ISU Professor working with press team at Presidential Inaugural Ball

By WEEK Producer

January 19, 2013 Updated Jan 21, 2013 at 11:07 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Some people from Central Illinois are joining in on the excitement at the nation's capitol. One of those people is an Illinois State University teacher.

Doctor John McHale is in Washington D.C. now. He was selected to work with the press team for a Presidential Inaugural Ball on Monday.

He will assist members of the media at the ball and will also attend President Obama's swearing-in ceremony. Doctor McHale says he's not sure if he will get to meet the President, but that the opportunity is still an honor.

"I am just immensely proud to be of service to my country at this key and historic moment when we are celebrating 150 years after the passage of the Emancipation Proclamation. It's Martin Luther King Day, and a man of color is being sworn in for a second term as the highest executive of our country," said McHale.

Doctor McHale is an ISU School of Communication associate professor and says he's excited to share his experience with his students when he returns next week.

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