On Thursday, February 26, dozens of Political Science and International Studies students gathered in a UAC classroom to listen to various issues facing the Middle East, as well as the United States' role in the region. Three faculty members from the Political Science Department, Dr. Arnold Leder, Dr. Robert Gorman, and Dr. Thomas Doyle, led the discussion. The panel was moderated by Dr. Kenneth Grasso, chair of the Department of Political Science. This event was sponsored by the Department of Political Science and Pi Sigma Alpha.
On February 9th, the Department of Political Science Discourse in Democracy hosted two seminars and a symposium on the Challenges to Democracy around the world. The Department welcomed panelists Dr. Terri Givens (from University of Texas), Dr. Ayesha Rey (from Kings College), Dr. Omar Sanchez (from Texas State University), and Dr. Laura Seay (from Colby College) to lend their expertise and help guide these discussions. For the evening symposium, nearly 300 Texas State students and faculty gathered in Alkek to listen to and discuss various challenges to democracy.
Students in Dr. Gorman's international law class argue a case in the new Moot Court room in the University Academic Building. Bethany Stewart and Ben Kleiber (left facing the judges) defend Omar Bashir, President of Sudan, against charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes as the Prosecutors of the International Criminal Court, Jessica Altherr and Matthew DePue, present video evidence in an attempt to persuade the ICC Court of Bashir's guilt. The judges hearing the case are Eric Rogers, Emmett Newton (in wigs), along with Jeannette Castro, Mason Pfeiffer, and Jason Montgomery, in the center, acting as court president.
The Department of Political Science welcomed alumni to talk with Political Science and Public Administration majors about working in the real world following graduation on Nov. 17th. Jordan Berry, a political consultant to several well-known office-holders in Texas and owner of Berry Communications, Scott Hutchinson, Chief of Staff to State Senator Charles Perry, Angela Dozier-Borgman an immigration legal assistant with Foster, LLC, and Jennifer Scott, executive assistant to Hays County Commissioner Mark Jones returned to participate in this annual alumni event. The alums spent two and a half hours talking with students about their work, how they got their jobs, and their recommendations about how to maximize chances of landing that starting position using the skills they learned here at Texas State.
The Model Organization of States teams competed in the 18th annual Ambassador Eugene Scassa Model Organization of American States hosted by Baylor University, November 15-16. Texas State was well represented ant took home several awards.
Two graduate students in the Political Science Department presented their research at the Sixth Annual Research Conference for Graduate Students, hosted by the Graduate College on November 5th and 6th. Master of Arts in Political Science student, Karina Lovas presented her paper, “The International Criminal Court and Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Examining the International Legal Response Through the Lens of Prosecutor v. Lubanga (2012) and Prosecutor v. Katanga (2014)”. Master of Arts in Legal Studies student, Dan Hodge, presented his paper, “Mobile Apps, Crowdsourcing, and the Blame Game.”
Political Science Associate Chair and Senior Lecturer, Sherri Mora was awarded the Foundations of Excellence Award by Student Foundations for making and extraordinary impact on the lives of students and the university community.
On Tuesday November 4th, 2014, the Political Science Department hosted an Election Watch Party at George’s for Texas State students. The event, organized by Dr. Don Inbody assisted by graduate assistant, Justin McNutt, is part of the department’s Discourse in Democracy program. George’s was an ideal location since there are numerous TV’s tuned to different news channels reporting on results throughout the night. The party provided a great chance for students to participate to discuss the election results and its implications for the future with their professors. Approximately 150 students attended to talk politics and enjoy the pizza and drinks that were provided by the department! This was one of Discourse in Democracy’s biggest events of the semester so far!
Lindsey Bentley, President
Pi Sigma Alpha
Congratulations to Professor Sherri Mora, Dr. Will Ruger and Dr. Ed Mihalkanin on receiving the award for First Edition of the Year from McGraw Hill for the textbook, "The State of Texas: Government, Politics and Policy."