The Rev. Jess 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.
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 and students from the Department of Political Science met with James Carville during his visit to UCA.
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.
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).
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.
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 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.
Left: Willis Arnold and Juan Mayen.
Below: Willis Arnold, Juan Mayen, Logan Spurlock, and Ecehan Bayrak.
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).
Below: Dr. Mark Mullenbach, Jake Logan,
Hristijan Gjorgievski, and President Tom Courtway
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
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).
Below: Justin Hughes (standing on the right) discussing a draft resolution with delegates.
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.