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CSUB Students Attend the Presidential Inauguration

CSU Bakersfield is among over 30 colleges and universities and 400 students traveling to the nation’s capital to attend the 2013 Presidential Inauguration and swearing-in ceremony. As part of a two-week program hosted by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, students and faculty will convene in Washington, DC from January 12 – 22 and participate in a series of discussions, site visits and guest lectures that will culminate in public inauguration events.

“The inauguration and swearing-in ceremony is such a symbolic tradition for our country,” said Mike Smith, president of The Washington Center. “Every four years Americans tune in to the coverage of the inauguration and a lucky few watch from the parade route. CSUB students will not only learn about the transition of political power, they will be a part of historic inauguration events, live, as they happen. We thank CSUB for making this opportunity a reality for their students.”

“This program, hosted by the Washington Center, is a prime example of CSUB’s commitment to excellence in education. Seventeen CSUB students have traveled to Washington, D.C. for a first-hand look at our government in action.  It will be an experience that all of them will remember for a lifetime,” said Dr. Horace Mitchell, CSUB President.  He added, “I want to thank the donors who have provided support for this exceptional educational experience, including families who not only supported their own sons and daughters, but provided additional support for other students as well.”

Students will hear political leaders and White House news correspondents share personal stories of presidential campaign trails, elections and national policy. Historians and renowned professors will host interactive discussions on political appointments, congressional confirmations and policy agendas. A few of the speakers include:

Ken Walsh, Chief White House Correspondent, U.S. News & World Report

Scott Horsley, White House Correspondent, National Public Radio

Janet Hook, Political Reporter, The Wall Street Journal

Steve Scully, Senior Executive Producer/ Host, C-SPAN

Ben LaBolt, Senior Advisor, Presidential Inaugural Committee

Rodell Mollineau, President, American Bridge 21st Century

Eugene Kang, Special Projects Coordinator/Confidential Asst. to the Office of the President

Owen Ullman, Editor, USA Today

Tavis Smiley, Host, The Tavis Smiley Show, PBS

Frank Fahrenkoph, Co-Chair, Commission on Presidential Debates

Michael McCurry, Co- Chair, Commission on Presidential Debates

Don Ritchie, United States Senate Historian           

For more information on Inside Washington 2013 academic seminars, please visit www.twc.edu/inauguration.

For more information on CSUB please visit www.csub.edu.

About The Washington Center

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C., for academic credit. The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has more than 50,000 alumni who have become leaders in numerous professions and nations around the world. It was established in 1975. For more information visit: www.twc.edu.

For More Information

Colleen Dillaway
Director, Public Affairs & Communications, CSUB
661-654-2456
cdillaway@csub.edu

Irma Cervantes
Public Affairs Coordinator, CSUB
661-654-2138
icervantes@csub.edu