Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry and Oklahoma State Senator David Holt will co-teach an undergraduate Honors class this Spring semester at Oklahoma City University. The class, called “Trending: Hot Topics in Politics,” will expose students to current political issues.
The class will meet once a week during the Spring 2012 semester. Each session will examine a different political issue at the federal, state or local levels, such as the federal budget deficit, water policy and MAPS 3. The students will interact directly with policymakers, under the guidance of two professors with experience at every level of government.
“It's very important to me personally to teach in the classroom, and this is a great opportunity to do so in a way that connects our students with the larger community,” Henry said. “Our students will soon inherit the issues we'll discuss in this class, and I know they will enjoy this chance to learn and discuss.”
“The class is appropriate for a presidential election year, but our primary intent is to help these students become better citizens and statesmen for the rest of their lives,” Holt said.
The Oklahoma City University Honors Program is a university-wide program open to academically talented and motivated students enrolled in any of OCU’s undergraduate programs. The Honors Program offers students the opportunity to enhance their college education through unique academic, cultural and social experiences.
Robert Henry became President of Oklahoma City University in 2009. He is the former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, Oklahoma’s former Attorney General and a former member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives.Holt was elected to the Oklahoma Senate in 2010. Holt is a former aide to President George W. Bush, U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and Lt. Governor Mary Fallin. Holt, a 2009 graduate of the OCU School of Law, is also an attorney with Williams, Box, Forshee & Bullard, P.C.