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Young Alumnus of the Month



Kathleen Larkin '11

Kathleen Larkin graduated from Harding in May 2011 with a bachelor’s in History. During her time at Harding, she was involved in multiple organizations including Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, Archaeology Club, the Roosevelt Campus Network, Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society, Alpha Chi Academic Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society and Chi Kappa Rho Social Club.

After graduation, Kathleen attended graduate school at American University in Washington, D.C. and received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration in May of 2013. Over the course of her program, she interned at the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Temple. She worked on a variety of issues ranging from Native Hawaiian land rights to Caribbean money laundering cases.

Kathleen is currently working as a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of State since September 2013. The Presidential Management Fellowship is a highly-competitive government fellowship program for graduate students interested in pursuing a career in public service. As part of the program, PMFs participate in two professional development rotations.

“I came onboard at the Bureau of Budget and Planning a week before the government shutdown,” Kathleen said. “I would like to note that we were the only department that remained fully operational during that period.”

Kathleen’s first rotation was a six-month tour at U.S. Embassy Lisbon where she served as an Economic Officer, advancing U.S. policy in Portugal. She has since returned to her home office in the Bureau of Budget and Planning where she works as a budget analyst on the Resource Strategy and Liaison Team. Her team is responsible for preparing the major budgetary documents for the department and most recently worked on the Ebola Emergency Budget Request and the Counter-ISIL Budget Amendment Request as part of the Administration’s larger efforts to tackle these issues.

Kathleen believes her time at Harding was beneficial in preparing her for her career as well as helpful in creating some of her most important relationships.

“Harding created an environment where I was encouraged to confront the tough issues with the help of my friends, and that continues to serve me well,” Kathleen said. “A week rarely goes by in Washington where I have not connected with a fellow-Harding grad over coffee, at church or on Capitol Hill. I also enjoyed the mentorship of professors who invested time and energy in my wellbeing- and not just my professional wellbeing and success- but also my spiritual and emotional wellbeing. They challenged me both academically and personally.”

Past Honorees

OctoberNick Michael '10
SeptemberEmily Owens '14 and Marcy Yoder '12
AugustScott Huddleston '07
JulyZach '13 and Jordan '12 Roddenberry
JuneSarah-Jane Bedwell  '05
MayLyndsey Ruble Nuckols '05
AprilSeth Fish  '08
MarchMaura Brumley  '12
FebruaryMatt Owen  '03
JanuaryEmily Gemma  '10
DecemberJohn Rogers  '04
NovemberLiz Yielding '12 and Lauren Schlabach '11


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