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ONU Students to Attend Democratic, Republican National Conventions

Aug 15, 2008
Thirteen Ohio Northern University students will participate in the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Convention programs. These two-week seminars are organized through the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. The Democratic Convention seminar will take place Aug. 17-29 in Denver at Regis University, followed by the Republican Convention seminar Aug. 24-Sept. 5 in Minneapolis at Augsburg College.

Attending the Democratic 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. Dr. Robert Alexander, associate professor of political science, will accompany the students and serve as a faculty leader.

ONU students participating in the Republican program include Michael Hamper, Jefferson, Ohio; Andrew Lammers, Tipp City, Ohio; and Miranda Wade, Marion, Ohio.

The seminars begin one week in advance of the respective conventions. Taught as an academic course, each seminar features formal instruction, guest lectures, panels, tours, site visits and fieldwork assignments. During the first week, students will participate in building excitement as the convention approaches. In the second week, students will volunteer for convention-related assignments and attend convention receptions and rallies. Students will receive four hours of ONU academic credit for completing the seminar.

Alexander is pleased to see students taking advantage of this program. “This is really an excellent opportunity for these students to witness history. They will be right in the mix of this exciting election, which has significant import to the future direction of the country.”

Beginning Monday, Aug. 18, Northern students will share their convention experiences in a series of web journals accessible from the ONU home page at

Every election year since 1984, The Washington Center, a nonpartisan, educational organization, has offered seminars in connection with the national conventions. The Center serves hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities and developing its participants into informed, public-spirited and civically engaged citizens.
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