Dr. Jeff DeWitt, the students, and I arrived in Charlotte on Sunday shortly after 3 pm. We hit the ground running. After a couple of phone calls from the GA Dem. Party Chief of Staff Angelia Knight, we were on our way to the NASCAR Hall of Fame for the Southern States Reception. Our political science and communication students started networking and met many delegates. The mayor of LA, Antonio Villaraigrosa, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Cong. James Clyburn from South Carolina and other party leaders were at the event. About 3 hours later, we were off to another party sponsored by a handful of states including Georgia, Wyoming, and New Jersey. Our students continued meeting delegates and others including the British and Japanese Consul Generals. What is amazing to me is how appreciative ALL of the students are for being in Charlotte and the journalism and professional networking opportunities they are getting! I can't wait to see what Monday brings. Happy Labor Day!