Student Alumni Chapter Sponsors Presidential Debate Discussion

Posted: October 13, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Colleen Kearney Rich

As one of its first programs for students, the new Student Alumni Chapter has organized an alumni panel discussion prior to tonight’s televised presidential debate. The discussion takes place in the Johnson Center’s Dewberry Hall at 8 p.m. The debate begins at 9 p.m. and will be televised in the Johnson Center Atrium as part of DebateWatch 2004.

Michael McDonald, assistant professor of government and politics, will moderate the discussion. Panel participants include alumni Ted Burnes, Eric Fadden, Sam Falcone, and Josh Lineberger.

A 1996 Mason graduate with a BA in Government and Politics, Burnes worked as a public information specialist for the Federal Election Commission before serving in his current position as director of RADPAC, the political action committee for the American College of Radiology. Burnes also has worked as a pollster and consultant on numerous political campaigns, including the Forbes for President and George W. Bush presidential campaigns in 2000. He has lobbied members of Congress and state legislators on many legislative issues.

Fadden, who graduated from Mason with a BA in Communication in 1999, worked on General Wesley Clarke’s presidential campaign and served as the campaign’s volunteer coordinator in Virginia’s 11th District.

Falcone graduated from Mason in 1995 with an MBA and is co-founder of the consulting firm McManis and Monslave Associates. He is also a former Army officer. Falcone has experience mobilizing grassroots efforts to ensure government agencies are responsive to the needs of the community.

Lineberger is the Republican precinct chairman in Herndon, Va., as well as a member of the Fairfax County Republican Committee. The co-founder and executive director for the political action committee Neighbors for Herndon, Lineberger currently works as a fund-raiser for Prison Fellowship Ministries. He received his BA in Government and International Politics from Mason in 2001.

The Student Alumni Chapter is an open-membership organization designed to create awareness among students about the Mason Alumni Association and serve as a way for students to get involved with the association before they graduate. For more information about the chapter or the panel discussion, contact Katie Mirick, assistant director of alumni affairs, at 703-993-8737.

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