The Political Science Club (POLITEIA) jumped at the opportunity to host a brunch for U.S. Representative John Shimkus (R-IL) when we learned we would be visiting our campus to watch his nephew play baseball for Norwich in the tundra-like conditions of a typical Vermont mid-April weekend. Congressman Shimkus is a Republican and represents Illinois’s 19th congressional district. Rep. Shimkus spent two hours with us sharing his legislative experiences and fielding a number of questions from our students. This was an excellent opportunity for our students and I hope we are able to connect again with Rep. Shimkus in the future. He was made an honorary member of POLITEIA, as our club president Varday Campbell (pictured) presented our club pin to the congressman.