SNU Students Learn Political Campaigns

BETHANY, Okla. (November 23, 2010) - Campaign tactics and ethics were the focus of a conference attended by six Southern Nazarene University students, November 18-19. The American Association of Political Consultants sponsored the conference for students interested in learning about the inner-workings of political campaigns.

Top political consultants, both Republicans and Democrats, from around the country made presentations. Topics included: campaigning 101, new media, careers in applied politics, and ethical campaigning.

SNU students represented a variety of academic majors including finance, physics and political science. Each had an interest in learning how political campaigns are managed.

The Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron in Ohio hosted the conference. The Bliss Institute offers both undergraduate and masters degrees with an emphasis on campaign politics.

SNU adjunct professor of political science, Dr. Rick Farmer, made a presentation about campaign ethics. Farmer urged students and consultants present at the conference to follow “the ethical way” of campaigning. He pointed out that 130 former members of Congress this year signed a letter suggesting American’s political campaigns are “an embarrassment to democracy.”

"The conference was a great, informative experience. The panelists were very knowledgeable, and helped me understand the practical challenges and opportunities of political campaigning. We also had the opportunity to eat lunch with a political consultant, which was great as it allowed me to ask questions about jobs, graduate programs, and the future of the profession," said Brad Crofford, one of the students that attended.

The American Association of Political Consultants requires members to sign an ethics pledge. The pledge can be found at and administrative assistance was provided by the Zig Ziglar Center for Ethical Leadership.

Southern Nazarene University's mission is to transform lives through higher education in Christ-centered community. As a Christian community of scholars, we model the hospitality of grace, the pursuit of truth and the practice of discipleship, all within the Wesleyan-holiness tradition, as we prepare graduates who THINK with clarity, ACT with integrity and SERVE with purpose.