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Powell Scholars Program
Callison Hall
Courtney Lehmann, Ph.D.
Program Director
University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211


Dinelle Davis
Program Assistant
University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Ave
Stockton, CA 95211

Courses and Meetings

Callison Hall

Callison DedicationCallison Dedication
Former President Eibeck, Mrs. Powell, Former Chair of the Board of Regents Kathleen Lagorio-Janssen

Since January 2012, the Powell Scholars have had their own space on campus. Callison Hall was completely remodeled thanks to the generosity of Mrs. Powell. She was so dedicated to the program that she not only personally oversaw the remodeling of Callison, but also utilized her expertise in interior design to furnish and decorate the building, including donating artwork.

Callison Hall is a space dedicated to academic, creative, and leadership activities for Powell Scholars and their guests. Callison Hall also houses the office of the program director, Dr. Courtney Lehmann.

Powell Courses

Callison LuncheonLeadership Seminar Discussion with Norm Allen
Chair of the Board of Regents Norm Allen speaking with Freshman Powell Scholars during the Powell Leadership Seminar

The Powell Leadership Seminar, which is taken fall semester freshmen year, focuses on approaches to leadership from a variety of perspectives and features key guests from industry as well as from the larger University community. This seminar also introduces Powell Scholars to opportunities afforded by the program, including funding for research, creative activities, and study abroad, as well as support for community service and the pursuit of prestigious fellowships (e.g. Fulbright, Rhodes, etc.). At the end of the semester, each student prepares a leadership "self-portrait" along with a plan to make the most of their years as a Powell Scholar at Pacific.

The Powell Project Proposal Development Seminar, which must be taken before research/creative funds can be accessed, guides students through the process of crafting and presenting a strong proposal for Program funding. Importantly, the seminar also enables Scholars to learn more about their colleagues' work from an array of cross-disciplinary perspectives.

Group Meetings

Callison LuncheonPowell Scholar Luncheon

Early in the fall semester, Powell Scholars gather for a one-day retreat, which is focused on personal reflection as well as collective planning for future cultural events, group projects, visiting speakers, and candidates for the Powell Exmplary Leader Award (PELA).

This initial exchange of ideas is refined during monthly luncheons, in which Powell Scholars interact with each other across majors while sharing a meal. The director works with the students to create a program for each luncheon, which typically revolves around organizing special events, highlighting the accomplishments of current students and alumni, and exploring other Powell Scholar business.