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Notes From The Chair
It 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.

Please keep 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.

Rick Kearney

Fall 2000 - Summer 2001
ECU Hosts North Carolina Political Science 
Association Meeting
Political Science Flashbacks

Law Offices of Whitley, Jenkins, & Riddle

Pitt County Republican Party

Democracy South

U.S. House of Representatives

WNCT-TV, Channel 9

N.C. Governor's Legislative Office

Town Administrator's Office, Windsor, N.C.

Supreme Court of North Carolina

Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group

Pitt County Sheriff's Office

Office of Senator Ed Warren

U.S. Department of State

Office of  Senator Paul Leubke

The Department of Political Science hosted the 2001 annual meeting of the North Carolina Political Science Association. Participation was excellent with about 75 faculty and several dozen students attending and/or delivering papers. Ms. Caroline Orth of our department was chosen for the 2000 Outstanding Faculty Paper Award and Mr. Carlos Ochoa was chosen for the 2000 Outstanding Undergraduate Student Paper Award. 

Drs. Thomas Eamon, John Williams and Leslie Omoruyi delivered papers and several students (Melissa Hensley, an MAIS graduate student and Matt Tirman, an undergraduate major) also presented papers. 

Dr. Maurice Simon was the chief organizer of arrangements for the meeting. The banquet speaker was Mr. Jack Betts, political editor of the Charlotte Observer, who spoke on current issues in North Carolina politics.

The Department of Political Science was carved out of a comprehensive social studies department in 1963. Leo Jenkins was chancellor at this time. The first chair of Political Science was  John Howell, who later rose through the ranks to become dean of Arts and Sciences and chancellor of the university. The department in 1963  numbered four faculty, including Howell, Robert Williams, Kathleen Stokes, and Herbert Carlton.
Political Science Department
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858 
Contact: Rick Kearney