Lott Leadership Institute and Rebel Debate to Host Fall 2015 High School Speech and Debate Tournament

Tournament Announcement


The University of Mississippi Forensics Team within the Lott Leadership Institute invites you to join us at the Fall 2015 University of Mississippi High School Forensics Tournament hosted by the Lott Leadership Institute and the University of Mississippi Office of Outreach and High School Competitions.  The dates this year are October 30-31, 2015.

We are proud to serve as a 2016 NIETOC bid tournament! Competitors advancing to bid rounds, per NIETOC policy, will be awarded our hearty congratulations and a qualification bid toward attending this summer’s tournament hosted by Denver East High School Colorado. For more information on the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions, please visit www.nietoc.com.

The University of Mississippi High School Forensics Tournament will offer debate in Policy, Novice and Varsity Lincoln-Douglas, and Novice and Varsity Public Forum. We are happy to welcome students to compete in Impromptu, Novice and Varsity Prose Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Original Oratory, Storytelling, and Duet Acting in Flight A.Flight B events will include Novice and Varsity Extemporaneous Speaking, Novice and Varsity Poetry Interpretation, Expository Speaking, Duo Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation and Declamation.

We are pleased to welcome up to 10 entries per school in all events, except Congressional Debate. Schools are invited to enter up to 5 students in Congressional Debate. Please be advised that students who are entered in Congressional Debate may not compete in either Flight A or B events. Additionally, students that advance to debate out rounds on Saturday morning will be automatically dropped from their Flight A events, per MHSAA guidelines.

The top three overall performing schools receive sweepstakes awards. The champion school receives the Glenn Menna Traveling Sweepstakes Award, won in Spring 2015 by Madison Central High School. The top three overall competitors receive individual sweepstakes awards, and the champion competitor receives the Rose Bui Memorial Lott Leadership Award.

Our website will provide you with the information you need to place your entries, make hotel arrangements and enjoy your time in Oxford.  We are pleased to announce that Charter Road Hospitality is our Hosting Sponsor this year, providing excellent discounts at two of their facilities The Hampton Inn Conference Center and Holiday Inn Express on Jackson Avenue at $119 per night plus tax.  The cutoff date is September 30 for these rates.   See our website for more details.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the team’s Director of Forensics, JoAnn Edwards, directly at 662-915-3799 and in the evenings at 662-801-8696.

We hope you will join us for a warm and welcoming weekend at Ole Miss!


JoAnn Edwards                                                         Debra Yancy
Director of Forensics                                               Asst. Director of Forensics

Public Policy Leadership Upperclassmen to Enjoy Visit by Skip Rutherford, Dean of University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service

Rutherford as Web

Skip Rutherford of Little Rock is Dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School (UACS) of Public Service. UACS opened in 2005 and is located on the grounds of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park in Little Rock, Arkansas.  It was the first school in the country to offer a Master’s degree in public service.

A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, he received the Journalism Department’s first Distinguished Alumnus Award. He has an extensive private sector background in communications and public relations and has served as a visiting professor at the University of Arkansas; Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas; the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas; and the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas.

From 1997 until it opened in 2004, Rutherford supervised the planning and construction of the Clinton Presidential Center and Park and served as Founding President of the William J. Clinton Foundation.

He is a former administrative assistant to United States Senator David Pryor (D-AR), and has been active in numerous campaigns and initiatives at the local, state and federal levels. He is the founder and organizer of the Political Animals Club, a non-partisan grassroots organization of community leaders and activists who meet regularly to discuss politics and issues.

He coordinated the 40th anniversary commemoration of the 1957 crisis at Little Rock Central High School. He also coordinated the dedication of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, only the third new commercial airport to open in the previous 25 years.

He served as past president of the Little Rock School Board, was the first president of the advisory board for the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts and served on the Lyon College Board of Trustees from 2001-2013. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Foundation for the Mid South and Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Rutherford was named Tourism Person of the Year at the Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism, and also was honored as the Arkansan of the Year by the Arkansas Broadcasters Association. He is the recipient of the William F. Rector Memorial Award for distinguished civic achievement in Little Rock. When the Clinton Library opened, he was named Arkansan of the Year by the Arkansas Times newspaper and Headliner of the Year by the Arkansas Press Association.

He is the recipient of the Humanitarian Award from Just Communities of Arkansas; the Men of Volunteer Achievement from the Retired Senior Volunteer Program; the Arkansas Community Service Award from the Arkansas Department of Volunteerism; the Martin Luther King Award from the Black Community Developers, the Community Service Award from the University of Arkansas Alumni Association and the Champion Award from the Home Instruction Program for Parents of Pre-School Youngsters (HIPPY). In 2014, the American Red Cross of Greater Arkansas recognized him as the Clara Barton Distinguished Humanitarian of the Year.

 Patricia Lott Public Policy Leadership Scholars

Class of 2019

PPL 2015 Scholarship Recipients

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.

Public Policy Leadership Alumnus Selected for Inaugural Class of The Public Interest Fellowship

PPL Alumnus Joshua Holdenreid will begin The Public Interest Fellowship in Washington, DC September 2015.

PPL Alumnus Joshua Holdenreid will begin The Public Interest Fellowship in Washington, DC September 2015.

The Trent Lott Leadership Institute extends congratulations to Joshua Holdenried, who has been selected to join the inaugural class of The Public Interest Fellowship. Holdenried, a 2013 graduate of the Public Policy Leadership program, will begin study in September.

The Public Interest Fellowship draws on the legacy of the great journal of ideas and policy founded by Daniel Bell and Irving Kristol, The Public Interest, which nourished generations of individuals devoted to reclaiming the enduring principles of the American constitutional tradition.

The fellowship program offers full-time employment to a select cohort for two years. Holdenried will rotate through jobs at a number of different organizations, each selected to give him pertinent experience. Such organizations may include think tanks, publications, and political campaigns. He will also complete a great books curriculum delivered through regular evening seminars, attend academic and professional retreats, and participate in events with public intellectuals and leading figures from politics and national security.

Along with the Lott Institute, Holdenried is also a graduate of the University of Mississippi’s Center for Intelligence and Security Studies and the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College.

As a Lott student, Holdenried founded and developed the Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS) at Ole Miss; an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting constructive debate on basic principles and contemporary issues in foreign, economic, and national security policy. With the help of Dr. Eric T. Weber—who currently serves as faculty advisor to AHS—and Executive Director William Gottshall, AHS was able to successfully grow in its inaugural year under Holdenried’s direction.

“Without the leadership skills I developed as a Lott student, I wouldn’t have been able to establish and lead a successful student organization the way that I did,” explains Holdenried. “I also had the benefit of several peers from the Lott Institute who were already campus leaders, willing to help me navigate the process of creating a credible presence at Ole Miss.”

Weber recalls Holdenreid as a particularly engaged student.

“JD was always a great student to have in class,” Weber said. “ He was at the same time a thoughtful person with carefully considered views, while also being a great listener. He has a strong voice as a writer yet has a calm temperament that is refreshing, moderate, and mature. I believe that he has a future as a writer and an advocate and that we’ll all be better off because of it.”

Upon graduation, Holdenried accepted internships with the Heritage Foundation’s Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies and Senator Bob Corker on the Foreign Relations Committee. Following his internships, Holdenried accepted a position as a congressional staffer for the late Alan Nunnelee from Mississippi.

Holdenried is currently a George C. Marshall Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and a Writing Fellow at America’s Future Foundation. He is also a contributor to Town Hall and a Research Assistant for Fox News National Security Analyst K.T. McFarland. Following his recent endeavors, Holdenried will be clerking at the BGR Group this summer until his fellowship begins in September.

Senator Trent and Mrs. Patricia Lott Celebrated at Staff Reunion

PPL alumni and current students celebrated the contributions of Senator and Mrs. Tricia Lott recently.

PPL alumni and current students celebrated the contributions of Senator and Mrs. Tricia Lott at a weekend reunion May 1, 2015.

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.

Six Members of the Lott Leadership Institute Inducted into Ole Miss Hall of Fame


The Six Lott Leadership Institute members inducted into the Ole Miss Hall of Fame; From L-R; Phillip Waller, Rob Barber, Briana O’Neil, Anna Suggs, Christine Dickason, Channing Landsdell (Photo Courtesy- Kevin Bain, Ole Miss Communications)

Six Public Policy Leadership students and members of the Lott Leadership Institute were inducted into the Ole Miss Hall of Fame on January 30.

Rob Barber of Hernando, Miss, Christine Dickason of Collierville, Tennessee, Channing Landsdell of Nettleton, Miss, Briana O’Neil of Brandon, Miss, Anna Kathryn Suggs of Kingwood, Texas and Phillip Waller of Madison, Miss were among the ten inductees to the Hall of Fame’s 2015 class.

These students were honored by the University for their dedication to community service and academic achievements during their tenure at the University.

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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:







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