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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-28-Stover-DC-trip.jpgDuring a recent trip to Washington, D.C., on March 23 and 24, Waynesburg University’s Stover Scholars met with several influential legal, political and journalist leaders including: U.S. Representative Tim Murphy (R-PA), United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Judge Kara Stoll, Georgetown University Law Center Professor Randy Barnett, former Nuclear Regulatory Commission Commissioner Jeffrey Merrifield, Fox News talk show host Tucker Carlson, National Archives Historian Jessica Kratz, Economist Stephen Moore, and U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Victor J. Wolski.

The twenty Stover Scholars started their whirlwind tour on the Capitol steps with Representative Tim Murphy who discussed the future of healthcare and the healthcare reform bill. Following their conversation, Sophomore Scholar Christine Dawson noted, “As a nursing major currently taking a health care policy course, I found our conversation with Rep. Tim Murphy about the pending AHCA vote to be a wonderful real-time supplement to what I am learning in the classroom. Hearing from a legislator with a medical background who has sponsored a recently passed mental health bill inspired me to make my passion for quality patient care and adequate healthcare access heard in the public square.”

Next, the scholars visited Georgetown University Law Center and met with author and professor Randy Barnett to review constitutional law and his recent book, “Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People.” Sophomore Tyler McCoy commented, “As an undergraduate student interested in law school, having the opportunity to meet with Professor Barnett at Georgetown Law Center was an invaluable experience. It was especially valuable to see how he, a renowned legal theorist, interprets and analyzes our Constitution."

At the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Judge Kara Stoll discussed the excitement of being appointed to the court by President Obama and her background in engineering and law.  

Jeffrey Merrifield, former Nuclear Regulatory Commission Commissioner met with the students at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.  Reflecting on their meeting, Senior Stover Scholar John Wicker said, “Mr. Merrifield had such a keen insight on solutions to further implement nuclear energy in our nation's energy portfolio. His fascinating nomination by President Bill Clinton as a Republican to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission opened several doors for him to make a significant impact for the future of energy in America."

Ending their first day in D.C., the Stover Scholars visited the Fox News headquarters and watched the live filming of the Tucker Carlson Tonight show.  "It was a very surreal experience to sit no more than 20 feet from Tucker Carlson on his set as he debated on his late night show. Perhaps even more humbling was getting to talk with him briefly to realize the transparency of the individual; showing the same charisma and enthusiasm while interacting with us in person as he displays on live TV,” said junior scholar Vincent Morrow. 

The following day, the scholars had an exclusive tour of the National Archives given by the historian Jessie Kratz. During the private session, the students were able to get an up close encounter with the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution and learn more about the extensive documents that the Archives is responsible for organizing. Addie Pazzynski, a senior Stover Scholar noted about the tour, “By remembering our past, and facing it in the form of documents and artifacts, we experience again and again the words and images that inspired and challenged our predecessors.  This experience pushes me to reimagine, reinterpret, and relive what does and can make America a place of peace and equity.” 

Finally, the group met with Economist Stephen Moore at The Heritage Foundation who detailed his experience working as a senior advisor to President Trump during the 2016 campaign and the current state of the economy.  

Reflecting on the trip, senior scholar Paige Carter said, “The Stover Scholars are privileged to experience a D.C. not exemplified by the news, but one full of civic leaders who are driven by morality, tradition and a greater sense of purpose.” 

Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, Director of the Stover Center and Assistant Professor of Ethics and Constitutional Law, commented, “The Stover Scholars gained profound insights about American legal, economic and energy policy from major political and constitutional players who openly shared their D.C. experiences with the scholars. Moreover, the students viewed the U.S. Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights in their own private viewing session, a truly remarkable moment.”

The Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership is a unique Waynesburg University program dedicated to transforming the political sphere in the context of Christian Ethics and American constitutionalism.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

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b2ap3_thumbnail_monogram.jpgWaynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership is pleased to announce the third annual Summer Continuing Legal Education course in England at Cambridge University from August 2 to 7, 2015.

This five-day program, held at Jesus College, Cambridge University, explores the essential contemporary and historical attributes of American, English, and European law in a wide-ranging discussion among distinguished jurists, academic leaders, and practicing lawyers in this 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.

All lawyers who share a passion for the Rule of Law would benefit from this creative legal endeavor, which has been approved for 12 hours of CLE credit (including two ethics hours) in Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Distinguished speakers include:

  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin
  • Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Gary Glazer
  • Sir Robin Auld, former Lord Justice, Court of Appeal of England and Wales
  • Virginia Circuit Judge (retired) Ann Hunter Simpson
  • Cambridge University Law Professor Catherine Barnard
  • Georgetown University Law Professor Charles Abernathy
  • Sir Anthony Holland, Financial Services Authority Complaints Commissioner

“This program provides participants with an extraordinary opportunity to explore the historical and philosophical depths of American and English law with premier jurists, eminent scholars and distinguished attorneys from both sides of the Atlantic,” said Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, Director of Waynesburg University's Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership.

Please visit http://info.waynesburg.edu/cle for more information or to register for this event.

SPACE IS LIMITED! Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity. 

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor
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b2ap3_thumbnail_stover-2.jpgWaynesburg University Stover Scholars visited leaders at the Pentagon, Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and The Washington Post Monday, Nov. 10.

The twenty Stover Scholars first met Senior Civilian Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force Eric Pierce at the Pentagon. Following an intriguing tour of the building and September 11 monuments, Pierce shared his insights on defense, military strategy and leadership along with his journey on the D.C. political path. Matt Kenney, a junior computer science major from Northumberland, Pa., commented, “Eric Pierce gave an upfront and honest perspective about the current state of defense.”

The group then visited the Supreme Court of the United States and sat in on the 11:00 a.m. oral arguments. “Seeing the oral arguments at the Supreme Court was amazing. It is one thing to read the justices’ opinions in a textbook, but to watch the justices engage in questioning based on their judicial philosophies made the court come alive,” remarked Gina Robinson, a senior English major from Lower Burrell, Pa. 

The Scholars then met Judge Janice Rogers Brown at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Judge Brown laid out her constitutional, political and moral insights for the students through her own experiences as a judge in Washington, D.C., and as a justice on the Supreme Court for the state of California. She inspired and encouraged the Scholars to learn from their failures by failing better the next time. 

At The Washington Post, the Stover Scholars met with reporter Chris Cillizza who described the evolution and impact of his daily online column and blog, The Fix.  Nika Anschuetz, a junior communication major from Zelienople, Pa., said, “As an aspiring journalist, meeting with Chris Cillizza was both beneficial and inspiring. His views about journalism and politics were refreshing.”

The Stover Scholars ended their D.C. trip by meeting Stifel, Nicolaus and Incorporated investment banker Jim Rowan. Rowan, although living on the edge of Washington, D.C., for many years, provided a detailed discussion of an outsider’s view of the political scene within the city. He described the challenges facing businesses from government regulation.

Commenting on the D.C. trip, sophomore pre-law major Paige Carter from Coraopolis, Pa., said, “The dynamics that we experienced today amazed me. This trip fostered in-depth conversation and deep informed thought regarding foreign, domestic and legal policy.” Freshman entrepreneurship major Kiana Levi from Venetia, Pa., commented, "This trip opened my eyes, challenged my political thought and strengthened my confidence to express my opinion.”

b2ap3_thumbnail_stover-3.jpgStover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership Director Dr. Lawrence Stratton said, "The in-depth interactions between Stover Scholars and prominent leaders in law, military policy, journalism and business, and with each other, was commendable.”

The Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership is a unique Waynesburg University program dedicated to transforming the political sphere in the context of Christian Ethics and American constitutionalism.

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Stover.jpgThe Waynesburg University’s Stover Scholars met with Tucker and Arensberg Partner Robert L. McTiernan Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, to discuss his involvement in the 1989 Supreme Court nativity scene case Allegheny County v. Greater Pittsburgh ACLU. McTiernan discussed Allegheny County’s unsuccessful legal strategy to defend the nativity scene in the Allegheny County Courthouse from the ACLU’s constitutional challenge. McTiernan also provided insights to the Stover Scholars about law school and entering the practice of law. 

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Stover-Photo.jpgRepresentative Pam Snyder met with Waynesburg University’s Stover Scholars Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014.  She discussed the importance of protecting the coal industry and responsibly developing natural gas, the challenges facing women in politics and about her commitment to seeking common ground in the political sphere.  

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