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Election Night Watch Party at the Maxwell School (2012)

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As part of my “Social Media and the 2012 Election” I organized an “Election Night Watch Party” together with many student volunteers in the Strasser Commons at the Maxwell School. We had a great line up of speakers who provided insights into the main topics covered by the campaigns and commented on the first results when the polling stations closed at 8pm.

Here is a nice write-up in our campus newspaper The Daily Orange.

The program for the night included:

  • Welcome Remarks and Program Overview from Professor Ines Mergel and Professor Robert McClure
  • Short Speeches on Campaign Issues, hosted by students Emily Ruddock and Andrew McQuaide, featuring:
    • Professor Len Burman: Tax Policy
    • Associate Professor Margaret Thompson: Religious and Gender Issues
    • Billy Kluttz: Maxwell Pride on ballot issues
    • Professor Thomas Dennison: Health Policy
    • Professor Margaret Hermann: Political Personailities
    • Professor Robert McClure: American Leadership
    • Assistant Professor Ines Mergel: Social Media
  • Results
  • Analysis, hosted by Ruddock and McQuaide, featuring:
    • Associate Professor Thomas Keck, Chair, Department of Political Science
    • Professor Bill Smullen, Faculty Chair, National Security Program
  • Maxwell Polling Results
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Dancing for Diplomas

At this year’s convocation, our Maxwell MPA students had to dance before they got their diplomas. In one of our joint Public Organizations & Management sessions some RAs had accidentially hit the disco music button in all classrooms. Rosemary was the only one dancing, so that she gave them all bad grades for their class participation! I graduation event that I will never forget!