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Students Lobby Against Human Trafficking with Delegate Scott Garrett


January 16, 2014 - Helms School of Government students lobbied at Virginia's General Assembly as representatives of Richmond Justice Initiative.  Students lobbied for both House and Senate bills dealing with human trafficking, a modern day form of slavery taking place in our Commonwealth.

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Liberty Moot Court team sweeps Appalachian Regional

November 12, 2013 - The Liberty University Moot Court team took home the first- and second-place trophies in the American Collegiate Moot Court Association’s regional tournament Nov. 8-9. The win marked a tremendous milestone for the Helms School of Government program that began only three years ago.

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HSOG Students handpicked to present at Glenn Beck's Independence Day event

July 3, 2013 - Twelve Helms School of Government students were selected to share the historical significance of important artifacts in the Independence Through History museum, part of Glenn Beck’s “Man in the Moon” event July 4-6, 2013 in Salt Lake City. The Man in the Moon event is a three-day celebration of America’s freedom culminating with a special show — a never-before-seen storytelling spectacle utilizing live-action stunts and innovative film techniques. Leading up to the finale will be several seminars, conferences, speakers, and displays designed to enhance the experience.

Beck said he specifically asked for Liberty students because he greatly respects the university’s courage, educational integrity, and commitment to traditional American values. Many prominent schools have fallen away from these ideals and as a result “history and our true heroes” are being lost, explained Joe Kerry, Glenn Beck Program chief of staff and president of Mercury One, the nonprofit presenting the event. Beck recognizes that Liberty is committed to teaching American history and encourages students to “think for themselves,” a reason he wanted Liberty students to participate in the event.

The following  Helms School of Government students were selected to participate: Whitney Rutherford, Jacob Mast, Leah Zawasky, Mark Osborne, Liz Chadwick, Claire Francisco, Christian Hamilton, Micah White, Katelyn Evans, Myung Jin Son, Brian Mauldin, and Montgomery Pace.

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HSOG's Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society earns national recognition

October 30, 2012 - Liberty University’s Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society chapter has earned the 2012 National Order of the Torch Award, ranking it among a select group of elite institutions nationwide.

The award requires the club to submit a comprehensive report to show it meets all 13 rigorous standards. Liberty’s chapter was recognized especially for its engagement in community outreach, including its work with the Lynchburg Jubilee Center for at-risk youths, gathering Thanksgiving baskets for families in need, coordinating a Teddy Bear Drive for the pediatric unit at the local hospital, donating care packages for Hope for the Homestead to aid area families at Christmastime, and supporting Liberty’s Students Behind Our Soldiers program.

In addition to the Order of the Torch, Brian Mauldin, Liberty’s 2011-12 chapter president, received a $1,000 2012 National ALD Trow Scholarship Award.

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Newt Gingrich holds Q & A Session at the Helms School

October 20, 2012 - Newt Gingrich arrived on Friday evening to present a special one-hour lecture on what it means to be an American, focusing on the country’s rich heritage, distinguishing principles, and bountiful opportunities. After the lecture, Mr. Gingrich held a Q-and-A session for the students. He fielded questions ranging from Social Security issues to energy independence, international relations, and the economy.

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Newt Gingrich Lectures Students on WebEx Simulcast


September 25, 2012 - Speaker Newt Gingrich lectured via WebEx to a group of online and residential students on American Exceptionalism.




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Michele Bachmann Lectures in Government Classes, Visits with Students


September 24, 2012 - Congresswoman Michele Bachmann lectured students in the Introduction to Intelligence Class GOVT 380.

Craig Romney Speaks to the Helms School of Government


September 20, 2012 - The son of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Craig Romney, visited the Helms School of Government and spoke to students.




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