A Note from the Department Head

Calvin Hall

As many of you know, I have repeatedly pointed out how the Department of Political Science at KSU is a department on the move.  I am pleased to announce that this is now true both literally and figuratively.  Following a university wide selection process, our department was chosen to move into Calvin Hall, the former home of the School of Business, in January 2017.  We will be joined in Calvin by the Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office and the Department of History.  Our new space offers a number of benefits.  It is located near the Student Union and the parking garage, allowing easy access for visitors and guests.  It has ample space for all of our faculty and graduate students, which should enhance interaction and collaboration.  It has common areas that are perfect for building a sense of comradery among our students.  Undergraduate and graduate majors can congregate to work on course projects, share ideas, and build potentially lifelong connections over common interests and ambitions.  Since Political Science and History are the constituent units of the Security Studies graduate program, our move will also produce even stronger bonds among faculty and students in this growing interdisciplinary program.  As should be apparent, we are excited about the move!

We are also excited about many other recent developments.  Since there are too many to include in a single e-newsletter, we decided to produce two e-newsletter this fall.  This first edition will provide an update on some of the remarkable achievements of our students.  The next edition will share highlights from our faculty and the various research enterprises that are helping to propel the department toward our 2025 goals. As always, please consider stopping by and visiting us when you are in town – but be sure to jot down our new address if you come after January 2017!

Jeff Pickering

Professor and Head

Washington Receives National Fellowship to Become a U.S. Foreign Service Officer

Shai Washington

Shai Washington

Shai Washington, senior in political science and international studies, was selected as 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 a student’s senior year as an undergraduate and their 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.  Continue reading

Waters Wins 2015 KSU Young Alumni Award

David E. Waters

David E. Waters

David 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 Lawyer 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.  Continue reading

Master of Public Administration Student Wins Prestigious Scholarship

Jared Wasinger

Jared Wasinger

Jared Wasinger, a student in our Master of Public Administration program, received 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.

Two Political Science Students Nominated for the Truman Scholarship

Ciara Chambers and Eleanor Dickens, both seniors in political science, were among 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. It provides up to $30,000 in financial support for graduate education. Chambers and Dickens competed with 600 nominees from across the nation for the 60 scholarships awarded.  While neither was ultimately awarded a Truman, their nominations underscore the fact that each has a bright future.  Continue reading

Student Awarded Scholarship and Study Abroad Opportunity in Kyrgyzstan

Joel Blankenship

Joel Blankenship

Joel Blankenship, senior in political science, history, and international studies, has been awarded a David L. Boren Scholarship. The Boren Scholarship, sponsored by the National Security Education Program, provides funds for undergraduate and graduate students to experience linguistic and cultural immersion in countries influential in maintaining U.S. national security.  Joel is the recipient of $19,300 in scholarship funds to support two semesters in Kyrgyzstan to study the Russian language. During his first semester, Joel will be fully immersed in the Russian language and Kyrgyz culture while living with a host family.  In his second semester, he plans to gain internship experience with a nongovernmental organization or the United Nations Development Agency. Upon graduation, Boren scholars such as Joel are guaranteed employment in a federal government agency focusing on national security.

Joel is an Army ROTC cadet, a member of the University Honors Program, member of the Silver Key Sophomore Honorary Society, and a delegate on the university’s Model U.N team.

2015 – 2016 Scholarship Recipients

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The department held its annual scholarship reception on Friday April 10, 2015 in the Manhattan Room at the Manhattan Country Club. Family, guests, donors, and faculty members joined our scholarship winners and majors for an enjoyable afternoon. Please consider joining the fun at this year’s reception, which will be held at the Manhattan Country Club on Friday April 15, 2016.

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PhD Graduates Earn Accolades

The Department of Political Science administers a joint graduate program on Security Studies with KSU’s History Department.  Security Studies PhD students continue to find rewarding positions and have been recognized for many accomplishments:

Rabia Abktar, PhD 2015, is the founding Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy, and Policy Research at the University of Lahore, Pakistan.

Saad Alsubie (Col), PhD 2013, has helped to develop the curriculum and teaches at the Saudi Command and General Staff College, which offers MA degrees in strategic, security, and military studies.

Orlandrew Danzell, MA 2007, PhD 2012, assistant professor in the Tom Ridge School of Intelligence Studies at Mercyhurst University, was honored as Mercyhurst’s 2015-2016 Research Fellow.  The fellowship provides a course reduction and additional support that will allow Danzell to further advance his scholarship.  Orlandrew regularly teaches courses on Intelligence and National Security, Terrorism, and Research Methods at Mercyhurst. Continue reading

A Note from the Department Head

Would you consider sharing your time and knowledge with current K-Staters?

Jeff Pickering

Welcome to the Kansas State Department of Political Science spring 2015 newsletter. As you know, we are extremely proud of the accomplishments of our students, and we are proud to be able to offer them a positive, rewarding learning environment. Fortunately for us, many of our alumni continue to share knowledge built from a lifetime of accomplishment with current K-Staters. There are too many examples to list in this newsletter, and we are thankful for each and every one of them. We would, however, like to highlight three such alumni visits from the past year – those of Judge Patricia Sietz, John Hofmeister, and Don Dressler. Information on these proud alums’ visits to KSU classrooms is provided below.

Would you be willing to share your insight with a current K-State Political Science major? A brief phone call or Skype conversation can be invaluable for a student, and might be the event that launches them down a successful and rewarding career path. If you would be interested in visiting with, or even mentoring, a current K-State student with a concentration in a field that you have thrived in, please contact the department’s Senior Administrative Assistant, Krista Moore, at kbohnny@ksu.edu.

All the best,

Jeff Pickering
Department Head