Thursday, July 02, 2015

Congratulations to Grace Libby '13

Grace Libby (PG graduate, 2013) has been accepted into the MA in International Development at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.  She’ll start this fall and we wish her well.

Don Share
Department of Politics and Government
University of Puget Sound

Friday, May 01, 2015

I wanted to make you aware of a FREE event that the Seattle University Institute of Public Service is hosting on Monday, May 11th from 6:00pm to 7:45pm. Please spread the word!
Monday, May 11, 6-7:45 p.m.
Seattle University Pigott Auditorium
Come hear two members of Washington’s Congressional delegation, Representatives Dave Reichert and Adam Smith, discuss economics and income inequality issues, immigration and public service. The interview will be led by Master of Public Administration Director, Larry Hubbell and multimedia journalist Joni Balter. Following the interview, attendees will have time to ask questions.
A networking reception will take place in the lobby of the PACCAR Atrium from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Current and prospective students, alumni, and community members will learn more about internships, jobs and service in government. The interview will start in the Seattle University Pigott Auditorium at 6:30pm and end at 7:45pm.
RSVP HERE. This event is sponsored by the Seattle University Master of Public Administration and undergraduate public affairs programs.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

PG Grad Update: Ellie Page, '13

Ellie Page (PG major, 2013 grad) is attending law school at University of Washington.  She has just been accepted into the University of Washington’s Masters of Public Health Services program.  Ellie will working this summer in Olympia at the Office of Program Research for the Washington State House of Representatives, working on health-related legislation.  Congrats to Ellie for all of these accomplishments!

Don Share
Department of Politics and Government
University of Puget Sound

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

News and an offer to help alums from Cead Nardie-Warner '11

Since leaving Congressman Smith's district office and campaign, I moved home to St. Louis, Mo. Because I was hesitant to jump back into politics here (for a myriad of reasons), and I was unable to head to DC to pursue policy work for family reasons, I began looking for opportunities that would push me to continue developing critical thinking, writing and strategic planning skills. Fortunately, St. Louis is the global headquarters for FleishmanHillard (FH) and I was able to get a job with their Public Affairs team. The adjustment to mid-western corporate life has been interesting, but the quality of the people I work with is amazing and I am learning a lot about our country - politically, economically and socially. I consistently work on policy analysis and strategic planning for issues, crises, reputation and public awareness across many industries and levels of government including health care, agriculture, and energy to name a few. 

Recently, I helped a former UPS grad and friend find a position with our Sacramento office working with our food and agriculture group. Through this process I was reminded about how little I considered or even knew about positions with companies like FH when I was in school. And, that we rarely see students in our intern programs that come from schools like Puget Sound. That said, I think the liberal arts education model and the creativity of the students at UPS translates really well to this profession and I have seen some success. I simply want to open the door to anyone who may be interested in learning more about public affairs, agency consulting, PR etc... FH has operations in most major cities in the country.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Alex McNeil Wins Summer Research Award

Congratulations to P&G major Alex McNeil, who won a university summer research grant of $3250 for his project, "Fifty Shades of Green: A Comparative Study of Alternative Energy Policies in the United States."  Alex plans to examine states' efforts to cultivate wind, solar, and hydroelectric power with an eye toward assessing the efficacy of different approaches.

It has been a good couple of weeks for Alex.  In addition to this award, he recently won a social sciences writing prize for a paper on political parties and polarization he wrote in Professor Sousa's P&G 312, "Parties, Campaigns, and Elections."  

Monday, April 06, 2015

PG Grad Update- Natalie Nakamine, 2011

At last week’s WPSA meeting, alumna Natalie Nakamine, class of 2011, presented “Does Political Power Affect Policies? Immigrant Political Incorporation and State Immigrant Laws.”  She is getting ready to start her dissertation at UC Irvine.

Natalie posed with two Vegas street people after lunch.

Congratulations Samantha Tigner!

Congratulations to PG major Samantha Tigner who reports:

I am very excited to have been accepted to Beginning Persian program at the Arabic, Persian and Turkish Language Immersion Institute (APTLII) at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. For two months this summer (June to August) I will be living and learning in a Persian-immersion environment. I will have around 5 hours of formal language classes every day, and then cultural lessons and activities during the evenings. I will be living on campus where I will have to continue speaking my target language with my fellow students outside of the classroom. This will be a challenge, but I sincerely believe that it will be an extremely rewarding experience!

They have programs for beginning, advanced-beginning, intermediate and advanced Persian, Turkish, and Arabic students. If you know anyone else who might be interested in studying these languages, have them check it out:

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

UPS grad and P&G major T’wina Franklin running for UP School Board

From: Twina Franklin 

To: Patrick H O'Neil; David J Sousa 

Subject: UPS Alum, T'wina Franklin '06 MAT '07 Announces Run for University Place School Board 

Hi there! I am very excited about this opportunity and wanted to share this with the Logger community. :) 
I am also looking for fellow UPS P&G students interested in volunteering on the Friends of T'wina Franklin campaign trail. My email is For more information, please visit

P&G Grad Update- Moira Fagan

From: Moira Fagan
Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015 at 9:05 AM
Subject: Saying Hello

Hi Prof. O'Neil,
It's been quite a while since I've seen you, so I wanted to reach out with a quick life update and an opportunity to do a good deed.

For the past couple of months I've been living in Soissons, a town about an hour northeast of Paris, working as an English assistant in the local elementary schools.  It's been a lot of fun, and I've been documenting some of my travels and day-to-day life in this blog:  And as you know, I'll be studying Global Governance, Politics, and Security at American University in the fall.

But before I go back to school, I'm planning on riding a bike from Providence, RI to Seattle, WA with a group called Bike and Build.  Bike and Build raises money and awareness for affordable housing around the country, which makes it a similar organization to Habitat for Humanity.  Each rider is asked to raise $4,500 before the trip starts in June, so I've been reaching out to everyone I've ever met to ask for their support.  If you're interested in contributing, check out my rider page:

Thanks for taking the time to read this!  Post-grad life is fun, but UPS was a wonderful experience, and the academics were incredible. I'm glad to have taken a bit of time off school, but I'm excited to start the the next stage of my education.
Hoping you are well,

Moira Fagan

European Summer School in Prague! Deadline May 15th

The European Summer School in Prague is an intensive 12 day learning programme focused on European integration. It is organized by one of the leading think-tanks in Prague, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, in co-operation with Prague College, the Charles University Faculty of Social Sciences and under the auspices of the European Commission Representation in the Czech Republic. This year’s European Summer School is titled “Challenges for Europe – regional integration in a fragmented world”. How does the EU operate in an increasingly polarised world? How does it react to its internal challenges? Find out in Prague, at the 13th annual European Summer School!
Deadlines for Applications are May 15th, 2015.
For more information, Please Visit

Emerging Markets Development Advisers Program Fellowship. Deadline June 13th

The Emerging Markets Development Advisers Program (EMDAP) is a fellowship and cooperative activity between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Institute of International Education (IIE). Through EMDAP, U.S. graduate students and recent graduates with non-profit, business, private sector, public policy, and international relations related backgrounds provide technical assistance and support to local organizations in USAID-assisted countries. EMDAP targeted assistance supports USAID's strategy of building local capacity through innovative and sustainable assistance by transferring knowledge to local organizations and individuals.
EMDAP is a demand driven program with placement based on requests from USAID field Missions, as well as other U.S. government entities, NGO's and development private sector actors.  Working with the sponsoring agency or organization, IIE has the flexibility to design placements to address specific needs in economic growth, education, health, youth & development, humanitarian assistance and other technical areas.
EMDAP Advisers, recruited from top graduate schools are selected based on their background & skills, leadership qualities, problem solving capabilities, and communication & analysis abilities. Through 12 month fellowship work assignments, Advisers produce tangible improvements and sustainable systems in existing as well as start-up organizations in various areas such as business planning, organizational operations, product marketing, financial systems & reporting, human resources and internet technology.
Learn more about this opportunity at
Applications are due June 13th.

CFR Conference Call - Thursday 4/23

On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), I invite you to participate in the last session of the Winter/Spring 2015 CFR Academic Conference Call series on Thursday, April 23, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM in WY226. Sheila A. Smith, CFR's senior fellow for Japan studies, will discuss Japan's primary policy concerns as it navigates its relationship with an advancing China.

Dr. Smith is the author of "Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China," which was published by Columbia University Press in February 2015. She is also the author of the CFR report "Japan's New Politics and the U.S.-Japan Alliance" (July 2014). Dr. Smith is a regular contributor to the CFR blog "Asia Unbound" and to major media outlets in the United States and Asia. She teaches as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University's Asian Studies Department, serves on the board of the "Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs," and is vice chair of the U.S. advisors to the U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Exchange. Dr. Smith joined CFR from the East-West Center in 2007, where she directed a multinational research team in a cross-national study of the domestic politics of the U.S. military presence in Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines.

As background for the discussion, you may wish to review the following materials:

1) Sheila A. Smith, "Chapter 1: Contending with China," Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China, Columbia University Press, February 2015.

2) Sheila A. Smith, "Japan-China Relations: Three Things to Know," Video,, November 18, 2014.

3) Sheila A. Smith, "Japan's New Politics and the U.S.-Japan Alliance," Report, Council on Foreign Relations Press, July 2014.

4) "Japan," Asia Unbound, Blog, Council on Foreign Relations.

Please RSVP to me at if you're interested in attending.

See you there...

Seth Weinberger
Associate Professor
Department of Politics & Government
University of Puget Sound

Photography and Revoluion in Nicaragua - Thursday 4/23

Yoram Bauman is coming to UPS! Tuesday, 4/21

 In honor of Earth Week, ASUPS and the Sustainability Advisory Committee joined forces to bring Yorman Bauman, the worlds first and only Stand-Up Economist, to talk about his Carbon Tax initiative in Washington State. Yorman taught graduate Environmental Economics at University of Washington in the past but now has shifted his time towards working on Carbon Washington, Innitiative I-732, which is a revenue-neutral carbon tax campaign. 

Don't miss his famous economic comedy skit and the opportunity to hear about a proposed carbon tax in Washington! 

Read up about him here:
Read about Carbon Washington's I-732: 

Thanks and I hope to see you all there! 
Sierra Cocoziello