When Webster University faculty member Bobi Wallace gave her student, Benjamin Scott, permission to bring a guest to see his class presentation, she thought Scott might bring an observer to lend him support.
She never expected a United States Senator.
Wallace, a seasoned teaching veteran in the National Capital Region, taught Scott in her “Organizational Development and Change” during the Fall term 1 at Webster University’s Fort Belvoir campus location, when Scott brought a special surprise.
“Benjamin was presenting a business analysis plan and asked to bring his brother to watch the presentation,” Wallace said. “Upon arrival, I noticed his brother’s congressional lapel pin and asked if he was a senator.”
Indeed, through introductions the class learned Benjamin Scott’s surprise visitor was none other than Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina.
The class presentations proceeded as scheduled, but Sen. Scott stayed for more than two hours and interacted with Webster students as they gave their presentations.
“He was very impressed with the preparedness of the students,” Wallace said. “He also stayed to shake hands with the entire class and offered to relay class ideas to various committees.”
As the only African-American currently in the U.S. Senate, Tim Scott serves on various committees that include Health, Education, and Pensions as well as Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Prior to being sworn into the Senate, Scott served in the United States House of Representatives from 2011 to 2013, where he was a member of House leadership and sat on the influential House Rules Committee.
For the Scotts, serving their country is in the family. Webster student Benjamin Scott is a command sergeant major in the United States Army.
“I thought it was wonderful he came to see the presentations,” Command Sgt. Maj. Scott said. “He provided great insight and his presence was relevant to the Organizational Development and Change class from a micro to a macro level.”
Tapping into the National Capital
Sen. Scott’s visit marks the second time in two months a member of the U.S Congress has visited Webster University in the National Capital Region where Webster, founded in 1915, has four campus locations offering a variety of academic programs to graduate students in the area.
Rep. Gerald Connolly, Democratic congressman of Virginia, visited for a speech and question-and-answer session on procurement reform at the Fort Belvoir location on Sept. 9, 2013.
Submitted by Stephanie Daniel, regional Community Relations Coordinator, National Capital Region