CU students attend Christian Student Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.

CU students attend Christian Student Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.

Feb. 16, 2012
For Immediate Release

Emily Shultz and Joseph Yates pose at the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. on a visit for the Christian Student Leadership Conference. (Photo submitted)

By Sarah Ames, student news writer

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky.— Two Campbellsville University students, Emily Shultz of Mt. Sterling, Ky., and Joseph Yates of Shepherdsville, Ky., attended the Christian Student Leadership Conference (CSLC) in Washington, D.C.

The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) hosted the event.

“The conference was amazing to say the least,” Shultz said. “I had a wonderful time making connections and meeting other political science students from around the U.S. It was a great opportunity for me to meet with other students and fellowship with them about our schools, lives back home and faith.”

Shultz is a junior majoring in political science, and is a member of the CU Lady Tiger soccer team.

Yates, a sophomore double-majoring in political science and Christian studies, had similar feelings. “I am so glad I got to go to D.C.,” he said. “We got a chance to better understand our nation's government and the workings of our capital city.”

The NAE chose several topics of interest for the conference and selected different speakers to speak on the issues. The topics included marriage, abortion, poverty and the economy, criminal justice reform, immigration reform and faith in public. “The topics were very informative and gave me insight to further research,” Shultz said.

In addition to participating in lectures, the students toured the city, as well as the monuments. “We able to take self-guided tours of the World War II Monument, the Washington Monument from a distance, the Lincoln Memorial, the Holocaust Museum, and part of the Museum of Natural History,” Yates said. The students also had the opportunity to tour the White House before flying home.

The students met with U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, and also with Russel M. Coleman, the legal counsel of U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. “They gave us advice on how to move forward after graduation, and talked to us about opportunities for internships,” Shultz said.

Both students were grateful for the opportunity to attend this event. “I would like to thank Campbellsville University and Professor Max Wise for giving Joseph and me this opportunity, and making it so affordable for us to attend,”

Shultz said. Wise, assistant professor of political science, is one of the advisors at CU for political science students.

The CSLC has been held annually for 56 years. The NAE was founded in 1942, and is made up of over 40 denominations and thousands of individual churches, organizations, universities and individuals.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,500 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.

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