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Waubonsee Students Experience Democracy from Former Congressman

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Former U.S. Representative Barry Morris Goldwater, Jr. speaks to Waubonsee Community College students as part of a special "Congress to Campus" visit on Oct. 22.

On Oct. 22 and 23, Waubonsee Community College students had the chance to learn about representative democracy from a former U.S. representative as part of a special “Congress to Campus” visit. The Honorable Barry Morris Goldwater, Jr. (R-Calif., 1969-1983) visited the college’s Sugar Grove Campus to share his experiences with students, faculty and staff. Although scheduled to participate, former U.S. Rep. Ronnie Shows (D-Miss., 1998-2003) was unable to attend due to a family emergency.

“As a community college, we encourage our students to get involved in their communities,” said Waubonsee Community College President Dr. Christine Sobek. “We are excited to be a part of this unique program that communicates the importance of democracy and demonstrates the value of civic engagement.”

In addition to participating in panel discussions about current political topics, Rep. Goldwater also met with the college’s Student Senate and student club participants to talk about careers in public service.

The Congress to Campus Program was founded in 1976 by the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (USAFMC) with the goal of introducing members of college communities to individuals with firsthand knowledge of representative democracy and a life dedicated to public service. In 1996, the Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership partnered with the USAFMC to manage the program, and since that time, more than 170 visits have been planned to campuses throughout the United States. This is the second time Waubonsee has hosted the Congress to Campus Program.