On Wednesday, September 12, more than 100 political science and public administration students attended the department’s annual “Meet the Professors” event sponsored by Discourse in Democracy. The event gives students an opportunity to meet faculty members, to hear about their backgrounds and specialization, and to learn about the courses they teach. It also gave students a chance to hear about upcoming departmental events and the various student groups that work with the department. The formal presentations were followed by a social gathering that gave students a chance to talk informally with faculty over pizza. Attendees received a free tee shirt courtesy of Discourse in Democracy.
Mayra de Luna, a junior, observed that the event brought home to her how “many truly amazing professors and mentors” the department has. Likewise, Evan Olszewski, a junior, noted that one of his “favorite things about the department” is the high level of “interaction between the students and faculty.” He said that he always looks forward to Meet the Professors “because it brings everyone together outside the office or classroom and you get to see the professors as approachable people, happy to share their ideas and work. Also, meeting the department’s newer faculty is always fun, because you can see how they fit in with and relate to the rest of the faculty.”
On Wednesday, September 5th, Supporting Women In Political Science (SWIPS) hosted an event giving its members the chance to meet some of the female members of the department’s faculty. The twenty students who attended had the opportunity to meet Drs. Vicki Brittain, Hyun Yun, Emily Hanks, Cecilia Castillo, Jennifer Lamm and Ashleen Menchaca-Bagnulo who addressed their questions about women in the discipline of political science and in our department in particular. The students in attendance received free departmental tee-shirts.