Networking and Community {Fall 2014}

Family Night Dinner is one of ASP’s favorite traditions.  Each Monday evening, students, staff, alumni, and guests gather for a community meal prepared by Resident Director James Kim.  It’s a great way to fellowship, catch up with alums, network–and, for students, get the one meal out of the week that they don’t have to prepare themselves! This past Monday, we were joined by several DC professionals serving as mentors this semester.  ASP’s mentorship course allows students the opportunity to build relationships with ASP’s vibrant community of alumni and friends of the program.  ASP mentors are established leaders in their respective fields with at least 7 years of professional experience and are thoughtful Christians who take seriously the ideas of vocation and calling.

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Rachel Trego [in navy] talks to ASP student Alex Hayes (Warner Pacific University). Ms. Trego currently serves as an international economist for the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Her previous work included serving as an agricultural officer with USAID and as a Habitat for Humanity construction crew leader.  Ms. Trego is mentoring Kaitlyn Stump (Malone University).

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David Alexander [second from right] speaks with several ASP and WJC students, including the student he is mentoring, Trenton Pouncy (Oral Roberts University).  Mr. Alexander has served for the past six years as Senior Attorney at the Board of Governance of the Federal Reserve System.  His practice focuses on financial regulation and the banking industry.  Prior, Mr. Alexander was employed at BOK Financial, where he handled commercial credit administration.

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Adam Kincaid spends time with Chris Rednour (Mount Vernon Nazarene University), whom he is mentoring this semester.  Mr. Kincaid is the Special Projects Director at the Republican National Committee.  He is responsible for election forecasting (turnout, vote method, outcome, etc.), polling, and targeting.

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Student Marion Githegi (Emmanuel College) [left] and ASP faculty member Gerry Hartis [right] eat dinner with guest Jared Noetzel, Evangelical Engagement Fellow at Bread for the World.

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Melissa Steffan is a Fall 2011 alumna of the Washington Journalism Center and Spring 2012 alumna of the American Studies Program! She is part of WJC’s mentoring program this semester.  Ms. Steffan works as assistant editor for start-up incubator 1776 where she creates original content about the latest trends and innovation among startups tackling regulated industries, including health, education, energy and cities.

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Dellenback Center Resident Director James Kim serves up dessert!

Fall 2013 in Review: Mentorships

The ASP Professional Mentorship course connects students with a Christian mentor in DC.  Elizabeth Pitts pairs students with their mentors based on the students’ interest in having a mentor in a particular field, from a particular background, or in a particular stage of life.  Each mentor picks a book to read with his or her student and meets at least three or hour times a semester.  Our mentors (many of whom are ASP alumni) have interests and experiences that range as widely as our students do! To see a selected list of ASP mentors from the past seven years, please click here.

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“Share Your Mentor Night” is a fun evening when students’ professional mentors come to the Dellenback for dessert and discussion. The students introduce their mentors, the mentors share advice and insight from their wealth of professional experiences, and we conclude with a time of networking and conversation. The students always leave with some pearls of wisdom!

Image  ASP alumnus (Sp96) and professional mentor James McCament talks with a handful of inquisitive students after attending one of ASP’s weekly Family Night Dinners.  James serves as the chief of the Office of Legislative Affairs for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  He has been an ASP professional mentor for the past five semesters.