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Winter Break in D.C. Featured

On Friday, Jan. 8 and Saturday, Jan. 9, the annual Day on the Hill, an exciting event for students who want to learn more about the world of politics will be held in Washington, D.C. The Finger Lakes Times included an article about this opportunity on Sunday, December 13.

Faculty members DeWayne Lucas and Iva Deutchman from the Political Science Department will guide students around Washington, D.C. for two days that will include speakers from a variety of political offices and organizations. In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in site visits and a tour of the White House by a Hobart alumnus who works for the Secret Service. A networking reception held in conjunction with the HWS D.C. Club will round out the experience.

The article notes “Brandi Ferrara, interim director for the colleges’ career center, said the students will get some insight about the inner workings of the nation’s capital from those with ‘firsthand experience.'”

A number of participating alums are quoted, including Hadley Sosnoff ’06 who is now working as a legislative aide for an Idaho congressman. According to the article, Sosnoff “became involved in the program soon after landing his job.” He was approached by Deutchman and Lucas about holding information sessions.

Alum Jillian Oberfield ’01 will share information and enthusiasm with the students. Also a Congressional aide, the article notes Oberfield, “Said she loves working in Washington. She describes the experience as ‘fast-paced and fascinating, especially at this critical time in our country’s history.'”

The Washington, D.C. experience is part of Pathways Career Exploration Programs offered over winter break by the Salisbury Center for Career Services. These programs represent a variety of opportunities for students to explore career and internship options with tours, talks and meetings in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles at some of the top businesses in fields ranging from finance to film.

The complete article follows.


Finger Lakes Times
“HWS students get behind-the-scenes look at Capitol Hill”
College alums will speak, give tours

Craig Fox • December 13, 2009

GENEVA –
Twenty-two students from Hobart and William Smith Colleges will be heading to Washington, D.C., next month to hear some behind-the-scenes stories about national politics and government from those who are in the trenches – colleges’ alumni.

Billed as “A Day on the Hill,” the mostly political science and public policy majors will also learn how the former Hobart and William Smith students landed their jobs. The group is also scheduled to take a White House tour with Stuart Hillenbrand, a uniformed officer with the Secret Service and 2004 alum; visit the Heritage Foundation; the Democratic National Committee; and the Center for American Progress.

Among the alumni speakers at the Cannon House Office Building -the century-old Congressional office building that sits on Capitol Hill – are congressional aides, a public relations account manager with a firm that represents governmental entities; and a research analyst with the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, a Democrat from New Jersey and a 1969 Hobart alum, is the scheduled keynote speaker. Colleges President Mark Gearan, who served as director of the Peace Corps under the Clinton administration, will also attend the two-day event Jan. 7 and 8.

Brandi Ferrara, interim director for the colleges’ career center, said the students will get some insight about the inner workings of the nation’s capital from those with “firsthand experience.” Political science professors Iva Deutchman and DeWayne Lucas helped arrange the event.

Hadley Sosnoff, 25, a 2006 alum and a legislative aide for an Idaho congressman, became involved in the program soon after landing his job. “After I graduated, they both approached me and a couple of classmates who were working down here on the Hill or in related jobs off-Hill about holding an information session for students,” he said.

Jillian Oberfield, another Congressional aide, said she loves working in Washington. She describes the experience as “fast-paced and fascinating, especially at this critical time in our country’s history.”

Others noted how health care reform has dominated the Capitol for the last six months. Mike Reed, who works on campaigns and political strategies with the Republican Senatorial Committee, said that with any luck the students will be in town just as Congress continues to debate the issue after legislators return from Christmas break on Jan. 5.

Rachel Henderson, who works for Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, has been involved in getting information about the issue to the public. “I never thought I’d learn so much about health care reform as I have during the past six months,” she said.