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Political Science Alums Give Back by Sharing Expertise

Diane Patrick meeting with Dean Chakrabarti during her recent visit to campus
Diane Patrick meeting with Dean Chakrabarti during her recent visit to campus

We have wonderful alumni!  Many have been willing to give back to KSU by sharing their knowledge and experience with current Political Science students.  Four alums were kind enough to speak with students over recent months.

Diane Patrick (BA 1970) spoke to one of Dr. Schafer’s MPA courses about her extensive career in public service within both the public and non-profit sectors.  Diane not only led a major state agency in Kansas City through successful transformation, she supported a number of community development organizations affiliated with NeighborWorks America.  Diane also graciously shared insights from the career that her late husband, Bob Patrick, had as a public servant with the EPA.

Susan Herbel, PhD, (BA 1964; MA 1969) met with one of Dr. Bernick’s MPA classes about her successful career as an analyst of highway and other public safety issues.  As a principal at Cambridge Systematics, Inc, Susan has been a principal investigator for the Federal Highway Administration and a consultant for numerous state governments.

Ken Morse, J.D., (BS 1977) spent time in Dr. Fliter’s Judicial Law class and with a collection of pre-law students from a variety of majors.  Ken was not only a staff attorney for the Kansas Department of Administration, he was Vice President of Legal and Government Affairs for Hill’s Pet Nutrition, a Colgate Palmolive company.

Vicki Nibarger (BS 2005; MA 2007) talked to Dr. Flynn’s American Foreign Policy course about her career as a Foreign Service Officer in the US State Department.  Vicki joined the Foreign Service after graduating with her MA and is now a Political Diplomatic Officer stationed in Kiev, Ukraine.

As you might guess, alumni visits such as these are invaluable for our majors. They provide extremely beneficial, practical insight on career paths and the various steps needed to succeed in a range of professions. They also demonstrate what can be accomplished with K-State Political Science degree!

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