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The Campaign Trail

Cal U students attend 2016 national political conventions

This summer two Cal U students will witness the political process firsthand, as interns at the Republican and Democratic national conventions. Check back before, during and after the conventions to read about their experiences and get an insider's view of these important events.

Republican National Convention
July 18-21
Cleveland, Ohio

Democratic National Convention
July 25-28
Philadelphia, Pa.

Claudia Pehowic

Kirra Lent

Portrait of Claudia Pehowic

I am a Cal U senior with a dual major in communication studies and political science. My interest in politics began in my hometown, Northumberland, Pa., where I served as the student school board representative of Shikellamy High School. Small-town politics is easy to follow, but I am ready to broaden my horizons to the Republican National Convention. I love to write for the Cal Times student newspaper and tutor at the Cal U Writing Center, so I was overjoyed to land a position as a journalism intern at the convention.

Read Claudia's convention reports

Portrait of Cal U student Kirra Lent

I am from Greensburg, Pa., and I’m a Cal U senior seeking a degree in history. I hold several leadership positions, including president of the History Club and vice president of Cal Campaign Consultants. My campus job as a Peer Mentor Coordinator allows me to meet new people and help guide them, which is one of my favorite things to do. This is also one reason I like politics, because being involved allows you to help guide your local community toward becoming a more peaceful place. I cannot wait to explore the realm of politics even further at the convention coming up!

Read Kirra's convention reports

Cal U represented at CollegeDebate16 Cal U student Ellen Mari Boyle stands behind the CollegeDebate16 podum

Cal U student Ellen “Mari” Boyle is Pennsylvania’s student delegate at CollegeDebate16, a national, non-partisan initiative to empower young voters to identify issues and engage peers in the presidential election. 

On June 1-3, Boyle joined 150 delegates from all 50 states at Dominican University of California, where they attended workshops focused on promoting civil discourse, understanding responsible digital citizenry, and avoiding stereotypes and assumptions while focusing on the issues rather than party politics. 

The delegates also are planning social media strategies and campus discussions aimed at expanding conversations among young voters.

Read Mari Boyle’s blog about CollegeDebate16.

2012 Political Conventions

The Washington Center 2012 Political Conventions

Students involved in the American Democracy Project had an exciting opportunity to be part of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. 

Through The Washington Center, students were placed in volunteer fieldwork positions with the party, convention committee, host committee, media, and many other convention related organizations and events. Read their reports from the conventions!

Students who attended The Washington Center 2012 Political Conventions:

Democratic National Convention

  • Breanna Blose
  • Camilla Cionni
  • Courtney Cochran
  • Bruce Grover
  • Bradley Minoski
  • Fillip Nelson

Republican National Convention

  • Lucie Fremeau
  • Mario Coppola
  • Emily Martik