New Politics Forum


The Political Science Junior Fellows traveled to Austin last month to participate in the New Politics Forum’s Campaign Boot Camp.  We kicked off the four-day trip with a little site-seeing on Friday.

Junior Fellows and Friends at the Capitol.

We were able to see the State Capitol, the LBJ Museum, the Bob Bullock Museum of Texas History, and the Laguna Gloria Museum of Art.

We were also able to eat at one of our favorite pizza places: Frank & Angie’s.

Friday evening we attended NPF’s keynote address and other introductory speakers.  The weekend program was laid out for us, a program that involved breaking into teams to create campaign plans.

Ryan Cox's Campaign Team Working

Following Friday’s seminars, we made it to the University of Texas Tower, where we learned about that interesting landmark–at least some of it.  Interestingly, the tour guides did not mention the shootings that took place there.  Nevertheless, it was interesting and offered some great views!

Junior Fellows & Friends Above Austin

The next day was the longest, but in a good way.  We heard speakers discuss politics and the media, research, fundraising, and getting out the vote.  The speakers were interesting and very accessible.

Pasha Moore Talks About Fundraising

Afterward, we were able to visit Mt. Bonnell, which we had never been to, despite many visits to Austin.  This was a wonderful spot, and we got some got some good pictures of Ryan.

Ryan Holds the Moon

Sunday involved the competition.  After a bit of teamwork…

Group Work

The presentations began…


Although several groups representing SHSU won awards, Ryan Cox’s group was the biggest winner .

Ryan Cox's Group Was the Big Winner

All in all, it was a nice, educational long weekend.

Ryan Brim at Sunset


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