Department of Political Science announces “Outstanding Students” for 2019-2020

Dr. Clay Arnold, Chair of the Department of Political Science, announced the winners of the department’s annual awards for the 2019-2020 academic year:

Outstanding Student in Political Science:  Zoe Tollette (Little Rock, AR)

Outstanding Students in Public Administration:  Cagney Kilgroe (Malvern, AR) and Mylon Boston (Crossett, AR)

Outstanding Students in International Studies:  Kennedy Neely (Weiner, AR) and Louisa Utley (Little Rock, AR)

Department of Political Science announces “Outstanding Students” for 2018-2019

The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Academic Honors Convocation was held in McCastlain Hall on Sunday, April 28, 2019. Dr. Tom Williams, Dean of the CLA, welcomed faculty, students, and family members attending the convocation.  During the convocation, Dr. Williams congratulated all of the students chosen for the awards presented by the departments of English; History; Languages, Linguistics, Literatures, & Cultures; Philosophy & Religion; Political Science; and Sociology, Criminology, & Anthropology.  He also announced that Carolyn Casey, a senior majoring in International Studies, was named the CLA Student-of-the-Year for 2018-2019.

Dr. Clay Arnold, Chair of the Department of Political Science, announced the winners of the department’s annual awards:

Outstanding Student in Political Science:  Cagney Kilgroe

Outstanding Student in Public Administration:  Matilda Benson

Outstanding Students in International Studies:  Carolyn Casey and Itzel Velazquez

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson visits UCA

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, a best-selling author and sociology professor at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., visited UCA on Monday, April 15, 2019.  Dr. Tyson is the author of 19 books, including his most recent book What Truth Sounds Like.  Dr. Heather Yates, Assistant Professor of Political Science, held a “conversation” with Dr. Tyson on Monday afternoon (2:15pm-4:00pm).  Later that evening (7:00pm-9:00pm), Dr. Tyson gave a keynote address titled, “Fake News, Public Discourse, and Seeking Truth in America.”  UCA faculty, students, and the public were invited to attend both events held in McCastlain Hall Ballroom.  Dr. Tyson’s visit was sponsored by the UCA Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society and the UCA Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology, as well as the UCA NAACP, UCA Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, UCA College of Liberal Arts, Office of the UCA Provost, and the UCA Foundation.

Department of Political Science hosts 2017 “Constitution Day” events at UCA

The Department of Political Science hosted two “Constitution Day” events at UCA on September 19-20, 2017.

(1) The Constitution & the Courts” by The Honorable Troy Braswell, Twentieth Judicial Circuit Judge and UCA graduate
Tuesday, September 19th, 1:40pm to 2:30pm
Irby Hall, Room #215

(2) Public Recitation of the Constitution of the United States of America
Wednesday, September 20th, 5:30pm
State Residential Hall, Lobby

Department of Political Science announces “Outstanding Students” for 2016-2017

The UCA Department of Political Science announced its “Outstanding Students” for 2016-2017:  Danielle Casey (Political Science program), Bryce Moore (Public Administration program), and Jean Francois Adoupo & Mallory Walker (International Studies program).  Dr. Clay Arnold, Chairperson of the UCA Department of Political Science, presented the awards to the students during the UCA College of Liberal Arts’ Academic Honors Convocation held in Doyne Health Science Center held on Sunday, April 30, 2017.  Dr. Steven Runge, UCA Provost, and Dr. Peter Mehl, Associate Dean of the UCA College of Liberal Arts, spoke at the honors convocation, which included undergraduate and graduate student recipients of outstanding student awards and scholarships from the Departments of English, History, Philosophy & Religion, Political Science, Sociology, and Languages, Linguistics, Literatures & Cultures.

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2016 Presidential Election “Teach-In” at UCA

Several members of the UCA Department of Political Science participated in a Presidential Election “Teach-In” on the lawn in front of McAlister Hall on Tuesday, September 20, 2016.  The “Teach-In” was sponsored by the Campus Election Engagement Project and UCA’s Learning Communities.  A total of 15 UCA professors participated in the “Teach-In”, including Dr. Mark Elrod, Dr. Heather Yates, Dr. Gizachew Tiruneh, and Dr. Mark Mullenbach.  Retired political science professor, Dr. Gary Wekkin, also participated in the event.

Rev. Jesse Jackson Speaks at UCA

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

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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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.