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Waters Wins 2015 KSU Young Alumni Award


Dr. Jeff Pickering and David E. WatersDavid E. Waters, BA 1999, received the Kansas State University College of Arts and Sciences Young Alumni Award at the Eisenhower Circle Celebration at KSU on October 15, 2015.  After graduating from KSU, David attended the University of Kansas School of Law on scholarship and also clerked for Kansas State Supreme Court Justice Robert E. Davis.  He joined the law firm Lathrop & Gage LLP, in Kansas City and Johnson County, Kansas, following completion of his law degree and quickly made his mark on the greater Kansas City legal community.  Now a partner at Lathrop & Gage, he was named a Super Lawyers Missouri and Kansas “Rising Star” from 2012 to 2015 and one of The Best Lawyers in America in Real Estate for 2013-2016.  David has also published a number of articles for professional legal publications and regularly speaks on legal issues for various professional associations. 

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Sabri Ciftci Appointed Michael W. Suleiman Chair in Arab and Arab-American Studies

Sabri CiftciSabri Ciftci has been appointed the Michael W. Suleiman Chair in Arab and Arab-American Studies in the Department of Political Science at Kansas State University.

With a tradition of success in the study of Arab and Arab-American issues at K-State, the Suleiman Chair was established to help the university remain at the forefront of Middle Eastern studies. The Suleiman Chair and the activities that will be associated with it, including talks and workshops, will help to expand knowledge on issues that are currently significant and will remain relevant in the coming years.

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Political Science Junior Receives National Fellowship to Become 
a U.S. Foreign Service Officer

Shai Washington

Shai Washington, junior in political science and international studies, is one of 10 students nationally to receive a 2015 Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship with the U.S. State Department.

The fellowship, administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, provides financial support for students; senior year as an undergraduate and first year of graduate school. In addition, students participate in one domestic internship and one overseas internship; receive mentoring from foreign service officers in the U.S. State Department; and after completing a master's degree, are expected to become foreign service officers.

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Master of Public Administration Student Awarded Prestigious Scholarship

Jared WasingerJared Wasinger, a student in our Master of Public Administration program, has been awarded one of two scholarships awarded annually by the Kansas Association of City/County Management. Jared is a Kansas native who received his undergraduate degree from K-State. 

The Kansas Association of City/County Management (KACM) is an organization of local government management officials working together since 1951 to support and promote professional management and high ethical standards for effective democracy in local city and county governments in Kansas.

This is the second year in a row that one of our MPA students has won one of these prestigious awards.

Kansas State University Nominates Two Political Science Students for Truman Scholarship

Eleanor DickensCiara Chambers and Eleanor Dickens, both juniors in political science, are two of four students nominated by Kansas State University for the 2015 Harry S. Truman Scholarship. The Truman Scholarship recognizes college students with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in public service, government or the nonprofit sector. If awarded, it provides up to $30,000 in financial support for graduate education. 

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Political Science Graduate Wins 2015 Distinguished Young Alumni Award

Matt King, BA Political Science (2007), is the recipient of the K-State Alumni Association Student Alumni Board's 2015 Distinguished Young Alumni Award. This award recognizes K-State graduates who are younger than 35 and are using the scholarship, leadership and service experience they acquired at K-State to excel in their professions and contribute to their communities.

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Concurrent Degree Launched

NASPAA LOGOThe Political Science Department is pleased to announce the new BA-BS/MPA concurrent degree program. This program allows students to earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Political Science as well as a Master of Public Administration in five and a half years. Earning both a BA or BS and a Master's degree typically takes six years to complete. The concurrent degree program saves both time and money. A Master of Public Administration trains students for a wide variety of careers in the public sector and non-profit organizations. Please be advised that careful academic planning is required beginning in your sophomore year. Interested students should contact Dr. Jim Franke, Director of Graduate Studies.

Concurrent Bachelor/Master of Public Administration Degree Website

Patricia A. Seitz Named Alumni Fellow

Judge Seitz

Senior US District Judge Patricia Seitz, BA 1968, was honored as a University Alumni Fellow in April. Judge Seitz spent two days on campus, and shared her insights and experiences with students in John Fliter's Constitutional Law course and with pre-law students on campus. She also met with two Seitz scholarship recipients on campus, and with student veterans.

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Model UN Team Re-Launched

model un

Kansas State University's Model United Nations team has successfully returned to competition. The team won three awards at the 54th Midwest Model UN Conference in St. Louis in February and four awards at the American Model UN International in Chicago in November. These were the first Kansas State University teams to compete at Model UN competitions in over 30 years.

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Political Science Graduate Programs 
Ranked Among Best in the Country

According to GraduatePrograms.com, the graduate education experience offered by KSU's Political Science department is among the best in the country. The GraduatePrograms.com website surveys recent and current graduate students on the quality and value of their graduate education, and then evaluates programs across fifteen categories. Overall, the graduate programs housed in KSU's Department of Political Science were ranked the 13th best in the country. We had good company in this ranking — sandwiched between Harvard University (ranked 12th) and Yale University (ranked 14th). KSU's graduate programs were ranked #1 in the country for both career support and faculty support.

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Earhart Foundation to Sponsor Mini-Conference in Department

The Earhart Foundation, a charitable foundation founded in 1929 by Harry Boyd Earhart, has provided a $7,500 grant to the Department of Political Science for a Mini-Conference featuring the authors contributing to Perspectives on Modern Honor, an edited volume that will be published by Lexington Press. The Mini-Conference, co-hosted by Dr. Laurie M. Johnson (Political Science, KSU) and Dan Demetriou (Philosophy, University of Minnesota-Morris) will be held Friday, March 27, 2015 in KSU's Hale Library (Hemisphere Room, 5th Floor). It is open to the public, and we encourage those with an interest to attend. To view talks given at the Mini-Conference, click here.

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Jared O. Nyagol

Jared O. Nyagol

As Executive Director of APS Healthcare, Subsidiary of KEPRO, I oversee the State of California’s completion of level II evaluations for individuals admitted to Medicaid certified skilled nursing facilities that have or are suspected to have a mental illness diagnosis for the State of California’s Department of Healthcare Services. The California PASRR (Preadmission Screening and Resident Review) provides psychiatric and psychosocial examinations which become the basis on which the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) makes mental health treatment recommendations. The ultimate goal of the level II evaluations is to assure appropriate placement and treatment for individuals identified as mentally ill who require specialized services.

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