Mr. Dickens was a guest on Nov. 11, 2010 in the HSOG. He met with the Strategic Intelligence Students to discuss internships.
Charles "Chip" Dickens is the founder and president of ICIO, INC. a Maryland based small business. As president, he has managed five contracts providing information services to the Army CIO G6, a Fortune 500 business, several small businesses in the Washington, D.C. metro area.
He has continued to support the Department of Defense with contributions to include the USCENTCOM regional assessment for the Middle East, as well as advising the National Defense University improving their information security condition and operations.
On Tuesday Nov. 2, 2010, Becky Norton Dunlop and Douglas Ernst visited the Helms School of Government.
Dean Akers invited 23 of the Helms School finest students to attend a personal setting with Mrs. Dunlop in the Executive Dining Hall for coffee. Mrs. Dunlop who joined Heritage in 1998 is now The Heritage Foundation’s vice president who oversees four program areas, Coalition, Relations, Lectures and Seminars, Young Leaders Program and Strategic Outreach – that are focused on spreading conservative ideas in a host of outside forums. Her responsibilities include advising and consulting with fellow leaders in the private and public sectors. She previously served inside the White House, at the Department of Justice and at the Department of the Interior as a senior official in the Reagan administration from 1981-1989. She ran her own strategic management and communications consulting firm, Century Communications, and also served from 1994-98 as secretary of natural resources in Virginia under Gov. George Allen.
Mrs. Dunlop spoke to over 75 students in the Helms School Suite and enjoyed a reception with the students and faculty. Mrs. Dunlop informed the students that Senator Jesse Helms was the man that gave her away on her wedding day to her husband George. Also, she stated that her work for the nation on behalf of President Ronald Reagan was among the greatest privileges of her life.
On Wednesday October 27th, and Thursday October 28th, the Helms School ofGovernment was privileged to have some very powerful women in the suite, who shared how they and other “concerned women”, are changing the nation one action at a time.
Concerned Women for America, (CWA) a public policy firm based in Washington D.C., is the nation's largest public policy women's organization with a rich 30-year history of helping bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy. (cwfa.org)
Chief Executive Officer Penny Nance, a Liberty Alumnus, spoke Wednesday about the types of candidates and acts legislation alike, which are not always upfront and honest with the citizens they represent and effect. She spoke of the different methods of action we as concerned citizens can take to fight the injustices, and encouraged women (and men alike) to be strong, steadfast and committed to standing for the Biblical principals this nation was founded on. She offered advice about internship and campaign opportunities as well as practical advice on the “first job”, and different actions you can take in order to be as successful as possible in the world of politics and policy.
On Thursday, the President of CWA, Ms. Wendy Wright spoke about the atrocities of abortion and the different challenges CWA has faced speaking out against the act. She told stories about injustices small factions of anti-abortion protestors, including herself, had faced when merely praying outside of clinics. With constitutional rights on the line, several injunctions and cases filed against her had traveled through state and the national supreme courts.
The Helms School is always honored to be visited by such distinguished guests, and is grateful for the time they take to come by and share their wisdom with students and faculty. Be sure to keep up with the HSOG Facebook page for more events throughout the semester.
The Journal for the Christian Pre-Law Society is a partnership between Liberty University's Helms School of Government and the Christian Legal Society. It is the first academic journal published by the Helms School, providing an opportunity for undergraduate students to write and submit scholarly research articles for publication.
Dr. Rickert awarded students for their work on written contributions to Volume 1 of the Journal. Featured Authors included Kara Deal, Aaron Finkhousen, Winston Leslie, Jesse Mitchell, Robert Webster and Michael Wendt.
David Gibbs, the legal counsel on the nationally reknown Terry Schiavo case, spoke to Helms School of Government students about the relationships between the constitution and the Schiavo case. Attending the Journal Launch were Mr. Jerry Falwell and family, Dr. Ronald Godwin, Dr. Elmer Towns, and Dr. William Gribbin.
Tim Goeglein, Vice President of External Relations for Focus on the Family and former deputy director of White House Office of Public Liaison, was greeted by the Liberty University College Republicans and Pi Sigma Alpha who supported the event for the Helms School of Government.
Mr. Goeglein spoke to students on topics such as "Impact of Christian Worldview on Policy Formulation", "Integration of Faith and Public Life", and "Practical Governance and the Absence of Constitutional Considerations."
The Helms School of Government was honored to have His Excellency Batu Kutelia, Ambassador of Georgia speak in the Helms School Suite on March 25.
The Ambassador spoke on the topic: "The United States and Georgia: Shared Interests and the South Caucasus." The Ambassador also hosted an in-depth and detailed Q & A session for students to ask questions pertaining to the topic, the country of Georgia, and the related international politics and issues.
Professor Stephen Bloom, Esq., author of The Believer's Guide to Legal Issues, spoke at the Helms School Suite on March 9th, this event was co-hosted by the Liberty University Pre-Law Society.
Topics of speech included "What Happens When You Give Your Law License To God?" and "Legal Advice Christians Should Refuse to Follow," followed by a Q & A session.
The Leadership Institute, an organization designed to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process, hosted its "Grassroots Campaign Training" at Liberty University, on Saturday and Sunday, March 6 and 7th.
Speakers included William Doss, Ryan Radford, and Matthew Braynard. Helms School students, who were able to attend for free, they benefited from this event with valuable information and knowledge that will help gear them for public leadership.
The Criminal Justice Club, in conjunction with the Helms School of Government, VCAR, and the Pre-Law Society, hosted the "Liberty Abolishing Slavery" event. The purpose of the event was to inform and educate students on the issue of human trafficking around the world.
In addition, the event hosted jewelry sales, displays of works of art, and speakers such as the Polaris Project. Speakers included Jay D. Culley, Stephen Anders, Julie Seiwell, and Kristin L. Fortin. Over four hundred (400) Students attended the event.
The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, an organization that seeks to improve political leadership in Virginia, visited the Helms School of Government on February 15.
The institute took the opportunity to advertise their programs and offered internships to Helms School students.
Dr. Michelle Crawford Rickert's paper titled "Wilberforce's Work is Not Done: Ending Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery" was recently published in the Forum on Public Policy. Her paper gives an insightful look into the issues of slavery and human trafficking in today's society. Her paper can be accessed online: