A Night with TWC in Columbus

A Night with TWC in Columbus

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March 24, 2017

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017 over twenty senators and representatives attended the event, A Night with TWC, at The Athletic Club of Columbus in Ohio, which was hosted by the Washington Center’s State Relations team. The Washington Center has been working with the Governor and the State Legislature in Ohio for 19 years. The funds that have been appropriated are used to provide partial scholarships for students from public and private universities to attend the TWC Academic Internship Program.


Many prominent members of the Ohio legislature were in attendance, including: Senate President Larry Obhof; State Representative Mike Duffey, Chair of the House Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee; Representative Rick Perales, Chair of the House Higher Education Finance Committee; Senator Randy Gardner, Chair of the Finance Higher Education Subcommittee; and Senator Scott Oelslager, Chair of the Senate Finance Committee.


In addition to the legislators and legislative staff, liaisons from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio Northern University and Tiffin University and Tiffin University Provost, Dr. Peter Holbrook came to the event.


TWC President Chris Norton made Opening Remarks. He explained how Ohio has been our strongest funded state, one in which we have enrolled over 1,600 students from public and private institutions in our internship program with state scholarship assistance. President Norton said that students return to Ohio and work in prominent positions in state and local government, business and advocacy roles. “Internships change the trajectory of your life,” said Norton. “We’re lucky to have a partner like Ohio.”


David Anderson, Senior Vice President, State Relations at TWC, presented Certificate of Appreciation awards for outstanding support of TWC to two influential attendees. The award recognized Senate President Obhof and Representative Duffey for their “commitment to higher education and creating opportunities for young scholars of the State of Ohio to achieve, grow and become successful and contributing members of society.”



“I can't say enough good things about this organization and what The Washington Center means to the people of Ohio,” said Senate President Obhof.



“Internships are the spark, and the spark is what leads to everything else,” stated Representative Duffey.


Kelly Morman, ‘11 from Ohio Northern addressed the crowd, telling her story of college student, to TWC intern, to community advocate. While at TWC, Morman interned for then Senator Harkin’s Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.


“From my very first few weeks on campus at Ohio Northern I knew The Washington Center was something I needed to do”, Morman said during her remarks.


Today, she is the Communications and Programs Coordinator at The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, whose mission is to create a future where all citizens of Appalachian Ohio live in a region abundant with possibilities, to create opportunities for Appalachian Ohio's citizens and communities by inspiring and supporting philanthropy.


“My experience is just one of countless other students in the room this evening…[The Washington Center has] made a profound impact on their career paths,” Morman said.


Over 15 alums and their guests came for the cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and conversation. While there was a wide range of alumni from the 2000s and 2010s, we were excited to see Summer 1978 alum, David Scott, come out to support the work that TWC and the Ohio legislature is doing.


The state legislature and Governor Kasich are expected to conclude their joint work on the biennial budget on June 30, 2017. A Night with TWC gave legislators a chance to mingle with TWC alumni, staff and university partners. For everyone there it was an uplifting experience.

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