Political Science Newsletter- January 2016

THIS MONTH'S HEADLINES:

1. STUDY ABROAD IN TORONTO SUMMER 2016 - DEADLINE TO APPLY SOON
2. FALL 2016 PL SC AND SOC COURSES
3. CAREER EVENTS FOR POLITICAL SCIENCE STUDENTS
4. NEW MODEL UNITED NATIONS AND AFRICAN UNION CHAPTERS ON CAMPUS
5. POLITICAL SCIENCE SOCIETY EVENT AND STUDENT GROUP NEWS
6. FACULTY IN THE NEWS
7. ERIE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION INTERNSHIP
8. GRE PREPARATION SESSIONS
9. FACEBOOK PAGE

 

1. STUDY ABROAD IN TORONTO SUMMER 2016 - DEADLINE TO APPLY SOON

Canada has a new prime minister, Justin Trudeau, and it will be the perfect time in May and June 2016 to take a study abroad course about Canadian politics in Toronto. The four-week North American politics course (PL SC 299/PL SC 499), that will begin in Toronto after final exams end in May, will compare American and Canadian political culture, government institutions, election systems, and public policies in the areas of economics, guns, health care, abortion, capital punishment, marijuana, language rights, free speech, and religion in education. Issues important in international relations between the two countries will also be discussed - this includes trade, border security, and control of the Arctic. Class excursions will visit the Ontario Parliament Buildings and Fort York, site of an important battle in the War of 1812. 

The class will take place on the Ryerson University campus in downtown Toronto and will include students from Penn State and Ryerson in the classroom together. American students from Penn State and Canadian students from Ryerson will participate together in class discussions and on class excursions. The class will be taught, and the program will be led by Dr. Robert Speel, associate professor of political science at Penn State Behrend.

The dates for the course will be May 15 - June 11, 2016. Due to donations from Penn State Behrend alumna Barbara Welton, an Erie attorney and Political Science Advisory Board member, and a grant from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Endowment, and due to a very favorable exchange rate for Americans in Canada, the cost to live in the Ryerson University residence in downtown Toronto for a month will be only $400 for up to ten Penn State Behrend students.

In addition, the Black School of Business is contributing $500 each for three Business School majors toward the full $1100 cost of the residence, lowering the total cost to $600 or less. The study abroad course in Toronto can be used to meet requirements for the international business major.

Students will live in private rooms with private bathrooms in a Ryerson University residence in downtown Toronto.

More details can be found on the Toronto program page.

An application to enroll in the program can be found on Penn State's Global Programs website.

The deadline to apply online is February 1. However, students who decide to apply after that can send an email to Dr. Speel by February 14 with an expression of interest and will be able to apply on February 15.

For more information, contact Dr. Speel or stop by the Learning Resource Center on the second floor of Lilley Library.


2. FALL 2016 PL SC AND SOC COURSES

Here is a tentative list of Political Science and Sociology courses that will be offered at Penn State Behrend in Fall 2016. This list may change before pre-registration begins in March. 

Remember that all Political Science majors must take PL SC 001, PL SC 003, PL SC 014, and PL SC 017, as well as 24 other credits (usually 8 other courses) in PL SC. Of those other 24 credits, at least 12 (4 courses) must be at the 400 level, and at least 3 credits (one course) must be taken in each of the subfield requirements (American Government, Comparative Politics, International Politics, Government in Theory and Practice). Some courses can be used to fulfill either of two subfield requirements, but you cannot use the same course on your degree audit to meet both of those subfield requirements.

If you need help with scheduling or understanding the requirements of the major, please make an appointment to see your advisor.

Politics and Government minors must take PL SC 001, PL SC 003, and 12 other credits (4 courses), including 6 credits at the 400-level.

Fall 2016 Courses
PL SC 001 - Introduction to American National Government (GS)
PL SC 003 - Introduction to Comparative Politics (GS, IL)
PL SC 007 - Contemporary Political Ideologies (GS, Theory and Practice)
PL SC 014 - International Relations (GS, IL)
PL SC 017W - Introduction to Political Theory (GS)
PL SC 111 - Debating the Purpose of Government (GH, Theory and Practice)
PL SC 111H - Debating the Purpose of Government (GH, Theory and Practice)
PL SC 130 - American Political Campaigns and Elections (GS, US, American)
PL SC 132 - The Politics of International Intolerance (GS, IL, Other Cultures, Comparative, International)
PL SC 431 - Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Political Theories (Theory and Practice)
PL SC 439 - The Politics of Terrorism (International)
PL SC 472 - The American Legal Process (American, Theory and Practice)
PL SC 489 - Public Administration (American, Theory and Practice)
AFR 110 - Introduction to Contemporary Africa (GS, IL, Other Cultures, Comparative)
SOC 005 - Social Problems (GS)
SOC 012/CRIMJ 012 - Criminology (GS)
SOC 409 - Racial and Ethnic Inequality in America (US)

 

3. CAREER EVENTS FOR POLITICAL SCIENCE STUDENTS

The Academic and Career Planning Center, in collaboration with the political science program and history program and the Political Science Society, is sponsoring three career-oriented events for political science and history majors this semester. All events occur at 5 PM in the Metzgar Center Lobby.

Wednesday, January 27, 5-6 p.m., Metzgar Center Lobby: Graduate School information session for political science and history majors, including Penn State Behrend's 4+1 agreement with Edinboro University for social studies teacher certification

Wednesday, February 10, 5-6 p.m., Metzgar Center Lobby: Internship Forum for political science and history majors

Wednesday, March 30, 5-6 p.m., Metzgar Center Lobby: Career Exploration and Job Search session for political science and history majors

 

4. NEW MODEL UNITED NATIONS AND AFRICAN UNION CHAPTERS ON CAMPUS

Last semester, campus chapters of Model United Nations and Model African Union formed on campus.

Model United Nations meets every Thursday night from 7-8 p.m. in Kochel 057. At each meeting, the group discusses a specific topic to prepare for upcoming conferences. The topics are announced in advance in notifications to group members. The Penn State Behrend chapter will be participating in Model UN conferences at Harvard University in February, at Penn State University Park in March, and in Los Angeles at UCLA in April. The Behrend chapter still has spaces open for delegates at the March and April conferences. To get involved, you are invited to attend a meeting or to contact Behrend MUN President Ivan Pan.

Model African Union meets on Thursday evenings at 5 p.m.. The group will be sending delegates to a Model AU conference to represent Madagascar at Howard University in Washington DC in February. To find out more or to get involved, contact Dr. Naaborle Sackeyfio.

 

5. POLITICAL SCIENCE SOCIETY EVENT AND STUDENT GROUP NEWS

The Political Science Society will be holding an event with Erie-area political activist Cindy Purvis on Wednesday, January 27, at 7:30 p.m., in Kochel 041. Purvis will be discussing the importance of voting locally and absentee ballots. She is a former Democratic state senate candidate for Erie and an advocate of single payer health care in Pennsylvania.

The Political Science Society will also be organizing a voter registration drive on campus later in the semester.

The Pennsylvania primary election occurs this year on April 26, and all Penn State Behrend students who are US citizens will be eligible to register and vote at their campus-area address. Students can register to vote or check their voter registration on the votesPA site. Pennsylvania now allows residents to register to vote online.

This year, students who are registered Republicans or Democrats will not only be able to vote in the presidential primary, but in competitive state primaries for other offices, such as US Senator and Pennsylvania Attorney General.

For more information about PSS events or about their voter registration drive, contact President Nicole Malinowski. The group is currently looking for a new treasurer for the semester.

College Democrats and College Republicans are in the process of inviting candidates and presidential campaign coordinators to campus this semester. For more details or to express interest about either group, contact their advisor, Dr. Robert Speel.

 

6. FACULTY IN THE NEWS

Dr. John Gamble, distinguished professor of political science and international law, published a column this month in the Erie Times-News about the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump. 

Dr. Zachary Irwin, associate professor emeritus of political science, will be publishing a chapter titled “The Importance of Toleration: Briefly Considering Yugoslavia’s Successors,” in Building Democracy in the Yugoslav Successor States, edited by Sabrina Ramet and Ola Lustig. due out from Cambridge University Press in 2017. Dr. Irwin will also be speaking at West Erie Presbyterian Church about Russia and Ukraine in March.

Dr. Kilic Kanat, assistant professor of political science, was an invited speaker at a conference titled "Syrian Crisis and Turkey: Security and Humanitarian Challenges" at the University of Ottawa in the capital of Canada on January 18. On January 19, Dr. Kanat was an invited speaker for a panel discussion on the same topic that was organized at the University of Toronto by the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations. Both events were co-sponsored by the NATO Association of Canada, a NGO. Dr. Kanat's latest column in Daily Sabah, an English-language newspaper in Turkey, is titled "Syrian Refugees in Canada."

Also this month, Dr. Kanat was an invited guest speaker at the Birmingham Committee on Foreign Relations in Alabama, a panelist for a session on Turkish-American relations at the annual Insight Turkey Conference in Washington DC, a co-author of an essay titled "US-Turkey Realignment on Syria," published by the journal Middle East Policy, and author of an article titled " Turkey's Syrian Refugees," published in the journal Orient, from Germany.

Nicole Rosen, lecturer in sociology, will be publishing an article titled "Bullying in American Schools," in The American Middle Class: An Economic Encyclopedia of Progress and Poverty, by Greenwood Publishing Group, due out in October 2016.

Dr. Robert Speel, associate professor of political science, was interviewed earlier this month for an article in the Erie Times-News about President Obama's State of the Union Address.

Judge John Trucilla, a member of the Penn State Behrend Political Science Advisory Board, and a Behrend lecturer on The American Legal Process, was unanimously elected this month by the nine members of the Erie County Court of Common Pleas to be the president judge of the Court for a five year term.

 

7. ERIE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION INTERNSHIP

The Community Impact Team at the Erie Community Foundation (ECF) seeks to provide qualified students with an internship experience during the Spring 2016 semester, with the possibility of continuing through the summer. As a member of the Community Impact Team, the student will become familiar with the community leadership initiatives of the Foundation and strengthen his/her professional skills and interpersonal relationships in a professional setting.

ERIE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OVERVIEW

The Erie Community Foundation is a collection of charitable endowments operating under the administrative umbrella of a single public charity. 

Our Mission

The mission of The Erie Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life for all in our region by evaluating and addressing community issues, building permanent charitable endowments and promoting philanthropic and community leadership.

In 2014, the Erie Community Foundation:

  • Disbursed 1,981 grants totaling $11.5 Million
  • Received 13,424 totaling $8.8 Million

Today the foundation is home to 725 endowments valued at approximately $209 million

INTERNSHIP DESCRIPTION

An internship experience with the ECF will be a part-time (15-20 hours/week), semester-long position. Interns may receive college credit for the internship OR be compensated hourly. For the Spring 2016 semester (preferably from January – June) the Erie Community Foundation’s Community Impact team will be offering one internship:

Community Impact Internship Responsibilities

  • Preparation and distribution of ECF annual competitive grant cycles
    • Creating packets for Helping Today/Shaping Tomorrow pre-application meetings
    • Scheduling pre-application meetings with potential grantees
    • Assist in generating materials for the Board of Trustee meetings
  • Erie Vital Signs
    • Assist in updating Erie Vital Signs website
    • Schedule and attend EVS subcommittee meetings
    • Assist with social media strategy
  • Perform community and grant-related research as needed
  • Filing as required.
  • Assist staff as requested.

The ECF will provide a letter of recommendation, at the request of the intern, upon successful completion of a semester-long internship experience.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Be available to work 15–20 hours per week during regular business hours at The Erie Community Foundation, located at 459 West Sixth Street in Erie, Pennsylvania.
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills and a high level of computer competency.
  • Be self-motivated, organized, willing to help with any project no matter how large or small and be able to balance multiple priorities at once.
  • Have a strong desire to make a difference.
  • Be able to provide transportation to and from the Erie Community Foundation and other locations as requested.

Undergraduate

  • Eligible students must be currently enrolled as a junior or senior at a college or university in Erie County.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 
  • Students must have adequate means of transportation to and from the Erie Community Foundation.
  • A schedule must be predetermined with your supervisor.

CONTACT INFO FOR INTERESTED INDIVIDUALS 
Email George Espy | Phone: 814.454.8043

 

8. GRE PREPARATION SESSIONS

GRE and GMAT preparation workshops organized by the Learning Resource Center begin on February 3 and 4. The workshops are free for Penn State students and alumni, and advance registration is not required. 

 

9. FACEBOOK PAGE

All students and alumni are invited to like the Penn State Behrend political science Facebook page and get updated news and find out about events.