2012 National Political Conventions: Reports from our Members
The Republican National Convention began yesterday in Tampa, FL and the Democratic National Convention is coming up next week. You can read updates from both conventions by four undergraduate students at California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U), an American Democracy Project school, who are participating in the conventions through The Washington Center.
Cal U Students Attend 2012 National Political Conventions
Cal U’s American Democracy Project, with the support of the Office of the President and generous friends of the university, is able to provide a unique learning experience for nine Cal U students. All are campus and community activists, so it was natural for them to vie for the convention spots.
Here’s Cal U’s convention blog. Four of the nine students will be sharing convention stories with the university community. In 2008, Cal U’s convention blog had 15,000 hits, which made it a given to ask several students to share their experiences in Tampa and Charlotte. All nine will be headlining Constitution Day and participating in ADP election-year activities.
Nine Cal U students will witness democracy in action at the 2012 national political conventions. Through The Washington Center, they will be placed in volunteer fieldwork positions where they can learn more about a major political party, its convention or host committee, or the media covering the events.
Four of those students will send regular dispatches during their experience. Follow them here:
Republican National Convention
|My name is Lucie Fremeau, and I’m from Hidden Valley, Pa. I’m majoring in communication studies with a concentration in public relations and a minor in political science. I’m passionate about journalism and public relations, so I love my job as the student journalist for Cal U’s Internship Center and enjoy being the PR officer for Cal U’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Social media, writing, editing, communications and politics are my forte!
|My name is Emily Martik, and I’m a senior journalism major at Cal U. I am a native of California, Pa., where I’ve volunteered in local election campaigns and participated in mock election debates. Since beginning my college career I’ve joined the Cal U chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, briefly worked with the College Democrats, and volunteered my time for various community service projects.
Democratic National Convention
|I’m Camilla Cionni from Follansbee W.Va., in the northern panhandle of the state. My passion for politics began when I was 8 years old watching C-SPAN, and it has only grown. I am an undergraduate seeking a B.A. in political science, with a minor in sociology. I’m the President of College Democrats and Cal Campaign Consultants, as well as a core team member for Organizing for America in the reelection of Barack Obama 2012.
|My name is Breanna Blose, and my hometown is DuBois, Pa. I’m a senior international business major with a minor in political science. I’m currently the vice president of Cal Campaign Consultants and the treasurer of the University’s College Democrats chapter.|