History as it’s happening

Students travel to Washington D.C. over fall break

Malone’s history, philosophy and social sciences department will travel to Washington, D.C. Oct. 20-22 to provide networking opportunities for students interested in working in the city. Possible connections are even greater with 2016 being a presidential election year.

“This is an exciting time because it’s an election year, too. One of the traditional ways to get involved with things in D.C. is to work on an election campaign as an intern or part time position while you’re finishing up college and an election happens,” said David Beer, assistant professor of political science.

A group of Malone students in front of the Capitol Building during a 2013 trip (photo courtesy of Jacci Welling)
A group of Malone students in front of the Capitol Building during a 2013 trip (photo courtesy of Jacci Welling)

Beer wants students to see that those working in D.C. are just like us and that this is a great chance to serve if one desires to.

“Our intention for the trip is to give Malone students a chance to build their imagination about what’s possible with a degree from Malone University. I don’t think a lot of our students think about the fact that they could graduate studying history or political science [at Malone] and go work in Washington, D.C.,” said Beer.

The trip includes a banquet for Malone alumni and students that offers the possibility of visiting the offices of Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown, as well as a potential tour of the White House.

“It’s very hard to get White House tours at present. They basically shut [tours] down entirely after 9/11,” said Beer.

The idea for the trip was suggested by Scott Waalkes, professor of political science. Waalkes is currently on sabbatical in Washington, D.C., teaching and working as the resident public policy fellow for the American Studies Program. Waalkes was extremely important in setting up the trip.

“Dr. Beer and I, and Dr. Waalkes as well, thought since [Waalkes] is going to be in Washington, D.C. why don’t we bring a group of students out,” said Jacalynn Stuckey Welling, professor of history.

According to Welling, another goal of the trip is to introduce students to the American Studies Program, which is part of Best Semester. The program includes public policy and strategic communication opportunities, which is why some communication majors have been invited to attend.

“It’s a great opportunity for our students, and I’m looking forward to going back to Washington, D.C.,” said Welling.

Students will also have time to explore the city.

“I’m looking forward to the Smithsonian, for one. I’m also looking forward to the White House tour. I think that will be interesting, and just to go to the capitol is just a good opportunity,” said Caleb White, junior political science major.

The department was able to cut the cost thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor.

Cathy Weyand is a staff writer for The Aviso

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