The department is pleased to announce that several students have been invited to present their research at the 2012 Western Political Science Association annual conference to take place in Portland, Oregon this March. Jessica Winberg, senior honors political science and international studies major, will be presenting a poster on Islamic Feminism Moving Muslim States towards Reform, and junior Nora Nicholl-Lewandowski, also honors political science and international studies major, will be presenting a poster on Changing the Game: Nuclear Proliferation and Its Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy. Caitlin Vejby, a 2011 graduate of political science and international studies, will be presenting a paper on Replicating the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme: Addressing the Problems of Conflict Coltan. All three students are also members of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science national honors society.
The Alpha Delta Omicron chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science National Honor Society) welcomes five new members. On October 12, 2011 the chapter initiated, senior international studies and psychology major Veronica Chinchilla (not pictured), senior honors political science and international business major Brandon Ernst, junior political science and English major Sydney Lewis, junior political science major Minuete McKernan (not pictured), and junior political science and international studies major Nora Nicholl-Lewandowski. All members have fulfilled the requirements for membership, which include minimum of ten semester-credits of coursework in political science (including at least one upper-division course) with a B average in those courses and a 3.5 cumulative grade point average.
Minuete McKernan, junior political science major with a minor in pre-law and member of Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science National Honor Society), is a candidate for mayor in her hometown of Livermore. The mayoral election, which will take place this November, has enabled Minuete to put into practice what she has learned about the political process through her coursework here at Dominican University of California. Minuete has a passion for government and public service and is excited about the opportunity to serve if she is elected.
We are pleased to announce that recent graduate Caitlin Vejby (2011) has been invited to the International Studies Association-West Annual Meeting to present a paper entitled Replicating the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme: Addressing the Problems of Conflict Coltan. The paper, which was a part of Caitlin’s thesis project, will be presented September 23-24 at the Pasadena Hilton in, California where this year’s meeting is being held. Caitlin is a former Panetta Congressional intern and was a double major in political science and international studies.
Juleah Cordi is responsible for all District event coordination and facilitation. Ms. Cordi is also the senior grant writer for the District, including research and development of potential grant funded projects as assigned by the District Manager. Her other contributions include editing documents, reports, and invoices, working with other staff on collaborative projects, and providing outreach to constituents throughout the District’s sphere of influence.
The department is pleased to announce that Nora Nicholl-Lewandowski, sophomore honors student majoring in political science and international studies, has been selected to the Board of Directors for the Model United Nations of the Far West (MUNFW). The MUNFW Board of Directors is the primary governing body, which is responsible for the operations and planning of the organization. The Board of Directors “is composed of 19 members with representation from academic faculty, students and community members.” In her capacity as board member Nora will attend all the annual meetings and recruit other Model UN programs from the Bay area to participate in future MUNFW conferences. Through this endeavor Nora will continue to pursue her interest in international affairs, which she has demonstrated with sophisticated research paper presentations at the 2010 and 2011 National Conference on Undergraduate Research. This summer she plans to study intensive Arabic at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
We are thrilled to announce that senior Political Science major, Luke Webster-White has been selected to participate in the Leon & Sylvia Panetta Congressional Internship Program. He will be in Washington, D.C. for the fall 2011 semester working for a member of the California congressional delegation. Luke will be missed on campus next fall, however, we are very proud to have him represent Dominican University of CA and we are looking forward to hearing about his experiences upon his return.
Two of our Pi Sigma Alpha members in the department have been invited to present their senior thesis research at the Southwestern Political Science Association annual meeting, March 16-19 in Las Vegas Nevada. Daniel Tapia-Jimenez, a senior honors political science and international studies major with a minor in math, will present a paper entitled “State Capacity versus Insurgency Capacity.” Emperatriz Guevara, senior international studies major, with a minor in business, and the president of DPSA (Dominican Political Science Association) will present a paper entitled, “Sustainable Development and Microfinance: Lessons from Brazil and Rwanda.”
Five students from the department have been invited to present papers at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in March 2011 at Ithaca College in New York. Monica Campos (senior political science major) will present a paper entitled “Sub-Saharan Africa’s Pivotal State: A Closer Look at Infrastructural Development within South Africa.” Brandon Ernst (junior honors political science, international business double major with a minor in leadership studies) will present a paper entitled “Analysis of Macro vs. Micro Development Policies in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Qualitative and Quantitative Exploration.” Vina Akbari-Gazvini (junior political science major) will present a paper entitled “Franco's Influence on Catalan Secession.” Nora Nicholl-Lewandowski (sophomore honors political science and international studies double major) will present a paper entitled “Conflict Resolution: The Role of Peacebuilding in Kenya and Cyprus.” Victoria Corrado (senior International Studies major) will present "Laying Down the Law: A Comparison of Western Common and Islamic Law."
Brandon Ernst, a junior honors political science, international business double major with a minor in leadership studies has been invited to take part in the Clinton Global Initiative meeting at the University of California, San Diego April 1st-3rd, 2011. Brandon is a national fellow (in a cohort of 16) at the Institute for International Public Policy. Also, as the president of the leadership fellows on campus, he is organizing an Energy Forum to take place at Dominican University of California in 2011, which will be a host to 100 students from all around the Bay Area interested in addressing this important and timely issue.