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Model UN team meets with success at regional competition – K-State Media, February 26, 2014
MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University's Model United Nations team has successfully returned to competition.
The team won three awards at the 54th Midwest Model U.N. Conference in St. Louis, Feb. 19-22. It was the first Kansas State University team to compete at a regional Model U.N. event in more than 30 years.
The team was relaunched by John Fliter Jr., associate professor of political science, as part of the activities associated with his term as the university's 2013-2014 Coffman Chair for Distinguished Teaching Scholars. Carla Martinez Machain, assistant professor of political science, is the team's co-adviser. Read more >>
Notable Alumni Visit KSU Political Science Classes
Two notable KSU alumni recently returned to Manhattan and spoke to KSU Political Science classes.
John Hofmeister, BA (1971) and MA (1973) in Political Science, former President of Shell Oil (2005-2008) and founder of Citizens for Affordable Energy, spoke to students in POLSC 611 Legislative Processes on February 11. Just two weeks before the class, John had been featured in a segment on CNN’s Anderson Cooper news program on the influence that money has on Congressional politics. Students watched the CNN clip before John’s talk and then asked a range of questions. Talk about learning from a respected and knowledgeable source! John was also gracious enough to speak at a number of other venues on campus, including giving the Lou Douglas Lecture that evening.
On February 7, General Richard Myers (ret.), BS Mechanical Engineering (1965), spoke to students in POLSC 549 International Defense Strategies. General Myers served as 15th Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest military position in the United States, from 2001 to 2005. Given his lengthy military career and his participation in a host of important foreign policy decisions, his insights were greatly appreciated by students. Again, an alumnus helped to give back one of the most valuable things former K-Staters have to offer our current generation of students – their insight and their knowledge.
Needless to say, both alumni visits were extremely successful and provided invaluable information and understanding for our students.
Hot News: Political Science Graduate Programs Ranked Among Top 25
MANHATTAN -- Three Kansas State University graduate programs have received recognition by GraduatePrograms.com, a student-rated guide.
The website ranks the College of Arts and Sciences' sociology graduate program No. 20 and the political science graduate program No. 23. The College of Veterinary Medicine's graduate program is No. 24 in the nation.
"We are very excited that two of the graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences are recognized by students as not only among the best in Kansas, but also in the nation," said Peter Dorhout, college dean. "Raising the profile of the university's largest college will benefit the K-State 2025 strategic plan to promote academics, creative endeavors and scholarship."
Internationally Recognized Speakers Visit Department
Four internationally recognized speakers will visit the department this academic year.
A. Cooper Drury Amaney Jamal
Professors Win Prominent Teaching Awards
KSU's Department of Political Science has a long history of teaching excellence and of winning the university’s highest teaching honors. This year is no exception. Dr. John Fliter, Jr. was awarded the most prestigious teaching honor at KSU. He will serve as the Coffman Chair for Distinguished Teaching Scholars for 2013-2014. Dr. Brianne Heidbreder received the William L. Stamey Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence. Read more >>
Department Launches Online Graduate Certificate
The Department of Political Science recently introduced a new graduate Certificate in Public Administration. The certificate provides the fundamentals of public administration knowledge for busy professionals and others who desire the flexibility of online learning. We will soon offer a set of online non-credit course modules on local government law as well. The modules have been endorsed by the Kansas League of Municipalities and will fulfill continuing education requirements for attorneys, planners, and engineers. Read more >>
New Courses Offered in the Department
Four new courses are being offered by the department this academic year: Political Islam, Local Government Law, Public Finance, and Strategic Management of Public Organizations. Political Islam should be of interest to students from a wide variety of majors, while the three other courses will be of interest to students who anticipate careers in government or professions that will interact frequently with government. Read more >>