[Whittier College] Nixon fellows Daniel Jacob Kulick ’13 and Carlee Shults ’14 are currently in Washington D.C. participating in a ten-day seminar conducted by the Washington Center. The culmination of their visit to the nation’s capital will be attending the official inauguration ceremony of President Barak Obama. – The Whittier College Richard M. Nixon Fellowship program is taking full advantage of the 2013 presidential inauguration to bring new learning opportunities to Whittier College students.
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Kulick – a graduate of Canyon High School in Santa Clarita – and Shults have been attending sessions with a small group of students led by political science professors from around the country and which feature guest speakers from the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of the federal government.
The duo has also had the opportunity to visit national monuments and museums.
“It’s very tense right now as the capital gears up for the inauguration. I visited the Hill today and there’s tons of people just like me getting their tickets and coming in to see this historic moment. I couldn’t be more ready or more enthused to be present for President Barack Obama’s second inauguration,” said Kulick, a political science major.
Kulick has been to the nation’s capital before. He served as an intern in the office of California Congresswoman Grace Napolitano while he studied at American University through the Washington Semester program in spring 2012.
His current fellowship research involves examining the effects of the Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission Supreme Court decision on the first 2012 presidential elections.
Created to honor 1934 Whittier College alumnus and former U. S. President Richard M. Nixon, the Nixon Fellowship Program is designed to prepare exceptional students for informed citizenship and service through internships, scholarship, and research opportunities that echo Nixon’s successful legacy in domestic and foreign policy.
Students named Nixon Fellows will develop leadership skills, increase international understanding, and experience the rewards inherent in a career dedicated to the public good.
About Whittier College
Founded by Quakers in 1887, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering a traditional liberal arts program integrated with both professional and pre-professional courses of study. With an emphasis on diversity, community, and curricular innovation, the College’s primary mission is to endow students with the education, skills, and values appropriate for global leadership and service. Whittier College is a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI).