THE NATIONAL PRESIDENTIAL CONVENTIONS 2008
In August 2008 a record enrollment of 474 student interns representing 135 colleges and universities attended and participated in the National Presidential Conventions. The students came from 46 states and the District of Columbia and 11 foreign countries. Two of those students came from West Liberty University, Kelsey Batten & Lindsey Mick. This seminar, endorsed by both political party Chairs, is the only national academic program of such scope, visibility, and size that studies the political process on-site.
Week One: This week saw interns arriving at their host cities for a week of formal instruction, guest lectures, city tours, site visits and fieldwork assignments were given out. The students witnessed the Media setting up and the security tightening around the convention routes. Students learned quickly the importance of “Credentials” and what they had to do to obtain them. The all important “Credentials” were the passes that would actually get the students into the convention centers with specific credintials needed for each floor and each night.
Week Two: This week saw continuing programming, keynote addresses, fieldwork assignments and the selection of the President and Vice-Presidential candidates. Oh yes, there were parties gallore and plenty of noted speakers and political figures to run into!!!!
Democratic National Convention – Denver, Colorado – August 17-29, 2008 – Kelsey Batten
On August 17th nearly 376 student interns arrived on the Campus of Regis University in Denver, Co., and began their journey into the world of presidential conventions. Regis University served as the host institution for The Washington Center’s Democratic Presidential Convention Seminar. West Liberty’s Kelsey Batten, a Communications major, was among those students. Kelsey’s field placement assignment was at the CNN Grill which was a restaurant, turned restaurant/media center for CNN during the convention. Kelsey was able to meet or at least see some noteworthy folks during her stint here, and even served as a bouncer at some point. It has been said that she even got yelled out by Charles Barkley, so it seems she was doing her job. In addition to her programming, and long hours at the CNN Grill, Kelsey was still able to attend some parties, and most of all – get “Credentials” into the Convention Center and hear first-hand, Barack Obama’s acceptance speech!
At the end of a busy and often sleepless two weeks – Kelsey was asked to send her resume to CNN in D.C. and the Turner Network in Atlanta. I’d say that is a pretty impressive testimony to the great job Kelsey did during the Convention.
Republican National Convention – Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota – August 24-September 5, 2008 – Lindsey Mick
On August 24th 98 student interns arrived on the Campus of Augsberg University in Minneapolis and began their journey into the world of presidential conventions. Augsberg University served as the host institution for The Washington Center’s Republican Presidential Convention Seminar. West Liberty’s Lindsey Mick, a Business major, was among those students. Lindsey was assigned to the Ohio Delegation which turned out to be a “premier assignment” since she was given credentials for every night of the actual Convention. Lindsey’s experience was much different than Kelsey’s yet they both experienced something that most of us will never get the opportunity to do.
Check out some of the sights that our students experienced!
DEMOCRATIC & REPUBLICAN CONVENTIONS: