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Students Chosen for Prestigious Washington Center Seminar

Five students with outstanding academic records and an interest in political science have been chosen to participate in a prestigious January seminar on the 2016 presidential race at The Washington Center.

This is the fourth year that Hofstra has sent students to the Washington Center January seminar, thanks in part to scholarships provided by Scott Rechler, chief executive officer of RXR Realty. Dr. Meena Bose, PhD, director of Hofstra’s Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency,  will be faculty director for the first week of the seminar.

The seminar is called “Inside Washington 2016: In Pursuit of the Presidency” and runs from Jan. 3-16. The Washington Center is a non-profit organization that hosts seminars and other courses about American politics and governance for more than 30 years.

During the first week of the seminar, students will examine and discuss the mechanics and public policy issues of the 2016 campaign, including candidates, primary and electoral strategy, and the nomination process. The second week will address national media coverage of the election and the impact of new media on the campaigns, particularly how candidates use social media to bypass traditional news channels and communicate directly with audiences.

The Washington Center is a non-profit organization that hosts seminars and other courses about American politics and governance for more than 30 years.

Meet the five students attending the seminar:

  • Samuel Angles is a senior rhetorical studies major, with a concentration in political communication. His education is based around communicating ideas in the public sphere, and his studies focus on speechwriting, argumentation and debate, and public policy. After graduation, he plans to earn a master’s degree in public administration, and hopes to eventually effect change as an elected official in the executive branch of government.
  • Briana Blueitt is a sophomore double major in journalism and political science. She hopes to attend law school, and pursue a career in broadcast journalism as a political analyst. She is a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority and the Society of Professional Journalists. She was a student volunteer for Hofstra’s most recent presidential conference as well as for the local district attorney debate hosted on campus this fall.
  • Melissa Koenig is a senior political science and journalism major. She hopes to direct communications for a government agency or a government official. She is the Vice President of College Democrats and Secretary of the Roosevelt Institute. She also is involved in the campus Hillel organization. Last year, she was selected as Hofstra’s representative at the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference in Annapolis, MD.
  • Mallory Marin is a senior rhetorical studies major, with a double minor in marketing and music. She is a Provost’s List scholar, student teacher, distribution marketing specialist, and president of The Hofbeats, a campus a cappella group. One day, she hopes to combine her marketing skills and passion for politics as a campaign manager at the state and federal level.
  • Nicholas Montemagno is a senior legal studies in business major and an Honors College student. Through his coursework in global studies, legal studies, and political science, Nick has developed a unique perspective on current political debates. He believes that working to secure the voice of the millennial generation is imperative to achieving bipartisan progress. After graduation, he plans to attend law school in New York City.


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