Kate Creecy, a junior in the Angelo State University Honors Program, has been named a 2019-20 Presidential Fellow by the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) and will attend the center’s annual Fall Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., Oct. 30 – Nov. 2.
A political science major from Denton, Creecy is one of only about 70 Presidential Fellows selected from universities throughout the U.S. and select foreign nations. She will join the other fellows at the conference to engage with policy experts, government and military officials, and leaders in the legislative process. They will also participate in workshops where they present and are critiqued on their independent research projects that they will continue to develop over the next six months and then present at the 2019 Spring Leadership Conference in April. Creecy’s research project will focus on an analysis of the approaches of the Obama and Trump administrations to the ongoing Nigerian security crisis.
Creecy is the sixth ASU Honors Program student to be named a CSPC Presidential Fellow, joining Carson Jones of San Angelo (2018-19), Evelyn Burch of Clinton, Md., (2017-18), Christian Garcia of San Angelo (2016-17), Duncan Knox of Ozona (2014-15) and Donald “Trey” Moore of Colleyville (2013-14), who are all now ASU graduates. Creecy also attended the 2018 Student Conference on U.S. Affairs at West Point and presented her research at the 2019 Great Plains Honors Council Conference. This summer, she completed an internship in the office of U.S. Congressman Michael Conaway in Washington, D.C.
Meanwhile, Honors Program student Jane Bacon, a junior intelligence and analysis major from Albuquerque, N.M., has been selected to attend the 2019 Student Conference on U.S. Affairs Oct. 30 – Nov. 2 at the United States Military Academy at West Point in New York.
Bacon is one of only about 200 undergraduate students from 125 colleges and universities worldwide selected for the annual conference. The theme of this year’s conference is “Advancing the National Interest: The Intersection of Domestic Politics and American Foreign Policy.” The student delegates will hear from high-profile speakers, discuss and debate the impact of past and current events on U.S. national strategy, and collaborate on policy recommendations for the U.S. government. They will also interact with West Point cadets and experts from academia and public service in roundtable discussions on key issues facing the U.S. today.
This is the fourth straight year an ASU Honors Program student has been selected to attend the conference. Kate Creecy attended in 2018, Katie Dunlap of San Angelo attended in 2017, and Evelyn Burch attended in 2016.