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Day on the Hill Links Students with Alums

As part of the 12th annual Day on the Hill program, a group of HWS students will travel to Washington, D.C., over winter break to connect with more than 30 alums, parents and friends of the Colleges representing a broad scope of political career pathways and organizations in the nation’s capital. The three-day trip organized by faculty in the political science department and the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education provides an all-encompassing look at breaking into political careers as students participate in alum panel sessions, site visits and networking opportunities.

“In our 12th year, the Day on the Hill Program continues to serve as an important link between current students and alums interested in working in D.C. – whether that work is on the Hill, in federal government service or in the private sector,” says Interim Provost and Associate Professor of Political Science DeWayne Lucas, who is co-leading the trip with Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman.

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Day one of the program includes an opening address from keynote speaker Edward Cooper ’86, Vice President of Public Affairs & Community Relations for Total Wine and More, followed by a series of alum panel sessions covering everything from media and communications, sustainable development and young alum perspectives on breaking into politics.

The second day of the trip kicks off with a visit to the U.S. Secret Service Headquarters where Stuart Hillenbrand ’04, of the Foreign Missions Branch of the Secret Service Academy James J. Rowley Training Center, will give the group an introduction to Secret Service operations.

Students will then break out into groups based on their interests. One group will visit with Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought Dr. Lee Edwards at the Heritage Foundation, and also travel to the Ripon Society hosted by Ripon Forum Magazine Editor Lou Zickar P’15.

A second group will visit the U.N. Foundation to meet Kelsey Carroll ’14, an associate at the foundation. They will also travel to the Washington Post, where they will connect with Jennifer Legat ’94, Director of Human Resources at the Washington Post.

A third group of students will visit Chemonics International, where they will hear from Ana Carolina Hoff ’15, new business associate, Latin America and the Caribbean; Sam Park ’00, director of network engineering; and Cary Marlette ’13, project management associate, supply chain solutions. They will then travel to the Grocery Manufacturers Association, where Senior Vice President and General Counsel Karin Moore ’89 will give students a glimpse into one of the nation’s leading trade associations.

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“The Day on the Hill program provides a unique opportunity for students to ask and engage with former students about their experiences and career advancement; for alumni to reflect on their experiences and share with our students; and for the two to interact in meaningful ways to support one another,” Lucas says.

Alum participants in this year’s panel discussions include:

Life off the Hill

Hadley Sosnoff ’06, partner, The Majority Group

Policy and Public Service

Meredith Ciaccia ’12, senior manager, government relations & program development, Special Olympics International; Brian Horn ’12, chief of staff, US Business Leadership Network; and Avery Share ’15, research analyst, Institute for Building Technology & Safety (IBTS)

Working on the Hill

Keith Castaldo ’04, general counsel, U.S. Senate, Offices of Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand; Kevin Gannon ’13, legislative correspondent, U.S. House of Representatives; and Denzel Singletary ’13, legislative assistant, U.S. Senate, Offices of Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand

Media & Communications

Nancy Amestoy ’12, Campus Programs Manager at RAINN; and Sarah Tompkins ’10, production coordinator, APCO Worldwide.

Sustainable Development

Annabel Cryan ’16, ORISE Fellow, Office of Air & Radiation at US EPA; Cole Judge ’05, director of research, International Downtown Association; and Caroline Spruill ’12, senior communications strategist, The Nature Conservancy; Meredith Trainor ’05, executive director, Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC)

Young Alums

August Savarese ’17, executive assistant, Freedom Partners Shared Services; and Barrett Percival ’16, staff assistant, US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs.

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