PS Newsletter Vol. 6, No. 1 Fall 1999

Alumni News

   Michael Dees (BS, 1999) works on Capitol Hill as legislative correspondent for Congressman Mike McIntyre.

   Brian Von Meyerhoeffer (BA, 1999) is attending the University of Baltimore School of Law.

   David Sturm (BS, 1999) is a graduate student at the American University, where he is an editorial assistant for the journal Congress and the Presidency.

   Joan White (BA, 1999) is a loan officer for a firm in Winston Salem.

   James Douglas Bean (BS, 1999) is a price analyst in the Harris Teeter Corporate Office in Matthews.

   Cynthia E. Degiacinto (BS, 1996) received her MPA from the University of Oklahoma. She has also been awarded a 1998 Presidential Management Internship appointment with the Department of Defense. She will be a program analyst for the Pacific Region Quality of Life Programs. In November 1996, she married Clayton Degiacinto, and they now reside in Haleiwa, Hawaii. 

   Damon P. Johnson (BS, 1993) is a medical sales representative for BFI Healthcare. On April 30, 1999, he married Melanie D. Crain of Kings Mountain. The faculty and staff of the Department of Political Science wish them the best.



   Tom Wheaton (MPA, 1998) has been promoted to the rank of commander in the Medical Service of the US Navy. Tom tells us that the MPA degree was an integral part of his promotion.

   Lee Padrick, (MPA, 1992) works for the N.C. Division of Community Assistance as a community development planner. 

   Patrice Alexander (MPA, 1986) has been promoted to employee relations manager at Champion International Corporation, Roanoke Rapids Mill. She is currently serving as chair of Halifax-Warren Smart Start Partnership for Children and as treasurer of Coalition 2001, an advocacy group for public sector mental health services. 

   Four MPA graduates are currently employed through the North Carolina Governors Management Fellowship Program. This program appoints MPA graduates to two-year fellowships working for the state. Melissa Byers (MPA, 1998) is in her second year in the Insurance Commissioner's Office. Clyde Higgs (MPA, 1999) is executive assistant to Martin Lancaster, president of the N.C. Community College system. Matt Oathout (MPA, 1999) is working in the Department of Health and Human Services. Kelly Rudd (MPA, 1998) is working in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Clyde, Matt, and Kelly are all in their first year in the fellowship program. 


Michael McShane Appointed an Officer to ECU Board of Visitors

Michael McShane has been appointed to the ECU Board of Visitors. Mr. McShane is a graduate of ECU. He recently received the 1997-1998 Outstanding Alumni Award. Currently, he works as a congressional lobbyist for TRW Inc.

Political Science Department
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Contact: Rick Kearney