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Capital Semester Spring 2014 Is Underway In Washington, D.C.


The group of 15 students from across the U.S. and abroad have already visited the U.S. Capitol, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the Newseum, the National Portrait Gallery and the Pentagon. In the coming months they will visit the Supreme Court and even spend time volunteering at D.C. Central Kitchen.

Students have been attending upper-level classes on government and economics, accredited through George Mason University. Classes include: Constitutional Interpretation, taught by Professor John Samples of the Cato Institute, Economic Problems and Public Policies, taught by Anne Bradley of the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics and visiting professor at Georgetown, and Public Policy Seminar, taught by TFAS Alumna and Professor Karen Czarnecki (ICPES 88) of George Mason School of Law and Professor Richard Benedetto formerly of USA Today.

“I really enjoy our teachers,” said student Claire Johnson (CSS 14). “They are really experienced and they make every lesson a learning experience outside of their individual subjects.”

In addition to attending classes, students have been interning at organizations and companies in public policy, politics, economics, public relations and media.

Students listen to a presentation at The World Bank. Students learned about the Bank's functions, and statistics about poverty throughout the world.
Students listen to a presentation at The World Bank. Students learned about the Bank’s functions, and statistics about poverty throughout the world.

Michael Sorge (CSS 14), a journalism student from SUNY Purchase, even got to attend the State of the Union with his colleagues from the Washington Bureau of Time Warner Cable.

“Being at State of the Union cemented that this (news) is what I want to do for the rest of my life,” Sorge said.  “It was definitely a cool experience.”

Capital Semester Spring students will graduate on April 2, 2014.

Find out more about the Capital Semester Spring Class of 2014 below:

Justin Beirold (CSS 14)
University: College of the Canyons

Matthew Bogden (CSS 14)
University: Grand Valley State University

Ryan Elizabeth Cinney (CSS 14)
University: Flagler College

Jill Daley (CSS 14)
University: Loyola University New Orleans

Sarah David (CSS 14)
University: Flagler College

Abigail Fuhrer (CSS 14)
University: Flagler College

JoeRay Garcia (CSS 14)
University: University of Texas at San Antonio

Gabriel Jimenez (CSS 14)
University: Universidad Catolica Andres Bello

Claire Johnson (CSS 14)
University: Clemson University

Michael Sorge (CSS 14)
University: SUNY Purchase

Kelse Thorud (CSS 14)
University: The University of Arizona

Stephanie Vogel (CSS 14)
University: University of Connecticut

Maxwell Woerner (CSS 14)
University: Lafayette College

Charissa Wright (CSS 14)
University: University of North Carolina Wilmington



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