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R-MC student attends the Obama inauguration

Carlo Joseph Sinagra
In January 2009, outstanding university students from across the United States took part in a truly American celebration—the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States. During the five-day program, the University Presidential Inaugural Conference (UPIC) provided scholars with a deeper understanding of the history behind the electoral process and the rich traditions surrounding the presidential inauguration.

Among the scholars participating was Carlo Joseph Sinagra of Locust Hill, a sophomore at Randolph-Macon College and a member of SAE fraternity.

“The University Presidential Inaugural Conference will provide students with an opportunity to take part in historic events that coincide with the Inauguration of the President of the United States,” said Marguerite Regan, dean of academic affairs for UPIC. “Something that is really wonderful about so many young people gathering in Washington, D.C., for this event is that it will provide them a chance to become more familiar with and attuned to the president who will govern the United States over the next four years. We certainly hope this will inspire the next generation of leaders.”

Inaugural Scholars had the opportunity to interact with a major presidential candidate, White House officials, Congressional staff members, political experts and other VIPS, such as Lance Armstrong and Erik Weihenmayer. After witnessing the inauguration, scholars experienced the grandeur of the inaugural parade, as the president, vice president and their families make their way down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol Building to the White House. To further honor and celebrate Inauguration Day, scholars attended a Black Tie Gala Inaugural Ball.

In addition to participating in inaugural events and festivities, scholars had the opportunity to explore the historic sites and monuments of the nation’s capital, as well as engage in panel discussions and political debates with political experts and commentators, such as James Carville, Mary Matalin, Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson.

posted 01.22.2009

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