PS Newsletter Vol. 6, No. 1 Fall 1999

New Faculty

Professor Dwight F. Rettie joined the Department of Political Science as a visiting professor in fall 1999. He is teaching American National Government and Introduction to Political Theory. Professor Rettie previously taught American Government at Carteret Community College in Morehead City under the college transfer program. He is a graduate of  Yale University and holds an MA in political science from the University of California at Berkeley. Professor Rettie retired from the National Park Service after eleven years with that bureau. He had earlier service as a career executive in the Office of the Secretary of the Interior and with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the Treasury Department. He was also executive director of the National
Recreation and Parks Association, a nonprofit lobby and advocacy organization in Washington, D.C. Professor Rettie is the author of an important study, Our National Park System: Caring for America's Greatest Natural and Historic Treasures, with a foreword by Stewart L. Udall. The book is in its third printing and has been described by Yale Professor Robin W. Winks as "The best book on the subject in thirty years!" Another book on the national park system is in the early stages of development. Professor Rettie will be the keynote speaker at a five-week park ranger training program for the National Park Service at its training center in Grand Canyon National Park next March.
Professor Caroline M. Orth received an undergraduate degree in political science and a graduate degree in public administration at East Carolina University. Professor Orth has completed all course and examination requirements for her PhD in political science at Purdue University. 

Professor Orth recently spent four months in Europe (specifically in Belgium, France, and Germany) collecting data for her doctoral dissertation. In addition to teaching American National Government and Behavioral Methodology at ECU, she is working on her dissertation _ a comparative study of the implementation of water pollution control legislation in the United States and the European Union. 

Faculty News

Dr. David P. Conradt was very active this spring and summer at a variety of national and international conferences. In May he presented a paper at a Constitutional Congress in Bonn, Germany, commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Germany's 1949 Basic Law (Constitution). Dr. Conradt's presentation, which was telecast throughout Germany, will appear in a special volume on the Constitution to be published in November. His participation was funded by a grant from the German

  Interior Ministry. In June he supervised grading of the Advanced Placement test in Comparative Politics at the University of Nebraska, and presented a paper at a conference sponsored by the United States Department of State in Washington, D.C., on the new Schroeder government in Germany. His participation in this program was funded by the State Department. In late June, at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, he presented a paper, "Capital Questions: The  

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