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April 8, 2015 Edition

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I. General Political Science Announcements

a. POLS-SAC Applications Being Accepted

b.  Sandwiches With A Side of Career Advice

c. Political Science Department Graduation Ceremony

II. General University Annountion

III. Student Kudos

a. Dean's Award - Richard Rivard

b. Joe R. Wilkinson Memorial Award - Jonathan Kellogg

c. Outstanding Undergraduate Paper Award - Charles Moore

d. John G. & Barbara C. Peter Scholarship - Rachel Jacob

e. DC Internship - Kiran Gill, Rachel Jacob, Joe Palmer & Bradon Phillips

f.  Mock Trial Team

IV. Upcoming Lectures and Speakers

a. Dr. Evan Gerstmann

V.  Internships

a. City of Chicago Council Internship Opportunity

b. The Illinois Republican Party Internship

VI.  Scholarship and Fellowships

VII.  Clubs and Organizations

VIII.  Other Announcements

a. 4th Annual Summer Workshop in International Security - Applications Due April 10th

IX.  Faculty News

a. Dr. Santino Regilme

I. General Political Science Announcements 

a. Applications are being taken for Political Science Student Advisory Committee (POLS-SAC). Stop in to Zulauf 415 to pick up an application or print FORM. Bring in before Friday, April 17th.
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b. Free Sandwiches With a Side of Career Advice is a new program for the spring semester. The program is sponsored by Jersey Mike's Subs. The fourth lunch is Friday, April 24 from 12:00-1:00 in DuSable 464. If you are interested in working in law, come listen to Rich Doherty. Rich is an attorney at Bock and Hatch, LLC, a Chicago-based law firm.  Reservations are required. To reserve your sandwich, contact Kim Wilson at kwilson8@niu.edu. 
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c. Attention graduating seniors - You should have received an email and also your family should have received a letter notifying you of the special Political Science Department Graduation Ceremony to be held at 2:00 on May 9th in the Boutell Music Hall. The university has the big College of Liberal Arts and Sciences ceremony in the morning. Seating is limited to 10 guests per graduate. Tickets are needed for the university ceremony. There is UNLIMITED seating for the Political Science ceremony and no tickets are needed. You do need to RSVP per the link in your email, or send back RSVP ticket enclosed in the family letter. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Wilson at kwilson8@niu.edu or 815-753-1015.
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II. General University Announcements

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III. Student Kudos!

a. Congratulations to Richard (Ricky) Rivard for winning the 2015 Dean’s Award. Each year the Dean’s Award goes to a graduating Political Science senior who has demonstrated excellence both in his or her academic work and as a citizen of the NIU community.
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b. Congratulations to Jonathan Kellogg for being awarded the Joe R. Wilkinson Memorial Award. This award is presented to the graduating political science undergraduate major with the highest cumulative grade point average for work completed at Northern Illinois University.
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c. Congratulations to Charles Moore for writing the 2015 Outstanding Undergraduate Paper. The paper was titled "Indonesia: A Study of Suharto’s Regime."
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d. Congratulations to Rachel Jacob on being selected as the 2015 recipient of the John G. and Barbara C. Peters Scholarship. The award was given to Rachel for her academic record and political engagement.
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e. Congratulations to Kiran Gill, Rache Jacob, Joe Palmer, and Brandon Phillips on being selected as the Washington, D.C. Summer Congressional Internship Scholarship winners. This highly competitive program provides students with the opportunity to live, learn, and work in the heart of our nation's capital. These four students will intern on the Hill for a member of the Illinois congressional delegation.
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f. Congratulations to Dr. Mitch Pickerill and our mock trial team who finished a successful year at nationals this past weekend! In its first trip to the national tournament, the team went 4-4 and won ballots against teams from the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan among others. Alonte Holliday was named All-American Attorney and Krista Krepp was named All-American Witness. Congratulations on a great season!
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IV. Upcoming Lectures and Speakers

a. Dr. Evan Gerstmann, Professor of Political Science at Loyola Marymount University and Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, will be on campus giving a talk titled “Same-Sex Marriage and the Constitution: What Comes Next?” The talk is scheduled for Thursday, April 23 from 6:00-7:30 pm in the Holmes Student Center Sky Room. Dr. Gerstmann is one of the leading scholars on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. He has written two books, Same-Sex Marriage and the Constitution (Cambridge University Press) and The Constitutional Underclass (University of Chicago Press), on the subject. The subject is timely given the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a same-sex marriage case later this month. For more information on Dr. Gerstmann, visit http://bellarmine.lmu.edu/politicalscience/meetthefaculty/evangerstmann/.
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V. Internships

a.  Alderman George Cardenas, 12th Ward, is seeking an intern interested in learning about constituent services and policy research. Details.
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b. The Illinois Republican Party is excited to offer internships in their downtown Chicago office for the spring, summer, and fall. Details.
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VI. Scholarship and Fellowships

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VII. Clubs and Organizations

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VIII. Other Announcements 

a. The Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS) at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana announces the 4th annual workshop in international security. This one-week workshop is targeted at rising sophomores or advanced undergraduates from colleges and universities across the country. Dates: June 7-12, 2015. Details.
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IX. Faculty News

a. Dr. Santino Regilme will be joining our department in January 2016 as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Regilme is an expert in international relations, specifically foreign aid and human rights. He has studied those subjects in the Philippines and Thailand. Dr. Regilme will teach courses, including U.S. Foreign Policy, Contemporary Foreign Policy, and Human Rights.
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