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Social Security speech earns BPC music student D.C. trip
By Terry Gaston
BPC Public Relations
If Theresa Beverly was not busy
enough as a music major at Brewton-Parker College, the junior
from Griffin sacrificed
her Thanksgiving break to research and write a 10-page
speech on Social Security -- one not required for any of
junior Theresa Beverly (center) of Griffin visits with
political science professors Dr. Sid Johnson (left) and
Dr. Stan Watson following her presentation of a speech
Dec. 2 that won her the honor of representing Brewton-Parker
at the Inside Washington '05 seminar for college students
in Washington, D.C., for five days during presidential
inauguration festivities in January.
The result, however, is one Beverly is not likely to soon
Beverly won a competition for Brewton-Parker students that
allows the winner to spend five days in Washington, D.C.,
during presidential inauguration week festivities in January.
The Inside Washington '05 seminar for college students is
conducted by the Washington Center for Internships and Academic
Seminars. The program involves lectures provided by highly
respected professors, tours of capital landmarks, site visits
to important locations associated with the inauguration,
briefings from important political and media figures, and
other special events.
Brewton-Parker's Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences
sponsored the competition and trip, and funding to cover
the $1,395 costs of the seminar and travel were approved
by the college's executive staff and dean of students.
Beverly's lone academic connection to the social and behavioral
sciences during the fall semester was through her Psychology
201 course taught by Vance Rhoades, associate professor of
psychology and counseling.
"It just sounded interesting to have the opportunity
to go to Washington," Beverly said. "It is one
of the most exciting times to be there, just to see some
of the events going on during the inauguration."
Beverly devoted her Thanksgiving
break to researching and writing the speech that she titled, "Why
Social Security Requires Reform and One Possible Solution."
Serving in the role of
a presidential policy "wonk," Beverly
revealed problems and solutions "to better ensure that
citizens get a better return on their Social Security contributions."="
"I recognized that it is a very wide-spread issue," she
In a Dec. 2 event in the Don Pace Memorial Classroom of
the Parker Building on campus, Beverly presented highlights
from her essay and fielded questions from two political science
professors, Dr. Sid Johnson and Dr. Stan Watson, that would
determine whether she would receive the Washington trip.
In speaking on behalf
of himself and Watson, Johnson concluded the review by
telling Beverly: "Your speech was well
done and the president is fortunate to have you on his staff."
Dr. T. Ronald Melton, Brewton-Parker's provost, attended
"I was very impressed with Ms. Beverly's presentation,
and I am very pleased that she will have the opportunity
to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime experience," Melton