Jul 06 2010

Ken Mehlman, Former Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Speaks to Semester in Washington Program Students

Ken Mehlman visited with Semester in Washington Program students in Professor Sam Potolicchio’s academic seminar class on American Politics on February 19, 2010.
Semester in Washington Program students engage in political discussion with Ken Mehlman, former Republican National Committee chairman, in Healy Hall.

Semester in Washington Program students engage in political discussion with Ken Mehlman, former Republican National Committee chairman, in Healy Hall.

 
“Ken Mehlman is someone who epitomizes what we try to do with this program,” said Potolicchio. “He reached the pinnacle of politics and he practiced his craft with substance and intellectual heft.”
 
Mehlman lectured on the evolution of the party system and party politics since World War II. He engaged the students in a wide-ranging discussion, touching on an array of issues from the personal to the political.

“Ken Mehlman’s intimate conversation with the eight of us was nothing short of extraordinary,” said Semester in Washington student Jason Cain. “The amount of political insight that we received in this class was equal to what most students get during their entire undergraduate education.”

Mehlman also advised the students to carve out careers that are enjoyable even on the weekends, because happiness makes success.

“I am amazed by how much information I received from one extraordinary individual, who has a passion for education, progress, and personal growth,” said student Sharon Mona. “Mehlman’s visit is my most memorable event here in my experience in Washington.”

Among his many jobs in a storied career of public service, Mehlman served as the White House Political Director, campaign manager for President Bush’s re-election, and chairman of the Republican National Committee.

 Following the discussion, the group gathered in front of the John Carroll statue (from left to right) - Marco Saavedra (Kenyon College), Sharon Mona (Point Loma Nazarene University), Nick Sprague (Kenyon College), Hannah Griffin (Illinois Wesleyan University), Jason Cain (Yellow Ribbon Program), Soroush Damsaz (Point Loma Nazarene University), Ken Mehlman (guest speaker), Brittany Taylor (Point Loma Nazarene University), Sam Potolicchio (visiting assistant professor), and Mike Mancini (Illinois Wesleyan University).

Following the discussion, the group gathered in front of the John Carroll statue (from left to right) - Marco Saavedra (Kenyon College), Sharon Mona (Point Loma Nazarene University), Nick Sprague (Kenyon College), Hannah Griffin (Illinois Wesleyan University), Jason Cain (Yellow Ribbon Program), Soroush Damsaz (Point Loma Nazarene University), Ken Mehlman (guest speaker), Brittany Taylor (Point Loma Nazarene University), Sam Potolicchio (visiting assistant professor), and Mike Mancini (Illinois Wesleyan University).

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