WALLA WALLA, Wash.— Eric Wehlitz, president of the Associated Students of Whitman College, is scheduled to attend a national conference of The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) March 11-13 in Washington, D.C.

Wehlitz, a senior philosophy major from Greenbrae, Calif., was invited via e-mail last month to “participate in a unique, fully subsidized, political seminar and networking opportunity” presented by AIPAC, a bi-partisan organization that seeks to promote strong relations between the United States and Israel.

Featured speakers at the conference will include Vice President Dick Cheney, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and House Republican Leader John Boehner, as well as Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.

As one of 500 student government presidents invited from around the country, Wehlitz will be a guest at the conference, he said. The conference sponsors hope to educate the student leaders so they can return to their campuses and teach others what they have learned. Wehlitz is an active member of the Whitman community. In addition to serving as ASWC president, he is also a tenor member of Schwa, Whitman’s premiere co-ed a cappella group, a member of the Theatre Sports team, the philanthropy officer of Beta Theta Pi, and a member of the Senior Fund Committee. During the summer he works with young people at Camp Tawonga, a Jewish summer camp located outside Yosemite National Park.

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CONTACT: Lenel Parish, Whitman College News Service, (509) 527-5156

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