Spring 2014 in Review: GDE Meets with Ugandan Ambassador

Ambassador Wonekha

Spring 2014 ASP student Nicole Noyes (Cedarville University) participated in the Global Development Enterprise track, working with two other team members on researching biofuels in Uganda.  As part of her internship with Values & Capitalism at the American Enterprise Institute, she met Ugandan ambassador Oliver Wonekha and set up a meeting with her for the GDE team.  GDE track director Gerry Hartis comments, “Nicole’s connection with Ambassador Wonekha is just one example of the opportunities that the Global Development Enterprise team has for engaging directly with leaders of the developing world here in Washington.”

“Ambassador Oliver Wonekha of Uganda was kind enough to meet with me to discuss the empowerment of Uganda’s women through investments in agriculture and energy,” Nicole said.  “She described the living conditions of rural families, the role of women in the country’s economy, and other pressing policy issues in Uganda. We look forward to sustaining this exciting relationship with the Ugandan Embassy.”

Spring 2014 in Review: Academics

What were ASP students up to last semester before we launched the blog? Here’s a brief overview of the Spring 2014 semester!

ASP joined the National Association of Evangelical's "Christian Student Leadership Conference" for a 45-minute Q&A with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and a tour of the courtroom

ASP joined the National Association of Evangelicals’ “Christian Student Leadership Conference” for a 45-minute Q&A with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and a tour of the courtroom.

Via skype, GDE students reported to their client on their preliminary research into sustainable biofuels in Uganda.

Via skype, GDE students reported to their client on their preliminary research into sustainable biofuels in Uganda.

GDE preparing to present their preliminary biofuels report

GDE preparing to present their preliminary biofuels report

ASP attended a lunch and lecture with Os Guinness, hosted by the C.S. Lewis Institute. Left to right: Peter Baker (PPI track director and ASP program director), Nicole Noyes (Cedarville University), Hannah Wasco (Trinity Christian College), Andrew Cleary (Biola University), and Gerry Hartis (GDE director and ASP faculty member)

ASP attended a lunch and lecture with Os Guinness, hosted by the C.S. Lewis Institute. {Left to right: Peter Baker (PPI track director and ASP program director), Nicole Noyes (Cedarville University), Hannah Wasco (Trinity Christian College), Andrew Cleary (Biola University), and Gerry Hartis (GDE director and ASP faculty member)}

PPI presented their Individual Policy Memos in a House Judiciary Committee hearing room.

PPI presented their Individual Policy Memos in a House Judiciary Committee hearing room.

PPI on the Hill after presenting their Individual Policy Memos

PPI on the Hill after presenting their Individual Policy Memos

GDE attended a conference on international development, hosted by Catholic University.

GDE attended a conference on international development, hosted by Catholic University.

During the middle week of the semester, wonderful group of ASP and WJC alumni spoke on a panel addressing "Beyond 9 to 5: Pursuing a Holistic Approach to Vocation."

During the middle week of the semester, a wonderful group of ASP and WJC alumni spoke on a panel addressing “Beyond 9 to 5: Pursuing a Holistic Approach to Vocation.”

Staff Spotlight: Gerry Hartis

Gerry Hartis

 

Gerry Hartis
Director of Business & Leadership Studies

Gerry spent his early career in the wilderness, literally.  His company provided outdoor experiential leadership education to schools and corporations.  Since 1991, Gerry and his wife Joanna have lived in the Washington metro area where he originally served as the Executive Director of a management consulting company and as an entrepreneur in energy, IT, and education.  Gerry joined the faculty of ASP in 2007 to teach courses related to the intersection of business and sustainable development to advance human flourishing.  Gerry and Joanna enjoy the vibrant urban scene of Washington and its easy access to their favorite outdoor activities–kayaking, biking, hiking.

Guest Post: “Top 5 Questions I’ve Gotten Since My Return from DC” by Stephanie Grossoehme

For ASP students, life in DC is life-changing.  They navigate a city, take on adult responsibilities, grow professionally through their internships, mentorships, and track work, and ultimately discover a lot about themselves.  Adjusting to life after ASP is often harder than one might expect.  How do you answer the dreaded “So, how was it?” question? How do you explain your experience to other people when you’re still processing it yourself?

Fall 2013 alumna Stephanie Grossoehme blogs her way through some of these questions, and we are thrilled to feature a guest post (and pictures) from Stephanie as she reflects on her semester experience.

#5. Did you see Obama?

Yes, I did. I didn’t get very close. I saw him at the Mall at the 50th anniversary of MLK Jr’s Dream speech. More exciting than that was the woman who started to faint and fall back onto me. I didn’t even catch her, I just watched her fall. At first I thought she was just stepping back. Nope. She was falling. She ended up being okay though. Another time I saw President Obama was at the National Christmas Tree Lighting. It was cold and very rainy. So he didn’t hang out for very long.

 

Jefferson Memorial#4 So you’re done there, then?

Yes, for now. I don’t think anyone who ever goes to DC can ever fully escape it. And that’s not because Big Brother is watching you. But I’ll speak for myself and just say that I’d totally live there again. DC is a great place to thrive in and it’s one of my favorite places. I plan on applying for jobs there after I graduate.

 

 

#3. What exactly did you do in DC?

Does anyone ever really know? I didn’t work for the CIA. I had 16 credits of coursework and internship. I interned with an organization called Free the Slaves. They do anti-slave labor work in 6 countries. They’re awesome. I worked with a team on a global development project with World Vision. I was mentored by an amazing and funny communications professional. I took a course called Vocation and Leadership. It was heavily discussion based. It made me think deeper. We explored truth and justice and Shalom, and I liked it a lot. I still like to go back and reference my reading assignments and I’m not even a hardcore nerd. In addition to the coursework though, I got to explore the city and learn from the people who live there.

 

DC rowhouses#2. Ew. Why did you even go to DC?

This is my personal favorite. Washington has a bad rep. People don’t agree with the government, I get it. But let’s be honest. DC is a great place to live. It even has its own laws since it’s not a State. It’s clean. It’s friendly. People say good morning to you as you walk by. Like, people at my little college don’t even do that. The city is full of history, obviously. It’s amazing how you never tire of the architecture. DC has this thing for cupcakes. The city is brick-paved and lined with unique row houses. My point: don’t hate on DC until you’ve walked a mile of her. She’s a beauty that’ll take your breath away. (Sigh. Pardon me while I go write a love song).

#1. Are you glad to be back?

Meh. I love Chicago, for sure. But since my experiences in DC probably changed my life, it’s difficult to get back into previous things. That’s why I write here, silly. (Obviously the people asking me these questions should just go read my blog and save me from further social interaction and contribute to slowly digress the way we humans communicate non-verbally with one another ahhhh…jk). Anyways. I think it’s something of a culture shock. I like being home, but I’m in search of the balance in taking my newfound lessons and stories and living them in an old place. That’s epitome of the struggle. It’s a progress.

Stephanie in Old Town Alexandria

Stephanie in Old Town Alexandria

A rising senior, Stephanie is a Communication major at Olivet Nazarene University.  While an ASP student, she was the social media intern at Free the Slaves; since returning to ONU, she has continued to manage Free the Slaves’ social media remotely.  After graduation, Stephanie plans to pursue social media marketing (basically anything that involves traveling, tweeting, photographing, and planning) in a major city–hopefully DC! You can find her blogging at Steph Went to Washington as she has time.

Fall 2013 in Review: Global Development Enterprise

Last semester, GDE worked with World Vision to develop a strategy to market a training manual for very poor farmers.  This was a follow-up to a USAID-funded project in which Spring 2012 GDE students developed the manual on helping these farmers work together to bring their product to global markets.

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ImageGDE students Brett Woods (Missouri Baptist University), Christopher McGee (Biola University), Shayla Wakumoto (Biola University), Devin Proctor (Gordon College), Stephanie Grossoehme (Olivet Nazarene University), and Dirk Oudman (Dordt College) outside World Vision’s DC headquarters

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