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Liberty + Leadership News: Nov. 7, 2019


Experienced Veterans Share Wisdom with TFAS Student Veterans and Military Cadets

“Veterans have demonstrated their investment with their own sweat and determination to the very same principles that TFAS holds tried and true.” – TFAS alumnus and Marine Corps veteran Sean Heravi ’10, PPF ’15, eloquently described the natural ties between our servicemen and women and the TFAS mission during a veteran-led panel at TFAS Headquarters this summer.

Panelists included Marine Corps veterans Caleb Royster, Ellis Craig, Daniel M. Selli and TFAS alumnus Sean Heravi ’10, PPF 15.

TFAS had the honor of welcoming 22 military veterans and ROTC cadets as students during our 2019 D.C. Summer Programs. We teamed up with the Veterans Leadership Council (VLC) to invite these exceptional students to a panel and networking reception, providing valuable career advice for military service and beyond.

Air Force veteran Jon Irigoyen ’19 was one of the 22 veteran or ROTC cadets to participate in TFAS 2019 D.C. Summer Programs. He says the program has provided him with valuable professional connections. “The TFAS organization now holds a dear spot in my heart, and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to become an alumnus of this exceptional program,” he said. “Being a part of this experience has had a huge impact on me, and I am excited to leverage all of the incredible benefits that being a TFAS alumnus will provide me in my future endeavors.”

We at TFAS hope to continue to strengthen our relationship with the veteran community and offer additional scholarships to veteran applicants through the support of generous TFAS donors. Read more at TFAS.org/VeteransPanel19.

TFAS Alumna Named Student Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois

Smithhisler takes in the view of the Capitol during her TFAS summer in Washington, D.C.

TFAS alumna Hadley Smithhisler ’19 was selected as Monmouth College’s sole recipient of the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award, making her a 2019 Student Laureate of The Lincoln Academy. This summer, Smithhisler earned a scholarship to attend our TFAS D.C. Summer Programs where she participated in our Public Policy + Economics program and interned with National Down Syndrome Society’s National Advocacy & Public Policy Center.

My economics course at George Mason (Economic Problems and Public Policy) pushed me to consider new, different and out-of-the-box solutions to problems that are facing our country. Now that I have returned to Monmouth College for my senior year, I find myself returning to the core principles of economic thinking in my political science and history classes.”– Hadley Smithhisler ’19

We caught up with Smithhisler to offer our congratulations and learn how TFAS and her other educational pursuits are preparing her for honorable leadership. Visit TFAS.org/SmithhislerAward19 to read more.

TFAS Remembers Don Smith

We are saddened by the loss of Don Smith, a generous supporter of TFAS journalism programs and a dear friend to many. TFAS President Roger Ream got to know Don just over a decade ago when the pair served on the board of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). Ream writes:

It was clear to me then that Don was a man of principle who understood the importance of integrity and character in a free society, which was reflected in his generous support of our work at The Fund for American Studies (TFAS). Don had a wonderful sense of humor and a radiant smile. He cared deeply about passing along the values of a free society to the rising generation. He also knew the importance of character education because he understood that integrity and freedom were linked together.”

He will be missed by all who were blessed to know him. Read more TFAS.org/DonSmith.

Post of the Week

TFAS Capital Semester on Leadership + the American Presidency student Bethany Weaver ’19 shares photos from a class trip to Philadelphia.


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Quick Links

The Colorado Spring Independent reports on alumnus Kyle Hybl ’91, ’93 receiving the 2019 TFAS Alumni Achievement Award.

Amber Phillips ’07 reports for The Washington Post on this week’s election gains for Democrats.

Ryan Lovelace, Novak ’17, writes for The Washington Times about Sen. Marco Rubio’s speech at Catholic University that argued for “common good capitalism” to compete with China. Christopher White, Novak ’13, also covers Sen. Rubio’s talk for Crux.

Kyle Hooten ’19 appeared on “Fox and Friends” this week to discuss an article he wrote for The College Fix. Hooten was one of our 2019 student testimonial speakers at our 2019 D.C. Summer Programs Closing Ceremony.

Mollie Hemingway, Novak ’04, says impeachment is going poorly for Democrats and the media in The Federalist.

Rym Momtaz ’05, ’07, Paris correspondent for Politico Europe, appeared on “The World This Week” and said the historic protests in Lebanon are unique because they are non-sectarian and the people have come together to speak in one voice.

Oriana Pawlyk ’10 reports for Task & Purpose on lawmaker’s proposal to expedite valor awards for the K9 team that took down al Baghdadi.

Ben Nuelle ’14 writes for Agri Pulse on new Canadian policy that could boost U.S. biodiesel exports.

Mark Levin ’76 interviews TFAS lecturer and Board of Visitor member Randy Barnett on “The Mark Levin Show” to discuss Barnett’s new book, “An Introduction to Constitutional Law: 100 Supreme Court Cases Everyone Should Know.”

Carrie Sheffield ’06, Novak ’06, opines in the Washington Examiner about a new Pew Research Center study that shows American workers in the Midwest and South are severely underrepresented in online journalism.

Cheryl Chumley, Novak ’08, writes for The Washington Times about the enduring spirit of Ronald Reagan nearly 40 years after his presidential win.

Jorge Galacia, a Venezuelan political activist who is doing a speaking tour for TFAS on college campuses, appeared on “Power Factors” (in Spanish) to talk about ways education can fight back against socialism.

Jennifer Kabbany, Novak ’02, writes for The College Fix on what majors earn graduates the best starting salaries.

Matthew Walther, Novak ’16, writes for The Week on forgotten lessons from 2016 election polls.

Emily Taylor ’12 is the new communications director for the House Budget Committee Republicans.

Karl Sharro ’98 joined Christiane Amanpour on “Amanpour & Co.” to assess the protests in both Iraq and Lebanon and how the lack of economic vision and corruption has the people coming together to try and make their homes a better place.

Ben Weingarten, Novak ’19, and Glenn Harlan Reynolds, the Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee, discuss breaking up big tech for “Close Encounters.”

TFAS professor Dr. Donald Boudreaux writes for Trib Live on the consequences of minimum wage legislation.

John Gehring, Novak ’98, writes for America Magazine on how Catholic identity has been challenged and enriched by social justice.

Jason Willick, Novak ’17, opines in The Wall Street Journal on the problems created by ‘political reform’ schemes.

Serena Sigillito, Novak ’19, writes in the American Conservative about the effect of paid family leave on wages and how best to measure the success of paid leave policies. The article is part of Sigillito’s TFAS Novak Fellowship project.

Katherine Timpf, Novak ’12, writes about a former Time editor’s call for hate speech laws in the U.S. and why such laws would be dangerous in the National Review.



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