Students experience Obama inauguration firsthand; photos available

More than 40 Gettysburg College students traveled to Washington, D.C., to join millions of people at the Inauguration, witnessing history as Barack Obama becomes the 44th president of the United States Jan. 20.

Comprising students from Prof. Shirley Anne Warshaw's political science courses, the group traveled by bus to Shady Grove, a northern Metro stop, and then to D.C. The group joined the crowds at the National Mall. For Warshaw, this was her fifth presidential inauguration accompanying students.

Also, students, faculty, staff, and community members also gathered in the College Union Building Ballroom and other campus locations to view broadcast coverage of the event. The Ballroom audience cheered when Obama said "For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg.

ABC-27 of Harrisburg broadcast coverage of the campus event, including an interview with history Prof. Allen Guelzo. 




Contact: Kendra Martin, director of media relations

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Posted: Mon, 19 Jan 2009

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