February 16, 2011 10:00 AM
Imagine sitting in a room listening to U.S. Rep. Mike Pence, Fox News’ Juan Williams, or CNN’s Dana Bash talking about their jobs. Four Pikeville College students, along with more than 100 students from around the country, had the opportunity to do just that and more during the Washington Center’s “Inside Washington 2011” academic seminar.
“We were able to visit and see Capitol Hill from a different perspective,” said Rob Walker, a Pikeville College senior who is majoring in history and political science. “We were standing outside the House Chamber and saw officials and their families after the swearing-in ceremonies.”
Joining Walker on the two-week seminar in Washington, D.C., were fellow students Wes Farmer, Codie Kiser and Matthew Doyle and Nancy Cade, Ph.D., professor of history and political science.
During their whirlwind look at the political process, the students had an opportunity to listen to a variety of speakers, including CBS News’ Bob Schieffer, White House Correspondent Ken Walsh and Supreme Court Correspondent Tony Mauro.
Students also visited the Newseum and other Washington landmarks. While touring Capitol Hill students visited the offices of U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers and Republican Leader and U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul.
“The Washington Center seminars allow our students to meet and talk with world leaders and to network with students and faculty from around the world,” said Cade.
The seminar was divided into two sections. Week one focused on “The New Congress,” and the future of President Barak Obama’s administration. The second week provided a look at “Politics and the Media” and the role the media plays in politics today.
Pikeville College students have participated in The Washington Center seminars for several years. Cade has served as a faculty advisor and mentor for the organization since 2004, including two national political conventions and two presidential inaugurations. Honored by The Washington Center in 2007 as a “Faculty Leader of the Year,” she is the campus liaison for the program and a member of The Washington Center’s national Liaison Advisory Board.
Cade established the Fred W. Meyer Jr. Washington Center Scholars Scholarship Fund at Pikeville College in honor of her father.
In addition to the “Inside Washington” seminar in January, the scholarship will provide opportunities for students to attend the “Top Secret” seminar on national security in May. Walker, Farmer and Kiser are Fred W. Meyer Jr. Washington Center Scholars.
From left, Rob Walker, Matthew Doyle, Nancy Cade, Wes Farmer and Codie Kiser.