People in Picture left to right- (back row) KJ Smith, Rachel Bayly, Representative Nick Lampson, Wolfie, Representative Rod Chandler, Mary Pettenger; (front row) Jennifer Romadka, Brian Ulbricht, and Earlene Camarillo

In February 2020, the Department of Politics, Policy, and Administration led by Drs. Camarillo and Pettenger and supported by the Office of the Provost brought two former Representatives from the US Congress to WOU through the nationally-recognized Congress to Campus program. The goal of the events were to educate about how the US Congress functions, promote bipartisanship, and discuss the value of public service. Across three days of activities, the event reached an estimated 250 students across various disciplines and groups. Our campus received high praise from the visiting representatives, who said the event was the most well-organized event they had ever participated in and expressed how much they enjoyed talking with our students, from faculty who participated with their classes, and most importantly from students, one of whom stated “Not only did [CTC] give all of us a great opportunity, but it was something our campus will remember forever”.

On February 11-13, 2020, the Department of Politics, Policy, and Administration brought former U.S. House Representatives Nick Lampson (D-TX) and Rod Chandler (R-WA) to WOU to: educate about how the US Congress functions, promote bipartisanship, and discuss the value of public service. The following events were open to all WOU students, prospective students, and other interested community members unless otherwise noted.

Tues, Feb. 11 (Day 1)

3:00 – 3:50 pm

Open classroom: COM 439 Contemporary US Public Address – Location: WUC Columbia Room

*WOU Students & prospective students

Wed, Feb. 12 (Day 2)

10:00 – 10:50 am

Open classroom: PSĀ  201 American National Government – Location: HWC 203

*WOU Students & prospective students

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Public Service Panel with WOU Alumni and CTC representatives – Location: HWC 105

Featuring: Anthony Medina, Operations Policy Analyst, Public University Coordination for the Higher Education Coordinating Commission and Sophie Dykast, Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Albany Manager’s Office

7:00 – 9:00 pm

Congress to Campus Public Forum – Location: WUC Pacific Room

Thurs, Feb 13 (Day 3)

11:00 – 11:50 am

Open to First-Year WOU Students: FYS 107 Play & Creativity – Location: RWEC 101

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Public Service Career “Meet and Greet” Pizza Party – Location: WUC Santiam Room

*WOU Students only

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*Schedule will be updated with locations as events are finalized. Contact Dr. Earlene Camarillo camarilloe@wou.edu with any questions or concerns.

For more information about Congress to Campus, visit: https://stennis.gov/congress-to-campus/