has been another eventful year for the Department of Political Science,
as this eighth volume of the annual alumni newsletter shows. A new chancellor,
William V. Muse, has taken charge to help guide the university through
the state budget crisis and an anticipated enrollment boom. Political Science
classes are packed with students, including two sections of American Government
with more than 100 students each. Our Master of Public Administration program,
which enrolls 80 students, has been ranked nationally and reaccredited
for another seven years. A hearty "well done" is offered to the MPA faculty
and staff. The department-sponsored High School Model United Nations hosted
approximately 300 students from eastern and central North Carolina; this
year's event will be bigger and better than ever.
Some of you
will remember the department library located in the Brewster Building.
It was, frankly, rather industrial looking with its metal chairs and faux
wood tables. Thanks to alumni contributions and funds generously provided
by Dean Keats Sparrow, we have begun renovating the library to make it
more accommodating for studying and for departmental receptions and other
events. New furniture graces the room. Presidential portraits add interest
and color to the walls (So far we have framed campaign posters or other
pictures of Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson,
Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush). Your contributions can help us pay
for carpeting and additional presidential portraits (which we have been
buying through on-line auctions) and also for cable television. During
the tragic event of September 11, we were unable to access cable TV, which
requires a satellite on top of Brewster.
in touch with us--let us know where you are and what you are doing. Your
fellow alumni, faculty, and staff always enjoy hearing from you. And a
special thanks to those faithful alumni who honor us with their financial
contributions. Whether for $10 or $1,000 (please see the announcement of
our $1,000 Club within), these donations are much needed and are put to
good use for the benefit of our students.