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Quinnipiac University students travel to Washington, D.C.

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Hamden, CT - Eight Quinnipiac University students are spending the week in Washington, D.C. tackling the hard-hitting issues affecting national security with political analysts, journalists, national security experts and scholars.

Eric Arndt of Woodbury; Mark Boulas of Hamden; Jamie Buckley of Clinton; Devon Jerome of Stamford; Steven Nicosia of Yonkers, N.Y.; Mike Occhicone of Scarsdale, N.Y.; Steven Pflug of East Brunswick, N.J.; and Samantha Sisti of Farmington are attending the Challenges to National Security in a Global Society Academic Seminar, May 19-24.

Led by a faculty director expert in national security issues, The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars program will examine how global changes impact the international security arena and explore how the U.S. can best respond to the myriad of challenges and uncertainties.

In addition to group discussions, students and faculty will visit government agencies, embassies, think tanks and nonprofit organizations.

“At Quinnipiac we are committed to more and more learning experiences outside the classroom, and what a terrific experience this will be,” said Scott McLean, a professor of political science in the College of Arts and Sciences who is leading the Quinnipiac group. “Our students will have the opportunity to visit the FBI, State Department, the Israeli and Egyptian embassies, have face-to-face discussions with officials dealing with human rights issues and national security issues, including the drone strikes, Syria, the rise of China and the ongoing threat of terrorist groups.”

Mike Smith, president of The Washington Center, said, “Growing globalization, technological innovation, and shifting economic power create a complex and strained national security environment. We are bringing together the best minds in academia, government and political policy to discuss the U.S. role here and abroad, response protocols and the impact of modern technology and cyber vulnerabilities. We thank the students at Quinnipiac University for being a part of this timely and thought-provoking dialogue.”

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C., for academic credit. The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has more than 50,000 alumni who have become leaders in numerous professions and nations around the world. It was established in 1975. For more information visit: www.twc.edu.

Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 6,200 full-time undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students in 58 undergraduate and more than 20 graduate programs of study in its School of Business and Engineering, School of Communications, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, School of Law, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, School of Nursing and College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges issue. The 2013 issue of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges named Quinnipiac as the top up-and-coming school with master’s programs in the Northern Region. Quinnipiac also is recognized in Princeton Review’s “The Best 377 Colleges.” For more information, please visit www.quinnipiac.edu. Connect with Quinnipiac on Facebook at www.facebook.com/quinnipiacuniversity and follow Quinnipiac on Twitter @QuinnipiacU.

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