Department of Political Science "Outstanding Students" (2012-2013)

The UCA Department of Political Science "Outstanding Students" for 2012-2013 are the following:  Jennifer Blansett (Political Science program), Benjamin Lykins (Public Administration program), and Jake Logan & Emily O'Neil (International Studies program).  Each of the students was honored at the UCA College of Liberal Arts' Academic Honors Convocation in Doyne Health Science Center on April 21, 2013.

 

 
Emily O'Neal and Jake Logan are pictured above at the College of Liberal
Arts (CLA) Academic Honors Convocation at UCA on April 21, 2013.

Pi Sigma Alpha Induction Ceremony - 2013

The 2013 induction ceremony for the UCA Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national Political Science Honors Society,  was held in the Mirror Room in McAlister Hall on April 18, 2013.  Dr. Joseph Howard, Associate Professor of Political Science, served as Faculty Adviser for the UCA Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha.  Eight UCA students were formally inducted during the ceremony, including Blake Brizzolara (Political Science), Andrew Harris (International Studies), Benjamin Lykins (Public Administration), Derrick Moses (International Studies), Cory Nelson (Public Administration), Timothy Scott (International Studies), Forrest Stobaugh (Political Science), and Shastady Williams (Political Science).

 


(L to R):  Forrest Stobaugh, Cory Nelson, Benjamin Lykins, Andrew Harris,
Blake Brizzolara, Derrick Moses, and Timothy Scott. Not Pictured: Shastady Williams.

Faculty and Student Research (2012-2013)

Several faculty and undergraduate students from the UCA Department of Political Science published or presented research during the 2012-2013 academic year.  Dr. Joseph Howard's co-authored manuscript (with Dr. Keith Nitta), "Helping Students Become Civically Engaged through Service Learning," was published in the Midsouth Political Science Review (MPSR).  Dr. Mary Beth Sullivan's manuscript, "The Polybian Moment: The Transformation of Republican Thought fron Ptolemy of Lucca to Machiavelli," was published in the international journal The European Legacy.  Dr. Joseph Howard and Dr. Kim Hoffman presented "Raising the Funds: The Use of Voluntary Taxes by Local Governments" at the annual meeting of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).  Dr. Mark Mullenbach and Willis Arnold, International Studies student, presented “Elections, Election Monitoring, and Political Stability in Developing Countries, 1990-2010" at the annual meeting of the Arkansas Political Science Association (ArkPSA), Arkadelphia, Arkansas on March 1-2, 2013.  Blake Brizzolara, Political Science student, presented "Voter Identification Laws and Voter Turnout in the 2010 Mid-term Election” at the annual meeting of the Arkansas Political Science Association (ArkPSA), Arkadelphia, Arkansas on March 1-2, 2013.  Dr. Gary Wekkin presented "Gender Trap: Elite Frames of Power and the Foreign Policy Presidency," at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) in Chicago, Illinois.

 

National Model United Nations (MMUN) Conference - 2013

Five UCA students (Willis Arnold, Ecehan Bayrak, Joey Walsh, Logan Spurlock, and Juan Mayen), along with professors Mark Mullenbach and Gizachew Tiruneh from the Department of Political Science, participated in the National Model United Nations (NMUN) Conference in New York City on March 17-21, 2013. The UCA students represented the country of Tuvalu at the conference.

 


Juan Mayen (left) and Willis Arnold (right)


(l to r):  Joey Walsh, Ecehan Bayrak, and Logan Spurlock


Willis Arnold (left) and Juan Mayen (right) attending the Plenary Session
of the UN General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York City.


(l to r):  Willis Arnold, Juan Mayen, Logan Spurlock, and Ecehan Bayrak

Arkansas Model United Nations (AMUN) Conference - 2012

The 47th Annual Arkansas Model United Nations (AMUN) Conference was held on the campus of UCA on November 16-17, 2012.  More than 400 delegates from 27 high schools in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Florida participated in the conference.  Jake Logan, International Studies major in the UCA Department of Political Science, served as AMUN Secretary-General and Dr. Mark Mullenbach,  Associate Professor of Political Science, served as Coordinator of the AMUN Conference.

UCA President Tom Courtway gave the welcoming address to the delegates during the Opening Session in Ida Waldran Auditorium.  Mr. Hristijan Gjorgievski gave the keynote address during the Opening Session.  Hristijan Gjorgievski, previously served as AMUN Secretary-General in 2005 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and French from UCA in 2006.  He graduated with a Master’s degree in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in 2009. Since 2009, Hristijan Gjorgievski has served as Program Manager in his native country of Macedonia for the Washington DC-based National Democratic Institute. As program manager, Hristijan develops and manages democratization projects.

Committee chairs included Logan Spurlock (Special Political Committee), Willis Arnold (Social & Humanitarian Committee), Tyler Bittle (Economic & Finance Committee), Jeffery Montgomery (Legal Committee), Stephanie Gray (Security Council), Juan Mayen (Economic & Social Council), and Kate Loyd (Human Rights Council).  During the Closing Session, the "Outstanding Delegation" award was presented to the Iranian delegation (Pope John Paul II High School, Hendersonville, TN), and the "Outstanding Delegation Runner-Up" award was presented to the Belgian delegation (DeSoto Central High School, Southaven, MS).

 


2012 AMUN Secretary-General Jake Logan


Keynote Speaker (and 2005 AMUN Secretary-General) Hristijan Gjorgievski (left)
and 2012 AMUN Secretary-General Jake Logan (right)


Left to Right: Dr. Mark Mullenbach, Jake Logan,
Hristijan Gjorgievski, and President Tom Courtway

UCA Hosts Annual Meeting of the Arkansas Political Science Association

The 39th Annual Meeting of the ArkPSA was held at UCA on February 24-25, 2012.  Dr. Kim Hoffman, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, served as Program Chair for the 2012 annual meeting.  Dr. Charles Bullock, the Richard B. Russell Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Georgia, was the guest speaker during the Friday evening dinner.  Honorable Preston Scroggin, Faulkner County Judge and 1989 graduate of the UCA Department of Political Science, was the guest speaker during the Saturday luncheon. 

Dr. Rebecca Anne Glazier (University of Arkansas at Little Rock) and Dr. William J. Miller's (Southeast Missouri State University) research paper, "Whose 'Clash'? Comparing Anti-Americanism and Anti-Muslim Attitudes," was chosen as the Best Faculty Paper presented at the 2012 annual meeting.  Daniel Chand, Renee Deshommes, Kuatbay Bektemirov, and Leland McQueen's (University of Arkansas at Fayetteville) research paper, "Local Enforcement of Federal Immigration Policies: An Analysis of the 287(g) and Secure Communities Programs in Arkansas," was chosen as the Best Graduate Student Paper presented at the 2012 annual meeting.  Kelly Reed's (University of Arkansas at Monticello) research paper, "The Rise of the Opposition: A Theoretical Appraisal of the Recent Arab Spring," was chosen as the Best Undergraduate Student Paper presented at the 2012 annual meeting.


Dr. Charles Bullock, University of Georgia


Hon. Preston Scroggin, Faulkner Court Judge

Midwest Model United Nations (MMUN) Conference - 2012

Eight members of the UCA Model UN student organization participated in the 52nd Annual Midwest Model United Nations (MMUN) Conference in St. Louis, Missouri on February 15-18, 2012.  Dr. Mark Mullenbach, Associate Professor of Political Science, served as Faculty Adviser for the UCA delegations to the conference.  The UCA delegates included Willis Arnold (1st Committee, Portugal), Justin Hughes (2nd Committee, Portugal), Kate Lloyd (3rd Committee, Portugal), Stephanie Gray (Security Council-A, Portugal), Tyler Bittle (1st Committee, Spain), Christina Huynh (1st Committee, Spain), Juan Mayen (3rd Committee, Spain), and Matthew Peterson (Security Council-B, China).

 


Willis Arnold (Head Delegate, Portugal) and Tyler Bittle (Head Delegate, Spain)

 


Juan Mayen

 


Stephanie Gray

 


Justin Hughes (right) discussing a draft resolution delegates representing other countries.

 

Department of Political Science "Outstanding Students" (2011-2012)

The UCA Department of Political Science "Outstanding Students" for 2011-2012 are the following:  Megan Rutherford Danielson, Sara Bayles, & Austin Hall (Political Science program), Brett Roberts (Public Administration program), and Michael Tyler & Shannon Kelly (International Studies program).  Each of the students was honored at the UCA College of Liberal Arts' Academic Honors Convocation in Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center on April 29, 2012.

 


Back Row (l to r):  Sara Bayles, Austin Hall, Brett Roberts, and Michael Tyler.
Front Row (l to r):  Megan Rutherford Danielson, Shannon Kelly, and Dr. Kim Hoffman.

Pi Sigma Alpha Induction Ceremony - 2012

The 2012 induction ceremony for the UCA Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national Political Science Honors Society,  was held in the Mirror Room in McAlister Hall on April 18, 2012.  Dr. Joseph Howard, Associate Professor of Political Science, served as Faculty Adviser for the UCA Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha.  Nine UCA students were formally inducted during the ceremony.

 


Sara Bayles, President of the UCA Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha (political
science honors society), speaking at the 2012 induction ceremony.


Back Row (l to r):  Raymond Terry, Jack Phillips, Emily O'Neal, Willis Arnold,
Brett Roberts, Brittani Burnette, and Brandi Starnes.
Front Row (l to r):  Wendy Marin and Shannon Kelly.

Arkansas Model United Nations (AMUN) Conference - 2011

The 46th Annual Arkansas Model United Nations (AMUN) Conference was held on the campus of UCA on November 18-19, 2011.  Thomas Willis Arnold, International Studies major in the UCA Department of Political Science, served as AMUN Secretary-General and Dr. Mark Mullenbach,  Associate Professor of Political Science, served as Coordinator of the AMUN Conference. During the Opening Session, Dr. Clea Bunche of the Department of History at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock gave the keynote address.  Ali Rajab, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in International Studies from the Department of Political Science in May 2010, also spoke during the Opening Session.

Committee chairs included Tyler Bittle (Special Political Committee), Thomas Kibwana (Social & Humanitarian Committee), Jake Logan (Economic & Finance Committee), Jeffery Montgomery (Legal Committee), Sam Tamo (Security Council), Naruhiko Tsukuda (Economic & Social Council), and Megan Parrish (Human Rights Council).  During the Closing Session, the "Outstanding Delegation" award was presented to the United Kingdom delegation (Pope John Paul II High School, Hendersonville, TN).

 


Secretary-General Willis Arnold speaking during the Opening Session
of the 2011 AMUN Conference in Ida Waldran Auditorium at UCA.


(l to r):  Dr. Mark Mullenbach, Ali Rajab, and Dr. Clea Bunch.


Willis Arnold, 2011 AMUN Secretary-General, and
Dr. Clay Arnold, Chair of the UCA Department of Political Science.