Bob Schieffer, Senators Mikulski and Chambliss Honored at Jefferson-Lincoln Awards Gala
Longtime CBS newscaster Bob Schieffer and U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski and Saxby Chambliss were honored at the fourteenth annual Jefferson-Lincoln Awards, the Panetta Institute’s annual black-tie celebration at the beautiful Inn at Spanish Bay at Pebble Beach on Saturday, November 9, 2013.
“In a Washington environment of increasing partisanship in both government and journalism, these three stand out as examples that cooperation and fair-mindedness remain the best avenue to solving our country’s problems. Their form of leadership is not only still possible in today’s national dialogue — it’s more necessary than ever,” said Panetta Institute Chairman and Co-Founder Secretary Leon E. Panetta.
Mr. Schieffer has been with CBS News since 1969, serving as interim news anchor, chief Washington correspondent and, since 1991, as moderator of the Sunday public affairs show Face the Nation. His career with CBS has put him in the center of national political issues, with assignments including the White House, the Pentagon, State Department and the United States Congress.
He has moderated three presidential debates and is one of broadcast journalism’s most experienced Washington reporters.
Senator Mikulski has served in the Senate since 1986. For the previous ten years she had been in the House of Representatives; last year she became the longest serving woman in the history of the United States Congress. She chairs the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science. The website Examiner.com described her this way: “Although (she) is considered one of the most staunch liberal Democrats in the Senate, her Republican colleagues rate her as one of the most bipartisan.”
In 2010, Senator Chambliss helped create the so-called “Gang of Six,” consisting of three Republican and three Democratic senators to create a deficit-cutting plan. That group has since expanded to eight.
Interns Report for Duty in Washington Following Intensive Two-Week Program at the Panetta Institute
Twenty six participants in the fifteenth annual Congressional Internship Program have returned home after working for two and a half months in the Washington congressional offices of the California delegation, preceded by an intensive two-week preparation at the Panetta Institute that concluded August 23.
“Change is not going to happen from the top down. Change will happen when people like you go into public service. It all starts at the local level, in the community and in local government. Get involved — the sooner, the better. You are the ones who will plant the seeds of change. The purpose of it all is to have your children have a better life. If that happens, this course will have been a success.”
In addition to classes with Secretary Panetta, the unique training portion of the program featured briefings from national leaders and policy experts. Interns were also coached for their congressional office interviews and prepared for their daily assigned tasks.
While in Washington, the interns continued with their course work with weekly seminars organized by the Institute. These seminars were led by Republican and Democratic representatives, top government officials and experts in a variety of fields, from budgeting to healthcare and from demographics to foreign policy. Among the speakers this year was Peter Rouse, counselor to President Barack Obama and one of the president’s top advisors.
“Our program has earned the reputation of being one of the finest internship programs in Washington, D.C.,” said Secretary Panetta. “What sets this program apart are the benefits our students receive from the orientation provided by our visiting lecturers who explain how the legislative process actually works.”
“These are tomorrow’s leaders,” said Institute Co-Chair and CEO Sylvia M. Panetta. “The program helps prepare them right now to find ways to contribute to the public good. After the intensive two weeks at the institute they are ready to hit the ground running.”
Among the speakers during the two-week orientation were John Sullivan, former parliamentarian, U.S. House of Representatives; Jim Cunneen, principal at California Strategies, LLC and a former Republican California assemblyman; Fernando Torres-Gil, former assistant secretary for aging (HHS); Colin Kahl, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East; Jack O’Connell, former California state superintendent of public instruction, and Joe Minarik, former chief economist for the White House Office of Management and Budget.
New Community Partners Join Monterey County Reads Literacy Initiative
The Monterey County Reads program has marked its seventeenth year by increasing its outreach to volunteers and adding a new school district for the 2013-2014 school year.
Across Monterey County children are served by community volunteers who bring reading skills to the very students who need help the most. The Panetta Institute is reaching out to new volunteers, and conducted new orientation during the summer to encourage even more community involvement.
“It is well known that pupils who do not gain strong reading skills in the early elementary grades are more likely to be struggling learners in later years,” said Panetta Institute Board Member Rhonda Williams. “The evidence is overwhelming that children who engage in adult-child storybook interactions from a young age are more likely to have later reading success. This program is essential. It is saving lives.”
For the school year just begun, the Panetta Institute has launched an expanded recruitment effort across Monterey County, and has added Pacific Grove Unified School District to the program. Volunteers in Salinas and Salinas Valley areas are still being sought, in particular members of community groups, churches and military installations. “It’s exciting to watch a child have a new world open up to him just by simply reading a story,” said one volunteer. “It’s the most rewarding project I’ve ever been involved in.”
Outreach to volunteers who are members of community groups has resulted in a ripple effect, where community members who belong to more than one organization spread the word to other community groups and thus establish new volunteer resources.
Last year, the Institute added additional staffing resources to the program, including the addition of Mary Alicia McRae, a literacy specialist, to organize and conduct orientations with school site teams as well as to perform student assessments. “Putting orientations and assessments in the hands of a skilled literacy specialist ensures more effective and accurate data to study upon the students’ completion of the program,” stated Institute Co-Chair and CEO Sylvia M. Panetta.
Volunteers receive training in cooperation with the Institute and the Monterey County Office of Education. In addition, the Institute, the County Office of Education and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School collect and analyze data surrounding children’s progress to ensure a high quality program outcome.
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Student Leaders from 26 California Universities Convene at the Panetta Institute for Weeklong Examination of Leadership
A diverse statewide group of student body presidents and other elected student leaders spent a week in June at the Panetta Institute for a comprehensive program on leadership from experts in a variety of fields, from politics and government to business, media and competitive sports.
Santa Cruz County Supervisor Bruce McPherson, a former California secretary of state, California Natural Resources Agency Secretary John Laird and former NFL coach and ESPN analyst Herm Edwards joined a host of community and statewide leaders to work with students from the twenty-three California State University campuses, Santa Clara University, Dominican University of California and St. Mary’s College of California.
Participants in the one-week seminar, entitled Education for Leadership in Public Service, were involved in direct interaction with the blue-ribbon panel of leaders. Workshops included putting leadership theory into practice, insiders’ tips on successful management and achieving goals, understanding modern media, tips on policy-making and ethics.
This year’s leadership class also heard from and met with Panetta Institute founder Secretary Leon E. Panetta as part of the program. Secretary Panetta spoke to the students about the qualities of leadership; lessons learned from a career in public service and how to put theoretical principles into practice.
This special course was developed in 1999 by a blue-ribbon panel of public officials and academic leaders in response to the findings of the Institute’s national survey of college students, which showed alarmingly low levels of student interest in government and public service. Since then, the program has been hosted annually at the Panetta Institute. Program costs are paid by the institute, the affiliated universities or student body associations and the CSU Chancellor’s Office. Participating students receive four academic credits for their enrollment and successful completion of this unique program.
One student, Brianna Fennell of Dominican University commented: “This week has expanded my knowledge, my speaking skills, my friendships and just changed me as a person. I will be forever grateful for this moment in my life.”
Secretary Panetta’s Career Documented in Exhibit
The Panetta Institute is now home to a dramatic display of photographs, documents and other artifacts relating to Panetta Institute co-founder Leon E. Panetta and his service in the Obama administration as head of the Central Intelligence Agency and as Secretary of Defense.
The collection includes images of Secretary Panetta with leaders from around the world, as well as awards and honors connected to his many achievements in the pursuit of peace and security for the United States and its allies.
Secretary Panetta’s role in the Obama administration is well documented, with a variety of candid and ceremonial pictures, as well as a hand-written note from the President offering congratulations for his service at the CIA.
Also on display is a three-foot long sword with a gold inlaid handle, presented to Secretary Panetta by Dimitris Avramopoulos, Greece’s Minister of Defense. Nearby is a three-foot long gavel, presented by the men and women of the General Counsel’s Office.
On the lighter side are pictures of Secretary Panetta’s prized golden retriever, Bravo, and a signed photo of the Secretary at a pickup basketball game at the CIA, with the hand-written sentiment: “This year the agency – Next year the Final Four.”
These recent photographs and artifacts are additions to the Leon E. Panetta Archive, which documents Secretary Panetta’s career in public service.
Successful 2013 Lecture Series Concludes as Secretary Leon E. Panetta Returned as Moderator of Discussions Featuring Ehud Barak, Joe Lieberman, Asa Hutchinson, Richard Lugar and More
Leon E. Panetta returned from his posts as secretary of defense and director of the Central Intelligence Agency to reassume his role as moderator of the Leon Panetta 2013 Lecture Series, which concluded on June 10 with the program, “Middle East Turmoil: Chaos or Reform?”
Complete videos of all four programs in this year’s lecture series are available by clicking here.
Along with the return of Secretary Panetta, the sixteenth season featured a celebrated lineup of speakers that included Howard Berman, former United States representative; Doris Meissner, former commissioner for the Department of Immigration and Naturalization Services; Tom Ridge, former head of the Department of Homeland Security; Simón Salinas, Monterey County supervisor and son of farmworkers; James Carville, presidential advisor; William Kristol, Fox News Sunday panelist; Sarah Brady, chair of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence; Asa Hutchinson, former U.S. Representative and task force director for the National Rifle Association; James Johnson, Baltimore County chief of police and chair of the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence; Ehud Barak, former Israeli prime minister and former minister of defense; Joe Lieberman, former United States senator (Connecticut) and former chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; and Richard Lugar, former United States senator (Indiana) and former chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
“Leon’s return as moderator brought a sharper focus to the discussion, since he has been in the middle of so many issues and decisions while serving in Washington,” said Institute Co-Chair and CEO Sylvia Panetta. “His expertise includes the budget and the economy, national security and defense. He targeted the discussion to the key debates on each topic and worked to identify where bipartisan action and leadership were possible.”
This year’s program focused on the theme 2013 — Gridlock or Action? “Our nation moves from crisis to crisis,” said Institute Chairman Leon E. Panetta. “And yet, more and more, our elected leaders seem unable to come together to address the many challenges we face. Events at home and around the globe have brought new urgency to stubborn policy debates. Can we at last move forward toward compromise and solution or will the American people continue to pay the price for partisan bickering and legislative inaction? This year we asked a distinguished group of experts to examine these challenges and consider paths toward solutions.”
Two Research Fellows Have Begun Studies at the Institute
Two law school students from Santa Clara University School of Law have completed their intensive program of study in the fall 2013 Policy Research Fellows Program. Students researched and analyzed selected issues of critical national concern, work that fits in with the Panetta Institute’s public policy mission. Students earned three units of credit and gain first-hand experience and instruction while studying public policy issues.
This semester, fellows concentrated on the major public policy challenges that face our nation, as well as being introduced to the most influential writers and scholars who are discussed in the Panetta Institute’s master’s classes: Money, Media and Politics; Legislative and Executive Politics and Policymaking; and Budget Policy.
In addition, fellows attended special seminars with former and current elected officials, who shared their experience in drafting, advocating for and ultimately passing policy legislation. Working with the fellows were Ellen Wilson, program coordinator and archivist, Dr. Richard Kezirian, the Institute’s professor and senior program coordinator, as well as local attorney Bill Daniels.
The Policy Research Fellows Program started in 2006, and since then, fifty five students have completed their semester of service, receiving academic credit from their host schools. Participants are nominated by the dean of Santa Clara University School of Law and once selected, work on site at the Panetta Institute.
Monterey County Reads Volunteer Recognition Ceremony Featured Award-Winning Author Dr. Francisco Jiménez
The Panetta Institute’s annual Monterey County Reads Volunteer Recognition Ceremony was Thursday, May 16, 2013 at the Alumni & Visitors Center, CSU Monterey Bay and featured a keynote address by acclaimed and esteemed author and Santa Clara University professor Dr. Francisco Jiménez.
The annual event spotlighted the many volunteers in the award-winning Monterey County Reads program, a dedicated group of individuals, who along with past volunteers, have offered more than 105,000 hours of service by reading one-to-one with children in Monterey County.
“These volunteers are making a difference,” said Institute Co-Chair and CEO Sylvia M. Panetta. “By caring enough about the children of Monterey County, they are improving young lives, one by one.”
An educator and author of several award-winning books, Dr. Jiménez emigrated with his family from Tlaquepaque, Mexico to California and as a child worked alongside his parents in the fields of California. He received his B.A. from Santa Clara University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Latin American literature from Columbia University under a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. He has served on various professional boards and commissions, including the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the California Council for the Humanities, the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WASC), Santa Clara University’s Board of Trustees, the Far West Lab for Educational Research and Development, and ALearn, a non-profit organization committed to helping underrepresented students get to and succeed in college.
Dr. Jimenéz’s autobiographical books, The Circuit: Stories From the Life of a Migrant Child (Cajas de Cartón, in its Spanish edition), Breaking Through (Senderos Fronterizos), La Mariposa and The Christmas Gift/El Regalo de Navidad have won several national literary awards, including the Américas Book Award, the Pura Belpré Honor Book Award, the Tomás Rivera Book Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and the Reading the World Award. His books have been published in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Italian and Spanish. His book Reaching Out, the sequel to Breaking Through, was published by Houghton Mifflin in August, 2008, and received the 2009 American Library Association’s Pura Belpré Honor Book Award and the Carter C. Woodson National Book Award. His Spanish translation of it, titled Más Allá de Mí, was published in August of 2009. In addition, Dr. Jimenéz has published and edited several books on Mexican and Mexican-American literature, and his stories have been reprinted in more than 100 textbooks and anthologies of literature.
Dr. Jiménez was selected the 2002 U.S. Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and in 2008 he was awarded an honorary degree from De Anza College and in 2009 an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from the University of San Francisco. He is currently the Fay Boyle Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Santa Clara University.
For more information about Monterey County Reads, click here or call the Panetta Institute at 831-582-4200.
Two Panetta Institute Programs Selected for Prestigious Excellence in Education Award
The Panetta Institute has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the Excellence in Education Award by the Monterey County School Boards Association for two of its innovative programs that have transformed students’ lives.
Both programs – Monterey County Reads and the Leon E. Panetta Lecture Series Afternoon Student Program – were selected based on the following criteria:
- For having a significant, transformative impact on students’ education and/or well being.
- For exceeding expectations in pursuit of addressing unmet student needs.
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