Christine O'Donnell Keynotes Westminster College Mock Convention

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell will deliver the keynote speech at Westminster College's 19th Mock Convention Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.

Westminster has one of the oldest surviving collegiate conventions in the country and has held a mock convention every four years (except 1944) since 1936.

O'Donnell was the Republican nominee who upset a heavily-favored incumbent in the primary for the special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Vice President Joe Biden in Delaware.  Although she didn't win the general election, she did win the designation of 2010's Most Covered Candidate.

After attending Fairleigh Dickinson University, O'Donnell was awarded an Abraham Lincoln Graduate Fellowship in Constitutional Government from the Claremont Institute in California.  She has served as a marketing and media consultant to a number of clients and is a nationally-recognized political commentator who has appeared on national news outlets that include Fox News Channel, CNN, C-Span, MSNBC, and ABC.

During her 20-year career, she has served as a social advocate in Washington, D.C., participating in regular White House and Capitol Hill strategy meetings and leading delegations to the United Nations to lobby on behalf of pro-family global policies.

She is the author of Troublemaker: Let's Do What It Takes to Make America Great Again. O'Donnell will be signing books in the Orr Auditorium lobby following her keynote address, and copies of the book should be available in the Westminster College Bookstore by Nov. 1.

Westminster's Mock Convention concludes Nov. 10 with the selection of the Republican presidential and vice presidential candidates.

Contact Dr. James Rhoads, Westminster professor of political science and faculty adviser to the convention, at (724) 946-7255 or email for additional information. Click here for more information about Westminster's Mock Convention.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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