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UPIKE students go ‘Inside Washington’

February 02, 2018 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
Imagine sitting in a room listening to U.S. Secretary Ben Carson or NBC’s Chuck Todd, talking about their jobs. Seven students from the University of Pikeville had the opportunity to do just that and more during The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars’ “Media, Politics & Advocacy Redefined.”

“To hear people from across the country share their perspective and beliefs … it really opens your eyes,” said Dalton Hatfield, a history/political science major from McAndrews. Hatfield also attended The Washington Center’s Inauguration Seminar last January.

Joining Hatfield on the two-week seminar were fellow students Christy Johnson and Yu Chi Hsueh of Pikeville, and Brianna Slone of Raccoon, Chandra Hunley of Salyersville, Megan Lowe of Big Rock, Va., and Ethan Tackett of Louisa, along with Nancy Cade, Ph.D., chair of the division of social sciences and Davenport distinguished professor of history and political science.

The seminar provides firsthand experience and perspective through a combination of lectures from prominent guest speakers, panel discussions, site visits and small group dialogues. UPIKE students heard from political advisors and analysts, former members of Congress, high-level Congressional staff and leaders of special interest groups. Speakers included Phillipe Reines, former senior advisor to Secretary Hillary Clinton; Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee and MSNBC analyst; and Grover Norquist, founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform.

“No matter what side of the aisle you’re on, whether it’s a casual conversation with my seminar roommates or I’m listening to speakers I may not agree with, hearing others’ perspectives is good for me because it challenges my beliefs,” said Hatfield.

Students also took part in site visits and tours of Washington including a full tour of Capitol Hill, the set of CSPAN and a D.C. bus tour.

UPIKE students have participated in The Washington Center seminars since 2000. Cade has served as a faculty advisor and mentor for the organization since 2004, including two national political conventions, three presidential inaugurations and 23 seminars. 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 Academic Seminars Advisory Council.  

Pictured, front row, from left, Christy Johnson, Yu Chi Hsueh and Brianna Slone. Second row, from left, Chandra Hunley, Megan Lowe, Ethan Tackett and Dalton Hatfield.

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