Friends in High Places

Friday, July 10, 2009

Two UWG alumni who graduated the same year have developed some interesting political connections. Last fall, Scottessa Hurte ’92 (BBA marketing) was invited to be the guest of now-First Lady Michelle Obama at an economic roundtable held in Richmond, Va.

Two UWG alumni who graduated the same year have developed some interesting political connections. The invitation came as a result of Hurte’s work with Obama’s grassroots campaign and getting more than 150 people from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. involved in the effort.

“It was amazing to be asked to attend, but it was even more amazing to have a chance to meet Mrs. Obama,” says Hurte. “We were allowed to talk to her before the event, take pictures and had special seating for the roundtable. It was just a wonderful experience – one that I will treasure always.”

Robert Hood ’92 worked with someone on the other side of the political spectrum. He left his job at the Department of Defense last year to join the White House staff as a special assistant to the president for legislative affairs, for the remainder of President George W. Bush’s time in office. His primary area of responsibility was working with the U.S. Senate on national security and homeland security matters. He and his wife, Jennifer, and their three children live in Alexandria, Va.