ADP in the News is a compilation of brief updates about American Democracy Project activities at ADP colleges and universities and is a semi-regular news feature on our blog. Below you will find the latest grouping of this information, with Constitution Day and Election 2012 as the primary focus. Because we are not looking to duplicate posts, if you want to learn more about other Constitution Day and Election 2012 activities, see the respective previous posts or some of our Campus Spotlights.
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RIC ADP hosted fall forums on Wikipedia and talk radio
The American Democracy Project (ADP) at Rhode Island College and NBC 10 recently hosted a panel of experts in the fields of politics and communication to explore the inner workings of what goes on before, during, and after debates. The panel, titled “Political Campaign Debates: What Wikipedia Won’t Tell You,” took place on September 13. Topics discussed included the importance of political debates, how candidates stay fresh, “spin” in the media after a debate, and how debates will change in the future. Read more on this here.
Local media personalities also squared off on October 17 for a panel discussion the premise of whether talk radio is still relevant in Rhode Island politics. The RIC ADP panel, “Politics in Rhode Island: Does Talk Radio Still Rule?” was the latest in a series of election-season events put together by communications Profs. Valerie Endress and Kay Israel, and was moderated by RIC ADP partner NBC-10’s Gene Valicenti. Read more on this here.
MTSU played host to state’s largest naturalization ceremony
In the year of the 225th anniversary of The Constitution’s signing, Middle Tennessee State University acted as a federal courthouse as 300 new citizens were naturalized on September 17. The ceremony was a collaborative effort conducted through the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the American Democracy Project. Read more on this here.
Justice Alan Page spoke on Constitution Day at ISU
The American Democracy Project introduced Illinois State University to Justice Alan C. Page, Minnesota’s first African-American Supreme Court Justice and a member of the NFL Hall of Fame, in hopes to educate students with civic engagement on Constitution Day. ADP hosts speakers annually to remind students the importance of the Constitution. Prior to speaking, Page explained that he would begin his discussion by encouraging students to become involved and make a change in addressing different issues. Read more on this here.
ADP John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement Winner Emily Janke at UNCG’s Institute for Community & Economic Engagement wins national recognition
Emily Janke was awarded the Early Career Research Award from the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement at the association’s annual conference in Baltimore. Janke is special assistant at the helm of the Institute for Community & Economic Engagement, which is part of University of North Carolina Greensborough’s Office of Research & Economic Development. Earlier this year, she won the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement, an award established by the American Democracy Project. Read more on this here.
Lander University students participated in mock presidential debate
Political science students portraying Team Obama and Team Romney staged a mock presidential debate at Lander University on October 9, an event that drew 500 spectators to Lander’s Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium. The debate was sponsored by the American Democracy Project and featured 12 students in the presidential campaigns. Read more about this here.
Student political party chapters saw resurgence at JSU this election season
As part of the nationwide American Democracy Project, Jacksonville State University hosted a debate-watch party for the second presidential debate. About 250 students showed up for the event on a Tuesday night, said Lori Owens, head of the political science department and campus coordinator for ADP at JSU. Read more on this here.
FHSU American Democracy Project, Eagle Communications present ‘Eye of the Tiger’
Eight students have been given portable video cameras to record the life of Fort Hays State University students in Hays and their hometown communities. Eye of the Tiger, a civic journalism site, is a cooperative project between the FHSU American Democracy Project’s eCitizenship initiative and Eagle Communications. Read more about this here.
UWO’s ADP hosted community-building contest
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s American Democracy Project recently sponsored its second Creating a Stronger Community Contest. Oshkosh alumna Dani Stolley ’97, founder of Growing Oshkosh, was one of four recent winners of that contest, which is designed to “generate excitement and action around community-building projects.” Read more about this here.
Georgia College plans series of forums about higher education
Gregg Kaufman recently announced that Georgia College will be taking part in the Shaping Our Furure national conversation about the public purposes of higher education. In an article posted October 18, he describes the Georgia College American Democracy Project and the series of forums that the project will host. Read more on this here.
The American Democracy Project at Georgia College also held its 2012 mock election on October 23-24, gathering votes from 770 participants during the two-day voting period. Participants were allowed to vote on two matters – the first being their choice for president, and the second being the issue that they believed would dominate the 2012 election. Read more on this and get the results here.
ISU’s ADP hosted hundreds for the final Presidential Debate Watch Party and Social Issues Fair
Many more students than expect turned out for a public screening of the final presidential debate at Illinois State University. The viewing was hosted by ISU’s American Democracy Project and the Student Government Association. Organizers said they were shocked so many people showed up, especially since the third debate focused on foreign policy, not the economy. Read more on this here.
ISU’s Student Government Association and the American Democracy Project also surpassed their goal to register 100 to 200 students to vote with an estimated number of over 500 students who visited one of the voter registration booths on during three days in late September. Read more on this here.
On Monday, October 29 ISU’s ADP and School of Communication co-sponsored a Social Issues Fair that provided all persons in attendance with current information on a wide variety of issues and problems that are sensitive to our nation. Presenters prepared short speeches to deliver to those in attendance. There was a wide range of topics at this year’s fair, including discussions of employment, the national debt, funding for education, health care, renewable energy, and urban education. Read more on this here.
President Obama not only won re-electon on November 6, but at the end of October, he also won an ISU Presidential Straw Poll conducted by the ISU American Democracy Project. A total of 243 students from ISU, Heartland Community College and Illinois Wesleyan University were asked several questions about the race. President Obama won with 57 percent of the vote. Read more about this here.
“Freedom Sings: Music that Matters” at WKU
On Monday, October 22, Western Kentucky University featured a live musical, multi-media presentation celebrating the First Amendment and music: Music subjected to censorship or bans. Music with a positive impact. Music that moved generations and social causes. Music that altered the social fabric of the United State through a call for change. It was produced by the First Amendment Center and sponsored by the School of Journalism & Broadcasting; Department of Political Science, Political Engagement Project, and the Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility. Read more on this here.
IUSB Constitution Day celebrated freedom and registered voters on Constitution Day and hosted a variety of other politically engaging projects
Because less than half of Americans under 25 voted in the 2008 election, according to The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), the American Democracy Project (ADP) of Indiana University South Bend celebrated Constitution Day with a variety of activities, including registering voters of all ages. Read more on this here.
On Monday, October 22, the Indiana University South Bend River Crossing lodge was packed with students lining up for pizza and politics. The event marked the third and final presidential debate of the 2012 election season, and the IUSB Political Science Club and American Democracy Project offered a place for students and community members to gather, watch the debate, and enjoy some free food. Read more on this here.
Indiana University South Bend’s American Democracy Project and Political Science Club also co-sponsored a debate with the League of Women Voters of South Bend for the 2nd District U.S. House race on October 28. Read more on this here.
First Annual Cabrillo College Town Hall event aimed to educate
Cabrillo College’s Commitment to Democracy, in partnership with the American Democracy Project and sponsored by the Associated Students of Cabrillo College (ASCC), held its First Annual Cabrillo College Town Hall Meeting on the afternoon of Monday, October 22. The meeting aimed to discuss the upcoming election, as well as the various California propositions that will be on the November ballot. Read more on this here.
Award-Winning Political Reporter Tim Skubick to discuss November election issues at Ferris
Veteran political reporter Tim Skubick helped voters navigate the 2012 Election during a presentation Tuesday, October 23 at Ferris State University. The Emmy-winning journalist, the state’s longest-serving state capitol correspondent, shared his insider’s take on the November 6 Presidential Election and six Michigan ballot proposals. Read more about this here.
University of Nebraska at Kearney Sponsored “Slacktivist or Activist” Event Regarding Social Media
The American Democracy Project sponsored “Social Media and Civic Engagement: Slacktivist or Activist” Wednesday, October 24 at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. “The overall goal of this event is to facilitate a discussion about social media and its effects on our society,” said James Young, assistant professor of criminal justice and social work. Read more on this here.
ESU’s ADP chapter piques political interest
Rob Catlett, director of Emporia State University’s American Democracy Project chapter, professor of economics, and director of the Center for Economic Education, said the ESU chapter has received a lot of attention because the political discussions they have through their eCitizenship program on Twitter are known for their atmosphere of politeness. The program had four Twitter debate sessions over the last month. There were three separate debates during each session – one with only ESU students, one with Northern Georgia University students and several other schools and one between all chapters of the ADP. Read more on this here.
American Democracy Project launched first ILSTU Views kiosk
Illinois State’s American Democracy Project launched a project that gives its students a new way to talk about hot topics while also improving their critical thinking skills and encouraging them to assess and interact with important social issues. ILSTU Views is an innovative Internet and social media tool that could revolutionize civil debate and political communication. It employs digital media displays located around campus, at which students and members of the community will engage in civil discourse by responding to local, national, and global questions. Then, using the touch screen, people can interact with each other by posting comments or liking other people’s comments. This project was made possible by the campus chapter receiving a grant that allowed for the installation of the interactive kiosks. Read more on this here.
ADP at CAL U presents panel that examines 2012 election results
Just one week after American voters chose their next president, a popular team of political experts will return to Cal U to examine the reasons behind the results. Presented by the American Democracy Project at California University, the program is open to the public. “This is an excellent opportunity to hear national experts discuss the presidential and congressional election outcomes,” said Dr. Melanie Blumberg, a professor in Cal U’s Department of History and Political Science. Read more on this here.