season year newsletter
For UNCP Political Science & Public Administration Alumni
Vol. 2 No.2
POLITICAL SCIENCE TODAY AT
THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT PEMBROKE
From The Chair
Robert Schneider, Chair-Department of Political Science
Bill Cosby has just spoken at a most memorable outdoor commencement ceremony, another batch of senior political science majors ("newbies" on the job market or grad school bound) have been released into the real world, and I am just about ready for summer. Before turning to the garden, my summer writing projects, various summer administrative tasks, and my crowded "honey do" list, it is my pleasure to share with our alumni some of the highlights of the academic year just completed.
Our students and alumni, as always, have excelled in many ways. You will read about some of their accomplishments, but I wanted to say that I am particularly pleased with two items of note. First, the department placed an internin the office of Elaine Marshall, North Carolina's Secretary of State. Second, based on what I have heard from 1997 graduates who have just finished their first year in law school, our program has prepared them well for success. It is most gratifying to see current students and graduates achieve distinction.
Our faculty continues its professional efforts in a manner which induces great pride within the department. Their teaching, research, and service activities of the past year as summarized in this letter speak of a strong and exciting department.
I wish to include in my remarks for this issue a special thanks to all of you who have contributed to the political science fund. These contributions, as they grow, will provide much neded support for student and departmental activities. I invite all of our alumni to contribute to this fund on an annual basis. A few dollars a year can mean so much.
Now , enjoy the news from UNCP. Have a pleasant summer, but don't forget to stay in touch with us!
Graduating senior Ed Beltz has been accepted to several law schools, including UNC Chapel Hill and the University of Kansas. Congratulations and good luck Ed!
Graduating senior Virginia (Sissy) Sykes served as an intern in the office of North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall. Her experience was most rewarding for her, and it served the department well as we have an invitation to continue a relationship with this office.
Graduating senior Leigh Anne Kinlaw is investigating a job offer from the Iowa Democratic Party. Who knows, we might see her on CNN's coverage of the 2000 Iowa caucuses!
Graduating senior Thomas Carey interned with the Methodist College Police Department.
Senior Phillip Richardson served as an intern with Congressman Mike McIntyre in the Lumberton office.
Junior Tony Baldwin has just completed a very successful internship in the office of the Fayetteville City Manager.
The UNCP Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha (the political science honor society) continues to be active. Five new members were inducted this year: Ed Beltz, Rhonda Graham, Scott Leviton, Mary Lou Strope, and Virginia Sykes.
Michael Hawthorne presented
papers at the American Political Science Association meeting in September
and at the NorthCarolina Political Science Association meeting in April.
Mike was also elected as Vice President of the North Carolina Political
Science Association. He, along with Dr. Schneider and Dr. Boeckelman,
represented UNCP at the meeting of the National Association of Schools
of Public Administration. Mike will once again spend part of his summer
teaching a seminar for professional political scientists in the University
of Michigan Survey Research Center.
Dr. Elizabeth Normandy has an article entitled "U.S.-Nigeria Relations" which will be published in a forthcoming issue of The Journal of Politics. She also presented a paper at the North Carolina Political Science Association meeting in April. Dr. Frank Trapp also presented a paper at this conference. Elizabeth is spending the early part of her summer in Africa on an academic trip sponsored by the University of South Carolina.
Dr. Daniel Barbee will spend his summer completing field research as part of a grant funded by the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA).
Dr. Keith Boeckelman presented papers at the Southern Political Science Association meeting in November and at the North Carolina Political Science Association meeting in April.
Dr. Robert Schneider will spend the summer writing two articles for a Salem Press volume on leaders of the twentieth century.
Two political science alums, both from the class of ‘97, reported back on their first year experiences as law students. Curtis "Trey" Allen (UNC-Chapel Hill) and Anthony Griffin (Campbell) are both doing well and indicate that their preparation as undergraduates at UNCP has served them well. Anthony stresses that "students interested in law school should take tough or challenging courses and professors as undergraduates. This is the best preparation for law school."
We invite notes from all alumni for inclusion in this newsletter. Please let us know what you're up to! Share your story with your alumni chums and faculty pals.
Interested in GRADUATE SCHOOL, check the American Political Science Association's website of links to political science departments: ww.apsanet.org
Interested in FEDERAL JOBS, check this database of Federal jobs available across the United States: ww.hrsjobs.com
Recent college graduates who are entering the JOB MARKET with a Bachelors Degree in POLITICAL SCIENCE will want to visit this site. www.collegegrad.com
Don't forget, you can visit the UNCP POLITICAL SCIENCE home page: www.uncp.edu/pspa/.
Farewell .... Dr. Boeckelman
It is with sadness that we must say a fond farewell to Dr. Keith Boeckelman. As often happens in the world of academe, opportunity knocks and faculty sometimes find that they must respond. Keith has been offered and has accepted a position at Western Illinois University. It's a good position, a good school, and it is close to his home and family. It was a difficult decision for him, for he has grown quite close to his UNCP colleagues and students. But in the end, he has chosen his home state. Faculty colleagues and students alike will miss him, but we all wish him well in his new setting. His contributions to the department over the few years he has spent with us will always be treasured.
1998 Graduating Seniors -- Ed Beltz, Thomas Carey, Leigh Anne Kinlaw, Amy Renee Smith, Mary Lou Strope, and Virginia "Sissy" Sykes
Pennie (Locklear) Arokiasamy (1989 Grad). She and husband Winston and their three children have moved to Arizona where Winston has accepted a position as a speech pathologist.
Mary Runese (Thomas) Locklear (1989 P.A. Grad) on her recent marriage to James Vincent Locklear (1998 Grad).
John Cowan (1987 P.A. Grad) on his recent marriage to wife Susan.
Larry Lee McCallum (1982 P.A. Grad) on his recent marriage to Deidre A. Nicholson. Deidre is the daughter of Larry & Shirley N. Rodgers.
Keith A. Conley (1980 Grad) on his marriage. They are the parents of two daughters and he has been employed at Western Piedmont Community College for nine years.
PLS FUND CONTRIBUTORS:
Curtis "Trey" Allen
Kennith R. Prevatt
Grady L. Hunt of Locklear, Jacobs & Hunt Attorneys & Counselors At Law
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