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Hundreds Watch Obama Inauguration in Usdan, Beckham

Hundreds of Wesleyan students, staff and faculty, and community members attended a live screening of President Barack Obama's Inauguration Jan. 20 in Usdan University Center and Beckham Hall. The audience gathered to watch as Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

Hundreds of Wesleyan students, staff and faculty, and community members attended a live screening of President Barack Obama’s Inauguration Jan. 20 in Usdan University Center and Beckham Hall. The audience gathered to watch as Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

Sporting an Omama-Biden sweatshirt, David "Dove" Altabef '08 cheers during Obama's Inauguration Jan. 20 in Usdan University Center. (Photo by Bill Burkhart)

Sporting an Omama-Biden sweatshirt, David “Dove” Altabef ’08 cheers during Obama’s Inauguration Jan. 20 in Usdan University Center. (Photo by Bill Burkhart)

Marjorie Rivera '12 shouts and applauds Obama's speech. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

Marjorie Rivera ’12 applauds Obama’s speech. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

The event was video recorded by members of Information Technology Services for Wesleyan's UTube site. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

The event was video recorded by members of Information Technology Services for Wesleyan’s WesTube site. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

Cathy Race, administrative assistant for the Psychology Department, watches Inauguration events in Usdan. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

Cathy Race, administrative assistant for the Psychology Department, watches Inauguration events in Usdan. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

Spectators watch the event at Beckham Hall. (Photo by Bill Burkhart)

Spectators watch the event at Beckham Hall. (Photo by Bill Burkhart)

The audience fills Usdan University Center. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

The audience fills Usdan University Center. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

The inaugural festivities began at 10 a.m. on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. Obama delivered his inaugural address at noon. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

The inaugural festivities began at 10 a.m. on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. President Obama delivered his inaugural address at noon. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

Phil Isaacs, new media developer, assisted with video-recording the event in Usdan. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

Phil Isaacs, new media developer, assisted with video-recording the event in Usdan. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

 

Bennet ’87 Nominated for Senate Seat

Michael Bennet '87, superintendent of Denver Public Schools, meets with students from OpenWorld Learning's program at Castro Elementary School in Denver.

Michael Bennet '87, superintendent of Denver Public Schools, meets with students from OpenWorld Learning's program at Castro Elementary School in Denver.

Michael Bennet ’87, designated to fill a vacant Senate seat from Colorado, told The New York Times in January that he would go to Washington believing there is “no problem too tough to withstand innovative thinking.”

Bennet, son of Wesleyan President Emeritus Douglas J. Bennet ’59, is the superintendent of schools in Denver. Colorado’s governor, Bill Ritter Jr., selected him to replace Sen. Ken Salazar, nominated as interior secretary for the Obama administration.

Bennet told the Times he would focus on health care, the economy and education. He has gained prominence as superintendent, working with Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper ’74.

In a statement, then President-elect Obama said, “His breakthrough work at the helm of Denver’s schools has reflected that commitment, and established Michael as one of the nation’s leading education reformers.”

The Times credited him with turning around a school system “replete with problems” despite his having little experience as an education administrator. Student performance on standardized tests has improved during his tenure.