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Jan. 16, 2009
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Students, professor to attend presidential inauguration

Baldwin City, Kan. — Sixteen Baker University students and their professor will be a part of history on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

As part of a travel interterm titled “Our Nation’s Capital,” Lee Green, professor of business and economics, coordinated a 12-day trip to Washington, D.C. Besides visiting the Capitol Building, the White House, the Supreme Court Building and museums, the students will join millions of people for the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama.

The students who attended the inauguration were Briana Bever, Prairie Village; Eris Blaser, Baldwin City; Stephanie Brockmann, Washington, Mo.; Dana Hacker, Roeland Park; Kendra Hanson, Salina;  Melissa Hasty, Oberlin; Jordann Johnson, Hoxie; Adam Kenne, Shawnee; Andrew Linenberger, Carbondale; Sarah Luecke, Kansas City, Mo.; Caitlin McGowan, Topeka; Adam O’Trimble, Perry; Jessica Porter, Osawatomie; Shannon Pulkabrek, Tonganoxie; Emily Stephens, Freeman, Mo.; and Lena Sweyko, Fort Scott.

“They all have different majors, but the one goal these students all have is that they all aspire to careers in public service,” Green said.

Green has been taking Baker students to presidential inaugurations since George H.W. Bush’s term began in 1989.

The class was popular with students. Green had to turn some students away because of space limitations.

“I think it’s just the sense of hope that’s been engendered by president-elect Obama,” Green said


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