Public Information Officer
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: May 20, 2005
DALE RIDE INTERNS TO SERVE IN CONGRESS
Four outstanding Santa Monica College students
have been selected for the prestigious Dale Ride Internship program and
will serve in the U.S. Congress this summer.
The interns – who come from a wide
variety of backgrounds and interests – will gain valuable experience
through the eight-week summer internship program, believed to be unique
for a community college. Interns receive stipends to cover transportation,
housing and other expenses.
The program – which in 13 years
has sent 51 students (excluding this year's group) to the White House,
Congress and other agencies – is sponsored by the Dale
Ride Family Fund, former SMC President Dr. Piedad
F. Robertson, SMC Foundation President’s
Circle, Stratton-Petit Foundation, and
the SMC Associates, a private community support
organization that funds speakers and special programs on campus.
The interns and their assignments are:
• Anthony Allman
of Los Angeles, who will be in the office of U.S.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). A political science major,
Allman is a U.S. Army veteran who served in Kuwait in support of the
war in Iraq and is the director of college outreach for the Veterans
of Foreign Wars. Maintaining a near-perfect 4.0 grade point average,
he is a member of Phi Theta kappa Honor Society and the SMC Scholars
Program, and he received the William & Clyde Stieb Memorial leadership
Scholarship and the SMC Foundation Scholarship in Social and Behavioral
• Hailey Gilmore
of Los Angeles, who will serve in the House Committee on Government
Reform and the American Council for Voluntary International Action.
Majoring in political economy of industrial societies, Gilmore plans
to transfer to the University of California at Berkeley. She attended
New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts before coming to
SMC. Her activities at SMC have included membership in the Progressive
Alliance and serving as Inaugural Commissioner of the Arts and Co-Editor-in-Chief
of Persistence of Vision, the student poetry magazine.
• Mariana Horta-Cappelli
of Los Angeles, who will serve with U.S. Rep. Grace
Napolitano, a California Democrat and chair of the Congressional
Hispanic Caucus. A native of Brazil, Horta-Cappelli attended her last
year of high school in Wisconsin and returned to the classroom after
several years as a joint partner in a small business. She plans to transfer
to UC Berkeley this fall and to go to law school at Berkeley’s
Boalt Hall or get a master’s degree in international relations
from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
• Ethan Lacey
of Los Angeles, who will serve with the House Committee on International
Relations. A double major in political science and computer animation,
he is interested in foreign trade and commerce as it relates to computer
technology. He has been supporting himself through web and software
development since he was 17. He plans to transfer to UCLA, work in the
private sector and ultimately enter the political arena.
The internship program was established in 1991 in the memory of a man
who had a long and distinguished career as an educator, administrator
and public servant. Ride taught political science and served in administrative
posts at SMC for 33 years until his death in September 1989 at the age
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