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FMU Students Attend the Presidential Inauguration

Francis Marion University is among more than 30 colleges and universities and 400 students who have traveled to the nation's capital to attend the 2013 Presidential Inauguration and swearing-in ceremony. As part of a two-week program hosted by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, students and faculty convene in Washington, D.C. from Jan. 12 – 22 and participate in a series of discussions, site visits and guest lecturers that will culminate in public inauguration events.

“The inauguration and swearing-in ceremony is such a symbolic tradition for our country,” said Mike Smith, president of The Washington Center. “Every four years Americans tune in to the coverage of the inauguration and a lucky few watch from the parade route. FMU students will not only learn about the transition of political power, they will be a part of historic inauguration events, live, as they happen. We thank Francis Marion for making this opportunity a reality for their students.”

Students will hear political leaders and White House news correspondents share personal stories of presidential campaign trails, elections and national policy. Historians and renowned professors will host interactive discussions on political appointments, congressional confirmations and policy agendas. A few of the speakers include:

  • Ken Walsh, Chief White House Correspondent, U.S. News & World Report
  • Scott Horsley, White House Correspondent, National Public Radio
  • Janet Hook, Political Reporter, The Wall Street Journal
  • Steve Scully, Senior Executive Producer/ Host, C-SPAN
  • Ben LaBolt, Senior Advisor, Presidential Inaugural Committee
  • Rodell Mollineau, President, American Bridge 21st Century
  • Eugene Kang, Special Projects Coordinator/Confidential Asst. to the Office of the President
  • Owen Ullman, Editor, USA Today
  • Tavis Smiley, Host, The Tavis Smiley Show, PBS
  • Frank Fahrenkoph, Co-Chair, Commission on Presidential Debates
  • Michael McCurry, Co- Chair, Commission on Presidential Debates
  • Don Ritchie, United States Senate Historian         

For more information on Inside Washington 2013 academic seminars, please visit

About The Washington Center

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C., for academic credit. The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has more than 50,000 alumni who have become leaders in numerous professions and nations around the world. It was established in 1975. For more information visit:

About Francis Marion University

Francis Marion University is a four-year public institution established by the state of South Carolina. It is located in the northeastern part of the state near the city of Florence and has more than 4,000 students. Its purpose is threefold: to provide students with an excellent education, stimulate inquiry and research, and serve the Pee Dee region and the state of South Carolina.



Last Published: February 2, 2013 8:56 AM
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