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Dartmouth College goes to – and brings home – the Presidential Inauguration

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 01/16/09 • Media Contact: Latarsha Gatlin (603) 646-3661

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It’s projected that around 2 million people will descend into the metro Washington, D.C. area to witness President-Elect Obama become simply President Obama. Undeterred by the dropping temperatures, there are several Dartmouth students and staff who have made the journey to Washington to witness history in the making. However for those who are not trekking to the nation’s capital, Dartmouth has some on-campus options.

The Dartmouth College Gospel Choir performed Sunday, Jan. 18, in the National Building Museum at the Inaugural Finance Committee Welcome Breakfast. Not only did they sing, they collaborated on performances with Grammy winning gospel singers Yolanda Adams and BeBe Winans and legendary singer/songwriter and Grammy winner Carole King, as well. The Gospel Choir also performed at a public concert for members and guests of the Dartmouth Club of Washington D.C. group at Calvary United Methodist Church in Arlington, Va. on Monday, Jan. 19.

Meanwhile, Ellen Kanner, Web Producer/Designer in the College’s Web Services Department, will be watching the Inauguration from a spot near the Capitol. Kanner will be using social media to share her experience, posting live to Twitter with updates and images. Follow Kanner’s inauguration experience.

Approximately 20 students from Dartmouth’s College Democrats group left Jan. 16 for Washington to participate in the annual College Democrats of America Winter Policy Conference and to take in inaugural activities as available.

For those on-campus, there will be a public viewing of the inauguration in Spaulding Auditorium from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The viewing is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Food is prohibited in the auditorium. There will also be a reception of light refreshments at the Top of the Hop from 1-2 p.m.

Dartmouth has television (satellite uplink) and radio (ISDN) studios available for domestic and international live and taped interviews. For more information, call 603-646-3661 or see our Radio, Television capability webpage.

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