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CHAIR'S MESSAGE

The Political Science Department continues to grow at a phenomenal rate. We welcomed more than 110 new undergraduates and 11 graduate students this year. 

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Arthur Goldiner, Alumni Board Chair

NOTE FROM THE ALUMNI ADVISORY BOARD

The Political Science Alumni Advisory Board continues its efforts to maintain contacts with alumni, support faculty and students, and produce events of interest to a wide variety of participants. 

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AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Professor Shelley Hurt won the 2015 CLA Club Council Professor of the Year Award. The CLA Circle of Giving Faculty Scholarship Grant was awarded to Jean Williams and Ning Zhang. 

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45 YEARS AT CAL POLY

This year we celebrate Professor Allen Settle’s remarkable service to Cal Poly. The faculty, staff and students thank him for all he has done for the POLS Department, Cal Poly and the community.

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MASTER OF PUBLIC POLICY INTERNSHIP

Joi Sullivan practiced for her next career. An internship at Parsons Corp. provided real-world application of public policy skills.

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LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES INTERNSHIPS

Aurora Chavez worked in Peru with social sciences Professor James Keese on an internship with the Latin American Studies program.

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A MIRAGE IN THE DESERT

Sayaka Tsugai worked at the Egyptian Foundation for Advancement of Childhood Conditions for two months in a life- changing internship.

Read more about Sayaka Tsugai's time in Egypt

 
 
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EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES, EMPOWERING OURSELVES

Morgan Boyd is the owner/operator of Pepper Creak Family Farms. Boyd’s passion for agriculture and supporting fellow veterans has been the focus of his research and the inspiration for Cal Poly’s FEED (Farmers Experiential Education and Development) program.

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FROM D.C. TO VANUATU

Ginger Jacobs started her summer in Washington, D.C., working for Senator Brian Schatz and ended the summer working with Professor Laura Hosman helping to train U.S. Peace Corps volunteers on the Pacific Island nation of Vanuatu.

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THE WILDS OF SACRAMENTO

Learn by Doing for students in Professor Mike Latner’s California Politics course included a field trip in December to the State Capitol in Sacramento, where they presented analyses of legislative performance to members of the Legislative Analyst’s Office, Department of Finance Committee staff, and the Governor’s Office.

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THE MOCK TRIALS

Cal Poly’s Mock Trial Team A received an honorable mention at the regional competition with a record of 4-3-1.

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MODEL UNITED NATIONS

Students in Professor Craig Arceneaux’s Model United Nations course in fall 2015 simulated the U.N. High Commission on Refugees.

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NEW ADDITIONS TO THE FACULTY LIBRARY

Matthew Moore published a book called 'Buddhism and Political Theory'. Ron Den Otter published 'In Defense of Plural Marriage'. Jennifer Denbow published 'Governed through Choice: Autonomy, Technology and the Politics of Reproduction'.

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ALUMNI UPDATES

Kelli Seybolt, (POLS ‘90) director of international affairs and foreign policy advisor to the commandant of the Coast Guard, came to Cal Poly to inform students about career and internship opportunities in Washington, D.C.

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