May 2008
Issue 68


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PoliComm Program Celebrates 25 Years


The GW School of Media and Public Affairs celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Political Communication program on April 11 and 12 with a reunion showcasing the success and achievements of the program’s alumni and students.

Steven Schneider, CCAS BA ’81, professor of Political Science/Communication and Information Design at SUNY Institute of Technology, and the very first PoliComm graduate, delivered the keynote address, “Politics Disrupted: 25 Years of Communication Technologies.”

SMPA Professor Frank Sesno moderated the first of two panels, “Political Communication and the Future of Democracy,” which featured Valerie Rice Abend, CCAS BA ’94, MPA ’97, deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Compliance Policy; Paul Aronsohn, CCAS BA ’89, MA ’92, director, Alliance Development, Pfizer Inc.; Colleen Connors, CCAS BA ’91, communications director, Save Darfur Coalition; John Czwartacki CCAS BA ’92, executive director, External Communications, Verizon; Carl Forti, CCAS BA ’94, deputy campaign manager-political director, Romney for President Campaign; Aaron Myers CCAS BA ’00, director of Internet Operations, Edwards for President Campaign; Howard Opinsky, CCAS BA ’91, executive vice president, Powell-Tate; Mark SooHoo, CCAS BA ’02, senior vice president, Campaign Solutions; and current honors candidate Tori Daniel.

The second panel, “New Directions in News and Politics” was hosted by SMPA Professor Robert Entman and featured Dana Bash, CCAS BA ’93, congressional correspondent, CNN; Jason Haber, CCAS BA ’99, co-founder, iConflict.com; Rob Hendin, CCAS BA ’99, producer, CBS Evening News; Heidi Wiedenbauer, CCAS BA ’95, Washington bureau chief, Cox Broadcasting; and current honors candidate Gillian McHale.

For more on the PoliComm celebration, click here.