the solution,” said Powell, son of former state Sen. Eric Powell and Gwen Salters Powell.
“When combined with my interests in correctional systems policies and the offender’s relationship with race, poverty and education, the Rhodes experience will offer professors, like Mary Bosworth, to guide my research on the disconnects that lie between empowering offenders in the entrepreneurial class and the reality of the low post-release employment opportunities.”
The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, bring outstanding students from many countries to the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Besides “intellectual distinction,” the selection committee seeks excellence in qualities of mind and of person, which combined offer the promise of effective service to the world in the decades ahead. Rhodes Scholars are elected for two years of study at Oxford University, with the possibility of being renewed for a third year.
Senator Lott to Visit Monday, October 31, 2016
Senator Trent Lott will speak to PPL classes Monday morning during his annual visit to the University of Mississippi’s Trent Lott Leadership Institute. Students are invited to enjoy a complimentary luncheon to follow in the Courtyard from 12 PM – 1:15 PM.
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to network with Senator Lott, faculty and staff, Lott Institute Board Members, our Executive Director, and fellow friends to the Program!
Attire is business casual — please RSVP via email to stacy (at) olemiss.edu.
Applications for Fall 2017 Now Available
All incoming freshmen interested in applying to the Lott Leadership Institute must fill out an online admission application to the University of Mississippi. Once you have completed the online application for admission to the University, you may access the Special Programs and Scholarships tab in the online system and begin an application for membership in the Lott Leadership Institute. In order to major in Public Policy Leadership, you must apply and be admitted to the Lott Institute. For questions or concerns about the online application process, contact the Trent Lott Leadership Institute at (662) 915-3189.
Patricia Lott Public Policy Leadership Scholars
Class of 2020
The Trent Lott Leadership Institute is pleased to boast historic enrollment in this year’s freshman class. Among these leaders, we take care to celebrate the commitment to excellence embodied by recipients of the Patricia Lott Public Policy Leadership Scholarship.
Pictured above, from left to right, are Christina Scheuermann of Huntsville, AL; Abbie Brashier of Biloxi, MS; Lucy Pruitt of Hattiesburg, MS; Savannah Day of Fayetteville, AR; and Benjamin Payne of Ridgeland, MS.
Featured from Tupelo Daily Journal
Internships immerse Saltillo student in public service
SALTILLO – Case Knight of Saltillo got quite an education over the past 8 1⁄2 months.
The University of Mississippi rising senior took on three internships with U.S. congressmen at the U.S. Capitol. He had a front row seat to the work of putting ideas into law and helping people back home navigate federal systems.
“Most people don’t get to see how it works behind the scenes,” said Knight, who has a double major in public policy and political science.
From January to May, he worked for Rep. Trent Kelly. He then went on to work for Arkansas Republican Rick Crawford and then Texas Congressman Mike Conway. Knight received college credit for his internships and completed 12 hours of course work online. During his internships, Knight said he was impressed with how hard the Congressmen and their staffs worked to craft laws and respond to the needs and concerns of their constituents.
“You’re really putting ideas and what you believe to work,” Knight said. “You’re working on something that affects so many people.”
Knight discovered politics and public service in high school. Nita Vasser, who was then a counselor at Saltillo High School, convinced Knight to go to Boys State. When he came back from Boys State, he started following the campaign of the late Rep. Alan Nunnelee. Knight felt a connection to the Tupelo Republican because his wife Tori Nunnelee was the Saltillo High School nurse.
“I started paying attention,” Knight said.
After he graduated and enter Ole Miss, he ended up volunteering for Sen. Thad Cochran’s re-election campaign.
“I guess it kind of snowballed,” Knight said.
From there he worked campaigns for Kelly, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, Mississippi State Rep. Chris Brown of Amory.
“I didn’t want to just talk about politics,” Knight said. “I wanted to do as much as I can.”
University of Mississippi Debate Team Interest Meeting
Lott Summer College Session One 2016
Lott Summer College Session One 2016 students enjoyed discussing the future of healthcare policy and management trends with Baptist Memorial Healthcare Monday, 20 June 2016 during the annual Leader to Leader Luncheon.
Lott Students travel to DC as part of the SEC DC Student Government Exchange
Pictured: Cody Smith, Rod Bridges (ASB President, Lott Scholar), Camille Walker (intern with Congressman Trent Kelly), Austin Powell (Lott Scholar and incoming ASB President). Smith, Bridges and Powell also had the opportunity to visit with Senator Lott and tour the Squire, Patton, Boggs offices in Washington, DC.
Public Policy Leadership Students Inducted into University of Mississippi Hall of Fame Class of 2016
OXFORD, Miss. – Ten University of Mississippi seniors have earned membership in the school’s 2015-2016 Hall of Fame, one of the university’s highest honors.
The Hall of Fame inductees were honored Friday (March 4) in a ceremony at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Recipients are chosen by a committee in accordance with ASB policy, with selections based on a student’s academic achievement, community service and potential for future success.
New Hall of Fame members are Brady Bramlett of Memphis, Rod Bridges of Madison, Jeremy Coleman of Jackson, Maia Cotelo of Oxford, Joe Curry of Stringer, Ann-Marie Herod of Abbeville, William Kneip of Mobile, Alabama, Justavian Tillman of Bruce, Debra Whitley of Natchez, and Elizabeth Wicks of Ocean Springs.
Bridges, a public policy leadership major, is president of the Associated Student Body, a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and a Trent Lott Institute scholar. He is an officer for the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity and received the UM Outstanding Student Higher Education Award for 2016. Bridges is in Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies. He received the ASB Senator of the Year Award in 2014 and the UM Freshmen Leader of the Year Award in 2013. After graduation, he plans to attend Officer Candidacy School. His parents are Roddy Bridges of Madison and London and Thomas Wagner of Coos Bay, Oregon.
Kneip is a public policy leadership major and member of the Trent Lott Leadership Institute. He was elected Mr. Ole Miss for the 2015-2016 school year. He is the president of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and holds the title of 2015 IFC President of the Year. He is the president of the Mississippi Columns Society and a member of Lambda Sigma and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies. Kneip was also co-director of finance and fundraising for the Big Event. After graduation, he plans to work at the UM Foundation. His parents are Edward and Tori Kneip of Mobile, Alabama.
“We commend these outstanding students for their impressive accomplishments both in and out of the classroom,” said Morris Stocks, provost and executive vice chancellor. “We anticipate great successes for these young men and women, both professionally and academically. We also know that our Hall of Famers will contribute to the betterment of society.”
The 10 students, along with 150 other Ole Miss seniors, were also recognized for inclusion in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. They are to be listed in the national publication’s 2016 edition.
Public Policy Leadership Student Recognized for Commitment to Diversity
Senator Lott and Chic-Fil-A VP of Corporate Talent Dee Ann Turner Visit With Lott Students
Photos from February events hosted by the Lott Leadership Institute can be viewed here.
Congratulations to Trent Lott Leadership Public Policy Class of 2016 Recipients of Who’s Who 2015-2016 Recognition
Members of the Trent Lott Public Policy Leadership Class of 2016 gathered Thursday to celebrate their being named as recipients of Who’s Who 2015-2015 recognition. Among the 150 junior and senior level students selected, 15 Public Policy Leadership students will be honored at an induction ceremony to be held March 4, 2016 at 4 PM in the Ford Center for the Performing Arts.
Pictured above are, from left to right:
Front Row: Grant Beebe, Mary Chandler Cossar, Anna Lee Whisenant, and Rod Bridges.
Second Row: Anna Grace Stout, Mary Katherine Berger, and William Kniep
Third Row: Caroline Loveless, Vivian Paris, and Ryan Snow
Third Row: Mary Elizabeth Kakales, Joseph Latham, and William Fisher.
Kate Aspinwall, Terrian Garvis, and Camille Walker were unavailable for photograph, as they are representing the Lott Leadership Institute and University of Mississippi in internships this semester.
Summer 2016 Internship Opportunities Available
THE DEADLINE TO APPLY TO THE PROGRAM FOR ENTERING FRESHMEN in the 2016-2017 academic year is TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2016
Lott Leadership Institute Public Policy Leadership Fall 2016 Brochure
Patricia Lott Public Policy Leadership Scholars
Class of 2019
The Trent Lott Leadership Institute is pleased to boast an exceptional freshman class. Among these leaders, we take care to celebrate the commitment to excellence embodied by recipients of the Patricia Lott Public Policy Leadership Scholarship.
Pictured above, from left to right, are Levi Bevis of Florence, AL; Morgan Cannon of Loxley, AL; Margaret Hay from West Point, MS; Mallie Imbler of Belden, MS; Reagan Moody of Franklinton, LA; and Cole Holland of Fulton, MS. Ann Morgan Lamar of Meridian, MS was unavailable for photograph.
Senator Trent and Mrs. Patricia Lott Celebrated at Staff Reunion
Members of Senator Trent Lott’s former staff gathered in Oxford recently to celebrate the legacy of leadership demonstrated by Senator and Mrs. Tricia Lott.
Honoring the Patricia Lott Scholarship and related funding efforts, the weekend featured remembrances of Senator Lott’s work in Washington and student perspective on the future.
See https://lottreunion2015.shutterfly.com for the opportunity to view and purchase photos from the event.
Lott Leadership Institute Featured in Ole Miss Alumni Review Magazine
The Lott Leadership Institute was recently featured in the Fall 2014 Edition of the Ole Miss Alumni Review Magazine. Read the full article below: