summer 2005 newsletter
For UNCP Political Science & Public Administration Alumni
Vol. 7 No.1
POLITICAL SCIENCE TODAY AT
THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT PEMBROKE
From the Chair
Dr. Robert O. Schneider
Another year and another newsletter. I am pleased to share news of our department with our alumni and hope that our excitement about the activities of our students and faculty is shared by you!
This year has seen a record enrollment for both undergraduate and the graduate MPA program. Our graduate course enrollment was over 280 for the spring semester while undergraduate enrollments topped 500. In addition, our faculty continues to grow with the addition of Dr. Kevin Freeman (Ph.D. University of Alabama) to our staff. A specialist in comparative politics and international relations, Dr. Freeman is presently conducting research on transboundary water resources. He is also an outstanding young teacher whom the students have taken to very quickly.
This year has seen
the creation of a new undergraduate advisement program and Dr. Mike
Hawthorne has been named the Department Director
of Undergraduate Advisement. Dr. Andreas Broscheid has created
a new Constitutional Law curriculum that divides the old Constitutional
Law course into two courses. Dr. Elizabeth Normandy and Dr. Freeman have redesigned the comparative and international
relations curriculum, Dr. William Albrecht, Dr. Dan Barbee and Dr. Nick Giannatasio do an excellent job with the public administration
program, Dr Thompson’s Honors College continues to grow, Dr. Alex Chen works hard developing new international opportunities
for our programs and for the university, and all of our faculty continue
to publish and be professionally active.
Our international programs are prospering. We are proud that our first eight students from the Chinese University of Mining and Technology have graduated from the MPA program (three in the fall and five in the spring). We were thrilled that they were able to travel to UNCP and participate in graduation ceremonies. We will begin a graduate teaching exchange with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth South Africa next year. We will also develop an undergraduate teaching and a student exchange program with NMMU. In fact, I will travel to South Africa to begin these programs in July.
As I never tire of saying, we have a very creative and exciting department. I hope all of you can feel just a little proud of what you hear about us these days.
We are a very different
department and university (UNCP’s enrollment is now over 5,200)
than some of you remember. Your department is, I am happy to say, leading
the way as UNCP experiences great and positive changes. We have decided
to feature in this newsletter a couple of news releases featuring your
old department just to give you a flavor of what things are like now.
As always we include some news items about you, our alumni, but we would
like to have more of those. So keep us posted on your professional and
As always, we hope to hear from all of you. Enjoy your summer!
The following news stories taken from the UNCP Newswire highlight PSPA activities that should be of interest to our alumni.
Emergency Management track added to UNCP’s MPA program (University Newswire April 7, 2005)
The spring semester of 2005 marked another milestone in the development of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
An emergency management
concentration was added to the already innovative and successful program.
The program has experienced rapid enrollment growth, and already offers
concentrations in law enforcement and health care administration. In the
fall semester, the program had more students enrolled (115) than it has
Dr. Robert Schneider Dr. Daniel Barbee
In an era marked by natural disasters and terrorism, the new program is a timely one, said Dr. Robert Schneider, chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration.
in emergency management gives the MPA program national appeal and fills
a need in the region,” Dr. Schneider said. “It places UNCP
among the leading institutions that are providing higher education preparation
in this important field.”
The purpose of the graduate concentration in emergency management is to provide professional training for public administrators. It also provides pre-employment or in-service training for students in the field of emergency management.
The emergency management concentration is designed to improve the abilities of public administrators to prepare for, respond to, plan for recovery from and mitigate natural and man-made disasters.
vaults UNCP into the position of an emergent leader in the field of emergency
management,” Dr. Schneider said. “This has to do with the
unique features of the region and the creation of an innovative concentration
that is one of fewer than 30 programs in institutions of higher education.”
UNCP is located in a region characterized by extensive emergency management involvement as a result of the various challenges presented by exposure to hurricanes and other natural hazards. The region is also a possible target for domestic and foreign terrorism.
Emergency preparedness and response, as well as hazard mitigation is a critical function for all local governments in the region. The new concentration will have as its lead professors two individuals with strong backgrounds in emergency management.
Dr. Daniel Barbee currently serves as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and participates in its community preparedness exercises across the country.
Dr. Schneider is nationally and internationally recognized for several recent publications in the field. Professor Schneider was an invited participant in the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute’s efforts to develop national criteria for higher education programs in emergency management.
Dr. Schneider expects the new concentration to be popular.
“Emergency management is a developing discipline and, naturally, it is important to all communities that must be prepared to deal with the impact of natural disasters,” he said. “The threat of terrorism related violence has increased interest in emergency management, and the capacities that need to be developed are much the same for a major natural disaster as they might be for a terrorist bombing.”
Emergency management training for public administration is something of a natural development for the MPA program, said Dr. Barbee.
“Most local administrators are likely to have responsibilities as a participant in the coordinated emergency planning and response system in their community,” Dr. Barbee said. “Training in emergency management is important not only for emergency responders, but also for planners, city managers, human resource directors and finance directors, as well as traditional disciplines such as law enforcement, fire, EMS, information technology, public works, public health, community services and others.”
The emergency management professional also needs training in public administration, Dr. Barbee said.
“There is a natural affinity between public administration and emergency management, Dr. Barbee said. “Emergency managers are public administrators who manage human and financial resources, deal with other officials and organizations, and who must design and implement solutions to public problems.”
At present, there are 29 universities offering degree programs or concentrations in emergency management. Of these, nine are programs in public administration that emphasize the public management component. Many more programs are being developed across the nation.
UNCP’s new concentration will consist of a 12-hour sequence of courses within the MPA degree curriculum. In addition to “Introduction to Emergency Management” and “Hazard Mitigation Principles and Planning,” students will be able to choose from a list of courses that include: “Technical Applications in Emergency Management,” “The Social Dimensions of Disaster” and “Private and Public Sector Continuity Planning.”
The MPA program, including this concentration, is available online as well as in traditional evening and daytime formats.
For more information, contact the MPA Program Director Nicholas Giannatasio at 910.521.6637 or by email at email@example.com
Three from Chinese university receive UNCP degrees (University Newswire January 14, 2005)
Two-and-a-half years ago, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke embarked on an historic mission to China.
Grads – From left: Cui Lan, Wu Gang and Wang Yan Qui picked up master’s degrees from UNCP Dec. 11.
The plan – to
offer UNCP’s Master’s of
Public Administration program to students of the prestigious Chinese
University of Mining and Technology (CUMT) – paid dividends in several
ways on both sides of the globe.
The first three CUMT students traveled to the U.S. to receive their diplomas at Winter Commencement on December 11, 2004. CUMT placed three of its administrators into the management training program.
Wu Gang heads CUMT’s international languages and communication center; Cui Lan is deputy director for the computer science and enterprise management program; and Wang Yan Qui is office director of the electronics design program.
“We were very
excited to see our teachers again,” Gang said. “They were
very kind and gave us much scholarly wisdom and expertise.”
Holding class on the other side of the globe presented an interesting challenge for UNCP’s professors0
“In all, eight of our professors traveled to CUMT, which is located in Xushou, a city of more than 9 million,” said Dr. Robert Schneider, chair of UNCP Political Science and Public Administration Department. “We did two-weeks of extensive face-to-face teaching and then completed course requirements online.”
“Our professors delivered an inspired performance,” Dr. Schneider said. “They regard it as a professionally valuable experience and good for our University.”
The new graduates from CUMT said the program offers valuable training for managers.
“We had cutting-edge management training,” Gang said. “Before, I tried to solve the problem; now I listen.”
Chinese delegation – From left: Cui Lan, Wang Yan Qui, UNCP’s Dr. Robert Schneider, Wu Gang and Yin Xinping
Language was an obstacle
at first, but the Chinese students learned quickly that English was less
a problem than “technical management language,” Gang said.
“The professors motivated us and encouraged us to answer questions,” he said. “After two years, we express ourselves clearly.”
The Chinese hunger for all things American including management methodology, Dr. Schneider said.
“They are eager to soak up everything,” he said. “This is a developing opportunity for U.S. institutions of higher education.”
Yin Xinping, executive dean of CUMT’s College of Adult Education, said the relationship with UNCP holds great potential for the future. First, he offered greetings and appreciation for UNCP’s hospitality.
“It is a great honor to be here, and we have received a good reception from Chancellor Meadors and the faculty,” Dean Yin said. “This program enhances the friendship between individuals and our institutions.”
“CUMT is a prestigious university in China that is the most famous school for mining and technology training,” Yin said. “Our students learned a lot from the eight professors who participated in this program. We are old friends now.”
“This is an excellent cooperation,” the dean said. “We are seeking the possibility of further cooperation in the future.”
A growing university of 23,000 students, CUMT is planning a public administration program of its own, Dean Yin said. There are 19 colleges within the university and a second campus in Beijing.
For UNCP, the experience in China was invaluable as the University seeks greater international experience for its students and faculty. UNCP is in negotiations to offer its MPA program at a second Chinese university.
“We have a great MPA program for our region and state, but now we have an outstanding global program as well,” Dr. Schneider said.
For more information about international programs at UNCP, please contact Dr. Alex Chen at 910.775.4095 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about the Master of Public Administration program, please call 910.521.6637 or email email@example.com.
Outstanding Senior Award
Kenneth Creque, Jr. of Fayetteville, NC is the recipient of the Outstanding Senior Award this year. We wish you the best.
Flagler (B.A. and MPA) is newly employed
in the Budget Office (Management and Financial Services) in Loudoun County
Bradley Peterson (B.A.) has landed a job with the Social Security Administration as a Claims Representative. In a recent note. Bradley says “I really appreciate the challenges you provided me while I was there. You helped me to remain focused while at the same time pushing me to perform to the best of my ability.”
Junfeng Wang (MPA) is near completion of her Ph.D. at UNC-Charlotte.
Greg Icard (B.A.) is currently employed as a Constituent Liaison in the office of Congressman Robin Hayes (NC-8).
Elizabeth Jacobs (B.A.) has just completed her first year as a law student at UNC-Chapel Hill. She reports enjoying it very much and expresses her “thanks for the great preparation” received at UNCP.
The Department of Political Science and Public Administration is pleased to CONGRATULATE the following graduating seniors:
Brandi F. Cutler Cara A. Glick
Nadean D. Hafner Gregory R. Icard
Lewis T. Polley
Kenneth A. Creque, Jr. Norlan W. Graves
Brandon Knight Thomas O. Mann
Andrea J. Miyagi Kimberly M. Robinson
Please congratulate the following MPA Graduates:
Stephen L. Britt Brenda Duarte
Mary B. Harrelson T. Chris Harrelson
Sherry A. Hunt Kareem Hyman
Fang Jin Tosha Kinlaw
Misty L. Locklear Qingli Meng
Andrea Royster Tonghui Su
Ron Sutphin, Jr. Jamaal Vaughn
Send Us Your Alumni Note!
We want to hear from more of our alumni! Drop us a note and share your professional and personal news with classmates. Be sure to include: name, return address, e-mail address if you would like classmates to be able to contact you, and any news you’d like to share.
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Ms. Effie Locklear
Dept. Political Science and Public Administration
P.O. Box 1510
Pembroke, NC 28372-1510
Let’s see if we can’t have a whole lot more about alumni in our next newsletter!
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