Students Travel to D.C. for Firsthand Look at National Leaders

Leadership Studies students travel to Washington D.C. as part of a class on great leaders in history.


A large class of HSU students traveled to Washington D.C. in the month of May as part of a leadership studies elective, “Great Leaders in History.” Prior to traveling to Washington all 15 students spent the first week presenting their research on their assigned leaders.

Dr. Coleman Patterson, director of leadership studies, said, “It is my hope that through the experiences of our class and trip, that some of our students might consider careers in public service and policy making at the local, state or national level.”

Students were able to experience many of Washington D.C.’s most well-known attractions. Among these were the Smithsonian Museums, National Archives, and Arlington Cemetery.

Alexia-Rae Gist, senior political science major from Lubbock, said, “Having the opportunity to visit the memorials and buildings named after the historical leaders and events we studied really brought history to life.”

HSU alumni also met with the leadership group during their trip. Lyndsey Hoefer ‘06, who works for the Family Research Council, and Casey Braswell ‘08 who works as a foreign affairs officer with the U.S. Department of State both spoke to the students about their positions. Students also received a special tour of the Capitol Building from Ricky ‘03, Robert ‘06 and Ryan Dahl ‘08 who work there.

Cassie Dennis, junior psychology major from Temple, Texas, said, Visiting with HSU alumni was extremely interesting. These people who participated in the same academics and activities that we now participate in are living and working successfully in DC. I think it made us all think about our own plans and aspirations.”

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