Chesteen endowment to highlight dinner
The Messenger 12.05.07
Dr. Richard Chesteen
University of Tennessee at Martin professor of political science Dr. Richard Chesteen — whose teaching career has spanned 45 years — will be honored Dec. 15 with a retirement dinner highlighted by the launch of the Richard Chesteen Endowment for Government Internships.
The evening will begin with a reception for current students, alumni and community residents at 6 p.m. in the lobby of Duncan Ballroom at Boling University Center on campus. The dinner will follow at 7 p.m. and will include comments from some of Tennessee’s current and former leaders.
Chesteen has dedicated his life to public service and the education of college students about the workings of the American government and political systems. In his lectures, he often refers to real-life experiences from his previous political and government careers. He stresses the importance of students earning on-the-job experience and taking advantage of the internship programs available to them.
Upon making the decision to retire, Chesteen wanted to continue providing opportunities for tomorrow’s leaders to obtain that real-world experience he stressed in classes. In collaboration with UT Martin, the Richard Chesteen Endowment for Government Internships was formed to continue those goals.
The Chesteen Endowment will focus on subsidizing governmental internships for students in multiple disciplines, with the goal of increasing internship opportunities in Washington, D.C. The endowment will be supported by contributions from corporations, alumni and the university community.
For more information about the endowment, contact the UT Martin Office of Development at (731) 881-7620.
To make reservations for the dinner, contact Lisha Tuck, assistant director of development, at (731) 881-7634.
Chesteen, Dr. Richard Chesteen, University of Tennessee at Martin