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ADP Campuses in the News | April 2016 Edition

ADP Campuses in the News | April 2016 Edition

ADP in the News is a compilation of brief updates about American Democracy Project (ADP) activities at participating colleges and universities and is a semi-regular news feature on our blog. Below you will find the latest edition of this series.

California University of Pennsylvania: Alan Abramowitz, a political scientist at Emory University in Atlanta, made a point during a discussion of the 2016 presidential election at an event sponsored by ADP at Cal U. He believes this year’s contest will be similar to those in 2012 or 2004 – that two candidates will end up separated in the popular vote by about three or four points, and the Electoral College tally will hinge on the results in swing states like Ohio, Florida and Virginia.

Fort Hays State University (Kan.): Anna Hand, an Ellsworth senior majoring in political science at Fort Hays State University, is a recipient of the 2016 Newman Civic Fellows Award, which honors the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders.  She has worked with the American Democracy Project and presidential campaigns. She has dedicated a lot of her time to get-out-the-vote efforts, which informs people on how to vote and when elections happen. To read more about Anna Hand and the award, click here.

Georgia College: Dillon Johnstone is a Truman Scholar finalist. The Texas native served in the Army for five and a half years and is currently still in the Reserves and has always thought of his community first. Johnstone was nominated by Anna Whiteside, who attended the community forum on the proposed unification of Milledgeville and Baldwin County which Johnstone helped organize; the event was sponsored by the American Democracy Project.

Indiana State University: Students like Michael Shepard are working on an effort to register new voters in a demographic group that will be crucial to Indiana’s primary elections on May 3. Signing up students to vote is a key first step, said Indiana State University political scientist Carly Schmitt, who oversees the university’s American Democracy Project and over the past few weeks has registered 500 new voters on campus. To learn more how students are registering, click here.

ISU’s American Democracy Project , asked the Election Board to allow ISU to serve as an early-voting site and voting center for the upcoming May 3 Indiana primary and the Nov. 8 general election. With university president Dan Bradley presenting the idea, the college offered to provide the necessary voting equipment and  free parking to a university  that has more than 13,500 students attend the university and another 1,500 people work there. To learn more about the story, click here.

Indiana University South Bend (Ind.): The League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area has published its nonpartisan 2016 Primary Election guide,, a one-stop shop for election information on key races for St. Joseph County voters at all levels, including president, Congress, county council, commissioner, surveyor, treasurer and recorder.

University of Nebraska at Kearney: University of Nebraska at Kearney students presented their civic engagement projects during UNK Talks on April 6, 2016. Organized by the UNK American Democracy Project, UNK Talks were inspired by TED Talks. Five students presented their projects for 8 to 12 minutes in front of a panel of judges. To learn more about the presenters and the winner, click here.

ADP Campuses in the News | February 2016 Edition

ADP Campuses in the News | February 2016 Edition

ADP in the News is a compilation of brief updates about American Democracy Project (ADP) activities at participating colleges and universities and is a semi-regular news feature on our blog. Below you will find the latest edition of this series.

2016 College Convention:  AASCu’s American Democracy Project is a supporting partner for the 2016 College Convention, a forum for students to discuss election issues that are important to them in ways that resonate with them. Dominican University of California is hosting this initiative as a Voter Education Partner of the Commission on Presidential Debates and is accepting applications from students in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to serve as College Convention delegates. Selected students will meet on the Dominican campus June 2-3 to discuss organizing events on their campuses and using social media to catalyze discussions among young voters across the country about the issues that matter most to them. For more information, click here.

Fort Hays State University (Kan.): One of Herbert’s poster designs went viral after the contest winners were posted on the university’s Facebook page. Her poster about human trafficking and according to Facebook estimates reached over 5.5 million users — one million in the first 36 hours.

FHSU ADP and Black Student Union students spoke out for equality. Students expressed their take on the importance of Black History Month and equality in society by taking photos of students who had written out their feelings on either subject. A wide variety of students participated in this project and voiced high levels of support for the idea. To read more on the event, click here.

Indiana State University: Indiana State University’s American Democracy Project kicked off its Pizza & Politics series in the New Hampshire first primary election, to educate students about the process of electing the next president.

Keene State College (N.H.): KSC in collaboration with ADP hosted eight presidential candidates, including Democrats Bernie Sanders, Hilary Clinton and Republicans Dr. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina to discuss their platform. Members of the college and city communities had a forum to debate their issues.

Kennesaw State University (Ga.): American Democracy Project and a few other organizations came together Tuesday night to watch President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union Address. Find out more here.

Middle Tennessee State University: Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic and Jewish prayers and blessings were given before the Thai and Laotian meal at the temple on Barfield Crescent Road. The interfaith meal was part of a broader project to help bridge cultures organized by Mary Evins, associate professor of history at Middle Tennessee State University and the coordinator at the American Democracy Project at the university.

University of Arkansas-Fort Smith: Arkansas-Fort Smith hosted a weekend-long event honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. and co-sponsored with ADP at an event, “Protect and Serve”, that honored local law enforcement and firefighters.

University of Central Oklahoma:  UCO’s ADP hosted an event to teach students how to be prepared to be knowledgeable, involved citizens in their communities once they graduate college. To read more, click here.

University of North Georgia: UNG has partnered with Democracy Works, Inc. to research the integration of civic engagement into existing technology on college and university campuses across the country. To read more, click here.

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh: The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s American Democracy Project  hosted an event with David Canon, a political science professor at UW-Madison, a lecture titled: “Voter ID, Early Voting and Voting Rights: Will Changes in Voting Laws Affect the 2016 Elections?”

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