Institute for Public Service Hosts Conference

Institute for Public Service Hosts Conference

Institute for Public Service Hosts Conference The day after midterm elections, students, faculty, staff and community members gathered at the Alexandria Campus to hear from politicians, journalists and political scientists about the significance of the results and the future implications. The NOVA Institute for Public Service (IPS) hosted the conference.

Alexandria Liberal Arts Dean Jim McClellan started the morning by welcoming the audience, introducing the program and sharing some details from the election. Afterward, the Honorable Thomas M. Davis III, former Virginia congressman and chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, gave the keynote. Geography Assistant Professor David Miller (AL) then gave a political geography presentation depicting the elections results.

The conference continued with two panel discussions. The first panel discussed state and local politics. Panelists included Delegate Alfonso H. Lopez (D-49th district) of the Virginia House of Delegates; Political Science Professor Jack Lechelt (AL) and Victoria Ross, Northern Virginia political reporter for the Connection Newspapers. The second panel followed up with a summary on national politics with panelists Dave McConnell, WTOP Capitol Hill correspondent; Marymount University Politics Professor William Miller; Political Science Associate Professor Jennifer Sayasithsena (AN) and Marcin Wrona, TVN (Poland) journalist and correspondent.

A slideshow of conference photos by NOVAGraphics will be available online through January 2015.

Each year IPS hosts a postelection conference analyzing the election results and implications for the future. This was the third conference since 2012. If you would like more information on this or future events, please contact Linda Rodriguez at

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