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Ohio Wesleyan Students to Fight Poverty at Annual Pentecost Conference

May 30, 2007

Ohio Wesleyan University has announced that 14 of its students will travel to Washington, D.C., June 3-6 for Pentecost 2007: Taking the Vision to the Streets, an annual conference that calls national attention to poverty in the United States and around the world.

Hosted by the Christian ministry group Sojourners/Call to Renewal, Pentecost 2007 includes a series of workshops and training sessions; inspirational speeches by the nation’s foremost anti-poverty leaders, clergy, and grassroots organizers; and visits with members of Congress. More than 500 progressive Christian leaders are expected to attend.

The conference also will include the first-ever presidential candidates’ forum on faith, values, and poverty, featuring the top three Democrat presidential candidates — Senator Hillary Clinton, former Senator John Edwards, and Senator Barack Obama. The event will be broadcast live on CNN at 7 p.m. EST June 4.

The following Ohio Wesleyan students and recent graduates will represent the university at Pentecost 2007: Erika Fox ’07 of Fremont, Ohio; Amy Tuttle ’08 of Canton, Ohio; Jason Ramsey ’07 of Beloit, Ohio; Troy Jeffrey ’08 of Centerburg, Ohio; Kaleigh Felisberto ’10 of Huntingdon, Pa.; Robyn Case ’08 of Delaware, Ohio; Kelly Callahan ’08 of Ashland, Mass.; Sarah DelPropost ’07 of Columbus, Ohio; Terry Williams ’07 of Waverly, Ohio; Renee Colvin ’09 of Mansfield, Ohio; Juliet Partington ’09 of Rockland, Maine; Colleen Byers ’07 of Parma, Ohio; Beth Griffith ’09 of Cincinnati, Ohio; and Laura Coonfield ’09 of Silver Spring, Md.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, dedicated to preparing students for a lifetime of learning, service, and leadership. Located in Delaware, Ohio, 20 miles north of the state capital, Ohio Wesleyan is a coeducational, residential, privately supported undergraduate institution. The university is ranked consistently by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 100 liberal arts colleges and is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives.” The faculty includes more than 135 educators, all of whom actively teach and hold either doctoral degrees or the highest recognized professional degrees in their fields. Approximately 1,850 students representing 44 states and 45 countries attend Ohio Wesleyan. More information is available at www.owu.edu.