Political Science News/Events

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Affiliated Groups and Programs

Pi Sigma Alpha
Pi Sigma Alpha is the National Political Science Honor Society and Pitt Greensburg's chapter, Alpha Epsilon Kappa, was formed in 2008. Click on "Pi Sigma Alpha" above to see the chapter webpage with more information about membership, events, and news!

Pre-Law Group
For students interested or planning on going towards a profession in law or onto law school, the Pre-Law group provides advising, events, and guidance to make your Pitt Greensburg experience one that will assist with these goals. Click on "Pre-Law Group" above to go to the pre-law webpage for more information!

The High School Fellowship Forum
This is an opportunity for outstanding local high school students interested in politics, political science, public policy, law, international affairs, and other social sciences to come together with each other and university faculty, students, university alumni, and political officials. The High School Fellowship Forum provides a unique opportunity to learn about and engage in discussion of the study of diverse social science, policy, legal, and political disciplines at the university level as well as civic engagement, leadership, careers in the fields, and political participation.The first forum was held in 2015 and the next is tentatively planned for spring 2018. You can click on our link above for more information.

Upcoming & Recent Events and News

Political Science Majors & Minors Meeting - October 10, 2017 11:45am Powers Hall 115

Meeting for all students in the Political Science Major or Minor Programs - or students interested in either the major or minor. Pizza and beverages are provided! Come learn about the schedule of courses for Spring 2018, internship opportunities, and ways to get involved in politics on campus, in the region, and beyond.

Political Science Capstone Presentations April 17, 19, and 21, 2017 - 12:00-1:30pm Village Hall 118

Senior Political Science Capstone Research will be presented on April 17, 19, and 21, 2017 from 12:00-1:30pm in Village Hall 118. Each student will make a 15-20 minute presentation followed by 10-15 minutes of questions and answers. The exact schedule and title of presentations will be made soon.

Senior Political Science Major, Mitchell Kirk, to win 2016-2017 Aaron Slafka Memorial Service Award

On April 7, 2017, senior Political Science major Mitchell Kirk will be honored with the 2016-2017 Aaron Slafka Memorial Service Award. The award is named for Aaron Slafka, a 2008 Political Science graduate, who was a respected student leader and athlete who passed away unexpectedly in April 2014 at the age of 29 after a long battle with epilepsy. This award is presented to a junior or senior majoring in Political Science and who is able to demonstrate service to the University, as well as perseverance and the ability to overcome adversity. Mitch had a distinguished experience at Pitt Greensburg as a leader in numerous campus clubs, the Academic Villages, and in several honor societies. He has been one of the most engaged and active student leaders on this campus and has lived up to the legacy of Aaron. Pictured is Mitch meeting the Lord Mayor of Belfast as he was particpating in the recent Study Abroad course that went to Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Pitt Greensburg Political Science Students to Present at Pennsylvania Political Science Association Conference

Two Pitt Greensburg Political Science majors, Mitchell Kirk and Amanda Smith, will be presenting papers at the upcoming Pennsylvania Political Science Association (PPSA) Annual Conference being held at Robert Morris University on March 31 and April 1, 2017. Mitch and Amanda will be presenting their ongoing Political Science Capstone and Independent Study research projects on an Undergraduate Research Panel at the conference on Saturday April 1. Micth is presenting on the likelihood of Federal Minimum Wage legistaion in the current Congress while Amanda is presenting on the impact of Islamaphobic and Nationalist Rhetoric on policy and legislation.

Pitt Day in Harrisburg - March 21, 2017

Pitt Greensburg Political Science students and faculty attended the 2017 Pitt Day in Harrisburg at the State Capitol on March 21. We met with state legislators such as Senator Kim Ward and Representative Eric Nelson to remind them of the importance of Pitt and the Pitt Community to the Comnmonwealth and to the regional economy. A tour of the Capitol and recpetion with the Chancellor and faculty, staff, and students from all Pitt campuses was held that afternoon.

Pitt Greensburg Student Particpates in Legislator for a Day Program March 21, 2017

In conjunction with Pitt Day (see above), select University of Pittsburgh students also got an opportunity to shadow a state legislator for the whole day. 2017 was the first year that regional campuses were invited to nominate students for this program. Denis Egidio, a sophomore Political Science major, got the opportunity to shadow State Senator Kim Ward for the day. Denis remarked that it was an "incredible opportunity" and that it was an illuminating and valuable experience.

Spring Break 2017 Study Abroad Course to Belfast and Dublin (March 2017)!

On this one-week spring break program linked to the Political Science 1969 course, The Politics of Rebellion and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland and Ireland, students had a first-hand experience to travel to Belfast, Northern Ireland as well as a visit to the city of Dublin, Ireland.  Students on the program met with ex-combatants, politicians, youth organizations, and scholars with experience in both the conflict and reconciliation of the “Troubles”.  The Troubles refers to a period of conflict in Northern Ireland beginning in the late 1960’s. Various in-country site-visits include the Belfast Castle, City Hall and meeting with the Lord Mayor, the Peace Wall, Wall Murals and sites in Catholic and Portestant neighborhoods, Stormont, and excursions through the North Coast to visit Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle. The academic coursework on this program explored and analyzed the development, process, and issues of the rebellion and reconciliation in Ireland and Northern Ireland, especially focusing on the period of the Troubles, the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, and through the present.

Political Science Students Particpate in 2017 Model European Union February 24-25, 2017

Several Political Science Majors and Minors participated in the annual European Studies Center (ESC) Jean Monnet European Union Centre of Excellence (EUCE) Model European Union European Council simulation conference. Held at the Duquesne University Law School this year, Pitt Greensburg once again was honored to win an award as Nathan Bish and Tyler Wellek, both Political Science majors here at Pitt Greensburg won an honorable mention award for their representation of Ireland during the simulation. Also particpating were Brandin Adams, JR Lynch, Molly Tressler, and John Radford. Dr. Paul Adams is the advisor to the Model EU delegation from Pitt Greensburg and also served as a Judge for the event.

Fall Voter Registration & Information Campaign

The Fall 2016 semester kicked off with a strong effort to register students as voters and let them know about issues of registration, polling locations, absentee ballots, and other questions typical of new voters. Political Science students involved with Student Government Association (SGA), Pi Sigma Alpha (the National Political Science Honor Society), and the College Democrats worked together with other campus groups in September and October to aid in helping students vote and become regular voters.

Pitt Greensburg Senior Political Science Major, LaRonn Brown, wins the 2015-2016 Aaron Slafka Memorial Service Award

On April 15, 2016, senior Political Science major LaRonn Brown was honored with the 2015-2016 Aaron Slafka Memorial Service Award. The award is named for Aaron Slafka, a 2008 Political Science graduate, who was a respected student leader and athlete who passed away unexpectedly in April 2014 at the age of 29 after a long battle with epilepsy. This award is presented to a junior or senior majoring in Political Science and who is able to demonstrate service to the University, as well as perseverance and the ability to overcome adversity. LaRonn had a distinguished experience at Pitt Greensburg as a Senator and then President of the Student Senate, as Vice President of two different honor societies; as a Student Advocate; and a member or officer of many other student organizations. He was one of the most engaged and active student leaders on this campus and has lived up to the legacy of Aaron.

Pitt Day in Harrisburg - March 22, 2016

Pitt Greensburg Political Science students and faculty joined the campus president and the university Chancellor on a full day trip to Harrisburg, PA to meet with our state legislators and to reaffirm the importance of Pitt and other universities to the Commonwealth. Getting students involved in practical politics is a critical part of our mission at Pitt Greensburg.

Pitt Greensburg Hosts and Partcipates in Model European Union Conference - February 27-28, 2016

For the fifth year in a row, Pitt Greensburg has sent a delegation to the European Studies Center (ESC) Jean Monnet European Union Centre of Excellence (EUCE) Model European Union European Council simulation conference. For the first time, the event was held at the Pitt Greensburg Campus, taking place on February 27-28, 2016. Nine students from Pitt-Greensburg participated in the conference the vast majority were Political Science majors or minors. Sean Forbis and Robert Grady,both political science majors, representing Ireland, were one of the awarded delegations. The Pitt-Greensburg students participated alongside students from Bloomsburg University, Duquesne University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Susquehanna University, Pitt Johnstown, Pitt Bradford, and the main campus of the University of Pittsburgh

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs Information Session - November 19, 2015

An information session from the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs was held on Thursday November 15, 2015 at 12:00pm in Powers Hall 115. Representatives from Admissions at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public & International Affairs, will discuss the inside scoop on applying to a professional school in international affairs and public service. This is an ideal session for anyone who has ever thought about a career in the government or the nonprofit sector, including the CIA, State Department, city management offices, and charitable agencies, among others. GSPIA is one of the country’s top professional schools for students who want to make a difference in the world, and offers majors in Security & Intelligence Studies, Human Security, International Political Economy, Energy & Environment, Public & Nonprofit Management, Urban & Regional Affairs, Policy Research & Analysis, Governance & International Public Management, and Nongovernmental Organizations.There are joint degree options as well as study abroad opportunities in China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Switzerland, Colombia, South Africa, and Belgium

Logan Holmes, 2015 Pitt-Greensburg Political Science and History Graduate, Publishes Piece on Public Education in Nineteenth Century Pennsylvania

Spring 2015 Political Science and History graduate Logan Holmes has had an excerpt of his history capstone research project published. Entitled "Public Education in Nineteenth Century Pennsylvania, with an Emphasis on John White Geary's Expansion Programs", his work appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of History of Reading News, a publication of the History of Reading Special Interest Group of the International Literacy Association formerly known as IRA (International Reading Association). Congratulations Logan! Logan is now working at the West Overton Museum in Scottdale, PA and home to the former Old Overholt distillery site.

David Tamasy, Senior Political Science Student, wins Da Vinci Scholarship

On Friday April 10, 2015, David Tamasy was awarded a DaVinci Scholarship from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. One of the most prestigious honors a student can receive from the University, a DaVinci Scholarship represents the highest ideals of a Pitt-Greensburg education. These include high academic achievement, a significant record of service to the campus and community, leadership, and knowledge of other peoples and cultures. David currently serves as an elected member of the Council of the Borough of West Newton, PA. he is currently in the process of applying to several law schools!

Dr. Paul S. Adams, Associate Professor of Political Science Accepted into Summer Study Program in Brussels

Dr. Adams, Associate Professor of Political Science, Chair of the Behavioral Sciences Division and advisor to Pi Sigma Alpha, has been accepted into the summer study program sponsored by the European Union Center at the University of North Carolina with the cooperation of the six other European Union Centers of Excellence around the country, including the University of Pittsburgh. Travel will be between June 21-27, 2015. The program is funded by the  EUCE, the European Union, and the US Department of Education. The program brings faculty from high schools, community colleges, and universities together to meet with officials of the EU and other institutions and to integrate that new knowledge on the EU and other European institutions into their courses.