Arkansas Model United Nations (AMUN) conference – November 21-22, 2014

The 49th Arkansas Model United Nations (AMUN) Conference was held at UCA on November 21-22, 2014.  Some 425 delegates representing 90 countries from 24 high schools in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Oklahoma participated in the conference.  Stephanie Gray (pictured below on the left), International Studies major in the UCA Department of Political Science, served as AMUN Secretary-General and Dr. Mark Mullenbach (pictured below on the right),  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 21st.

Jose Guzzardi (pictured below in the middle) gave the keynote address during the Opening Session.  Jose Guzzardi, who served as AMUN Secretary-General for the 41st AMUN conference held in 2006, graduated with a B.A. degree in International Studies from UCA in 2007.  He is currently employed as a Sourcing Manager for Wal-Mart (E-Commerce) in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Jose Guzzardi earned a Master’s degree from the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock in 2009, and he was previously employed as the Manager of Institutional Relations for Wal-Mart in Brazil from January 2011 to August 2014.

Committee chairs included Juan Mayen (Special Political Committee), Kayla Close (Social & Humanitarian Committee), Jordan Kemp (Economic & Finance Committee), Kate Loyd (Security Council), Breanna Wilbanks (Economic & Social Council), Nora Bouzihay (Model Arab League), and Helena Burrow (Human Rights Council).  Dr. Mark Elrod, Visiting Assistant Professor in the UCA Department of Political Science, served as Coordinator of the Model International Court of Justice (MICJ).  During the Closing Session on November 22nd, the “Outstanding Delegation” award was presented to the German delegation (Pope John Paul II High School, Hendersonville, TN), and the “Outstanding Delegation Runner-Up” award was presented to the Syrian delegation (Conway High School).

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International Studies Club “Fall Scholarly Series” – September 9, 2014

As a part of the “2014 Fall Scholarly Series” sponsored by the International Studies Club at UCA, Dr. Dorian Jano, Visiting Scholar at the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, spoke on the topic, “European Union Enlargement and Europeanization of the Western Balkans,” on September 9, 2014.  The club’s officers in 2014-2015 were Kayla Close (President), Ina Tregubova (Vice President), Ashley Park (Secretary), Autumn Redell (Treasurer), and Stevie Massey (Membership Chairperson).  Dr. Gizachew Tiruneh, Associate Professor in the UCA Department of Political Science, served as Faculty Adviser for the International Studies Club.

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Pi Sigma Alpha Induction Ceremony – April 17, 2014

The 2014 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 17, 2014.  Dr. Joseph Howard, Associate Professor of Political Science, served as Faculty Adviser for the UCA Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha.  Eleven UCA students were formally inducted during the ceremony, including Bryan Altman, Bethany Bell, Tess Bradford, Seth Bradley, Jill Carlson, Melissa Cornwell, Katie Farely, Felipe Fernandez, Julius Gerard, Stephanie Gray, and Juan Mayen.  During the ceremony, Tab Townsell, Mayor of the City of Conway, was presented the UCA Department of Political Science’s Distinguished Alumnus award.  Tab Townsell graduated with a bachelors degree in political science from UCA in 1983.  Blake Brizzolara (Political Science) and Bethany Bell (International Studies) were honored as the Department of Political Science “Outstanding Student” award winners for 2013-2014.

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Arkansas Political Science Association (ArkPSA) annual meeting – February 28-March 1, 2014

The 41st Annual Meeting of the Arkansas Political Science Association (ArkPSA) was held at the American Heritage Center at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas on February 28-March 1, 2014.  Dr. Kim Hoffman of the UCA Department of Political Science served as President (2013-2014).  Dr. Kevin Brennan of Ouachita Baptist University served as Vice-President (2013-2014).  Dr. Mark Mullenbach of the UCA Department of Political Science served as Secretary-Treasurer (2013-2014).  Dr. Steven Breezeel of Harding University served as Program Chair for the 2014 annual meeting.

Dr. Shawn Fisher, Professor of History at Harding University, gave the keynote address, “The Battle of Little Rock” (1957 Little Rock Desegregation Crisis), during the Friday evening dinner, and State Representative Ann Clemmer addressed the conference participants during the Saturday luncheon.  Erika Bowsher’s (UA-Little Rock) research paper, “Twenty Years of International Justice: An Evaluation of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia,” was chosen as the Best Undergraduate Student Paper presented at the 2014 annual meeting.  John C. Davis’ (University of Missouri) research paper, “The Natural State in a Time of Change: A Survey-Based Analysis of State Party Organizations in Arkansas, 1999-2013,” was chosen as the Best Graduate Student Paper presented at the 2014 annual meeting.  Mike Yawn’s (Sam Houston State University) research paper, “Teaching Local: Civic Engagement & Local Government,” was chosen as the Best Faculty Paper presented at the 2014 annual meeting.

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Midwest Model United Nations (MMUN) conference – February 19-22, 2014

Thirteen members of the UCA Model UN student organization participated in the 54th Annual Midwest Model United Nations (MMUN) Conference in St. Louis, Missouri on February 19-22, 2014.  Dr. Mark Mullenbach, Associate Professor of Political Science, served as Faculty Adviser for the UCA delegations to the conference.  The UCA delegates included Brittaney Williams (World Food Programme, Spain), Helena Burrow (Commission on the Status of Women, Spain), Juan Mayen & Lorenzo Bridgewater (Economic & Social Council, Spain), Katelyn Wilkins & Jesus Torres (1st Committee, Spain), Kate Lloyd (2nd Committee, Spain), Kayla Close (3rd Committee, Spain), Stephanie Gray (4th Committee, Spain), Jordan Kemp (1st Committee, Nigeria), Breanna Wilbanks (2nd Committee, Nigeria), Mallory Walker (3rd Committee, Nigeria), and Logan Spurlock (4th Committee, Nigeria).  During the Closing Session on February 22nd, UCA’s delegation representing Spain was presented “Outstanding Delegation” awards for performance in the Plenary Session of the General Assembly and in the Plenary Session of the Economic & Social Council.

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Arkansas Model United Nations (AMUN) conference – November 22-23, 2013

The 48th Arkansas Model United Nations (AMUN) Conference was held at UCA on November 22-23, 2013.  Some 410 delegates representing 72 countries from 24 high schools in Arkansas, Tennessee, and Oklahoma participated in the conference.  Logan Spurlock, 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 22nd.  Brett Newcomb gave the keynote address during the Opening Session.  Brett Newcomb served as President of the General Assembly during the first AMUN conference held in 1967, and he served as AMUN Secretary-General for the second and third AMUN conferences held in 1968.

Committee chairs included Willis Arnold (Special Political Committee), Juan Mayen (Social & Humanitarian Committee), Miguel Lopez (Economic & Finance Committee), Alic Brown (Legal Committee), Stephanie Gray (Security Council), Breanna Wilbanks (Economic & Social Council), and Kate Loyd (Human Rights Council).  During the Closing Session, the “Outstanding Delegation” award was presented to the Argentinian delegation (Conway High School), and the “Outstanding Delegation Runner-Up” award was presented to the United States delegation (Pulaski Academy).

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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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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).

 

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