Lugar Fellows Explore Nation’s Capital for Spring Break

by Katie Bradley | Mar 18, 2015

Last week, Marian University students traveled to the nation’s capital for an educational spring break exploring Washington, D.C.

This is the sixth Richard G. Lugar Fellows group to make the trip since 2009. Led by Pierre Atlas, associate professor of political science and director of The Richard G. Lugar Franciscan Center for Global Studies, the trip’s itinerary exposed students to a variety of Washington, D.C. landmarks and institutions.

“The weeklong program gives Global Studies students (who major in every subject) an in-depth look at Washington as both our nation’s and a world capital, and as a place for networking and career exploration,” said Atlas.

In addition to the typical Washington sightseeing, the students met with Senator Dan Coats and national security staffers for Senator Joe Donnelly and Rep. Andre Carson, as well as with former Senator Dick Lugar, Brian Hook, a former assistant secretary of state in the George W. Bush administration, and the lobbyists of Ice Miller Strategies who represent Marian University on Capitol Hill. Residing on the campus of Catholic University for the week, they toured the major institutions of government, met with officials at the Chinese Embassy, the World Bank, UNICEF, Customs and Border Protection, and the Pentagon.  

“It is an intense and eye-opening seven days funded in part by Marian alumni, including recently graduated students who participated in earlier Lugar Fellow DC trips,” said Atlas.

Alumni play a special role in this trip not only through their partial funding, but also because alumni living in Washington take the time to meet and network with students.  This year, the group shared meals and conversations with Ed McCord ’73 and Sharon Lenius ’62 and Dr. Atlas’ former political science students Patrick Trulock ’06 and Hannah Spencer ’13.

This year’s group of students, included:

  • Lydia Godsil (sophomore English and secondary education major)
  • Jocelyne Hanquier (sophomore biology major)
  • Nicholas Powell (senior history major)
  • Christine Skaggs (senior chemistry major)

Dr. Atlas’ monthly column for The Indianapolis Star was about the trip and can be viewed on Indy Star’s website.  

For more information about The Richard G. Lugar Franciscan Center for Global Studies, please visit the web site.  

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