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Students Attend Presidential Inaugural Events

January 23, 2013

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Nine Franklin Pierce University students from its Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication traveled to Washington, D.C., over the weekend to attend various presidential inaugural events. Dr. Kristen Nevious, director of the Fitzwater Center, shepherded the students while in Washington and selected which students would be given each of the distinguished opportunities. A total of 10 passes were distributed to events such as the swearing in ceremony at Capitol Hill and on the National Mall, Kids’ Inaugural, National Day of Service, Kids’ Inaugural Riser, and Inaugural Parade. Several students contributed to local New Hampshire press coverage of the events.

Freshman Stephen Keimig received a media pass for the swearing in ceremony at Capitol Hill. “Each member of our news team brings specific talents to our coverage,” Dr. Nevious said. “Stephen is a journalism and political science student who has embraced the reporting experience, and he has done marvelous work for us in the past. The pass called for a print reporter who could produce on deadline, and Stephen showed he can do that.” Keimig submitted an article about the inauguration to and was quoted in a USA Today article. He and fellow student, David Sweet, interviewed U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and contributed an article and photos to the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript.

Prior to the New Year, passes to inaugural events were applied for by Dr. Nevious and the students, who each had to apply for credentials through the Senate Periodical Press Gallery and the Presidential Inauguration Committee, which also required clearance through the United States Secret Service. The Fitzwater Center and its scholars at Franklin Pierce University diligently avail themselves of opportunities to attend and cover events such as the 2013 Inauguration. The presidential inauguration signals the completion of the Fitzwater Center's coverage of the 2012 presidential election cycle. In fact two of the students who made the trip to Washington – seniors Samantha Deabay and Ahmos Diaz – were there at the start in June 2011 when Franklin Pierce students were credentialed to cover the first GOP debates in New Hampshire.

Of the inauguration, Dr. Nevious said, “We earned the credentials to cover this historic event because of the cumulative efforts of the many students who participated in all of our coverage since June 2011; some have graduated, and freshman have stepped in to fill their shoes.” In addition to many local events, Fitzwater scholars attended both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions last fall and traveled to Dixville Notch to witness the first-in-the-nation voting. “They have done a great job, and I am confident that they have set the stage for a new group of Fitzwater Center students to repeat this experience in the 2016 presidential election cycle,” said Dr. Nevious. “I am very proud of them; it is a fantastic way to celebrate the Center's 10th Anniversary.” The other Franklin Pierce students who went to the inaugural events were Jennifer Connors, Sarah Rodriguez, Joel Torres, Aaron Dupuis, and Noah Phillips.




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