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Department of Political Science "Outstanding Students" (2014-2015)

The UCA Department of Political Science announced its "Outstanding Students" for 2014-2015:  Bryan Altman (Political Science program), Matthew Goss (Public Administration program), and Autumn Reddell & Brianne Smith (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 26, 2015.  Dr. Steven Runge, UCA Provost, and Dr. Maurice Lee, 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 World Languages, Literatures & Cultures.

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Pi Sigma Alpha Induction Ceremony - April 15, 2015

The 2015 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 Wednesday, April 15, 2015.  Dr. Joseph Howard, Associate Professor in the UCA Department of Political Science, served as Faculty Adviser for the UCA Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, and Melissa Cornwell served as President of the UCA Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha in 2014-2015.

Twelve UCA students were formally inducted during the ceremony, including Austin Ardwin, Kayla Close, Stephanie Daigle, Richard Frizzel, Matthew Goss, Laura Holzhauer, Hayden Knox, Brady Shiers, Kenneth Stice, Jesus Torres, Mallory Walker, and Katelyn Wilkins.  The Chairman of the UCA Department of Political Science, Dr. Clay Arnold, also presented Preston Scroggin with the UCA Department of Political Science's 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award.  Preston Scroggin, who graduated with a bachelors degree in political science from UCA in 1989, served as Director of the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission (2013-2015) and Faulkner County Judge (2007-2013).

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Arkansas Political Science Association (ArkPSA) annual meeting, February 27-28, 2015

The 42nd Annual Meeting of the Arkansas Political Science Association (ArkPSA) was held on the campus of Hendrix College in Conway on February 27-28, 2015.  Dr. Kevin Brennan of Ouachita Baptist University served as President (2014-2015).  Dr. Steven Breezeel of Harding University served as Vice-President (2014-2015).  Dr. Mark Mullenbach of the UCA Department of Political Science served as Secretary-Treasurer (2014-2015).  Dr. Kim Maslin of Hendrix College served as Program Chair for the 2015 annual meeting.  Dr. Randy LeBlanc of the University of Texas at Tyler gave the keynote address, "Speaking Peace to Enmity: Edward Said, Judith Butler, and the End of Criticism in the Discourse on Palestine/Israel," during the Friday evening dinner, and Dr. Jay Barth of Hendrix College addressed the conference participants on the topic, "The Challenges and Opportunities of an Academic in Public Life," during the Saturday luncheon.

Several UCA Department of Political Science faculty members and students presented research or participated on panels during the annual meeting, including Autumn Reddell, "Education and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa", Dr. Gizachew Tiruneh, moderator of panel on "NATO-Russian Relations", Dr. Mark Mullenbach, "What Works in Africa? An Analysis of the Management of Intrastate Disputes, 1960-2012", Dr. Mark Mullenbach, Willis Arnold, and Kayla Close, "Ballots and Observers: Elections, Election Monitoring, and Political Stability in Post-Colonial Africa, 1961-2010", Dr. John Passe-Smith and Mary Sue Passe-Smith, "American Attitudes Toward Immigrants: The Dangers and Possibilities of Analyzing Social Media", Dr. Clay Arnold, moderator of panel on "Erica Benner's Machiavelli's Prince", and Dr. Mary Beth Sullivan, member of panel on "Erica Benner's Machiavelli's Prince".

Midwest Model United Nations (MMUN) conference - February 18-21, 2015

Sixteen members of the UCA Model UN student organization, representing the countries of Afghanistan, Japan, and El Savador, participated in the 55th Annual Midwest Model United Nations (MMUN) Conference in St. Louis, Missouri on February 18-21, 2015.  Dr. Mark Elrod , Visiting Assistant Professor, and Dr. Mark Mullenbach, Associate Professor of Political Science, served as co-faculty advisers for the UCA delegations to the conference.  The UCA delegates included Kayla Close & Katelyn Wilkins (Afghanistan, 1st Committee), Danielle Casey (Afghanistan, 2nd Committee), Ashley Park (Afghanistan, 3rd Committee), Ellen McKinnie (Afghanistan, 6th Committee), Jordan Kemp & Jesus Torres (Japan, 1st Committee), Helena Burrow (Japan, 3rd Committee), Dustin Ervin (Japan, 6th Committee), Breanna Wilbanks (Japan, Economic & Social Council), Nick Cartwright (Japan, International Fund for Agricultural Development), Mallory Walker (Japan, Peacebuilding Commission), Juan Mayen & Gyuhwan Park (El Salvador, 1st Committee), Alex Battaglia (El Salvador, 2nd Committee), and Leila Julian (El Salvador, 6th Committee).  UCA's head delegates were Kayla Close (Afghanistan), Breanna Wilbanks (Japan), and Juan Mayen (El Salvador).

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Back Row (left to right):  Breanna Wilbanks, Nick Cartwright, and Dustin Ervin.

Third Row (left to right):  Juan Mayen, Jordan Kemp, and Ellen McKinnie.

Second Row (left to right):  Dr. Mark Elrod (faculty adviser, Gyuhwan Park, Alex Battaglia, Jesus Torres, and Mallory Walker.

Front Row (left to right):  Helena Burrow, Leila Julian, Kayla Close, and Katelyn Wilkins.

Not Pictured:  Danielle Casey.

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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