spring 1999 newsletter
For UNCP Political Science & Public Administration Alumni
Vol. 3 No.1
POLITICAL SCIENCE TODAY AT
THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT PEMBROKE
From The Chair
Chair-Department of Political Science & Public Administration
Greetings once again to our UNCP political science alumni. Another academic year is coming to a conclusion, and an eventful one it has been. The year concludes with the selection of a new Chancellor for the university. Many other exciting changes are ahead. The department is excited about the future of UNCP and eager to participate in the work which will bring that future to fruition.
Our department, as you may have noticed, has a new name. The Department of Political Science is now the Department of Political Science and Public Administration (PSPA). This change more fully reflects our curriculum and our teaching objectives. It helps to market the department's programs to those students interested in public management or public service careers. It also offers a nice undergraduate tie-in to the new master's degree program in Public Management. Be sure to read the brief article on this program in this newsletter. It is an excellent option for any person in the public and not-for-profit sectors who seek a graduate degree for career advancement.
Our departmental faculty and students have had another outstanding year at UNCP. I hope that you will read the news regarding their activities and accomplishments. I truly am proud of the faculty and students in this department. Let me invite you to check out the department web site at http://www.uncp.edu/pspa/ to look at some of our current courses and activities. You will also see photos of our faculty (sorry about that, if you haven't seen us in awhile the shock may be too much).
During the year just completed, the department has also welcomed a new faculty member. Dr. Nicholas Giannatasio (Ph.D. Rutgers) has joined us after teaching for one year at the University of North Dakota. Nick's expertise is in the field of public administration. He has both academic and practical experience which will greatly benefit our students.
As always, I hope you enjoy the news from UNCP and that you will stay in touch with us. These newsletters are always fun for me, but feel free to let us know how we can improve them for you.
Leigh Anne Kinlaw, a 1998 graduate, accepted a job offer from the Iowa Democratic Party. She has reported with great excitement her experiences during the 1998 mid-term elections. So fascinated by the work and the experience, Leigh Anne is eagerly looking forward to increased responsibilities and new opportunities in her job.
PSPA MAJOR NEW STUDENT GOVERNMENT PRESIDENT
Political Science Pre-Law major Phillip Bowman has been elected President of the UNCP Student Government Association.
Congratulations to Phillip! We are sure he will do an outstanding job. He continues a tradition of service in student government by our departmental majors.
OUTSTANDING GRADUATE AWARD
Rhonda Jeaneen Graham of Fair Bluff is the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Award. A Pre-Law major, Rhonda is currently employed by the office of NC Secretary of State, Elaine Marshall, in the Uniform Commercial Code Division.
WEISBERG MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED
A rising Junior, Ms. Erika Fisher of Fayetteville, has been selected as next year's recipient of the department's Weisberg Memorial Scholarship. A major in International Relations, Erika should be congratulated for her selection from a very strong group of applicants.
ELIZABETH L. BALDWIN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED
The recipient of this year's award is Linda Lewis of Shannon, NC. A junior history major with a concentration in Social Studies Education and a member of the history club, Linda plans to teach high school social studies.
LAW SCHOOL BOUND....
Two PSPA graduating seniors have their post-graduate plans set. Gordon Trent Burroughs and John Jones have been accepted to and will attend out-of-state law schools. Trent will attend the Thomas Cooley School of Law in Lansing, Michigan. John will attend the Widener School of Law in Delaware. Both are pre-law majors who have excelled in their undergraduate careers. CONGRATULATIONS GUYS!
UN CLUB FORMED
PSPA majors, and faculty advisor Dr. Frank Trapp, have formed a UN Club. The club participated for the first time this year in the state competition in Charlotte. They received an "honorable mention" their first time out, an unusual occurrence and significant accomplishment. The club will participate in several Model UN competitions next year. Ten student members are planning to compete in state competition in Charlotte next October and in regional competition in Atlanta next November. Depending on resources etc., they may also compete in the national competition in New York next spring. Remember, your donations to the political science fund can be utilized to support student participation in such events.
PI SIGMA ALPHA
The UNCP Theta Rho Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha held its annual installation of new members at the De Lafayette Restaurant in Fayetteville on Saturday, March 20th. Pi Sigma Alpha is the national political science honor society. Membership is based on academic excellence. At the national and the local level, Pi Sigma Alpha promotes scholarship, intelligent interest, and programs designed to benefit the public service profession and the teaching of political science. North Carolina General Assembly Representative Ronnie Sutton was the guest speaker for the event. The highlight of the evening was the installation of three new members: Gordon Trent Burroughs, a senior from Tabor City, NC; Brandon Faircloth, a senior from Hope Mills, NC; Ann Messier, a senior from Plattsburgh, NY. Faculty advisor for the Theta Rho Chapter is Dr. Michael Hawthorne. Students and faculty enjoyed an outstanding dinner and talk with Representative Sutton.
NC POLITICAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATION WANTS STUDENTS!
At its spring 1999 business meeting, the North Carolina Political Science Association established the goal of stimulating more student involvement in NCPSA activities. Henceforth, all Pi Sigma Alpha members will become student members. UNCP has agreed to include NCPSA membership fees as a part of the Theta Rho Chapter's membership fees. Additionally, an effort will be made to encourage all interested majors to join. It is the department's goal to take a group of students to next spring's NCPSA conference which will be hosted by UNC-Greensboro. Student participation in this professional association will enhance their career development, create useful networking opportunities, and bring them into the community of scholars and professionals in their major fields. Again, your donations to the political science fund can help students meet some of the costs associated with participation in a two day professional conference.
Welcome to UNCP PSPA's newest faculty member. Dr. Nicholas A. Giannatasio, a native of New Jersey and a Ph.D. from Rutgers, has joined the department faculty. A specialist in public administration, Dr. Giannatasio taught for one year at the University of North Dakota before joining us. An outstanding teacher, Nick is also a solid participant in the profession. He is on the editorial staff of Public Productivity and Management Review. He is an active scholar whose research interests include decision making in the public sector. Students have embraced his innovative and exciting teaching and his faculty colleagues are happy to have him aboard. The fact that he is a New York Yankee fan (fanatic actually) will not be held against him! Nick, his wife Carol, and their two children have chosen to make their home at Oak Island, NC. (Faculty and students will be visiting often.)
PSPA faculty have had another busy and productive year. As always, publication and conference participation was on the agenda.
Department Chair, Dr. Robert Schneider has two new publications. He has written an article on President John F. Kennedy and another on Senator Hubert H. Humphrey. Both will appear in a Salem Press volume entitled The Biographical Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century World Leaders. Bob also presented a paper entitled "Progressive Public Managers: The Case of the Local Emergency Management Systems Coordinator" at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Political Science Association.
Dr. Michael Hawthorne has presented a paper on state telecommunications policy at the Midwest Political Science Association meeting in Chicago. He also coordinated the North Carolina Political Science Association Conference held at Campbell University in April. Dr. Hawthorne was selected as president-elect of the North Carolina Political Science Association. Mike also continues to work on a methodology textbook.
Dr. Frank Trapp continues to work on his creative monograph which presents a quantitative analysis of terrorist activities. With the current situation in the Balkans, Dr. Trapp's co-authored article "The Potential for Terrorism in the Balkans," Peace and the Sciences, 1996 may be of some interest. Frank also served as a panel discussant at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Political Science Association.
Dr. Nick Giannatasio has written an article on "Herbert Simon" and a second on the "Great Society" which will appear in The International Encyclopedia of Public Administration. He has also written a book chapter entitled "Threats to Validity in Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs" which will appear in a Handbook of Research Methods in Public Administration. He is working on another piece entitled "Individual and Organizational Accountability" for inclusion in a volume on ethics. Nick was also a panel discussant at the North Carolina Political Science Association.
Dr. Elizabeth Normandy has had a busy year as campus coordinator for UNCP's upcoming SAC's accreditation review. Dr. Dan Barbee has been busy transforming the graduate program in Organizational Leadership and Management into the new graduate program in Public Management. He also served as a panel discussant at the annual conference of the North Carolina Political Science Association.
MASTER'S IN PUBLIC MANAGEMENT
The Master in Public Management degree is designed to meet the career and professional development needs of both governmental administrators, business managers, and non-profit administrators.
For more information about this program, contact Dr. Dan Barbee at 910-521-6531
or e-mail email@example.com.
|Anthony Baldwin||Gordon Trent Burroughs|
|Rhonda J. Graham||Jennifer K. Haas|
|Beverly M. Hendricks||John Thomas Jones|
|Scott F. Leviton||Ann M. Messier|
|Kristy Nicole Oxendine||Phillip Richardson|
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