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RMU Students Get Crash Course in Presidential Politics

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Pittsburgh, Pa. -- Robert Morris University will send two students to the Democratic National Convention this July in Philadelphia as part of an intensive professional experiential learning program offered by the Washington Center.

The Washington Center is an international nonprofit that brings students to live, work, and learn in Washington, D.C., through academic seminars and internships. And every four years, it hosts two-week academic seminars associated with and at the Republican and Democratic national political conventions.

During the program, junior communication and political science major Megan DeArmit, and junior economics major Stanley Marciniak will learn about the political process from select faculty from institutions across the nation, and then participate in a 40-hour field experience based on their career interests.

“I'm really looking forward to this opportunity because it will expose me to the media and public relations aspects of the convention,” says DeArmit.

The Washington Center also hosts a program at the Republican National Convention, which associate professor of communication Anthony Moretti, director of the RMU Center for Innovative Teaching and Directed Engaged Learning, will attend for the third consecutive presidential election year. The Republican convention takes place this year in Cleveland.

Moretti was a faculty leader in 2008, when he guided students through the academic week, then led a small group discussions with eight to 12 students. In 2012, Moretti was involved in the leadership and communication programs that took students to both the Democratic and Republican conventions. This year, he returns to his role as a faculty leader.

“To see the enthusiasm that 20-something-year-olds have for the political process is really a big deal to me,” says Moretti.

Marciniak says that he hopes this experience will enable him to carry the spirit of RMU to the conference.

“During my experience, I hope to showcase the excellence of an RMU education demonstrated by formidable communication skills, a people focus, strong community engagement, and an intellectual curiosity which the university strives to cultivate in every student,” he says. 

ABOUT ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY

Through 49 undergraduate and 35 graduate degree programs across five academic schools, Robert Morris University (RMU) in Pittsburgh, Pa., works to change its students' lives so that they can go out and change the lives of others for the better. More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate, nontraditional and online students from 45 states and 41 nations are enrolled at RMU, which sits on 230 scenic acres just 20 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. Emphasizing experiential learning, Robert Morris focuses on professional development, service learning, global awareness, undergraduate research, campus leadership, and cultural experiences, all of which are documented on our innovative Student Engagement Transcript. More than 100 clubs and organizations help students to develop leadership skills, network professionally, and meet friends. RMU also has 16 NCAA Division I athletic programs, including football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s ice hockey, and men's and women's lacrosse.