Political Science News Archive

Political Science News Archive


Political Science announces Prateek Goorha award winners

Prateek Goorha Award

Bloomsburg University’s Department of Political Science has announced the winners of the Prateek Goorha Research Paper Scholarship Award for the 2014-15 academic year. The Prateek Goorha Research Paper Scholarship is a $500 award given to the to the student with the best research paper each semester in Research in Political Science (Polisci 300).

The department faculty judged the instructor-nominated research papers based on the quality of the research method employed, analysis of the results, and student writing.

  • Jade McClellan won the Prateek Goorha Research Paper Award in Fall 2014 for her research paper entitled, “Party Identification of College Students,” in which she investigated the influences on students’ political party affiliation.
  • Mark Lingousky was selected to receive the Prateek Goorha Research Paper Award for Spring 2015. His paper was entitled “The Relation Between Guns and Crime: Do Guns Endanger Citizens or Make Them Safer?” Lingousky found no correlation between gun control laws and increased safety of citizens based on a city-level analysis.

This ongoing scholarship is made possible by a generous gift to the Department of Political Science by Prateek Goorha, Ph.D., a former associate professor of political science at BU.


Future law student lands Goorha research award

Prateek Goorha Research Award

Eric Petrozino, a senior political science major, was recently named the winner of the first-ever Prateek Goorha Research Methods Paper Award, given to the student with the best research paper among those taking Political Science Research.

Petrozino researched, “We the People and the Supreme Court: Determining the Effects of Public Opinion on Court Decisions in the 21st Century.” According to his research, there remains skepticism over how democratic the practice of unelected justices receiving life tenure really is. But this strategy was one carefully debated and compelled by the framers of the Constitution to ensure that Supreme Court justices are not influenced by the opinion of the public.

An interesting thought that often goes overlooked when discussing public mood/opinion influencing the Supreme Court is that the “people” making up the country include the Justices. Therefore, it can be argued that the Justices do not respond to public opinion directly but rather are subject to the same forces and events which influence the opinion of the public. Following graduation, Petrozino says he plans to attend law school.


A first-hand lesson on politics at The United Nations

International Law and Organizations March 4, 2013 - Twenty-three students from BU’s International Law and Organizations class took a field trip to The United Nations Headquarters and The United States Mission to the United Nations in New York City on March 4. In the morning, students participated in the one-hour guided tour at the United Nations Headquarters. They also personally observed the first-day meeting of the United Nations Women’s Commission Annual Session at UN General Assembly.

Students have gained the first-hand knowledge on how the United Nations, the centerpiece of global governance, has dealt with many security, economic, social, and environmental issues. In the afternoon, students visited The United States Mission to The United Nations. Two American diplomats gave students one-hour briefing on the structure and operations of their institution as well as the United States Foreign Service.

They also answered many questions on various foreign policy issues and pursuing a career in Foreign Service. The students have gained better understanding of the role of the United States in global governance. This eye-opening field trip is a very worthwhile educational event. The field trip was supported by the College of Liberal Arts Curricular Enhancement Fund.

Forensics Team showcases talent at Wilkes tourney

BU’s Forensics Team won eight speaking and debate awards at the recent Collegiate Forensic Association's Harold Cox Speech and Debate Tournament at Wilkes University. In order to emphasize the educational component of competitive speaking and debate, team sweepstakes trophies were not awarded at this event. BU students competed against eight other schools in winning the following individual and debate awards:

    Speech and Debate
  • James Neff — 2nd Place, Extemporaneous Speaking; 5th Place, Impromptu Speaking; 6th Place, Persuasive Speaking, and 2nd Place Parliamentary Debate with Zach Moore.
  • John Munchel — 4th Place, Extemporaneous Speaking; 4th Place Dramatic Duo with Stephanie Kaminski.
  • Cortney Fenton—- 5th Place, Prose Interpretation; 5th Place, Persuasive Speaking.
  • Zach Moore — 2nd place, Parliamentary Debate with James Neff.
  • Stephanie Kaminski — 4th Place Dramatic Duo with John Munchel.

Chelsea Lucas and Joshua Hooks also competed for Bloomsburg University. Neil Strine, director of Forensics, and Jaqueline Bavier, graduate student in Counseling, served as judges for the event. The Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team will travel next to the CFA Beach Tournament in Ocean City, Md., during the first weekend in March. The Team meets every Monday in Bakeless 202 at 9 p.m. and interested students should contact Strine at hstrin2@bloomu.edu for more information. All BU students are welcome to join and no prior experience is necessary.

Forensics team showcases its talents

Speech and Debate (Forensics) Team BU’s Speech and Debate (Forensics) Team has finished strong in two recent speech and debate tournaments — fifth out of eight schools at the Collegiate Forensic Association’s annual winter tournament at the College of Charleston, S.C., and won nine individual awards at the Harold Cox Invitational Events Speech Tournament at Wilkes University.

In South Carolina, every team member brought home an award. They were: Dan Clark, second in Single Dramatic Interpretation of Literature; Mary Pellant, sixth in Persuasive Speaking; Erika Mohr, earned a sixth place Speaker Award in Parliamentary Debate; Joshua Hooks and Clark, fifth in Parliamentary Debate; as well as Pellant and Mohr, fourth in Parliamentary Debate.

In Wilkes-Barre, Pellant won Single Dramatic Interpretation of Literature and Impromptu Speaking; placed second in Best Overall Tournament Speaker and Prose Speaking; and fourth in Extemporaneous Speaking and Persuasive Speaking. Mohr was third in Extemporaneous Speaking, fourth in Best Overall Tournament Speaker and Single Dramatic Interpretation of Literature and fifth in Impromptu Speaking.

Pictured at Fort Sumter National Monument (L-R) Joshua Hooks, Dan Clark, Erika Mohr, Joe Wright, Mary Pellant and Neil Strine. Contact Strine, forensics director, for details about joining the team, which meets every Wednesday, 5 p.m., Bakeless 208. No experience necessary.


Forensics showcases skills at regional tournament

Forensics Team BU’s Forensics Team placed sixth out of nine schools at the 17th annual Morgan State University Speech and Debate Tournament on Nov. 9 to 10 in Baltimore, where BU also won the second-place Sweepstakes Trophy for schools affiliated with Pi Kappa Delta — the National Honorary Speech and Debate Association.

The following BU students won individual speaking awards at the Morgan State University Tournament:

  • Chelsea Lucas and John Munchel — first place, Dramatic Duo Interpretation
  • Cortney Fenton — third place, Persuasive Speaking
  • Stephanie Kaminski — fourth place, Informative Speaking
  • Nicholas Foreman — sixth place, Best Speaker Award in Parliamentary Debate

Other BU competitors included Joshua Hooks, Dan Lacca, James Neff, Zach Moore, Samantha Morgan and Betsy Rubio. BU graduate students Jacqueline Bavier and Charles Humphrys served as speech and debate judges at the tournament. Neil Strine, director of the Forensics Team, also accompanied the team and participated as a speech and debate judge. The team will travel next to Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, Virginia on Nov. 30 for the Collegiate Forensic Association’s Annual Holiday Tournament.

The team, funded by the CGA, meets every Monday at 9 p.m. in Bakeless 202. All interested students are invited join a meeting. No prior experience is necessary.

Students interested in Law are encouraged to learn more about the Widener University Law School, where graduates from all PASSHE Schools such as BloomU are awarded guaranteed admission.

The Department wishes to announce that a memorial service has been planned for Professor Jim Percey on August 4, 2012.

We regret to inform you of the passing of a long-time faculty member of our Political Science Department, Professor Jim Percey, who passed away on January 16, 2012. Professor Percey had taught at Bloomsburg University from 1967 to 2002. He taught various courses such as Constitutional Law, U.S. Government, Politics of Ireland, and Political Violence. He will be missed by his colleagues and students.

Dr. James Yoho will give a complete preparation course for the LSAT in four weeknights: March 19, 21, 26 and 28, 2012 (6:00-9:30PM). For details, please check here.

Zachary PearceZachary Pearce, a brand new political science alumnus, graduated summa cum laude in December 2011. He was tied for first in his class in the College of Liberal Arts. During his college career, Pearce remained an active part of the community both in Pike County and in Bloomsburg, and held numerous leadership positions in several different organizations. He received first place for his research titled, “State of Education: An Analysis of Contemporary Education Trends across the United States, India, and China,” at a student colloquium held in 2011. Pearce is the youngest school director in the history of the Delaware Valley School Board. He believes deeply in public service, a value instilled in him by several generations of family members. (with Dr. Strine)

Five of the 17 undergraduate presenters were recently given presentation awards for their presentations at this month’s Student Colloquium "Building a Bridge across the Pacific: Exploring America's Role in East Asia." Presentation topics included International Relations Theory and U.S.-China Relations, U.S. Currency Wars with Japan and China, Asian Students in the U.S., Sino-U.S. Trade Disputes, U.S.-Japan Economic Relations, Trade and Human Rights: America's Dilemma in Asia, American Products in the Asian Markets, A New Naval Arms Race in the Pacific, Contemporary Education Trends in India, and China and the US. The student colloquium was sponsored by the Political Science Department and funded by the Liberal Arts College's Curricular Enhancement Fund. (L-R) Sheng Ding, associate professor of political science, George Specht, Paul Kartachak, Matthew Albertson, Zachary Pearce, Mary Pellant, and James Brown, Dean of College of Liberal Arts.

Mathew Banks, our political science alumnus, has recently passed the PA Bar and joined the law firm Cammarano & Cammarano. Currently his practicing law in the Reading area. He received his J.D. from Widener University School of Law in May 2011.

Ty Butler and Michelle Sarver, our political science alumni, are studying at the Pennsylvania State University's School of International Affairs. Check their current student profiles.

Ty Butler is a Master of International Affairs candidate at Penn State’s School of International Affairs. Ty currently works for Penn State’s Ag2Africa Initiative which seeks to promote sustainable agricultural and economic development within Africa. Prior to coming to Penn State, Ty worked as a consultant on African and Middle Eastern affairs for Bloomsburg University’s Model United Nations Program. Ty attended Bloomsburg University for his undergrad education where he graduated with honors with a dual degree in political economics and political science and with a concentration in public administration. While in undergrad, Ty was the president of Bloomsburg’s chapter of the international economic honors society: Omicron Delta Epsilon, and the recipient of Bloomsburg University’s Award for Outstanding Student Achievement in Political Economics.

Michelle Sarver is a first-year graduate student of International Affairs at the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, she received a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Mass Communications with a concentration in Journalism from Bloomsburg University. As an undergraduate student, Michelle served on the Model Arab League as a delegate and Spectrum Magazine as an editorial staff member and a senior editor. Michelle was accepted into the Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University through the Fund for American Studies during the summer of 2009. She served as a Legislative Intern at the North American Association for Environmental Education during her stay in Washington D.C. Michelle continues her studies in the School of International Affairs, specializing in Middle East, International Security, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Arabic. She serves as Publicity Chair for the School of International Affairs’ Student Government Association and is a Graduate Assistant to the School of International Affairs’ Career Services Center.

Caitlin Jones, a senior majoring in political science, was selected to represent Bloomsburg University and participate in The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS) program in Fall 2011. She will work with the office of State Senator Micke Stack.


Student Colloquium presenters earn awards

Student Colloquium December 6, 2011 - Five of the 17 undergraduate presenters were recently given a Top Presentation Award for their presentations at this month’s Student Colloquium "Building a Bridge across the Pacific: Exploring America's Role in East Asia." Presentation topics included International Relations Theory and U.S.-China Relations, U.S. Currency Wars with Japan and China, Asian Students in the U.S., Sino-U.S. Trade Disputes, U.S.-Japan Economic Relations, Trade and Human Rights: America's Dilemma in Asia, American Products in the Asian Markets, A New Naval Arms Race in the Pacific, Contemporary Education Trends in India, and China and the US. (L-R) Sheng Ding, associate professor of political science, George Specht, Paul Kartachak, Matthew Albertson, Zachary Pearce, Mary Pellant, and James Brown, Dean of College of Liberal Arts.

Mary Pellant, a junior Political Science major, represented Bloomsburg University at the Annual Women’s Christian Temperance Union’s Pennsylvania State Oratorical Contest near Harrisburg, PA, on April 12, 2011. Mary won the Second place speaking award, placing ahead of contestants from Lincoln University and Ursinus College. The WCTU hosts an annual speaking contest for undergraduates where the contestants deliver a memorized speech on the evils of alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, pornography, or gambling. Ms. Pellant won the local speech contest at Bloomsburg University to qualify for the state contest. Mary was accompanied at the state contest by Dr. Neil Strine, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Forensics at Bloomsburg University.

Katie Daud, a senior majoring in political science as well as geoscience and planetary science, will spend 10 weeks this summer in Washington D.C. with the Space Studies Board of National Academy of Sciences on a Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internship. This summer, Daud will learn how U.S. civilian space research policy is crafted.

Profeessor Marc Simon of Bowling Green State University visited the Political Science Department on April 4 and 5. Dr. Simon served as an outside reviewer for the department's 5 year academic program review.

Zachary Pearce of Westfall Township, a political science senior on the dean's list, has announced he will seek election to the Delaware Valley School Board this year. Pearce, 21, is vice president of the Husky Ambassador leadership organization at Bloomsburg University. He describes himself as a fiscal conservative who believes in spending taxpayer dollars as responsibly and efficiently as possible. There is a delicate balance when it comes to spending on public education, Pearce said. "America is falling behind the rest of the world in education, particularly in math and science," Pearce said. "The quality of our public education is critical for the United States to remain competitive in a rapidly changing world."

On May 17 (primary day), he won top votes on both the Democratic and Republican lines. It means that there will most likely be no contest for him in November's race. See " College Senior one of 5 candidates for DV school board election"

Model UNMembers of BU’s Model UN Students Organization represented Bloomsburg this fall at the National Model United Nations in Washington, D.C., and then served as advisors on substance and technique to a number of high school students who attended the United Nations Security Council simulation at BU in December. There were approximately 40 high school students and teachers in attendance. Band of Poli Sci Majors: Pictured: (front) Guy Snyder, Joel Boyer, Michael Gerber; (back) Matt Albertson, Amro Elansari, Joseph Albanese.

Raeesa Khan, a BU student filmmaker will premiere her documentary, “Pakistan’s Cave,” Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 7 and 8, at 6 p.m. in Hartline Science Center, room G42. The screening is free and open to the public. The 40-minute documentary is directed by Raeesa Khan, a political science and philosophy major, and edited by Andrew Protsko, a mass communications/telecomm major. The documentary parallels with history of Pakistan with the life of Raeesa Khan’s father, Saleem Khan, BU professor of economics and a native of Pakistan. The film includes an interview with Khan’s uncle, who was held as a political prisoner at the notorious Lahore Fort after a coup in 1970s. Raeesa Khan also interviews Fatima Bhutto, niece of the late Pakistani leader and politician Benazir Bhutto.

Adam Black, an alumnus from the Department of Political Science, is a second-year law student at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, MI. In his recent email, he told his former political science professor "I am really enjoying law school thus far and I am very happy I made the decision to continue my education. I think about Bloomsburg quite often and now can truly appreciate the education I received at Bloomsburg."


Laura Durbin, an alumnus from the Department of Political Science, is living in Costa Rica as part of her dual Masters degree with American University. In her recent correspondence, she reported, "You both have been so influential in my studies that I would like to keep in touch and give you updates on where my life has gone since we spoke last. I am, of course, still digging through the fields of environmentalism and political science. It is so beautiful here, I am living with a host family and, unfortunately for them, practicing my Spanish on them. The people here are all very friendly and patient, as the lifestyle is not nearly as fast paced as it is in the U.S. For spring break, I traveled to Panama and saw the Panama Canal, which was pretty cool. My Grandpop actually guarded the canal at the start of WWII so it was neat to see a place that influenced my family history (and of course, a place that enabled one sector of large scale, global trade.) My school here is amazing. I am learning so many different things about the practice of environmentalism and sustainable development. It is really a great way to tie together my interests in politics and environmental issues. I have just decided on a summer internship, which made me think of you both. I will be living the in town of Volcan in the southern part of Costa Rica. In this area, there are huge pineapple farms that are using up a lot of the water, cutting down the forests, and polluting the natural environment. Costa Rica is also planning to build the largest dam in Central America in this region, which will put a further strain on the water resources. I will be helping the community organization work with these big stakeholders to create a water management plan that mainly utilizes payment for environmental services. Hopefully,the pineapple farms will start paying for the mess they are making, and maybe even help to rebuild damaged ecosystems. That may be more long term, so my role will be to learn and participate in any way possible. I am really excited for it, but I know it will be a huge challenge. I think it will be an excellent introduction into freshwater management, and especially with engaging competing stakeholders."

Marge Nollau, an alumnus from the Department of Political Science, was accepted into AmeriCorp program and was placed in Fort Lauderdale. She works at a crisis shelter for homeless youth and she is in charge of the Life Skills area. She help kids apply for jobs, learn to dress for interviews, teach about nutrition, as well as get to do the fun things (go to the movies, beach, play games and play sports). She really like it and feel this placement was perfect for her.

Johanna Moss, an alumnus from the Department of Political Science, was featured by the web site of "Careers for College." The article "What Can You Do with a Political Science Major?" "is available here. “I ended up in political science because I had professors who really cared about me, and who I still communicate with to this day,” Moss says. Her education gave a foundation for observing current events and politics locally, nationally, and around the world. That’s important in her job—especially keeping up with what’s happening in Israel and the Jewish community. Moss coordinates tours and special programs at the National Museum of American Jewish History. Now she’s training 60 volunteer docents who will guide visitors to the museum’s new building when it opens in November.

Daniel Cronrath, an alumnus from the Department of Political Science, will graduate in May 2010 from The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management with a Master of Professional Studies in Political Management. Currently Daniel is the Vice President of Domestic Operations of FreshMinistries, an interfaith nonprofit organization working to create positive change in society.

Eric Hammesfahr, Jr. an alumnus from the Department of Political Science in 2008, graduated from Roger William University School of Law last December and is now continuing his education in law at Boston University.

Laura Durbin, an alumnus from the Department of Political Science in 2007, is currently pursuing her dual Master's degrees in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development at American University's School of International Service. She is particularly interested in Environmental Policy.

Bloomsburg University Model UN Student Organization and members of the class Globalization and the United Nations (44.250). The students performed a simulation of the UN Security Council on December 7, 2009 on the topic “The Situation in Darfur”for high school students and the campus community.

Raeesa Khan, a political science major, is going to Pakistan December 21, 2009 - January 14, 2010 to work on a documentary entitled Pakistan's Cave. The movie will focus on the dire need for quality education in Pakistan today. It will feature interviews with well-known names in Pakistan such as Fatima Bhutto, Ardeshir Cowasjee, I.A. Rehman, Mohammed Hanif, and Rizwan Beyg.

Raeesa received funding through the University's Student Professional Development Enchancement Fund. When she returns in the spring, she will be working with the Director for Asia and the Pacific, Amnesty International in Washington, DC.

We are extremely proud of Raeesa!

Michael Gerber, a political science major, was selected to represent Bloomsburg University and participate in The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS) program in Spring 2010. He will work with the office of State Senator Jay Costa, the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Michael is thrilled to have such a wonderful internship opportunity to work for Senator Costa through THIS program.

The Political Science Department at BU, together with members of POSSA, are sponsoring a colloquium on internships this Wednesday, December 2nd, from 11-12 in the Schweikert Room of Andruss Library (left side of first floor before you hit the circulation desk). On tap are mini presentations from our faculty about internships in Political Science, our internship coordinator at BU about how to find and apply for an internship, and current students who have recently completed an internship. Many of you will soon enter a highly competitive and volatile job market. An internship may provide the experience and skills you need to make valuable contacts or get your foot in the door. It’s also an opportunity to follow your interests outside of the classroom. We highly encourage all majors and minors in Political Science to attend the event. We invite you to bring your lunch and we will provide drinks and snacks. A second showing of this event is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, December 8th from 11-12. More information will be forthcoming.

BU's Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team captured first place in Pi Kappa Delta competition and second overall out of 11 schools at the CFA Holiday Tournament, Nov. 20 to 21, at Morgan State University. Dr. Neil Strine, associate professor of political science and director of BU forensics, served as a judge at the tournament.

Austin Brunson, a senior political science major, has become a featured rising star in the University web site. He is positioning himself to make a difference in the world with a foundation he has built at Bloomsburg University through a variety of leadership roles, strong academics and community involvement. Brunson says BU has prepared him to go to law school and become active in environmental law. Brunson decided to visit BU as a high school senior, because he was impressed by the university's academic credentials. He saw numerous BU faculty who have won awards and been published in their academic field. He was also impressed by the number of accredited programs. Currently, Brunson is president of the Legal Studies Association, which is a campus group to help students prepare for law school admission. Outside of class, Brunson has been a member the Community Government Association and Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization, as well as formerly serving as vice president of BU's 2010 graduating class. Additionally, Brunson has stayed active by presenting two of his research papers to the Bloomsburg community. Brunson is passionate about environmental law and hopes to work as a lobbyist or with the United States Environmental Protection Agency. He knows BU's research-intensive curriculum and knowledgeable faculty have prepared him for his ambitions.

Stephanie Minnaugh Libhart, an alumnus of Political Science Department at Bloomsburg University, is working for the IOLTA Board as the Assistant Director under the jurisdiction of the PA Supreme Court. It's a Board that oversees funding for civil legal services to the poor community in PA. Stephanie said it was a very special job and she was honored to be working for them.

Joshua Christensen, a political science major, is working for the Office of Attorney General of Pennsylvania with The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS) program during the Fall 2009 semester. Christensen, who is one of the 15 students from PASSHE universities selected for THIS, will work in the press office for his 15-week internship in Harrisburg. The press office communicates information to Pennsylvania’s citizens about the work being done by the agents, investigators, and prosecutors of the Office of Attorney General by using any media such as the Internet, television, radio, or newspapers, according to its website.

The Osgood Center in Washington, DC is offering: Student Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference
The Student NPT Review Conference is the Osgood Center's inaugural arms control conference. Students will have the opportunity to simulate the 2010 NPT Review Conference two months before it convenes. In addition to Committee resolutions, there will be a Conference Final Statement written by a Drafting Committee of students selected at the conference. The Department of State's Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation will make these documents available to the US Delegation to the 2010 Nonproliferation Treaty.
March 18-21, 2010
All students on campus are encouraged to attend. More information on how to sign up and prepare will be forthcoming!


Jessica Sabol, an alumnus of Political Science Department at Bloomsburg University, was hired in October 2008 as an Associate for the Center for the Child Care Workforce, at the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO. The Center for the Child Care Workforce, a project of the American Federation of Teachers Educational Foundation, is a nonprofit research, education and advocacy organization committed to improving early care and education quality by improving early care and education jobs. Jessica is responsible for developing, coordinating, and implementing the CCW/AFTEF programmatic activities including those related to public policy, organizing and research.
In college, Jessica was employed with the National Education Association’s (NEA) Pennsylvania affiliate, the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), in their Government Relations Division. She also served on the PSEA State Political Action Committee for Education (PACE) Board and testified on behalf of the student members of PSEA/NEA before the PA state legislature on Academic Freedom in colleges and universities today.

Jessica is a 2006 honor graduate of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She holds a Pennsylvania Instructional I certification in Elementary Education (K-6) and is also a certified faculty trainer for Touchpoints® from the T. Berry Brazelton’s Touchpoints® Center at Harvard University.

Shannon Waterman, an alumnus of Political Science Department at Bloomsburg University, has recently started to work as Executive Assistant to Mr. Steve Crawford, the Chief of Staff in the Office of Governor Edward Rendell. Since she graduated in 2007, Shannon has been working in the state government. She is excited with her new assignment. As she said in her email to our faculty members, "I am so thankful and proud of the opportunities I have been given and the tasks I have been able to accomplish. I want all of you to know that I owe a lot of that to you. You were the ones who were not afraid to push me to do better and to remember that there is no limit to what you can accomplish..."

The Political Science Banquet will be held on Thursday, April 23rd at 6:00 PM at the Alumni House. RJ Harris, a morning radio talk show host in Harrisburg, will be our guest speaker at the banquet.
Click here to know more about our guest speaker.

William C. Borromeo, a graduate from the Department of Political Science in 2006, recently returned from Iraq and is considering graduate school or employment in government.

The BU Forensics Team won fourth Place at the Annual Collegiate Forensic Association's Beach Tournament held March 6-7, in Ocean City, Md. BU students won first place trophies in three speaking events. Joe Wright and Joshua Trusty defeated Randolph-Macon College for first place in Parliamentary Debate. Kylene McClarren and Scott Kenyon won first place in Dramatic Duo and Ashley Fuoco won first place in Dramatic Interpretation of Literature. In addition to these first place awards, the BU Team won many other individual speaking awards. Dr. Neil Strine, a faculty member of Political Science Department, has served the Director of Forensics for six years. The Bloomsburg University Forensics Team will travel next to Shreveport, Louisiana from March 17-22 to participate in the Pi Kappa Delta National Speech and Debate Tournament.

Laura Durbin, a graduate from the Department of Political Science in 2007, has been admitted by American University's School of International Service for a dual Masters in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development.

Amanda Bailey, a graduate from the Department of Political Science in 2007, has beome a Veterans Service Representative at the Department of Veterans Affairs. She works at a branch of Veterans Benefit Administration in Philadelphia PA.

Dr. Peter Doerschler will give a lecture entitiled "Germany’s Hauptschule: Success or Obstacle to Integration for Germany’s Immigrants" at 7:00 p.m. on February 25, in Room 119 at the Living and Learning Community Center in Columbia Residence Hall. The lecture are sponsored by the International Studies Living and Learning Community.

The Bloomsburg University Forensics Team will be hosting the Annual Woman’s Christian Temperance Union’s Intercollegiate Oratorical Contest on Thursday, March 12, 2009 in Bakeless, room 207. All Bloomsburg University students are eligible to compete in the contest. Cash awards will be presented to the top three speakers immediately following the contest. Competitors must present an 8-10 minute speech on the use of alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, or pornography and their related problems. More specifically, the speech should focus on the effects of these items as it relates to the health and happiness of the individual, the protection of the home, safety, crime, and economic impact. The winner of the contest must be available to speak at the state WCTU contest on Tuesday, April 14th. All interested students must register with Dr. Neil Strine, Director of Forensics at hstrin2@bloomu.edu by 5 PM on Thursday, February 26th to be eligible for the competition.

APSCUF is seeking a junior/senior PASSHE student in political science, communications, journalism, or related field to serve as a government relations/public relations intern at the state office building in Harrisburg. The internship runs from May 26 to August 14, 2009 and pays $10 per hour. The application deadline is February 16th.

All Political Science majors and minors are invited to attend the end-of-the-year Political Science Student Banquet held on the evening of Thursday, April 23, 2009 in the Curtis English Room of the Alumni House. The event will honor our graduating seniors and be a great opportunity to socialize with other students, faculty and staff in Political Science.

BU is now seeking applicants for the Fall 2009 Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS).
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, 27 February, 2009
Your academic record reflects a substantial record of achievement in your undergraduate work at Bloomsburg University. Given that record, you may be interested in a special opportunity to expand your experience, taking your strengths into the new and interesting forum of an internship in the offices of Pennsylvania state government.

Bloomsburg University is now seeking applicants for the Fall 2009 Harrisburg Internship Semester. If you have an interest in any aspect of state government and can make a semester in Harrisburg part of your academic program, we encourage you to compete for this opportunity. We also encourage you to talk with your faculty advisor and/or department chair about this internship and its potential contribution to your academic program.

General information on The Harrisburg Internship Semester and an application form, with instructions on materials can be downloaded HERE. For further information, please contact Dr. Sheng Ding, Faculty T.H.I.S. Coordinator.
[ Office: 215 BCH, e-mail: sding@bloomu.edu ]

Together with students from his seminar (44-492-02), Dr. Peter Doerschler will lead a presentation on European immigration as part of the university-sponsored Immigration Forum. Thier presentation will take place April 9th in the Kehr Ballroom (time TBA). More details are comming soon.

Dr. Neil Strine and Dr. Peter Doerschler will participate in the Global Warming teach-in on February 5th in the Kehr Union Ballroom. This event, co-sponsored by The BU Campus Green Initiative and H.O.P.E., will be an all-day event covering ten faculty-led panels on topics ranging from Green initiatives at BU to alternative energy sources.

Dr. Sheng Ding will give a lecture entitled "the United States in the Age of the Pacific" at 7:00 p.m. on February 4th, in Room 119 at the Living and Learning Community Center in Columbia Residence Hall. The lecture are sponsored by the International Studies Living and Learning Community.

On January 22, 2009, the department of political science co-sponsored a public lecture by Dr. Cynthia Burack, author and professor of Women's Studies at The Ohio State University. Drawing on her attendance at political events and extensive reading of Christian conservative literature, Dr. Burack discussed one prominent theme of contemporary antigay talk that links gay people to terrorism. More than 300 faculty and students attended this lecture.

Leadership in a New Era Osgood Center for International Studies www.osgoodcenter.org

January 9, 2009 - January 21, 2009 - On January 20, 2009, six BU students (Austin Brunson, Ashley Caliguire, Wyatt Mosley, Lauren McLaughlin, Raeesa Khan, and Tina Piquet) attended the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States - a singularly momentous event in this nation's history. The students who took advantage of this amazing opportunity to be in Washington, DC were present in meetings with policy experts from various disciplines and areas of government just prior to and during the presidential inauguration.

The students experienced 30 hours of "face time" with these experts in an effort to recognize and analyze the issues that confront the new President of the United States. They visited the US Department of State, the Pentagon, toured the White House and had briefings at embassies in the Washington metropolitan area.

The students will be formulating their thinking on the various topics and will offer a Roundtable Discussion later in the Spring Semester. The date will be announced soon.
As part of Dr. Zoelle's effort to establish an ongoing relationship with the Osgood Center for International Studies that will provide internships, credit-bearing courses in the DC area and other experiences for Political Science and other students at Bloomsburg, the Political Science department, the BU President's office, the Office of Student Affairs, and the office of the Dean of Liberal Arts were asked, and graciously agreed, to support this event. The Political Science Department looks forward to expanding the relationship with the Osgood Center. Please, monitor this website for further details about interesting new opportunities!

The student colloquium of "Building An Understanding Bridge Across the Pacific Ocean: A Student Colloquium on the U.S.-China Relations in the 21st Century" was held on November 20, 2008. The colloquium was organized by Dr. Sheng Ding and sponsored by the department of political science. Six faculty members (Dr. Cohen-Dion, Dr. Agbango, Dr. Zoelle, Dr. Doerschler, Dr. Long, and Dr. Luo) volunteerly served as referees. Ten students presented their research on the US-China relations from various perspectives such as China's human rights, the Tibet issue, environmental pollution, cultural exchange, Chinese nationalism, the comparison of US and China’s sports power, and among others. Daniel Brown, Stasia Rudiman, Zachary Graybill, Austin Brunson, and Jan Schwabe received presentation awards and took PHOTO with BU Presient David Soltz.

Mr. David E. Stover received his B.A. in Political Science (Magna cum laude) at Bloomsburg University. After he graduated from Widener University School of Law, he had worked as an associate attorney with the Harrisburg office of Kirkpatrick and Lockhart, LLP. In 2000, he was appointed as as one of PASSHE University Legal Counsels. His current assignments include Bloomsburg University, West Chester University, Office of the Chancellor Contracts, and SyTEC.

John E. Chapman ('99) is a prosecutor in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. After he graduated from the department of political science, he attended the University of Akron School of Law. He graduated from law school and passed the Bar exam. He was recently appointed as the Prosecutor for the City of Cuyahoga Falls.

Dr. Peter Doerschler joined the Department of Political Science this fall semester as an assistant professor of political science. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Penn State in 2004 and a M.A. in German from Bowling Green State University in 1998. His principle teaching and research interests include immigration, European Politics, global warming and globalization.


Chris Fetterman, a Political Science/Mass Communications double major, was the winner of the 2008 Sunshine Week essay contest in the BU student category. He was awarded a prize of $250. His essay will be published in The Press Enterprise during Sunshine Week and will be posted to the Sunshine Week website, for possible use in any Pennsylvania newspaper.

Laura Dubin, a recent graduate from the Department of Political Science, finds her job at CBS in New York challenging but exciting. She enjoys it very much. She has recently been promoted to the Administrative Assistant to the VP of CBS News.

The Bloomsburg University Forensics Team won 3rd place (Excellent Certificate) out of 7 schools at the Pi Kappa Delta Province of the Greater Northeast tournament held at Ohio University, February 9-10, 2008. Kristy Westbrook, Amanda Geschwindt, Kaitlin O’Brien, Amanda Geschwindt and Jeremy Gesualdo wond awards or special recognition.

The Bloomsburg University Forensics Team won 6th place at the CFA Winter Weekend Speech Tournament in Montreal, Canada over the weekend of January 25-26, 2008. Every member of the BU team won speaking awards. The team members include: Ashley Fuoco, Amanda Geschwindt, Emily Kinkead, Patrick Velliky, and Matt Mehalick.

After 37 years of service to the University, Professor Richard Micheri will retire as of the end of the Fall 2007 semester.

Dr. James Yoho will gove a complete preparation course for the LSAT in four weeknights: April 15, 17, 22 and 24, 2008 from 6-9:30 each night. For detailes, please check here.

Emily Kinkead, a junior majoring in Political Science and Marine Biology, was listed in the Rising Stars web page at BU website. She is a graduate of Red River High School in Grand Forks, North Dakota, whose family recently moved to Williamsport. Originally interested in marine biology, she's become a political activist and president of Democracy Matters, a campus organization encouraging political involvement and especially voting. Her career objective: work for Common Cause, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan citizen's lobbying organization promoting open, honest and accountable government. She chose BU because of the strength of its academic programs.

Sakinah Tillman, a junior majoring in political science with a concentration in public administration and human resources and minor in communication studies, was listed in the Rising Stars web page at BU website. She is a graduate of Lankenau High School, Philadelphia, and volunteers as a math tutor on campus to keep her hand in a favorite subject area. She is a Board of Governors scholar, is active in the Legal Studies Association, and plans to go on to law school and a career in government. She chose BU because she liked the atmosphere and the guidance and support of the admissions staff.

Shannon Waterman, a recent alumnus of Political Science Department at Bloomsburg Univeristy, started her new job at the state's Department of Agriculture as an assistant to Secretary Wolff and as an assistant to the Policy and Legislative Directors. On August 1, she sent an email to the political science faculty: "I absolutely love my job, and I have been in it officially now for over a month. I travel all over PA with the Secretary and also get to do a lot of work with Legislators as the Legislative Director’s basically right hand man... I have learned a lot of material that I never would have had the opportunity to learn without this position. It is also providing me with great hands on experience and knowledge of how the Legislature works and the ins and outs of state government... Anyway, I just wanted you to know how much I appreciated everything you did for me while I was in college and I am hoping to get up to see you guys soon!"

John Latini Jr., a recent alumnus of Political Science Department at Bloomsburg University, will start his new job working for the US Representative Paul Kanjorski (PA 11th Congressional District). After graduation in May 2007, he joined in Public Campaign, a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC. He is also a Campaign Consultant for several Democratic members of the Virginia Legislature, the Co-Capitan of Arlington County, Crystal City Voting District and Voting Member of the Virginia State Democratic Party. On August 29, he sent an email to the political science faculty at Bloomsburg: "I wanted to take a few minutes to let you know how I am doing since graduation and thank all of you for the education you provided me... Each of you has taught me so many things that have prepared me for working full time... I will begin working for the Congressman the day after Labor Day... Once again I want to thank all of you for challenging me. I know I have received a top notch education that has helped me land one of the greatest jobs in the entire country."


Erin Gunter, a alumnus of Political Science Department at Bloomsburg University who graduated five years ago, sent an appreciation letter to the department chair in August 2006. "......I have thought about you very often and it is always with the deepest appreciation, respect, and admiration (without you I am not sure I would have ever graduated form college and had this amazing life)....." After graduation, Erin has helped to found a non-profit organization (Experiential Environmental Education, Inc.) and got involved in establishing a new charter school in Baltimore – The Green School of Baltimore, which is the only charter school in Maryland.

Dr. George Agbango, Professor of Political Science, continues to serve as the Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Bloomsburg Univeristy in 2006-2007 year.

Dr. Sheng Ding joined the Department of Political Science this fall semester as an Assistant Professor of political science. He received both his Doctoral degree and Master's degree from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, with specializations in international relations and comparative politics.

The Bloomsburg University Forensics team captured 5th place out of 7 schools at the Shenandoah Classic Novice Tournament on September 23rd at Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Kelly N. Johnstone, a alumni of Political Science Department at Bloomsburg University, is attending Dickinson Law School. She graduated in May, 2004.

Richard Blass, a alumni of Political Science Department at Bloomsburg University, is teaching Political Science at Gloucester Community College. He graduated in May, 2003.

The Bloomsburg University Forensics Team finished in 10th Place at the Collegiate Forensic Association’s Fall speech tournament held at Cedar Crest College, October 21-22, 2006.

State Representative Phyllis Mundy spoke to Dr. Zoelle's political science class Friday, Jan. 25. Mundy, who represents the 120th district in Luzerne County and who has 16 years seniority in the state legislature, spoke about her unexpected entrance into politics.

The Bloomsburg University Forensics Team won Fifth Place this past weekend at the Collegiate Forensic Association's Annual Winter Tournament held in Montreal, Quebec.

After completing an internship, a BU student knows she wants a career in government service. Monica Walker, Philadelphia, is a senior with a major in political science. She competed for the Harrisburg Internship Semester and landed a job earlier this year working in the Harrisburg office of State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D., Philadelphia).

The students of BU Political Science Student Association traveled to Washington, D.C. on March 30-31, 2007. They visited the Congressman Paul Kanjorski’s office in the Rayburn Office Building.