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Undergraduate Fellows

The EI Undergraduate Fellows program offers a select group of Gettysburg College students the chance to develop their leadership skills and grow in their knowledge and understanding of public policy. Fellows serve on the Eisenhower Institute's College Advisory Council, act as liaisons for assigned Institute events at both locations, and serve as hosts for campus visitors. Students engage fully in the planning and promotion of specific programs and projects. They are responsible for selecting, developing, and promoting a public policy theme with programming in both Washington and in Gettysburg.

This year the EI Undergraduate Fellows are studying U.S. Space Policy. Learn more. 


2013 - 2014 Undergraduate Fellows

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Andrew Bellis '14, is a senior Political Science and Philosophy major at Gettysburg College. Andrew is a Presidential Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress and a research assistant to Professor Donald Tannenbaum. Andrew plays on the Gettysburg Men's Soccer Team where he was voted an Academic All-American and is a member of the International Affairs Association. Andrew is president of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and a member of both the Pi Lambda Sigma and Pi Sigma Alpha national honors societies. Over the summer of 2012 Andrew worked as a campaign manager for Minnesota State Representative Jonh Lesch's victorious re-election campaign. Andrew was also a member of the 2010 Brainbusters Championship team. After College, Andrew plans to attend law school.

JesteadtBrandon Tower '14, is a Political Science and International Affairs dual-major with an Italian Studies minor at Gettysburg College. Originally from Shamong, New Jersey, and is a on campus Resident Assistant -soon to be Resident Coordinator, an Eisenhower Institute Program Assistant, and a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. In addition, he is also a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society. This past summer Brandon interned in the office of U.S. Senator Robert Menendez. Lastly, he has spent this most recent semester studying the Italian language in northern Italy. 

kaneDavid Wemer '14, is a senior History major and German Studies minor from Cleveland, Ohio, returning for his second year as an EI Undergraduate Fellow. At Gettysburg, David is the President of the Phi Alpha Theta historical honors society and the Vice President of the Omicron Delta Kappa leadership society. In 2013, David served as a delegate to the Naval Academy’s National Foreign Affairs Conference and studied for six weeks at the St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University in St. Petersburg, Russia.  In the summer of 2012, David received a Mellon Foundation grant to study East European politics, and his research has been recognized by the National Conference of Undergraduate Research and published in The Gettysburg College Historical Journal. David is a recipient of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Scholarship.

NaviaEmily Costley '14, originally from Decatur, Georgia, is a Religious Studies and Political Science double major. Emily served as a 2012 Summer Fellow with the Obama campaign and was a past participant in the Eisenhower Institute's Women in Leadership program with Jennifer Donahue. Additionally she is a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha and Pi Lambda Sigma honors societies. She also volunteers at the local Amazing Heart Farm CSA and spends time working with students at James Gettys Elementary School. After graduation from Gettysburg, Emily plans on continuing her education and pursuing a dual Masters Degree in Education and Public Policy.

Palmer ResizedJessica Jozwik '14, is a senior environmental studies major, political science minor from Palos Park, Il. She is a student facilitator for the Gettysburg Recreational Adventure Board and is responsible for facilitating backpacking, climbing, kayaking, and ropes course workshops for the campus community. She spent the fall semester of her junior year studying Sustainable Development and Social Change at the School of International Training in Jaipur, India. She has been active with The Eisenhower Institute, having participated in Women in Leadership with Jennifer Donahue and Strategy and Leadership in Transformational Times with Susan Eisenhower. This summer she will intern for Chicago Adventure Therapy running outdoor programs for different youth organizations in Chicago.

PapadaJon Maddalone '14, is a senior political science major and history minor from Newtown, PA. He has been an active member of the Gettysburg Men’s Lacrosse team since his freshman year. Since his sophomore year, Jonathan has been an active member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, serving as Alumni Coordinator and Public Relations Chair. During the summer of 2012 he interned for Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick in his Washington D.C. office and also worked for his re-election campaign.  Jonathan spent the fall semester of his junior year studying American Politics at American University's Washington Semester Program, where he interned for NBC's The Chris Matthews Show. During the summer of 2013 he interned for the House Committee on Education and the Workforce in Washington D.C. Jonathan is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, as well as the Pi Lambda Sigma honor society. Jonathan hopes to attend law school after graduation.

StaufferJoseph Tangredi '14, is from Long Island, New York and  is a Political Science major.  Joseph is a Dean's List student at Gettysburg College as well as a member of the Gettysburg football team, and the Gettysburg Rugby team. Additionally, he is currently a brother of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, of which he is Recorder, and the President of the Inter-Fraternity Council.  Joseph is also part of the Law and Justice Society, Pi Sigma Alpha and Pi Lambda Sigma Honor Societies.  Over the summer he will be interning at the offices of Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy.  

WemerKaeley McEvoy '14, is a senior Religious Studies major with minors in Writing and Peace and Justice Studies from Woodbury, Connecticut. She has been involved with the Eisenhower Institute since her freshman year participating in the Inside Politics program and working as a member of the Social Media Team. As a sophomore she also participated in The Leadership Institute for Social Justice through the Garthwait Leadership Center. On campus, Kaeley is President of Invisible Children, served as Vice President for Chi Omega Sorority and was a former member of the Women’s Soccer Team. For the last two years, she has interned with the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ developing programming for Sacred Conversations on Race within congregational communities. 

What are the Institute's past fellows doing now?


Colin Gorman '13, will be attending New York Law School in fall 2013. He hopes to study International Business & Corporate Law. 

Anthony Palmer '13, was recently selected through a statewide writing competition to be a James A. Finnegan Fellow in PA. He will serve as a paid intern in Governor Tom Corbett's Innovation Office this summer. In August Anthony will be a 1L at Georgetown Law School. 

Brencis Navia '13, is a regional consultant at Lord Abett & Co. He hopes to attend law school in the next few years. 

Katelyn Stauffer '13, is a graduate student at Indiana University where she will earn her Ph.D. in Political Science.

Sarah Hecklau '12, is currently working as an Admissions Assistant in the Gettysburg College Admissions Office.  She hopes to continue working in higher education before seeking a graduate degree.

Luke Feltz '12 is currently an intern for the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security.

Edward "Anskar" Fosse '11 is currently in a Fulbright program teaching English at a school in South Korea.

Calynn Dowler '10, is currently in the United Kingdom on a Fulbright scholarship studying for a Master's in Migration Studies at the University of Sussex in Brighten and Hove, England.  She is studying the process of migration and its otucomes for this interdisciplinary degree.

Owen Carhart '09 currently resides in Miami Beach, FL and is the owner/operator of Carhart Capital Management and Carhart Enterprises LLC. He is a financial advisor and private business consultant. He is currently engaged in numerous entrepreneurial endeavors and is working on continuing expanding and growing his business.

Madeline Shepherd '09 is working as a legal assistant at a white collar litigation firm in New York City and will be attending George Washington University in the fall to pursue a Masters of Public Administration.

Jay Hagerman '09 is finishing law school at Duquesne University with a focus on energy law, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance.  Jay was recently elected as a Republican Allegheny County Committeeman and Vice-Chair of his Committee District.

David Neagley '09 was part of Teach for America in the Washington metro area teaching biology at Forestville Military Academy in Prince George's County, Maryland.  He served as Curriculum Manager and Program Manager for Curriculum Writing.

Mark Leno '08 has completed a Presidential Management Fellowship and is working for the United States Government. He has earned an MA in International Relations from the University Chicago.

Brett Jackson '08 is currently clerking on the Court of Appeals of Maryland.

Leanne Tyler '07 is enrolled in a Master's/Ph.D program in political science at Columbia University. Her area of specialty is international relations and her interests include post-conflict democratization and power-sharing.

Jessica Haines '07 currently works as one of four staff writers at the Gettysburg Times.

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