Arkansas Political Science Association (ArkPSA) annual meeting - March 1-2, 2013

The 40th Annual Meeting of the Arkansas Political Science Association (ArkPSA) was held at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia on March 1-2, 2013.  Dr. Joseph Giammo of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock served as President (2012-2013).  Dr. Kim Hoffman of the UCA Department of Political Science served as Vice-President (2012-2013).  Dr. Mark Mullenbach of the UCA Department of Political Science served as Secretary-Treasurer (2012-2013).  Dr. Kevin Brennan of Ouachita Baptist University served as Program Chair for the 2013 annual meeting.

Dr. Ronald Keith Gaddie, Professor of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma, was the guest speaker during the Friday evening dinner.  Kay C. Goss, President and CEO, World Disaster Management, was the guest speaker during the Saturday luncheon.  Jacob Porter's (Hendrix College) research paper, "Fiscal Decentralization and Economic Innovation in Spain's Autonomous Communities," was chosen as the Best Undergraduate Student Paper presented at the 2013 annual meeting.  John C. Davis' (University of Missouri) research paper, "A Study of U.S. Senators with Presidential Aspirations," was chosen as the Best Graduate Student Paper presented at the 2013 annual meeting.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson Speaks at UCA - February 23, 2012

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, president and founder of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, spoke to faculty, staff, students, and members of the community in the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall on UCA campus on February 23, 2012.  The speech was part of UCA's Log Cabin Democrat Lecture Series.  Several faculty members and students from the Department of Political Science, including Dr. Tom McInnis, met with Rev. Jackson during his visit to UCA.

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James Carville Speaks at UCA - November 21, 2011

James Carville, a well-known political consultant for several Democratic Party candidates including Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton in 1992, spoke to faculty, staff, students, and members of the community at the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall on the campus of UCA on Monday, November 21, 2011.  The speech was part of UCA's  Log Cabin Democrat Lecture Series.  Several faculty members, including Dr. Gary Wekkin, and students from the Department of Political Science met with James Carville during his visit to UCA.

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

The UCA Department of Political Science announced its "Outstanding Students" for 2012-2013:  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 held on Sunday, April 21, 2013.

 Emily O'Neal and Jake Logan 2013International Studies "Outstanding Students", Emily O'Neal (left) and Jake Logan (right), were honored during the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Academic Honors Convocation at UCA on April 21, 2013.

Pi Sigma Alpha Induction Ceremony - April 18, 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).

 

PSA Inductees - 2013Pi Sigma Alpha inductees (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 - March 17-21, 2013

Five UCA students - Willis Arnold, Ecehan Bayrak, Joey Walsh, Logan Spurlock, and Juan Mayen - along with Dr. Mark Mullenbach and Dr. Gizachew Tiruneh from the Department of Political Science, participated in the National Model United Nations (NMUN) Conference at the New York Sheraton Hotel in New York City on March 17-21, 2013. The UCA students, which represented the country of Tuvalu at the conference, participated in a simulation of the Plenary Session of the UN General Assembly at the UN Headquarters on Thursday, March 21st.

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Arkansas Model United Nations (AMUN) conference - November 16-17, 2012

The 47th Arkansas Model United Nations (AMUN) Conference was held at UCA on November 16-17, 2012.  Some 435 delegates representing 79 countries 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.  Dr. Mark Mullenbach,  Associate Professor in the UCA Department 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 on Friday, November 16th.  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.  Starting in 2009, Hristijan Gjorgievski has worked for the Washington DC-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Macedonia and Pakistan. As a program manager, he develops and manages democratization projects for NDI.

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).

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UCA Hosts Annual Meeting of the Arkansas Political Science Association (ArkPSA) - February 24-25, 2012

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.

Midwest Model United Nations (MMUN) conference - February 15-18, 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).

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