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CCCCD Hosts Renowned Political Scientist


October 11, 2004 –Just in time for the 2004 election, a political crystal ball is coming to Collin County Community College District in the form of leading American-election prognosticator Dr. Larry J. Sabato. Dr. Sabato, who has appeared on numerous TV network programs including CBS’ 60 Minutes, CNN’s Inside Politics, NBC’s Today Show and ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, will present “Sabato's Crystal Ball: The Election of 2004” Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. in the conference center at the college’s Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway, in Plano. Free and open to the public, Dr. Sabato’s visit will close with a question and answer session.

Founder and director of the Center for Politics and professor of political science at the University of Virginia, Dr. Sabato is the CCCCD Honors Institute’s fall 2004 scholar. The Wall Street Journal says Dr. Sabato is "probably the most quoted college professor in the land," and according to the Washington Post he is "the Mark McGwire of political analysts.” Fox News Channel touts him as “America's favorite political scientist,” and the Washingtonian magazine says he is the “Dr. Phil of American politics.”

The Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, Sabato holds a doctorate in political science from Oxford and is the author of more than 20 books and numerous scholarly articles. His most recent book Get in the Booth! is a voter’s guide to the 2004 election. He is a Rhodes Scholar and Danforth Fellow. In addition to teaching approximately 13,000 students, he has served on numerous national and state commissions including the National Commission for the Renewal of American Democracy, the U.S. Senate Campaign Finance Reform Panel and the Governor's Commission on Campaign Finance Reform.

According to Dr. Kay Mizell, director of the CCCCD Honors Institute and professor of English, the Honors Institute is exceptionally proud to have someone of Dr. Sabato's caliber on campus.

“Not only is he an Oxford-trained political scientist and the author of countless scholarly works, he is also widely recognized in the national media as the country's leading real-world expert on electoral behavior. This is an extraordinary opportunity both for our students and members of the community to meet and hear an expert on presidential politics just two weeks before the election,” said Dr. Mizell.

On par with university activities across the country, the CCCCD Honors Institute Scholar-in-Residence program brings renowned scholars, academicians, and other leaders to CCCCD in an effort to provide students with an enriching educational experience and exposure to a variety of scholastic achievers. These scholars include Nobel Laureate Norman Borlaug, Harriet Fulbright, National Public Radio’s “Math Guy” Keith Devlin, National Geographic correspondent Mireya Mayor and many others.

Collin County Community College District serves more than 40,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs in a wide range of disciplines. By offering intellectually stimulating learning opportunities, the Honors Institute attracts academically outstanding students who plan to transfer to universities after their studies at CCCCD.

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Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.