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Students to Discuss Experiences at Republican, Democratic Conventions

Sep 8, 2008
Ohio Northern University students will be holding a panel discussion to talk about their experiences at the 2008 Democratic and Republican National conventions at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11 in the James F. Dicke College of Business Administration Dicke Forum.

The students had the opportunity to get an inside look at how the conventions were planned, put together and produced. They also had access to prominent politicians, members of the media and delegates from across the United States.

Students were part of a two-week seminar coordinated through nonpartisan, educational organization The Washington Center (TWC). Taught as an academic course, the seminar engages students will small group discussions, workshop, issues forums and convention fieldwork.

An additional facet of the program is the opportunity for students to pursue convention-related assignments and fieldwork. During the convention, TWC places attendees in volunteer positions relevant to their interests, enabling students to be ‘at the right place at the right time', and contribute to the operation of the event.

The Republican convention program attendees included Michael Hamper, Jefferson, Ohio; Andrew Lammers, Tipp City, Ohio; and Miranda Wade of Marion, Ohio. Attending the Democratic Convention program are Matthew Allen, Chicora, Pa.; Justin Dickerson, Hamilton, Ohio; Victoria Dickman, Middle Point, Ohio; Denise Jansen, North Royalton, Ohio; Jacob Jeffire, Clinton Township, Mich.; Samantha Kinstle, Wapakoneta, Ohio; Kelly Morman, Monroeville, Ohio; Atlantis Richter, Franklin, Ind., Patti Stiger, Bradner, Ohio; and Matthew Wiseman, Findlay, Ohio.