Seven ESU Students Attended Presidential Inauguration on January 22
Seven East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (ESU) students were among those attending President Barack Obama’s inauguration to his second term as president on Monday, January 21, 2013. The ESU students were, pictured from left, Nathaniel Sanders, a freshman majoring in business administration from Brodheadsville, Pa.; Kwaku Adjei-Bohyen, a junior majoring in political science from Edison, N.J.; Ryan Stevens, a junior from East Stroudsburg, Pa., majoring in political science; Myia Woodson, a junior from East Stroudsburg, Pa., majoring in political science; Amy Majani, a junior political science major from East Stroudsburg, Pa.; Lyesha Fleming, a senior psychology major from Blakeslee, Pa.; and Tyler Day, a junior political science major from Milford, Pa. With them is Kimberly S. Adams, Ph.D., ESU associate professor of political science and campus liaison to The Washington Center (TWC).
Dr. Adams secured inauguration tickets for all 17 students under her direct supervision—seven from ESU and 10 from Bloomsburg University. The tickets were provided by U.S. Congressmen from Pennsylvania Tom Marino (R-10th Dist.), Lou Barletta (R-11th Dist.) Charles Dent (R-15th Dist.), Mike Kelly (R- 3rd Dist.), and Jim Gerlach (R-6th Dist.).
“The students were so excited to have the opportunity to witness history first-hand,” Dr. Adams said.
Several of the students also got to meet Martin Luther King III and his wife, Andrea Waters King on Monday, which was also the nation’s annual commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The students were among over 400 students representing 46 colleges and universities nationwide participating in The Washington Center (TWC) Presidential Inauguration Seminar. TWC, an educational non-profit, non-partisan organization, provides specialized internship opportunities in Washington D.C. and abroad to thousands of students from hundreds of colleges and universities nationally and worldwide. The group toured the D.C. area, visited monuments and the Capitol Visitors Center, and heard political leaders and White House news correspondents discuss presidential campaigns, elections and national policy.
Seminar topics included The View From Inside The White House, with Eugene Kang, special projects coordinator/confidential assistant to the president; The President and Congress in a Polarized Capital with David Welna, congressional correspondent, National Public Radio and Ken Walsh,chief White House correspondent, U.S. News & World Report; A View from the U.S. Senate with Bill Dauster, deputy chief of staff for policy, office of Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid; Does One Good Term Foretell Another? with Susan Page,Washington Bureau chief, USA Today; Scott Horsley,White House Correspondent, National Public Radio and Janet Hook, Political Reporter, The Wall Street Journal. Other presentations included Tax Reform in the Second Obama Term with Grover Norquist, president, Americans for Tax Reform; C-SPAN; Your Eye on Washington with Brian Lamb,executive chairman and founder C-SPAN and the Impact of the Super PACs on American Politics. Dr. Cornel West, professor emeritus, Princeton University, and Tavis Smiley, host of The Tavis Smiley Show on PBS, spoke on the topic of Race, Poverty, and Social Policy in the Second Obama Term.
The seminar was from January 12-22.