Walter Wright has recently received two awards. The Houston Journal of International Law has instituted an annual “Walter A. Wright Award” for “Outstanding Comment in International Law.” Additionally, the Association of Conflict Resolution’s International Section has given him a special award in recognition of his outstanding record of service to it.
Dr. Michael Faber had an op-ed article published in the Austin American Statesman on Constitution Day (Thursday, September 17th) addressing the controversy over birthright citizenship and the broader question of constitutional interpretation.
His article can be read here.
Seventy-six undergraduate and graduate students, along with twenty-two professors attended this year's annual Meet the Professors event put together by Discourse and Democracy! They came together to discuss department activities and opportunities, and to have a good time together. Discourse in Democracy T-shirts were handed out to everyone in attendance.
Over seventy people attended the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 at the LBJ Museum of San Marcos on August 6th. The commemoration was co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, Texas State University. The commemoration included a reception, a public lecture and a LBJ Birthday celebration. Mr. Larry Temple, Chair of the LBJ Foundation, was the main speaker. Mr. Temple presented an overview of the conditions that led President Johnson to advocate forcefully for the passage of the voting rights law. The attendees to the commemoration ranged from students to retirees and were from both the University and the community. After the lecture, many attendees talked to Mr. Temple about his talk.
MPA student Eric Ramirez meets with Governor Abbott during his attendance at the 35th Annual SummerFest Independence Day Celebration in San Marcos.
Dr. Walter Wright has been working to establish a cross-border mediation program among Dispute Resolution Centers in Texas and the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. The program is designed to provide free or low-cost mediation services for low-income residents of Texas and Tamaulipas who have disputes with each other and wish to reach amicable resolutions. Mediation organizations and their mediators on both sides of the border will provide the services via video conferences or online services such as Skype and Lync. As part of the program, Dr. Wright has assisted Texas State University in negotiating and entering into a Collaboration Agreement with the Judicial Branch of Tamaulipas; the university’s role will be to provide training for the cross-border mediators. Dr. Wright has also assisted the Central Texas Dispute Resolution Center, headquartered in San Marcos, in establishing the first Collaboration Agreement between the Judicial Branch of Tamaulipas and a Texas Dispute Resolution Center. He is currently working with other Texas Dispute Resolution Centers interested in establishing similar Collaboration Agreements and spreading the program throughout the state.
Lic. Roberto Montoya González (aide to Magistrado Armando Villanueva), Magistrado Armando Villanueva Mendoza (Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Tamaulipas), Dr. Eugene Bourgeois (Provost of Texas State University), Dr. Walter A. Wright
This story was featured in the Austin American Statesman follow the link here.
Hogwild is an annual public policy symposium sponsored by the law firm of the law firm of Denton Navarro Rocha Bernal Hyde and Zeck (DNRBHZ), Texas State University’s Center for Research, Public Policy, Training, and the Texas State Department of Political Science. The symposium is designed to provide local government officials and practitioners with an overview of key, contemporary legal issues that impact local governance.
The 2015 event was held on Friday May 29 on the Texas State campus. Hogwild 2015 brought together 130 local government officials and practitioners to engage with legal studies experts in detailed discussions of issues relevant to local Texas governance. The keynote speaker was Houston Mayor Annise Parker. Mayor Parker discussed the difficulties in responding to the recent flooding and the overall complexity of governance.
Mayor Annise Parker
As the Spring 2015 semester concluded Texas State faculty, staff, and alumni gathered at the LBJ Student Center to celebrate the achievements of our public administration students. The annual PA Program Honors Reception recognized program and scholarship award recipients and inducted new members into the Public Administration Honor Society, Pi Alpha Alpha. Former Bobcat and current President and CEO of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Richard Perez spoke at the event. He emphasized the key role that public service plays in creating dynamic and just communities.
Dr. Howard Balanoff presents Mr. Richard Perez with an honorary membership to Pi Alpha Alpha
The Texas State Alumni Association is proud to announce Sarah Colleen Tennent as the 2015 LBJ Outstanding Senior Student Award Recipient.
Sarah Colleen is a senior, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Military Science. She is graduating in May and is expected to graduate Summa cum Laude. Her future plans are to attend law school. As a student, her primary involvement at Texas State includes the following:
She earned the 2014-15 Liberal Arts Award for Academic Excellence, graduated from the Military Leadership Development and Achievement Course, is a member of Alpha Chi Honor Fraternity and is the recipient of an Academic Achievement Army ROTC Scholarship.
Elizabeth Peterson, a bachelor of public administration major, presented her research at the 2015 International Conference of the Association for Private Enterprise Education in Cancun, Mexico. Her topic, Market Based Solutions to Poverty, was well-received and aligned with this year's conference theme "Political Economy: 'The Different Progress of Opulence.'"
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.”