Hiram College

Hiram College has a unique connection to Tuesday’s State of the Union address by President Barack Obama.

Brent Pliskow ’02 and Carla Jenkins ’99 have been invited to the Executive Office Building next door to the White House to view the address and to tweet  his comments and impressions during a live White House “Tweet-Up” immediately following the address.

“I’m kind of a techie,” said Pliskow, who is employed in mobile and collaborative technologies for General Electric Corp. based in Detroit. “I just started following the White House Twitter feeds, and then I got this invitation.” He, Jenkins and the other invitees will be able to pose their 140-character questions and comments to White House Senior Staff after the president’s speech, and to have them answered. Hashtags for the Tweet-Up are #sotu and #WHTweetup.

“The White House, of course, has a huge following on Twitter,” Pliskow said. “So this is really a rare opportunity to be part of the whole State of the Union process.”

The speech and the tweet-up will be streamed live beginning at 9 p.m. Tuesday, and can be viewed in the McDowell Instruction Room on the third floor of the Library. Students, faculty staff are urged to attend. Those at home who wish to see the live feed can access it by visiting the White House website.

The White House live broadcast will feature real time graphs of subjects President Obama covers in the speech. The tweet-up will be broadcast following the speech.

Pliskow and Jenkins aren’t the only Hiram connection to the President’s big speech. Dr. Jason Johnson, Scholar in Residence at Hiram’s Garfield Institute for Public Leadership, will also be following the President’s speech, and will also be tweeting his comments as well. Johnson is a widely known expert on elections and political campaigns, and regularly blogs on the Garfield Institute website. Johnson will also be discussing the results of the first Garfield Institute “Listening to Young Voters” survey, released last week, that tracked the attitudes and concerns of voters aged 18-29 about issues and the 2012 Presidential Campaign.  The survey and its surprising conclusions are also available on the Garfield Institute’s website.

Hiram, Twitter and the State of the Union

> Follow alumnus Brent Pliskow @bpliskow.
> Follow alumna Carla Jenkins @missphenom.
> Follow scholar-in-residence Jason Johnson @DrJasonJohnson.
> Follow Hiram College @HiramCollege.