BW student leaders in at Independent College Day

Members of BW student government traveled to Columbus for a whirlwind day in the epicenter of Ohio government and political power.

Student Leaders Visit Columbus for a Deep Dive into Ohio State Government

February 10, 2017

BW student leaders in at Independent College Day

BW student leaders joined peers from across the state in Columbus on Wednesday, Feb. 8 for a whirlwind day in the epicenter of Ohio government and political power.

Four members of BW student government, political science majors Keri Russell '17, Brianna Johnson '18 and April Walter '20, along with sustainability and entrepreneurship double major Lydia Maendel 18, attended Independent College Day hosted by the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO). 

Networking Behind the Scenes

The students met with legislative aides, learned about internships and job opportunities in state government, and chatted with Ohio lawmakers over lunch. Johnson was able to sit in on part of a Senate session. The group also networked with peer campus representatives from other independent colleges in Ohio.

Maendel, an aspiring urban planner, noted that hearing various viewpoints from legislators to Statehouse aides to lobbyists helped to build "a fascinating perspective of state governance." 

Jaime Yager, BW director of student activities, who accompanied the students to Columbus, said, "Overall, it was a wonderful day and a great opportunity for these students to learn about state government, network and promote the importance of an independent college education." 

Students at AICUO's Independent College Day in Columbus