King's Students Make Good on the Mission
VP of Student Development reflects on the Spring semester
As seniors collect their caps and gowns and participate in their final classes, their final house
meetings, their final activities, it’s evident that their King’s experience has been life-changing.
I also see among those who will return in the fall, anticipation about new
leadership opportunities and new academic challenges. It’s clear to me, now more than ever,
that our students have made right decisions that move them forward. And I am exceedingly
As you know, students at The King’s College are an ambitious lot. In fact, keeping up with the volume of student activity is a New York size endeavor. Take a look at the list of student successes below, and you will understand why.
Vice president of Student Development
The King's College – New York City
COMPETING IN THE COURTROOM
: The King’s College Mock Trial founder and team captain, Jonathan Irwin, won a "Best Attorney" award at University of Pennsylvania Quaker Classic. There were 168 attorneys, and Jonathan was recognized as one of the top five.
NETWORKING WITH POLITICIANS
: Jeremy Cerone and Chad Abbott, officers of The King’s College Republicans, arranged to have Callista Gingrich speak to students on campus earlier this month. Mrs. Gingrich spoke about American Exceptionalism, taking time afterwards to meet students in an informal meet-and greet session. Gingrich later tweeted: “Enjoyed speaking with a room full of future leaders at The King’s College in New York last night.”
ADDRESSING THE NATION’S LEADERS
: Seven students attended Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C. Thanks to funds allotted by The King’s Council they were able to hear the Nation’s leading conservative voices: Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Jim DeMint, Governor Scott Walker, Sarah Palin, Governor Bobby Jindal, Governor Bob McDonnell, the Honorable Mitch McConnell, and Laura Ingrahm. They also heard from former presidential candidates Herman Cain, the Honorable Michelle Bachman, and Governor Rick Perry.
PURSUING GRADUATE SCHOOL: Alexandra Harrison, King’s senior, will attend Georgetown Law School with a merit scholarship. She was also accepted (with merit scholarships) at University of Texas at Austin, Regent University, Fordham University, William & Mary, and George Mason University.
DEBATING BIG IDEAS: Sam Tran, founder of Ideas Forum (IF), an undergraduate think tank, hosted a public debate April 21 on the topic of homelessness. Sam invited debate teams from The King's College, St. John's University, Columbia, Adelphi University, and other colleges for a vigorous back-and-forth on the topic. He also arranged for Ed Morgan, President of the Bowery Mission, to make a presentation on homelessness.
FIGHTING FOR LIFE: A group of King’s students were among the 300,000 people who attended the annual pro-life rally in the nation’s capital. The entourage met with alumnus Daniel Leiva, class of 2009, who works in Washington as a Legislative Assistant for Speaker of the House John Boehner, who delivered the opening statements. After the march, our students visited the office of their respective Representatives, urging them to overturn pro-abortion legislation. After, they were invited by Representative W. Todd Akin of Missouri, to a private reception in the Capitol building.
ENGAGING CULTURES: Students on the Turkey International Venture hosted Ambassador Ufuk Gokcen, Secretary General of Organization of Islamic Cooperation on campus this month. Gokcen is a permanent observer to the UN and works with its 57 member’s states to safeguard the interests and well-being of Muslims. Gokcen answered questions about Turkey in preparation for the second annual economic conference King’s students are hosting at Bilkent University, the premier private university in Turkey.
WINNING IN BUSINESS: The King’s College Financial Services Club participated in the 2012 Chicago Mercantile Exchange Intercollegiate Trading competition, trading crude oil and gold futures against the nation’s best and brightest college students. At the close of the competition, the club placed 20th in the nation out of 166 teams. This put our students well ahead of teams from Dartmouth, Princeton, Carnegie-Mellon, MIT, Cornell, Boston College, NYU, and Columbia, to name a few.
PRACTISING CIVIL DISCOURSE: The Debate Society challenged the premier Irish National Debate team while they were on tour in the United States. The St. Johns University Debate Team joined in to argue – “This House Believes That the Government Should Give Money to Communities to Resist Gentrification.” The Docklands in Dublin and New York’s Harlem were laid side by side and the pros and cons of gentrification were bandied back and forth, followed by discussion of the differences between Ireland and America.
PURSUING GOD: Greg Pitman initiated a chapter of the New Canaan Society for King’s men. Seventeen staff and students joined Jim Lane, Founder of NCS, Tom Cole, and BJ Weber, former chaplain of the Yankees, to hear Eric Metaxas, NY Times bestselling author and founder of Socrates in the City, speak at their inaugural meeting.
ARGUING IDEAS: The Foundation for Economic Education hosted a competition in which they offered cash prizes to the top three student-produced YouTube videos based on an essay written by Lawrence W. Reed, author of Great Myths of the Great Depression. King’s sophomore, Nicole Bianchi, won first place and was awarded $1,500.
CREATING CULTURE: King’s freshmen Zach and Clayton Chambers are releasing an album on a music website called Noise trade. The website allows musicians to get their music published. Together, the brothers also produced a music video. “There’s something to be said for learning about culture and understanding how it works and what it is,” Zach, freshman and MCA major, commented.
PUBLISHING IN NATIONAL VENUES: Derek Reed, King’s senior, published an article in Fast Company. Sean McElwee, Junior, published “CA Supreme Court Upholds Plastic Bag Ban” in the Reason Foundation Magazine. Josh Craddock, sophomore, published “Unmasking the UN’s Abortion Agenda,” “Ron Paul’s Pro-Life Problem,” “Guatemala, Tuskegee, and Planned Parenthood,” “Have Conservatives Lost the Same-Sex Marriage Debate?,” in Student Live Action News, WorldNetDaily, Reason Foundation Magazine, and Monument Publishing. And the list goes on.
PRACTICING PHILANTHROPY: John Bianchi, senior and founder of Global Generation, a student-led philanthropic club, partnered with the New York Ouchi Art Gallery and Redeemer Presbyterian Church to host an art auction to raise funds for victims of the tsunami in Japan.
MINISTERING TO THE LESS FORTUNATE: Operation Exodus - Inner City was founded in 1988 in response to the desperate needs of children in Upper Manhattan. Over eighty children from kindergarten through high school participate in an after school tutoring program and Saturday mentoring program run by volunteers. Five to ten women from the House of Thatcher trek to Harlem every Saturday morning to assist with programming, mentoring, and special events for students and their families.
PARTICIPATING IN THE ARTS: Luke Anderson, junior, snagged a highly coveted opportunity to work on-set with Shakespeare in the Park – cast members include Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Jerron Herman, junior, will appear on stage at the Lincoln Center this summer. And so on.
BUILDING ALLIANCES: Joshua Craddock, King’s sophomore, is organizing the Global Pro-Life Unity Summit in Lisbon, May 4-5. Currently, there are pro-life organizations from eight countries confirmed to attend (USA, Portugal, Ireland, Mexico, Hungary, Dominican Republic, Romania) and more attending remotely via Skype and video presentations (Colombia, Chile, Poland, Czech Republic). He arranged the conference for Personhood USA and is co-sponsoring it with LifeSiteNews.com and Human Life International.
SECURING WORLD-CLASS INTERNSHIPS: King’s students interned at Morning Joe at MSNBC, John Stossel at Fox, MTV Networks, CBS News, “What Not to Wear” Television Show on TLC Network, Governor Chris Christies office, Focus Feature Films with NBC Universal, Morgan Stanley, Oppenheimer & Co., Thomas Nelson Publishers, Crown Publishing Group at Random House, one student interned for Adam Bellow at Penquin Publishing Group, Columbia University Press, Kirkus Media, and on and on and on.
The King’s College educates students in the ideas upon which nations rise and fall. With a focused curriculum in the liberal arts tradition, students are prepared to help shape, and eventually to lead, the institutions of government, civil society, media, law, business, education, the arts, and the church. King’s is a Christian college located in New York City.
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