Wesleyan Challenge Participates in Debt Forum

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Kansas Wesleyan University and the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum partnered today to present a National Issues Forum to the students in the Wesleyan Challenge. The presentation and workshop was designed to offer students a voice in solving the National Debt Crisis. According to the NIF website, "The National Issues Forums (NIF) is a nonpartisan, nationwide network of forums for the consideration of public policy issues. It is rooted in the simple notion that people need to come together to reason and talk - to deliberate about common problems. Indeed, democracy requires an ongoing, deliberative public dialogue." (www.nifi.org)

Today's session with the Challenge students will consist of tables of students and their Challenge team faculty as well as a trained moderator who led the students through a series of three options for solving the Debt crisis. Answers and comments were recorded and shared with the entire group during the last portion of the session. Each forum was submitted for review and inclusion in a national report at the end of the year.

Monte Shadwick, Wesleyan Challenge faculty member, was thrilled at the students' willingness to be involved.

"It was great to hear their thoughts and see them become engaged in a conversation about such an important topic," he said.

The Wesleyan Challenge is a dynamic and interactive learning experience designed to engage the student in a variety of lessons and activities that promote social interaction in and out of the classroom.  Students engage in large group and small seminar-based activities. The course provides the students with the opportunity to learn and apply skills which help ensure their academic success; learn about the history and traditions of Kansas Wesleyan University; and establish important relationships between the students and KWU faculty, staff, and administration. The course is for all KWU freshmen.