Eberly Honors Students Visit Washington, D.C.

Posted on 11/11/2014 8:24:38 AM

Business Honors Fall 2014 DC - Monumental SportsOn October 16, 2014, 23 sophomore business honors students, along with faculty members Joette Wisnieski and Brion Scudder, departed for a three-day professional leadership trip to Washington, D.C.

While in the nation’s capital, students toured the Capitol building, received presentations from businesses, and attended the American Society for Competitiveness (ASC) luncheon. Upon arrival in D.C., the students met with Reid May, a representative for the Washington Center. This nonprofit organization’s mission is to find businesses in the D.C. area and match student applicants with an internship in their field. While on site, students also toured the residence halls provided by the Washington Center.

Taylor Billman and Nick Parrish, alumni from IUP, and Jeff Porter met with the honors students over dinner at Vie de France and gave advice for finding internships and job placement after graduation. Aleks Krachanko, a management information systems major, said “I took away from dinner knowledge on how to better myself and my education to guarantee me a job where I want to work in the future” when asked to reflect on the alumni dinner.

On the second day of the trip, students observed the Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery and attended the ASC luncheon at the Tyson’s Corner Hilton. Here, John Hillen, a former U.S. assistant secretary of State, gave the keynote address, titled “The U.S. Geopolitical Future.”

Friday’s agenda ended with a tour of the Verizon Center and a presentation from Joe Dupriest, the chief marketing officer of Monumental Sports, which owns the Washington Capitals, the city’s hockey team, in addition to the men’s and women’s basketball teams, the Wizards and the Mystics. While on this tour, students saw the brand-new production and media studio, club seating and private restaurants, press rooms, and other behind-the-scenes looks at sporting event operations.

Many students took advantage of their free time by visiting the national monuments, the Spy Museum, the Holocaust Museum, Smithsonian exhibits, and many others. Student Shane Kubik said the trip was “a fantastic experience that I didn’t want to end.”

Katelyn Fox 

Eberly College of Business and Information Technology