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Political Science Newsletter- April 2014

APRIL 2014 POLITICAL SCIENCE NEWSLETTER

PENN STATE ERIE, THE BEHREND COLLEGE

THIS MONTH'S HEADLINES:

1. ANNUAL POLITICAL SCIENCE DINNER THIS WEEK - ALL ARE INVITED

2. GRADUATING SENIORS

3. DR. ZACHARY IRWIN TO RETIRE FROM FULL-TIME TEACHING

4. STUDENT GROUPS ELECT NEW LEADERS AND HOLD FIRST ANNUAL JKG GAMES

5. STUDENT AWARD WINNERS

6. FACULTY IN THE NEWS

7. POLITICAL JOURNALISM INTERNSHIP AVAILABLE THIS SUMMER

8. LAST NEWSLETTER OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR

 

1. ANNUAL POLITICAL SCIENCE DINNER THIS WEEK - ALL ARE INVITED

The annual political science dinner will be held at The Olive Garden on Peach Street on Thursday, May 1, at 6:30 PM.  Graduating political science majors are the guests of honor, but all are invited to attend, and most political science faculty members will be there.  Friends and significant others are also welcome. We use the regular menu, and people pay for their own meals.  Dressing up is not necessary. To attend, RSVP to Dr. Speel no later than Tuesday, April 29.
 

2. GRADUATING SENIORS

If they complete all course requirements, ten Penn State Behrend political science majors are scheduled to graduate next month:

Michael Boadu

David First

Willie Hubbart

Cory Lee

Puja Mazumder

Michael Murphy

Paula Rusca

Todd Venesky

Russell Winters

Steven Yudt

We wish all our graduating seniors best wishes and success for the future!

 

3. DR. ZACHARY IRWIN TO RETIRE FROM FULL-TIME TEACHING

Dr. Zachary Irwin, who began teaching at Penn State Behrend in 1976, is retiring from a full-time position at the end of this semester.   Dr. Irwin's teaching interests include comparative politics, international relations, and political theory, with a research focus on Eastern Europe. Dr. Irwin has published in scholarly journals such as East European Quarterly, Problems of Communism, and The World Today. He has contributed many book chapters particularly concerning former Yugoslavia. He has held fellowships from the Wilson Center, as well as Fulbright and IREX grants.  He received his PhD from Penn State - University Park, and he has served for many years on the University's Faculty Senate.  Dr. Irwin plans to continue to teach part-time when possible, but his full-time presence on campus will be greatly missed by students and faculty colleagues.

Happy Retirement Dr. Irwin!

 

4. STUDENT GROUPS ELECT NEW LEADERS AND HOLD FIRST ANNUAL JKG GAMES

Last week, the Political Science Society, College Republicans, and College Democrats held their first annual John King Gamble Games, in honor of Dr. Gamble receiving Penn State's Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching this year.  The event included several games of volleyball, new t-shirts, pizza, and refreshments.

All three groups have chosen officers for next year:
 

Political Science Society

President - Sarah Hall

Vice President - Mauricio Cortes

Treasurer - Ashley Solo

Secretary - Olga Perederiy

College Republicans

President - Taylor Pokrant

Vice President - Danielle Ropp

Treasurer - Emily Milbert

Secretary - Ian Richards

 

College Democrats

President - Lillie Gabreski

Vice President - Ashley Solo

Treasurer -  Michael Murock

Secretary - Sarah Craig
 

Students interested in College Democrats for next year can like their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/PSBDemocrats

 

5. STUDENT AWARD WINNERS

Three students won political science awards at the Penn State Behrend Honors and Awards Convocation on Sunday, April 27.

Cory Lee won the award for Outstanding Political Science Major in 2014.  Cory is from Edinboro and graduated from General McLane High School. His outstanding academic work in political science led him to be the president of the Behrend chapter of the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society this year.  After graduating, Cory hopes to work in a legislative office and plans on attending graduate school in the near future.

 

Mauricio Cortes won the Amber K. Heeter Memorial Award. Amber Heeter was a junior at Penn State Behrend who died suddenly at the age of 20 in 2010 due to natural causes.  She was a member of several groups on campus including Alpha Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Society, and College Republicans.  She was majoring in Political Science and had aspirations of being the first in her family to attend law school.  She was very close to several people on campus, and this award is given out annually by the Political Science Society to honor her and her service to this campus.  The award winner is a political science major or minor with a high GPA who has intentions of attending graduate or law school, is an active member of campus clubs or organizations, and has participated in community or public service.

 

Mauricio Cortes is a Schreyer Scholar.  He is a United States Navy veteran from Santa Monica, California, and a recipient of the Epstein Scholarship given by the Penn State Alumni Association chapter in Los Angeles. He was an intern in the Pennsylvania Governor's regional office in Erie last summer and this summer, he will participate in both a research trip in Brazil and a study abroad experience in China. Mauricio was a participant in a roundtable discussion at last month's International Studies Association convention in Toronto, he is the current Secretary of the Political Science Society, and he plans to attend graduate school after he completes his Penn State degree.

 

Paula Rusca was the political science nominee and overall winner of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Junior/Senior Writing Award for a paper she wrote last year about security in Washington DC while taking PL SC 177 - Politics and Government in Washington DC.  After Paula graduates from Penn State Behrend next month, she will be attending the University of Illinois at Chicago to pursue a master's degree in public health.

 

On April 30, four Penn State Behrend political science majors - Sarah Hall, Lillie Gabreski, Mauricio Cortes, and Taylor Pokrant - will be inducted into the Behrend chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society. Cory Lee and Russell Winters serve as current Pi Sigma Alpha president and vice president on campus.

 

6. FACULTY IN THE NEWS

Dr. John Gamble gave two presentations at a joint conference of the American Society of International Law and the American Branch of the International Law Association in Washington DC earlier this month.  His first presentation was on the “Preliminary Results of the 2014 Survey on the Teaching of International law,” for the Teaching of International Law ILA interest group, which Dr. Gamble chairs.  Later in the week, Dr. Gamble was a speaker at a session on "Emerging Trends and Challenges in International Legal Education and Scholarship." That session was sponsored by the International Law Students Association.

 

Dr. Kilic Kanat will be visiting Japan for ten days in May, in a program sponsored by the Kakehashi Project of the Japanese Foreign Ministry. Dr. Kanat was nominated for the program by the Foreign Policy Initiative.  This week, Dr. Kanat will be participating in two panel discussions - one organized by the Insight Turkey journal in Washington DC about Turkey and the Arab Awakening, and one organized by the SETA Foundation in Istanbul on US Foreign Policy in the Middle East. Earlier this month, Dr. Kanat presented a paper at the Midwest Political Science Association conference in Chicago - the paper was titled "Can 'model partnership' between US and Turkey be a model for the relations between US and rising powers?"  Also in May, Dr. Kanat's article, "A New Turkish-American Partnership in Progress: The Nature of  Bilateral Partnership during Two Periods of Crisis," will be published in the Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies.

 

Dr. Robert Roecklein will have his book, "Machiavelli and Epicureanism: An Investigation into the Origins of Early Modern Political Thought," released in paperback format by Lexington Books in May.  https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780739197752

 

Dr. Robert Speel had a column titled "Senate and CIA Dispute" published in Daily Sabah, an English-language newspaper in Turkey, earlier this month.  http://www.dailysabah.com/opinion/2014/04/10/senate-and-cia-dispute

Dr. Speel was also interviewed this month for an article in the Erie Times-News about the first hundred days of Kathy Dahlkemper's term of office as Erie County Executive.

 

7. POLITICAL JOURNALISM INTERNSHIP AVAILABLE THIS SUMMER

PoliticsPA.com, Pennsylvania's longest running political news website, is seeking talented individuals to contribute to their news coverage throughout the Commonwealth. Interns will have the chance to gain journalism experience and a stronger understanding of Pennsylvania politics. Additionally, interns will have the opportunity to build a portfolio with published political writing.

Internship openings are available for the Summer of 2014. The position can be performed remotely and applicants are welcome from anywhere in PA.

Intern duties include: ● Writing news stories. ● Monitoring press releases and regional news outlets for relevant source material. ● Covering political and government events. ● Conducting other research, including taking transcripts.

Requirements: ● Applicants must have strong writing skills. ● Applicants must have working knowledge of Pennsylvania politics. ● Applicants must possess strong research skills. ● A commitment of 15 hours per week; specific times based on news events.

The strongest applicants will have a background in politics or journalism. Positions are unpaid. Please send a resume, cover letter and a writing sample to brittany@politicspa.com. The ideal writing sample will demonstrate the applicant’s familiarity with PoliticsPA subject matter. Email Brittany Foster brittany@politicspa.com with any questions.

 

8. LAST NEWSLETTER OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR

This will be the final newsletter of the 2013-2014 academic year. Good luck with final papers and final exams, and enjoy your Summer. We look forward to seeing everyone who will return to campus in the Fall.

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