a witness to history

pov2AU tops Princeton Review’s 2013 list of most politically active campuses, so it should come as no surprise that our alumni are equally engaged in “the business of Washington.”

White House press assistant Hannah Hankins, SOC/BA ’11, is one of AU’s “party animals.” Hannah—who worked in the magazine’s own University Communications and Marketing office as an undergrad—has held three different positions at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. We were blown away by how cool, calm and collected Hannah is, especially since we arrived to take her photo late on Sept. 27, the Friday before the government shutdown. (President Obama delivered remarks in the briefing room just minutes before Jeff Watts snapped Hannah’s portrait.)

Cooler still, the native Minnesotan is one of five AU alumna in the White House communications office. pov1(Pictured from left: Hankins; associate research director Kristen Bartoloni, SPA/BA ’08; executive assistant to the communications director Dawn Selak, SOC/BA ’10; and deputy research director Alex Platkin, SPA/BA ’07. With the impending shutdown, ommunications director Jennifer Palmieri couldn’t make the mini AU reunion.)

And speaking of the “POTUS,” as Hannah called him throughout our interview, President Barack Obama will be at AU on Thursday, December 5 for a taping of Hardball with Chris Matthews. You can submit a question for the POTUS here.