This morning, the Ada News posted a great article about John's Bench ceremony. It was a brief summary of those who spoke commemorating John's achievements, cementing the legacy that he left in his wake at East Central University.
You can read the full article here: ECU Remembers Dr. John Ulrich
A sizeable crowd gathered earlier today for a bench dedication ceremony that took place to honor the memory of John J. Ulrich and his lasting impact to the East Central University (ECU) community. In addition to the bench installment on the ECU campus, the three unique scholarship opportnities available to ECU students were formally announced. Several members of the ECU community spoke at the ceremony commemorating John's achievements. Dan Matas, Head Administrator of the John J. Ulrich Foundation, closed with a beautiful picture of John's memorial bench. "The bench will serve the ECU community for decades to come as a place to take rest and solace from studies, a place to talk about important political issues, and a place to share intimate moments with friends and loved ones."
The Ada News reporter, Carl Lewis, wrote an article about the John J. Ulrich Foundation and the upcoming bench dedication ceremony taking place on April 20th, 2017.
The full article can be read here: www.theadanews.com/alastinglegacy
Hannah is the first student from ECU who was picked as a recipient of the John J. Ulrich Fellowship Scholarship. She spent this past semester in Washington, D.C. Interning for a U.S. Senator, and paving the way for future students to follow in her footsteps. Here's what she had to say:
Q: Why was this internship appealing to you?
Hannah: I spent a week in [Washington] D.C. last year and I really enjoyed it. I wanted to go back and learn more about the policy-side of Washington. It has been incredible to see firsthand how policy has been put into action.
Q: How are you feeling overall about your experience?
Hannah: It’s been very beneficial. I’ve learned a lot. Washington, D.C. is not always how you think it is just from reading about it, there are so many intricacies. I’m a very hands-on learner, so it was really helpful for me to come and spend time here. You talk about it and read about it, but there's nothing like being a part of it and experiencing how it works.
Q: What did your internship look like?
Hannah: I got a ton of experience! While I was interning, I wrote some policy memorandums regarding upcoming issues, I wrote a brief about upcoming secretary nominations, and I took on a lot of clerical duties.
Q: What were some of the highlights of your semester in D.C.?
Hannah: I came on the 14th of January and the Inauguration was on the 20th, so I got to go and be a part of it. I also got the unique opportunity to attend the Inauguration Ball for the Republicans in the State of Oklahoma. The Senators were there and it was incredible to see how well-respected they are on the hill. Toby Keith made a surprise appearance and even played a few songs.
I have been living in an apartment 5 minutes away from the capitol. Every time I walk outside I am struck by how surreal it is. You don’t really realize how amazing it is until you take a step back and take it all in. I've been pinching myself the whole time to remind myself that this is all real.
Q: What are your future goals?
Hannah: I’m going to Law School in the Fall. I’m very interested in International Law and International Relations.
Q: How did this opportunity help you frame your future goals?
Hannah: Being in D.C. helped me plan my future legal career of where I want to go and what I want to do. I’ve always been driven and known I wanted to go to law school, but now I know that I am passionate about Foreign Affairs. I was able to talk to people who work in International Intelligence and found it really intriguing.
Q: Anything out of the ordinary happen?
Hannah: A couple of weeks after the inauguration, I physically ran into Senator Bernie Sanders while he was rushing to get to the Senate floor. He was coming out of the elevator and I was going into the elevator. In retrospect it is kind of funny, but at the time his secret service representative looked at me like he was going to kill me.
Q: Do you have any advice for future students who participate in this scholarship program?
Hannah: Go to everything you’re invited to. You meet so many people. You only get out of this what you put into it.
Hannah Hale, is currently spending the semester in Washington, D.C. through the John J. Ulrich's Fellowship Scholarship, and is getting an incredible introduction to life in the Capital. The local Ada News interviewed Hannah about her experience attending the Donald Trump presidential inauguration.
The full article can be read here:
Hannah's reflections on the inauguration