The Political Science Society, College Republicans, and College Democrats co-sponsored two days of a Congress to Campus event in September 2012 with former Congressmen Steve Kuykendall (R-CA) and Richard Stallings (D-ID). Pictured here are the two former congressmen with a group of Penn State Behrend students in the Metzgar Center.
Student Political Organizations
Penn State Behrend has three active political student groups on campus: the Political Science Society, College Democrats, and College Republicans.
The Political Science Society hosts campus political debates and forums on current issues. The group also brings local alumni to campus to speak about careers for political science majors. In Fall 2007, the Political Science Society organized and hosted a Harborcreek candidate forum on campus and led a student voter registration drive, and in Fall 2008, the group hosted a Constitution Day forum to discuss constitutional issues gaining attention during the presidential election.
College Democrats and College Republicans both work on student voter registration efforts, volunteer for the local campaigns for presidential, congressional, and state legislative candidates, bring candidates and political leaders to campus to speak to students, and generally work at increasing the level of student political activism at Penn State Behrend.
For information about these groups or to get on their mailing lists, contact Dr. Robert Speel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society
The Political Science program at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, established a chapter of the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society in 2011. Pi Sigma Alpha is the only honor society for college students of political science and government in the United States.
Induction of new Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society members, April 2013
The Penn State Behrend Political Science Advisory Board formed in 2009 and consists of prominent community leaders and alumni. The Board meets twice a year with faculty and current students to discuss community support and publicity for political science program teaching and research initiatives and events, career and internship opportunities for political science majors, and public engagement for faculty members and students with the community.