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Students, alumni invited to CPAC in Washington, D.C.

January 28, 2009 : Teresa Dunham

A large number of Liberty University students took a stand for their conservative beliefs during election season — and now LU is encouraging everyone to stay involved by attending the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C.

CPAC is the largest annual gathering of conservative students, activists and policymakers in the United States. Slated for Feb. 26-28, this year’s conference is expected to draw numerous high-profile conservatives, such as recent vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Past events have attracted leaders such as John McCain, George W. Bush, Mike Huckabee and Dick Cheney.

“Now more than ever, it’s important with having a shift in the country’s leadership, to be involved in the conservative movement and aware of how changes can be made,” said Melissa Small, LU’s director of marketing and alumni relations. “The students will have the opportunity to hear from conservative political figures.”

Liberty University is rolling out the welcome mat at CPAC by hosting its own reception for LU students, alumni and friends during the conference. Even if you’re not attending CPAC, you’re welcome to stop by the Empire Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel on Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. to reunite with the LU family and enjoy light refreshments.

In addition, LU is hosting CPAC information meetings for students prior to the event. Check out the first meeting on Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. in DeMoss 1113 and learn more about making CPAC an affordable, high-impact trip.

Small said the university is organizing a caravan and excusing students from their classes to attend CPAC.

In the past few years, LU has been noted for its high number of student attendees. Last year 141 students and 26 faculty and staff attended, but countless more individuals came as interns or stopped by the LU reception. On a broader scale, CPAC 2008 had a total attendance of 7,000 — and 3,500 of those faces were college students from across the nation.

Alumni who are interested in attending the LU reception at CPAC may RSVP or forward any questions to Senior Alumni Relations Officer Mark Watkins at manwatki@liberty.edu. Students seeking more information about CPAC may email the Student Alumni Association at saa@liberty.edu.