Eight students are in Washington, D.C., in October 2013 as part of SMU’s Hilltop on the Hill program. The students will visit media and government sites, and meet with political communicators, journalists and SMU alumni. The trip is led by Rita Kirk, professor of communication studies in Meadows School of the Arts and director of the Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility; Sandra Duhé, chair of communication studies, associate professor and director of the Meadows School’s public relations program; and Candy Crespo, assistant director of the Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility. Endowed by the Bauer Foundation, the Hilltop on the Hill program also takes students studying political communication to political party conventions, the presidential Inauguration and the G8 Economic Summit.
An update from Candy Crespo, assistant director of the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility and an SMU alumna: It’s morning in Washington, D.C. I take a deep breath in through my nose, pause, and exhale. “Do you smell that?” I say to one of our students. There’s something different about the air here. They smile in agreement. Anyone near our group, especially fellow metro travelers, must be able to sense the excitement and anxiousness. The students’ energy levels are soaring and their eyes are bright with anticipation. This will be my third Hilltop on the Hill trip, and each time is more exciting and meaningful than the last. I went on the trip as an undergraduate [...]