ACU students study in Washington, D.C., this summer

For Immediate Release
July 25, 2000


Tom Craig, Director of Media and Community Relations
(915) 674-2692

Jamie Milstead, Media Relations Specialist
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Two Abilene Christian University students were selected to study at the Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Political Systems in Washington D.C. this summer.

Junior political science majors Carrie DenBleyker, from Vanderwagen, N.M., and Lori Halstead, from San Antonio, were in the nation's capital for seven weeks during the summer break.

DenBleyker and Halstead took two courses, International Political Economy and American Democracy, from June 3 through July 22 at Georgetown University.

They attended lectures, met with leaders from government, international affairs, journalism and public policy and also participated in weekly site briefings at Congress, the White House, the State Department, the Federal Reserve and other key institutions.

One of the Engalitcheff Institute courses was taught by Dr. James David Woodard, a 1970 ACU alumnus and professor of political science at Clemson University.

DenBleyker and Halstead also benefitted from internships organized by the Engalitcheff Institute. DenBleyker's internship was with the United States Trade and Development Agency. The agency focuses on U.S. exports and international economic development. Halstead worked with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a bipartisan and ecumenical public-interest law firm that works to protect the free expression of all religious traditions.

Both students were awarded scholarships for their studies in Washington, D.C., from the Abilene-based Institute for Business and Economic Education. DenBleyker received an award of $3,000, and Halstead received $2,000.

At the conclusion of the Engalitcheff Institute, DenBleyker was named one of the two outstanding students for outstanding academic achievement from among the 108 students in attendance.

Dr. Mel Hailey, chair of the ACU Department of Political Science, said that DenBleyker's and Halstead's selection for the Engalitcheff Institute is a great honor and also a first for Abilene Christian students.

The Engalitcheff Institute has provided undergraduates an intensive seminar in the values of freedom, democracy and a free-market for the last 30 years. Its graduates have often pursued careers in economics, public policy, public service or foreign service. The Engalitcheff Institute is part of the Fund for American Studies and is one of Washington D.C.'s top academic and internship programs.


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