First Two Weeks in DC:Spring 2016

ASP Spring 2016’s first two weeks in D.C. have been filled with making friends, getting to know the city, and dealing with snow! Scroll through some snapshots from the semester’s orientation.

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Getting to know each other through Three Things

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Exploring the neighborhood during Bus Day 1: Courtney Selle, Taylor University; Mckayla Henderson, Biola University; Rachel Parnell, Malone University; and Farnel Maxime, Gordon College

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Apartment 9 ladies: Adela Antal, Messiah College; Hannah Scheenstra, Vanguard University of Southern California; Sarah Ooi, Messiah College; and Sarah Copeland, Southeastern University

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Adela Antal (Messiah College) reads with a local elementary school student at Little Lights Urban Ministries {Photo credit: Little Lights}

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Rachel Taylor (Messiah College) helps a local elementary school student with her homework at Little Lights Urban Ministries. {Photo credit: Little Lights}

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Attending a Washington Wizards NBA game: Farnel Maxime, Gordon College; Mckayla Henderson, Biola University; Veronica Ibarra, Biola University; and Rachel Taylor, Messiah College

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We got snow! Thanks to our dedicated students for helping to shovel out our offices and the Dellenback Center: Farnel Maxime, Gordon College; Sarah Ooi, Messiah College; Cara Champlin, Olivet Nazarene University; Adela Antal, Messiah College; and Sarah Wedel, Northwestern College.

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All dressed up for the CCCU 40th Anniversary Gala!

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ASP-Gordon College student Farnel Maxime with his president, Dr. Michael Lindsay, at the CCCU 40th Anniversary Gala

This morning, students are off to the first day of their internships.  Check back for updates on what they learn at work!

Strategic Communication Snapshot: Fall 2015

ASP is excited to have 5 trail-blazing students in our new Strategic Communication track this semester, and they have been busy engaging communication leaders in Washington, D.C. Currently, we are putting together a communication campaign for Bread for the World, as well as constructing two case studies – one based on the Ebola Outbreak in 2014 that the students are researching as a group, and the other done individually for their internship offices. Our students have great internship placements this semester at the Washington Redskins’ Business Development and Operations Department;  public relations firm, the Borenstein Group; Genocide Watch; Susan B. Anthony List; and a congressional office.

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Fall 2015 Strategic Communication: program director Peter Baker; Dietrich Heiss, Judson University; Brandan Wilchcombe, Taylor University; Christine Orr, Azusa Pacific University; Jodie Howard, Messiah College; Victoria Goebel, Gordon College; and ASP fellow in strategic communication Jacque Isaacs

We started our first week by meeting with Jared Noetzel, Church Relations Coordinator at Bread for the World. The students will be developing and presenting a communication campaign to Bread in three parts: a Formative Research Paper, analyzing tools such as a public relations audit and a SWOT analysis to build the foundation for their communication campaign; a Strategic Plan, working with Bread to establish goals and objectives for the campaign; and an Evaluation and Monitoring Plan, which will help measure and determine to what degree the campaign has achieved its goals. This has been a great experience for the students to work with a real client, understand their mission and vision, and apply what we are learning in the classroom in a way that creates value for a DC-based Christian organization.

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Strat Comm at Bread for the World

Next, we began work on the Strategic Communication case studies. The students are writing a group case study about the Ebola Outbreak in 2014, focusing on a communication decision that was influential which helps us to understand the big picture. We met with four professionals who actively worked on the Ebola Outbreak in 2014. First, we went to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and met with Marty Bahamonde, Director of Disaster Operations in the Office of External Affairs. FEMA’s strategic communication team worked directly with the CDC as they responded to the unfolding crisis. The student’s also video-conferenced with Rev. Susan Sytsma Bratt, associate pastor at Northridge Presbyterian Church, which is located in the Dallas community where the first Ebola victim in the USA was staying. She shared a fascinating first-person perspective on communication in Dallas during the crisis and how she and her church chose to respond.

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Strat Comm at FEMA

We also met with Jonathan V. Last, reporter at the Weekly Standard, who covered the case closely. He provided valuable insight to the students about what was being told to the media, when, and by whom. Lastly, we met with Caroline Booth, the communication director for Congressman Pete Sessions, whose district includes Texas Presbyterian Health Hospital, the focus of the Ebola crisis. The next step of this case study is for the students conduct their own primary research and interview more professionals. We can’t wait to see who they are able to speak with!

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Strat Comm at Congressman Pete Session’s office

Strategic Communication concludes its first half of the semester by sending each student to their internships with the assignment of identifying a decision point at their offices that they can focus on for their individual case study. This is a great opportunity for the students to add value to their internship placement sites. It’s amazing to see how far we’ve travelled in just a few short weeks. Next week, the students will present the research portion of their communication campaign to Bread for the World. We are thankful for all of the opportunities that are being made available to our students, and we are excited for the good work they are completely this semester.

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PPI: One Month Snapshot

ASP has 22 public policy students this semester, and they have done an outstanding job professionally engaging Washington, DC. The professional development process on the Public Policy Initiatives (PPI) track is an adventure. This semester, we are focusing on immigration policy in our first unit. Here’s a brief look at how we spent our first month.

The first sessions focused on “Policymaking 101: What the textbooks don’t teach us.” ASP hosted three professional lobbyists and policy advocates for a panel discussion on Best Practices in Policy Advocacy and Lobbying. Students spent over an hour with Walter Kuhn, Manager of Federal Government Affairs for Apple, Courtney Lang, founding principal of Langco Partners (and formerly in public advocacy roles for Pfizer, Eli Lilly, and the NBA), and Shapri LoMaglio, Government Relations Director for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

Walter Kuhn [left] and Alex Hayes (Warner Pacific College), Shaefer Bagwell (Biola University), and Josiah Sound (Seattle Pacific University)

Walter Kuhn [center left] with Alex Hayes (Warner Pacific College), Shaefer Bagwell (Biola University), and Josiah Sound (Seattle Pacific University)

Courney Lang [center left] and Marion Githegi (Emmanuel College)

Courtney Lang [center left] with Marion Githegi (Emmanuel College)

Justin Botejue [left] (Whitworth University) and Shapri LoMaglio

Shapri LoMaglio [right] with Justin Botejue (Whitworth University)

We then went to Capitol Hill to gain An Insiders’ Perspective on Policymaking in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. How are congressional offices organized and how do they operate? How did you establish a career on Capitol Hill? How does an office champion a piece of legislation? Is the policymaking process as broken as the media makes it appear? What impact can average citizens really make on the policymaking process? PPI students spent over an hour with Jay Sulzmann, Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (10 years work experience on Capitol Hill), Melissa Fett, Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (ASP alumna and 4 years experience on the Hill), and Caroline Robinson, Legislative Assistant to U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (ASP alumna and 4 years experience on the Hill).

Melissa Fett [left] with Shaefer Bagwell (Biola University) and Collin Callahan (Biola University)

Melissa Fett [left] with Shaefer Bagwell (Biola University) and Collin Callahan (Biola University)

Caroline Robinson [right] with Diana Nesukh (Warner Pacific University), Trenton Pouncy (Oral Roberts University), and Alex Hayes (Warner Pacific University)

Caroline Robinson [right] with Diana Nesukh (Warner Pacific University), Trenton Pouncy (Oral Roberts University), and Alex Hayes (Warner Pacific University)

Jay Sulzmann [right] with Chris Rednour (Mount Vernon Nazarene University) and Cody Laliberte (Biola University)

Jay Sulzmann [right] with Chris Rednour (Mount Vernon Nazarene University) and Cody Laliberte (Biola University)

Then we turned our attention to a more intensive study of immigration policy. We organized our 22 PPI students into five policy taskforces, each studying a different policy debate relating to immigration. We held one-hour meetings with a number of immigration policy experts at various think tanks and advocacy groups.

Dr. Marc Rosenblum, Deputy Director of the U.S. Immigration Program at the Migration Policy Institute, and Faye Hipsman, Associate Policy Analyst.

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Dr. Mark Hugo Lopez, Director of Hispanic Research at the Pew Research Center.

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From left: Diana Nesukh (Warner Pacific College), Marion Githegi (Emmanuel College), Erika Yun (Messiah College), and Madi Carper (Malone University) Photo credit: Diana Nesukh

From left: Diana Nesukh (Warner Pacific College), Marion Githegi (Emmanuel College), Erika Yun (Messiah College), and Madi Carper (Malone University)
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Eric Ruark, Director of Research at the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

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Charles Kamasaki [left] with Diana Nesukh (Warner Pacific College), Johanna Kraynak (Mount Vernon Nazarene University), and Erika Yun (Messiah College)

Charles Kamasaki [left] with Diana Nesukh (Warner Pacific College), Johanna Kraynak (Mount Vernon Nazarene University), and Erika Yun (Messiah College)

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James McCament, Acting Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (ASP alum).

From left: Diana Nesukh, (Warner Pacific College), Abigail Nash (Gordon College), Jasabet Munoz (Oral Roberts University), and Justin Botejue (Whitworth University)

From left: Diana Nesukh, (Warner Pacific College), Abigail Nash (Gordon College), Jasabet Munoz (Oral Roberts University), and Justin Botejue (Whitworth University) {Photo credit: Diana Nesukh}

James McCament [right] with Julie Flower (Seattle Pacific University), Emily Hardman (Palm Beach Atlantic University), and Carly Wortham (Bob Jones University)

James McCament [right] with Julie Flower (Seattle Pacific University), Emily Hardman (Palm Beach Atlantic University), and Carly Wortham (Bob Jones University)

Tom Jawetz, Democratic Chief Counsel for the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary—Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement.

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Tom Jawetz [right] with Kai Pedersen (Point Loma Nazarene University) and Shaefer Bagwell (Biola University)

Tom Jawetz [right] with Kai Pedersen (Point Loma Nazarene University) and Shaefer Bagwell (Biola University)

PPI concludes its first month by sending each policy taskforce out into the city on their own to conduct 2-3 personal interviews with additional policy stakeholders. In preparation for our field work days, students completed a small group workshop on personal interview preparation and protocols. ASP director, Dr. Peter Baker, and PPI coordinator, Erin Cox, played the primary role in setting up this first round of interviews, which included: American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Immigration Studies, Farmerworker Justice, the Heritage Foundation, National Conference of State Legislatures, Service Employees International Union, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Justin Botejue (Whitworth University), Julie Flower (Seattle Pacific University), Taihla Eddina (Olivet Nazarene University), and Jasabet Munoz (Oral Roberts University) at the ACLU

Justin Botejue (Whitworth University), Julie Flower (Seattle Pacific University), Taihla Eddina (Olivet Nazarene University), and Jasabet Munoz (Oral Roberts University) at the ACLU

Chris Rednour (Mount Vernon Nazarene University), Diana Nesukh (Warner Pacific College), Abigail Nash (Gordon College), and Trenton Pouncy (Oral Roberts University) at the Heritage Foundation...

Chris Rednour (Mount Vernon Nazarene University), Diana Nesukh (Warner Pacific College), Abigail Nash (Gordon College), and Trenton Pouncy (Oral Roberts University) at the Heritage Foundation… {Photo credit: Diana Nesukh}

...and at the ACLU

…and at the ACLU {Photo credit: Diana Nesukh}

It’s amazing to see how far we’ve travelled in just a few short weeks. In two more weeks, the PPI taskforces will present their policy reports in the U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearing room. We’ll report back then!

Spring 2014 in Review: GDE Meets with Ugandan Ambassador

Ambassador Wonekha

Spring 2014 ASP student Nicole Noyes (Cedarville University) participated in the Global Development Enterprise track, working with two other team members on researching biofuels in Uganda.  As part of her internship with Values & Capitalism at the American Enterprise Institute, she met Ugandan ambassador Oliver Wonekha and set up a meeting with her for the GDE team.  GDE track director Gerry Hartis comments, “Nicole’s connection with Ambassador Wonekha is just one example of the opportunities that the Global Development Enterprise team has for engaging directly with leaders of the developing world here in Washington.”

“Ambassador Oliver Wonekha of Uganda was kind enough to meet with me to discuss the empowerment of Uganda’s women through investments in agriculture and energy,” Nicole said.  “She described the living conditions of rural families, the role of women in the country’s economy, and other pressing policy issues in Uganda. We look forward to sustaining this exciting relationship with the Ugandan Embassy.”

Spring 2014 in Review: Academics

What were ASP students up to last semester before we launched the blog? Here’s a brief overview of the Spring 2014 semester!

ASP joined the National Association of Evangelical's "Christian Student Leadership Conference" for a 45-minute Q&A with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and a tour of the courtroom

ASP joined the National Association of Evangelicals’ “Christian Student Leadership Conference” for a 45-minute Q&A with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and a tour of the courtroom.

Via skype, GDE students reported to their client on their preliminary research into sustainable biofuels in Uganda.

Via skype, GDE students reported to their client on their preliminary research into sustainable biofuels in Uganda.

GDE preparing to present their preliminary biofuels report

GDE preparing to present their preliminary biofuels report

ASP attended a lunch and lecture with Os Guinness, hosted by the C.S. Lewis Institute. Left to right: Peter Baker (PPI track director and ASP program director), Nicole Noyes (Cedarville University), Hannah Wasco (Trinity Christian College), Andrew Cleary (Biola University), and Gerry Hartis (GDE director and ASP faculty member)

ASP attended a lunch and lecture with Os Guinness, hosted by the C.S. Lewis Institute. {Left to right: Peter Baker (PPI track director and ASP program director), Nicole Noyes (Cedarville University), Hannah Wasco (Trinity Christian College), Andrew Cleary (Biola University), and Gerry Hartis (GDE director and ASP faculty member)}

PPI presented their Individual Policy Memos in a House Judiciary Committee hearing room.

PPI presented their Individual Policy Memos in a House Judiciary Committee hearing room.

PPI on the Hill after presenting their Individual Policy Memos

PPI on the Hill after presenting their Individual Policy Memos

GDE attended a conference on international development, hosted by Catholic University.

GDE attended a conference on international development, hosted by Catholic University.

During the middle week of the semester, wonderful group of ASP and WJC alumni spoke on a panel addressing "Beyond 9 to 5: Pursuing a Holistic Approach to Vocation."

During the middle week of the semester, a wonderful group of ASP and WJC alumni spoke on a panel addressing “Beyond 9 to 5: Pursuing a Holistic Approach to Vocation.”

Internship spotlight: Hannah Wasco: Spring 2014

Hannah Wasco (Trinity Christian College) is interning at the American Enterprise Institute this semester.  She has enjoyed all the events that AEI has offered, including the chance to hear Bill Gates speak (picture below)!

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“On March 13, I attended an event at my internship, the American Enterprise Institute. The event was an interview with none other than Bill Gates! (See the recording and transcripts here.) Gates gave his prediction that the world will be able to move from ‘poverty to prosperity’ in such a way that there will be no more predominantly poor countries by 2035. He sees this as possible because the percentage of people living in extreme poverty has plummeted by 80 percent in the past forty years and child mortality has fallen to record lows. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has contributed to this encouraging developments with their philanthropic efforts in education and immunization.

And Bill Gates is not the only notable person who has come to speak at AEI over the course of my internship. His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited for two days in February to speak on free enterprise, happiness, and human flourishing. In April, the Right Honorable Liam Fox, a member of the British Parliament and former British Minister of Defense, came to discuss intelligence agencies and personal privacy.

These events with special guests are always open to interns (when there is enough room), and so this is one of the many benefits that I found with interning at the American Enterprise Institute.”

Hannah is a junior at Trinity Christian and will graduate in December 2014.  As of now, she is looking into applying for positions at think tanks or on Capitol Hill or into getting involved in campaign work.

Internship Spotlight: Amy Baker

Amy Baker (Bethel College–IN) is interning for the U.S. Department of State, Investment Affairs Office.  Here’s a quick summary of what keeps her busy Tuesday through Thursday! Image

“After two months of interning in the State Department’s Economics Bureau, I am still cracking away at the massive learning curve. My time is split between drafting interagency foreign investment reports and assisting rounds of bilateral investment treaty negotiations in the Office of Investment Affairs. That’s a lot of jargon for this English major! Needless to say, I have learned far and above what I ever expected – about investments, open economies, interagency relationships, Federal agency culture, and the role of government on an international scale. It’s true – investments can be heady work, but playing a small part in raising the standard of living in developing countries has been more than rewarding. Every day at State has opened my eyes to something new that I’d never known to explore. And every day has taught me more about God’s vision for this institution.”

Amy will graduate from Bethel in May and return to D.C. to participate in the American Enterprise Institute’s Summer Institute.

Fall 2013 in Review: Internships

ASP students intern all over D.C. in executive agencies, research organizations and think tanks, congressional offices, development agencies, advocacy groups, law offices, business and communication firms, and museums and art organizations. By interning three days a week and reflecting on their experiences through essay assignments, they gain concrete professional experience, explore their own strengths, interests, and skills, and learn to connect their faith to their career.

A few of the Fall 2013 students shared pictures from their internships.  For a full list of internship sites in the past seven years, please click here.

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Megan Morgan (Mount Vernon Nazarene University) [middle] interned for the National Women’s Political Caucus. Part of her role included researching women to endorse in political campaigns and planning NWPC’s annual event, the Exceptional Merit in Media Awards, and she had the opportunity to meet prominent women such as Congresswoman Alma Adams, Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly, and Feminist Majority political director Alice Cohan.  Megan is proud of the work that NWPC does to empower women in politics and in everyday life. {Megan and a fellow interned are pictured with program director Bettina Hager [left].}

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Olivia Workman (Waynesburg University) [far right] and Dirk Oudman (Dordt College) [second from right] both interned for the Center for Public Justice.  Olivia assisted with the editing and production of the online journal Shared Justice and managed the CPJ social media, while Dirk supported CEO Stephanie Summers’s work with the board and constituents and wrote for Shared Justice. One of the benefits of interning with CPJ, according to Olivia and Dirk, was learning to view policy debates in light of the biblical standards of justice and grace and to see the value of understanding someone else’s point of view. {Dirk and Olivia are pictured with their CPJ supervisors, Stephanie Summers [left] and Katie Thompson [second from left].}
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Sadietou Mayou (Southeastern University) interned for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Business Civic Leadership Center.  While at BCLC, she assisted the corporate relations team in developing a system for data management and worked extensively on event logistics, including the planning of BCLC’s annual conference, The Network Effect: How Business Drives Progress. Sadia is glad that her work for BCLC helped businesses bring about societal change in communities around the world.  {Sadia is pictured in front of the White House, across the street from her office at BCLC.}

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Alexander Archuleta (Whitworth University) interned for the McCain Institute for International Leadership. In this role, he worked alongside the Humanitarian Action Division to assist with human trafficking projects, attended a hearing of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, participated in meetings on Capitol Hill, planned a 4-day trip to Burma focused on human trafficking, and met Cindy McCain. Alexander enjoyed interning at the McCain Institute because he got to see the impact of what he was working on and to be a part of the young organization’s growth. {Alexander and a fellow intern are pictured with Cindy McCain.}

To hear more about Alexander Archuleta’s experience at ASP, watch this fun promo video for the BestSemester programs!

Fall 2013 in Review: Mentorships

The ASP Professional Mentorship course connects students with a Christian mentor in DC.  Elizabeth Pitts pairs students with their mentors based on the students’ interest in having a mentor in a particular field, from a particular background, or in a particular stage of life.  Each mentor picks a book to read with his or her student and meets at least three or hour times a semester.  Our mentors (many of whom are ASP alumni) have interests and experiences that range as widely as our students do! To see a selected list of ASP mentors from the past seven years, please click here.

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“Share Your Mentor Night” is a fun evening when students’ professional mentors come to the Dellenback for dessert and discussion. The students introduce their mentors, the mentors share advice and insight from their wealth of professional experiences, and we conclude with a time of networking and conversation. The students always leave with some pearls of wisdom!

Image  ASP alumnus (Sp96) and professional mentor James McCament talks with a handful of inquisitive students after attending one of ASP’s weekly Family Night Dinners.  James serves as the chief of the Office of Legislative Affairs for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  He has been an ASP professional mentor for the past five semesters.

Fall 2013 in Review: Global Development Enterprise

Last semester, GDE worked with World Vision to develop a strategy to market a training manual for very poor farmers.  This was a follow-up to a USAID-funded project in which Spring 2012 GDE students developed the manual on helping these farmers work together to bring their product to global markets.

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ImageGDE students Brett Woods (Missouri Baptist University), Christopher McGee (Biola University), Shayla Wakumoto (Biola University), Devin Proctor (Gordon College), Stephanie Grossoehme (Olivet Nazarene University), and Dirk Oudman (Dordt College) outside World Vision’s DC headquarters

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