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PSC Whistle-Stopper

Volume 2

President Franklin D. Roosevelt

August | 2013

“When You Come to the End of Your Rope, Tie a Knot and Hang On” Welcome to the second edition of the PSC Whistle-Stopper! The Political Science Department experienced a number of leadership changes since the last newsletter. In May, I started 1 - Welcome from the PSC Chair my service as Department Chair. My 2 - Model UN immediate predecessor Dr. Marcy Taylor returned to her position as The Washington Center Assistant Dean after filling in for Dr. 3 - Cultural and Global Studies Orlando Pérez , who had accepted an administrative appointment as Ms. Maxine Berman Director of Cultural and Global Studies Internship in our College’s new School of Public 4 - MA Program Service and Global Citizenship. Other changes included the elections of Graduate Assistants Dr. Edward Clayton as MA in Political Scholarships Science Director, Dr. Thomas Greitens as MPA Director and Dr. Sharon KuklaPSC Major & Minor Online Acevedo as Internship Director. We 5 - MPA Program will also welcome two new colleagues 6 - Study Abroad to the Department later this summer. Dr. Nathan Grasse joins us as a Accelerated Master’s Program specialist in public administration and 7 - Anspach Hall Renovation non-profit management after several Paula Begala years at Georgia Southern University. Griffin Endowed Chair Professor 8 - Dr. Prakash Adhikari Gary Randall will begin serving his Students Reinventing Michigan four-year term as Professor Maxine Social Media Berman becomes the fourth Griffin Chair emeritus. Professor Randall has 9 - Pi Sigma Alpha a distinguished record in the Michigan 10 - Educational Trips Abroad House of Representatives, and currently serves as Clerk of the House. 11 - New Griffin Endowed Chair



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We look forward to another successful year for our students, faculty and staff. Please keep in touch and let us know about

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Dr. Lawrence Sych, Chairperson Lawrence.Sych

Department of Political Science The Washington Center for Internships & Academic Seminars

In November 2012, thirteen students traveled to Chicago for the American Model United Nations (AMUN). This time our students represented the Republic of Azerbaijan. This diplomatic assignment was difficult and made even more challenging by Azerbaijan’s seat on the Security Council for the years 2012 and 2013. However, our students were well-prepared and two of our delegates, Candace Grooms and Alexandra Middlewood, earned “Outstanding Delegation” awards for their representation of Azerbaijan on the Security Council. Next fall our students will represent the Republic of Italy at the AMUN in Chicago.

The Department of Political Science officially established an affiliation with The Washington Center for Internships & Academic Seminars (TWC) in August 2012. We were pleased to have our first two students participate in the 15-week Spring semester program: Sean Martinez, a senior from Battle Creek, and Zachary Gostlin, a junior from Leroy. Sean and Zach were selected to participate in the International Affairs and the Science, Technology, and Society programs, respectively. Each enjoyed successful internship experiences – Sean with the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA) and Zach with Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Observatory. Among all TWC participants, Zach also was chosen to be one of four TWC bloggers. Professors Joyce Baugh and Thomas Greitens, campus co-liaisons, and Ms. Kay Purtill, the Department’s executive administrative assistant, traveled to Washington in late March to do site visits. They met with Sean and Zachary and their supervisors, as well as with TWC officials. We also are excited to have two students participating in the 10-week summer 2013 program: Matthew Brown, a junior from Hillsdale, and Joy Johnson, a senior from Muskegon. Matthew’s internship in the International Affairs program is with the Ameson Education and Cultural Exchange Foundation, while Joy’s participation in the Political Leadership program has her working with Washington Strategic Counseling, a government relations firm. Each of the four students received scholarship support from the Department to help defray the costs of participating in TWC. We will be hosting a reception for them early in the fall semester, and we are looking forward to hearing more about their experiences! For more information about TWC programs, visit

Sadly, one of our delegates, Zach Bunting, passed away in an accident in April, 2013. Zach was an excellent diplomat, student and friend to many. He will be missed greatly and our thoughts are with his family.

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Cultural and Global Studies Program Political Science professor Dr. Orlando J. Pérez recently accepted the position of Director of the Cultural and Global Studies Program at the College of Humanities and Social & Behavioral Sciences (CHSBS). The program is housed under the newly created School of Public Service and Global Citizenship. The Cultural and Global Studies curriculum draws from disciplines across the University to give students the knowledge and the theoretical and methodological skills necessary to understand our complex and rapidly changing world. Currently, the program involves seven certificates providing specific competency in a variety of cultural and global area studies. Additionally, a major and minor in Cultural and Global Studies is working its way through the University curriculum process. The certificates range from 16-18 credit hours and are ideal as a complement for a variety of majors. Students can choose from the following certificate programs: • African and African Diaspora Studies • American Indian Studies • Cultural Competency • East Asian Studies • European Studies • Latin American and Latino Studies • Middle East and Islamic Studies

Maxine Berman is the fourth person to serve as the Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government at CMU. She began her three-year term in August of 2009. In February 2012, CMU extended Berman’s term by one year through June 2013. She was the director of special projects for Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm from 2003 to 2010. Previously, she served as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 1983 to 1996. The Department of Political Science would like to thank Maxine for her service to the students at CMU.

For more information, you can contact Dr. Pérez at 989-774-3430 or or Christine Joyner at or 989-7743822. You may also visit the program’s web page: cgl .

PSC Internship Program The political science department offers internship credit for work in a government-related workplace. While the credits cannot be used to replace a required or elective class for the major, students can count credits toward their general university requirements. Students interested in an internship are encouraged to contact the Internship Director, Dr. Sharon Kukla-Acevedo at


Maxine Berman and Pamela Gates, CHSBS Dean

Master of Arts in Political Science Dr. Edward Clayton, Director Ms. Laura Orta, Assistant Director The highlights for the 2012-2013 academic year in the MA program are the successes of our MA students. This year we have had six students complete the program, two new accelerated students and an administrative change. Our graduates include: • Adam Sampiev graduated as the first International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX)/ Muskie Fellow at CMU. Adam joined us from Russia and concentrated his studies in Public Policy. • Carmen Burlingame was the first student to complete the accelerated MA program. You can read more about her, and the accelerated program on page 6. • Anthony Jesuale will be starting at Wayne State University in the fall, where he will be pursuing a Ph.D. in political science, concentrating on American politics and government. • Miller Dugalech will be moving to China to teach English for a year, during which time he will also be studying for the Foreign Service exam and beginning the process of becoming a U.S. diplomat. • Our other two graduates are Angela Bourdet who participated in an international classroom study abroad experience and David Nicholas, host of Morning Edition on WCMU. Our administrative change provided us with a new Director of the MA program. Professor Edward Clayton is now the program director and he has begun the process of considering future opportunities for the program and its students. Dr. Clayton takes over for Dr. Chris Owens and we thank Dr. Owens for his tenure as MA program director. If you are an alumnus of the MA program, please get in touch with us – we would love to hear about what you are doing and how you have used your MA degree. Contact Dr. Clayton, Anspach Hall 245, or (989) 774-1621.

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PSC graduate assistants assist the department faculty and staff in a variety of ways. In the 2012-2013 academic year, several graduate assistants presented their collaborative research with faculty members at conferences such as APSA, CAPPA and other regional and international conferences. Graduate assistants for the PSC department also participate in recruiting activities to share with interested students their experiences as a graduate student in the Political Science Department.

Scholarships The Department of Political Science offers two scholarships, the Barbara P. Greene and Edward Potthoff. Both scholarships are offered in the late spring semester. The department has hosted an Edmund S. Muskie graduate fellow, Adam Sampiev, who is now pursuing a Ph.D. Other scholarships and awards are available to graduate and undergraduate students including internship program support, travel grants and opportunities through the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Graduate Studies. 4

Early in 2013, the Political Science on-line major and minor were launched. Since that time, the department faculty have been developing additional PSC courses for on-line availability. The department expects as many as five additional online PSC courses to be developed by the end of the year. In the meantime, Dr. James Hill the PSC on-line coordinator continues to work with Global Campus to ensure congruence between on-campus and on-line PSC courses, with adjunct faculty to ensure PSC on-line courses are comparable to the oncampus offerings, and with the Department and Global Campus to ensure course availability and coordination between on-campus and on-line PSC courses. The department expects to sign a number of new majors and minors as the on-line major begins its first full academic year of operation in the Fall, and we encourage students to contact us if they have any questions about this exciting new on-line opportunity.

Master of Public Administration Dr. Thomas Greitens, Director Ms. Laura Orta, Assistant Director Entering its 34th year, the NASPAA accredited Master of Public Administration program at Central Michigan University continues to grow and implement a variety of innovative endeavors. Our impressive program highlights from the past year include the following. The program is pleased to announce that Nathan Grasse is our newest faculty member. Professor Grasse has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with specializations in non-profit management and organizational behavior. He will help the program maintain its current strengths and will also build new course offerings in non-profit management. Continuing our trend of internationalizing our program, students and faculty participated in two different programs that showcased the increasing importance of international governance and management. In April MPA students joined Professors Larry Sych, David Jesuit, Cherie Strachan, Nancy Quarles, and Tom Rohrer in Prague, Czech Republic for the annual meeting of the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM). In addition to the meeting, students participated in an international public management case study exercise with other international students on Managing Dirty Oil in Volatile Times. The case study was based on the extraction and transportation of petroleum from Canadian oil sands and addressed international dimensions of sustainability, economic development, Euro-AmericanCanadian regulations, and conflict resolution. In May seven MPA students participated in the 11th Seoul Field Trip sponsored by the University of Seoul and the Seoul Metropolitan Government. The field trip consisted of presentations from public managers in the Seoul Metropolitan Government and field trips to administrative work-spaces and cultural areas in Seoul. The experience allowed MPA students to provide feedback to the Seoul Metropolitan Government on how effectively they implemented public services including Municipal Financing, City Planning efforts, E-Government strategies, Human Resources policies, and Sustainability endeavors. At the end of June, the faculty advisor for this experience, Professor Thomas Greitens, will submit the students’ final analyses on the effectiveness of these services to the Seoul Metropolitan Government. Additionally, the MPA program at Central remained the key partner in TIGRE-Net: the Transnational Initiative on Governance Research and Education Network. Over the last five years, TIGRE-Net has conducted practitioner/researcher meetings in Toronto, Rome, Prague, and Michigan that produced a variety of research published in academic journals and books. In March, TIGRE-Net convened two panels on ‘Economic Development and Management During Times of Retrenchment’ at the annual meeting of the American Society for Public Administration in New Orleans. In May, the latest TIGRE-Net research product, Making Multilevel Public Management Work: Stories of Success and Failure from Europe and North America, was published. The book was edited by Denita Cepiku, David Jesuit, and Ian Roberge. During the last year, the MPA program also affiliated with CMU’s new School of Public Service and Global Citizenship. The School’s mission is to cultivate global citizenship and ethical public service by promoting innovative learning, research, and active civic engagement. As the preeminent professional degree program in public service on campus, the MPA program will play an important role in the success of the School and public service at CMU. The program is also in the final stages of implementing a chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha, the MPA honor society, and a university chapter of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). These new chapters will enhance networking opportunities for students and encourage students to integrate an emphasis on professional career plans throughout their MPA experience. 2013 was also a time of change for the MPA program as Dr. Lawrence Sych, the MPA Director for the last six years, stepped down as Director in April to assume responsibilities as Chair of the Political Science Department. During his tenure, Dr. Sych successfully managed the MPA program through NASPAA accreditation and the challenges inherent in the tremendous growth in the MPA program off-campus. He implemented a variety of reforms that have made the MPA program stronger and more competitive. These include integrating the Public Administration Advisory Board into MPA decision-making, designing of the Practitioner in the Classroom (PITC) program where students acquire direct instruction from current practitioners, and securing off-campus teaching positions and the Assistant Director position. We thank Dr. Sych for his years of service and successful stewardship of the MPA program. In May, the Public Administration Council elected Dr. Thomas Greitens to a three year term as the new MPA Director.


Political Science Students Study Abroad This past year four Political Science students took their education and traveled to various countries throughout the world to learn about a different society and assimilate into a different culture. We had two students visit East Asia, Daniel Urchick to China and Eric Fowler to Japan; while Kristin Miller journeyed to Ecuador and Sean Martinez traveled to Jordan.

The chance to study abroad is one of the greatest opportunities a student can partake in during their undergraduate education, and the Political Science department is committed to helping students who choose to take advantage of this opportunity. One of the PSC scholarship recipients, Sean Martinez, studied at the University of Jordan in Amman this past fall semester. During his time there he was able to take advantage of his proximity to other counties, and travel to Israel, Turkey, and France. He described his experience as “an unforgettable opportunity, where I was able to experience and study firsthand the subjects that I have been learning about since freshman year, and explore a culture and society that is starkly different from our own”. Opportunities like this represent and advance a diversity of academic interests in the discipline of Political Science and are advantageous in a globalized society. For more information, please contact the Study Abroad Office at or (989)774-4308.

Accelerated Master’s Degree Program In May 2013, Ms. Carmen Burlingame became the first graduate of the Political Science Accelerated Master of Arts program. This program allows highly motivated students to advance their academic careers by taking graduate course work toward the traditional Master of Arts degree simultaneously with undergraduate course work. The program allows accepted students to count up to 12 graduate credits toward their undergraduate degree, making it a 5-year dual-degree program. Carmen is currently an adjunct faculty member for CMU’s Global Campus teaching PSC 100 online Summer 2013 and also been hired as an adjunct faculty member at Delta College to teach Introduction to American Government beginning this fall. Carmen is continuing her studies at CMU, by obtaining her NASPAA accredited Master of Public Administration degree prior to pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science. 6

Anspach Hall Renovation Central Michigan University has completed Phase II of the renovation of the 47 year old Anspach Hall academic building. This renovation project cost $14.1 million. The busiest building on campus will now have a student lounge on the main level. Most offices will stay in the same location, except for the Department of Philosophy and Religion. They will be located above the student lounge. The renovation included replacing the building’s lighting, electrical, ceiling, flooring, heating and cooling systems. These improvments will result in energy savings. The building also now complies with Americans with Disabilities Act standards. The Anspach Hall renovations comply with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards (LEED-certified). Please stop by to see the improvements.

Improving Anspach Hall to better serve the students, faculty and staff.

CNN contributor, former Clinton adviser Paul Begala visits CMU CNN contributor and political analyst Paul Begala visited CMU on October 25, 2012 as part of the Department’s efforts to engage our students in the political process. During his visit to CMU Begala discussed the 2012 elections and their ramifications for the nation’s youth with more than 100 students, faculty, staff and community members. As counselor to the President in the Clinton White House, he coordinated policy, politics, and communications. Until June 2005, Begala was a co-host of CNN’s political debate program Crossfire and continues as a political commentator with the network. He is Research Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University Public Policy Institute. He has written several books including, It’s Still the Economy, Stupid: George W. Bush, The GOP’s CEO and The Third Term: Why George W. Bush (Hearts) John McCain.


Dr. Prakash Adhikari recieves the Tom L. Popejoy Dissertation Prize Assistant Professor Dr. Prakash Adhikari, received the Tom L. Popejoy Dissertation Prize from the University of New Mexico. “The Tom L. Popejoy Dissertation Prize was established as a permanent memorial to the late Tom L. Popejoy, President of the University of New Mexico from 1948 to 1968. The award recognizes and encourages the highest level of academic excellence.” Dissertations nominated for this prize are considered by a panel of judges for “excellence at the highest academic and technical level, good literary form, and general human interests.” Prakash’s dissertation was judged the best of this year. Adhikari’s research was also highlighted in the most widely read political science blogthe Monkey Cage. In May 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution that seeks to eliminate funding to political science program at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Prakash’s work, which was funded by the NSF, was cited as an example for reasons to continue funding political science programs. In addition, Dr. Prakash Adhikari published two articles during the last academic year: - “Conflict-Induced Displacement, Understanding the Causes of Flight.” American Journal of Political Science 57(1): 82-89. - “The Plight of the Forgotten Ones: Civil War and Forced Migration.” International Studies Quarterly 56(3): 590-606.

Students Reinventing Michigan Congratulations to CMU students Ben Harris (ENG & HST) (left) and Trent Wolf (PSC) (right) who received a $10,000 prize through the Students Reinventing Michigan competition. Political Science faculty member Dr. Thomas Greitens (center), who served as their faculty advisor for the competition, received a $2,000 prize. They traveled to the Michigan State Capitol last month to present their ideas on enhancing Michigan's education programs and improving college-readiness rates.

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Pi Sigma Alpha (Omega Beta Chapter) During the Spring 2013 semester, CMU’s chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha (PSA), the National Political Science Honor Society, was revitalized through the hard work of a dedicated group of students and their advisor, Dr. Joyce Baugh. Over the course of several weeks, the group successfully revised the chapter’s bylaws, which subsequently were approved by the national office of PSA. In a ceremony on March 24, 17 students – 11 undergraduates and 6 students in the MA and MPA programs – were initiated and received their official certificates of membership. The students have elected officers for 2013-2014 and are preparing for a busy and exciting year. GRADUATE STUDENTS: Elizabeth Aldrich - Public Relations Officer Brent Buesking - Vice President Carmen Burlingame Lucas Craig Darby Hollis - President Moses Joshua UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: Alissa Barrett - Secretary Matthew Brown Zachary Gostlin Amanda Grifka Sean Martinez Robert Matevich Alex Middlewood Natalie Saucedo - Treasurer Whitney Smith Daniel Urchick Grayson Smith - Student Government Association Representative PSA is open to juniors or seniors who are majoring or minoring in political science and meet each of the following requirements: 1. completion of 62 credit hours (half of the credits required for the baccalaureate degree). 2. completion of at least 10 credits in political science, with a minimum of 3 hours at the 300 - level or above. 3. a minimum of a 3.0 GPA overall; 4. a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in political science courses. Graduate students in political science or public administration may become members upon completion of at least 9 graduate credits in political science with no grade lower than a B. For more information, please contact Dr. Joyce Baugh at or (989) 774-3475.


Student/Faculty Study Abroad Educational Trips Rome, Italy In April, Dr. David Jesuit led 8 of our MPA and MA students to the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” for a week-long simulation of the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Our CMU students were joined by 30 graduate students enrolled in the University of Rome’s Master’s degree program in “Development Economics and International Cooperation.” This study abroad simulation was truly international as the students studying in Italy came from 22 countries from around the world. Given the positive responses from students in this course, Dr. Jesuit is exploring opportunities for further collaboration with the University of Rome “Tor Vergata.”

Seoul, South Korea From May 17 through May 26, seven MPA students participated in the 11th Seoul Field Trip sponsored by the University of Seoul and the Seoul Metropolitan Government. The field trip consisted of presentations from public managers in the Seoul Metropolitan Government and field trips to administrative workspaces and cultural areas in Seoul. The experience allowed MPA students to provide feedback to the Seoul Metropolitan Government on how effectively they implemented public services ranging from Municipal Financing, City Planning efforts, E-Government strategies, Human Resources policies, and Sustainability endeavors. At the end of June, the faculty advisor for this experience, Dr. Thomas Greitens, will submit the students’ final analyses on the effectiveness of these services to the Seoul Metropolitan Government.

Prague, Czech Republic In April, Professors Nancy Quarles and Lawrence Sych, joined by Practitioner-In-The-Classroom Thomas Rohrer, led 9 of our MPA to the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) annual conference in Prague for week-long simulation/conference/cultural studies course. The simulation, spread over three days, involved students taking roles to develop an international agreement between the United States, Canada and the European Union to build a pipeline and export refined oil products. Students also participated in conference activities focused on topical issues affecting public management and policy across international borders. This course, an expanded version of last year’s IRSPM experience, will be further refined and we hope to offer it at the 2014 IRSPM conference to be held in Ottawa, Canada.


CMU selects Gary Randall as Griffin Endowed Chair Central Michigan University’s Political Science Department has selected Gary Randall, clerk of the House of Representatives, as the Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government. He is the fifth individual to hold the position and will begin his fouryear appointment in the fall. As chair, Randall will teach two Political Science seminars and organize two forums each year addressing public policy and political issues throughout Michigan. He will receive a salary of $64,000, provided by the endowment. “I’m honored to have been appointed to the position of Griffin Endowed Chair and look forward to working with the distinguished faculty in the political science department at CMU,” said Randall. “I view serving as the Griffin Chair as a unique way to share my passion for the political process and provide students with a view of the real world of politics by bringing them face-to-face with today’s political leaders.” Randall is the 33rd clerk of the House of Representatives and served in this position from 1999 to 2006. Randall also served as a state representative from 1979 to 1997. Prior to this he worked in the broadcasting industry as director of public affairs for CMU Public Television and several radio stations. Randall earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts degree from CMU. “Gary Randall is an ideal candidate for this position,” said Dean Pamela Gates. “The unique perspectives and experiences he will offer to students as the Griffin Endowed Chair will add significantly to their educational experiences in the Political Science Department.” The Griffin Endowment was created in 1999 through private donations as a tribute to two distinguished alumni: former U.S. Congressman, U.S. Senator and Michigan Supreme Court Justice Robert Griffin and his wife Marjorie. The Griffin program aims to further interest and participation in political issues among young adults, faculty and the public. The endowment funds the salary and associated costs of a U.S. or Michigan government expert who serves as a faculty member in CMU’s Political Science Department.

Political Science Post-doc, Dr. Jonathan Brown The Political Science Department Post-doc, Dr. Jonathan Brown has a new forthcoming article: Jonathan N. Brown, “Immovable Positions: Public Acknowledgement and Bargaining in Military Basing Negotiations,” Security Studies. Also, Alex Farrington, CMU Political Science major, was awarded a $3,500 Undergraduate Summer Scholar grant from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to work with Dr. Brown on his research pertaining to blame deflection during international crises.


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Annual newsletter from the Department of Political Science at Central Michigan University.