Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
-April, Matt and Peter
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Eugene Alpert, Senior Vice President The Washington Center
Jill reading over a Peanut's character shoulder.
First, let me tell you about the fieldwork assignments. Each student will give several hours of volunteer work to this convention. Students will be working with the Republican Party, with the media or with interest groups. These jobs provide great opportunities for students to network, to make a good impression that in the past has resulted in internship or job offers. It also provides the excitement of working hands on with those who will be reporting the news (CNN, Washington Times, Fox News and many more) to the nation, or in receptions given to dignataries attending the convention. These are just two examples, but the list of jobs and the list of benefits from giving our time to the volunteer work is long.
The second thrilling event was the tour of the Xcel Energy Center where the convention will take place starting next Monday. Those in charge started workin on the center July 20th. The amount of work that has gone into it is astonishing. A giant screen, second only in resolution and size to the one everyone saw during the Olympics in China, is behind the podium. The Xcel is a well-designed building with nice view from just about anywhere in the center. Just being there built up our excitement. We all could imagine how it will look next week and cannot wait to be there.
We walked from the Xcel Energy Center to the Landmark Building to attend a lovely reception offered to us by The Washington Center. The park between the two buildings has sculptures of the Peanuts characters honoring its creator from Minneapolis, Charles Schulz. Around the corner is the Fitzgerald Theater (named after Scott Fitzgerald, also of Minnesota), where Garrison Keillor's Praire Home Companion shows take place.
Starting this weekend there will be a number of events, parties, and of course, the convention itself, all of which promises excitement and fun. We will continue to keep you posted.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Sen. Hillary Clinton Sen. Hillary Clinton
With U.S. Rep., Ciro Rodriguez
Monday, August 25, 2008
After lunch, we had a three hour study group session. We discussed the electoral process, its strengths and weaknesses, and why even with its weaknesses we admire those who envisioned the wisdom of this complex process. We also looked at the syllabus. We have been given assignments that seem a bit overwhelming. They include a lot of reading (textbook, editorials, newspapers), writing (short essay, journal), and conduct a minimum of six interviews, including at least one Convention Delegate, one Elected Public Official at the local or state level, an Elected Public Official at the national level, a Media Representative and a political consultant or other individual not included above. We also need to do our fieldwork, which may open the door to meet the people we will interview.
The Augsburg College has been a great host to this seminar. They are providing meeting places, encouragement from the College President and faculty, and today they organized an ice cream social for us.
Tomorrow, after a morning session and our study group session, we will have a tour of the Twin Cities, and then we will go to the Minnesota State Fair.
The pictures are from the Texas study group that Frank and I attend, and a picture of the all the students and faculty attending this seminar.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
This seminar promises to be an intense, exciting, fun- filled work week, put together by the
We were told that there will not be much sleep, and I believe them. Today I started the day at 4:15 am to catch a 6:00 AM flight. Right now is 10:00 PM and before I can think of rest, I need to do reading that we will use at 8:00 tomorrow morning. We will have study, field work, and of course, the convention itself next week. We were warned that we can sleep when we get back home. I don’t doubt that to be exaggeration, but expect it indicates long days and short nights.
So far my first impressions are of friendliness, efficiency, motivation, excitement, and fun. I can't wait till tomorrow when we get into the thick of the action.
Left: Orientation. Right, Frank Carni II who won the first prize in the ice-breaker game.
Today we toured the Pepsi Center, the location for the first three days of the convention. Afterwards we saw Howard Dean speak before we went to Coors Field for the Rockies game.
The Pepsi Center:
Pepsi Center Foyer:
Outside of the Pepsi Center:
Expression of First Amendment Rights Outside of the Pepsi Center:
Howard Dean at the Colorado Convention Center:
An Awesome Car Downtown:
Coors Field, Home of the Colorado Rockies:
Saturday, August 23rd, 2008
Today we attended the media party hosted at Six Flags at Elitch Gardens. We will let the pictures explain it all.
Speakers at the Media Party
Amazing Flobots Concert!!!
Amazing Fireworks Show:
Pictures taken by Peter Sebesta