number 1 Most Politically Active Students
One Acre Fund started in Kenya in 2006 and now serves more than 600,000 smallholder farmers. Dilanthi Ranaweera, SIS/MA ’15, led field operations for the organization’s first pilot program in East Asia, where she recruited, trained, and assisted farmers in the field. After the Myanmar pilot ended, she joined the Kenya program. She chose to remain in field operations because it enables her to have direct contact with farmers.
number 2 Most Active Student Government
36 percent New Tenure-Faculty Identify as People of Color
6 Alumni Are Members of Congress
4 Alumni Are Presidents of Nations
number 6 Truman Scholarships 2009-2018
School of Communication professors Maggie Stogner and Richard Stack released their powerful new documentary, In the Executioner’s Shadow, which examines all sides of the death penalty debate through interviews with crime victims, family members, and a Virginia-based executioner. The film navigates the moral quandaries of capital punishment, while exploring larger questions of American identity, justice, and mercy. Several AU students and alumni assisted with the production.
Central to the film is Jerry Givens, who conducted 62 executions—work so secretive that even his wife did not know. (She thought he was a prison guard.) He has since become a leading anti-death-penalty advocate.
Although it illuminates the dark side of capital punishment, the documentary does not take a formal position on the issue. It simply challenges the viewer to consider the ramifications of this practice—which occurs increasingly beyond public purview—for our society.
Stogner says, “It’s about who we are as a country and what our values are in the twenty-first century.”
To many, the sustainability of Houston’s Jewish community came under threat when Hurricane Harvey damaged synagogues and flooded thousands from their homes.
Avital Ingber, Kogod/BA ’03, head of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, helped raise millions of dollars for shelter, synagogue reconstruction, and Jewish day school tuition.
“In the fourth-largest city in America, we don’t want to have a generation that is lost in terms of its connection to the Jewish community,” Ingber says.
After playing 10 seasons in professional basketball’s minor league, the Los Angeles Lakers signed Andre Ingram, CAS/BS ’07, for its last two games of 2018. Not only did Ingram accomplish his NBA dream—he captivated the sports world, scoring 19 points in his debut. “Every time I was ready to jump off that ledge, something pulled me back,” he says. “My story is to let that voice, let that encouragement, pull you back in.”
SPA professor Todd Eisenstadt is tracking how funding for climate change projects flows from international donors to local development projects and the effect on indigenous populations in developing countries.
“This is a burgeoning area of study because a lot of money is being collected,” says Eisenstadt. “It is important for the public, policy analysts, scientists, and policy makers to understand whether and how these funds are being channeled so they get where they need to go.”