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Newsletter of the Department of Political Science, The University of Oklahoma
Editor, Kerry Ashford , Volume Number 17 - Fall 2001

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In this issue. . .

Cover Page

School of International and Area Studies

Gregory Jungman Selected as Presidential Management Intern

Brian Taylor Named 2001 Carnegie Scholar

Chapter & Verse

Department Welcomes New Professor Michele Claibourn

Department News

2001 Scheffer Winner Overcomes Great Odds

Lt. Dilday Receives 2001 MacNiven Award

Donna Hoffman First Recipient of New Morgan Award

I Remember
Cortez and Ina Ewing

2001 Ewing Fellows

2001 Department Scholarships & Awards



You Can Call Me Doctor

Pray Paper Award

Alumnus Returns to Iran for Career in Higher Education

Cindy Simon Rosenthal Named 2000 OPSA Outstanding Political Scientist

Marcus Cohn 1913-2001

Kim Hoffman Wins New Peters Award

Phyllis Jones Selected for 2001 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute

2001 Robert Dean Bass Memorial Scholarships

Gary Copeland Selected as UOSA Outstanding Professor in Arts and Sciences




Mitchell Smith and Aimee Franklin both received College of Arts and Sciences Enrichment Grants.

Gary Cohen, professor of history at OU, who worked closely with us in his position of adviser in Russian and East European Studies and later as Director of International Academic Programs for the International Programs Center, has retired from the university. He has taken a position with the University of Minnesota.

Paul Martin and Michele Claibourn received a College of Arts and Sciences Instructional Computing Grant to fund classes conducted through OU-POLL.

Tom James once again received funding for “Statewide Seat Belt Survey: 2001” and “Child Restraint Survey: 2001.”

Aimee Franklin and Jill Tao received Junior Faculty Research Fellowships this year.

Keith Gaddie was elected to the Executive Council of the Southwestern Political Science Association for a term expiring in 2003 at the annual SWPSA annual meeting in March in Fort Worth, Texas.

Chieko Numata, who teaches at Bowdoin College in Maine, is with us this academic year as a visiting professor in comparative, Japanese, and East Asian politics.

David Edger has joined us as a CIA Officer in Residence. Mr. Edger most recently was stationed at the U. S. Embassy in Berlin as Minister-Counselor for Coordination, where he directed both military and civilian U. S. intelligence programs in Germany. During the two-year assignment, Mr. Edger will teach courses related to the U. S. intelligence community and foreign policy. President David Boren arranged for his participation at OU.

Tom James and Gary Gooch received funding for “General Aviation Policy and Planning” from the State of Oklahoma, Aeronautics Commission.

Jos Raadschelders, Henry Bellmon Chair of Public Service, and the Department of Political Science hosted the third annual Bellmon Lecture in Public Policy on February 22. Cal Hobson, Oklahoma State Senator from District 16, spoke on “The Link Between Education and Economic Development.”

Suzette Grillot received a travel grant from Research Administration to conduct research during the summer of 2001.

Tom James and assistant director Kathy Hall received funding for their project titled “Community 2000 Team Assessments” from the Missouri Association of Community Task Forces.

Professor Emeritus Walter Scheffer has written a short history of Advanced Programs and the Public Administration Program. The document emphasizes the early development of the programs and continues through 1986, a twenty-year period during which Walt was Director of Programs in Public Administration.

Suzette Grillot received funding from the National Research Council for her project “The Weapons Works: Eastern Europe and the Global Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons.”

Bob Cox and then graduate student Chris Breunig were the first recipients of the Dikeman Honorarium. The purpose of the Dikeman Honorarium is to stimulate research on the Oklahoma economy, inform citizens, and guide public policy. The award was for their article “How Global is the Oklahoma Economy?”

Two reports were completed by Jill Tao and doctoral student Ed Long for the State Office of Highway Safety last September. “Oklahoma Seat Belt Observation Study: Summer 2000” and “Oklahoma Child Restraint Survey: 2000,” ongoing projects of the Institute for Public Affairs.

Paul Martin was awarded a College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Enrichment Grant to fund a series of experiments aimed at testing if and how citizens use partisan and ideological reasoning when they think about politics.

David Ray received funding for his proposal for web-based course instruction.

During the Spring 2001 semester, Allen Hertzke received a grant from Fieldstead & Company to fund his research project on “Global Religious Persecution and American Foreign Policy.” He also received a Visiting Fellowship to the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Allen Hertzke gave a speech June 25 to the National Press Club in Washington, DC, as part of a luncheon press conference on Religion, Foreign Policy, and the Bush Administration.

James Douglas has accepted a position with the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Mitchell Smith has been named book review editor of EUSA Review, the newsletter of the European Union Studies Association.

In March, the U. S. Department of Defense announced the decision by the National Security Education Board to name its student awards for OU president David Boren. All future National Security Education Program undergraduate recipients will be known as “David L. Boren Scholars,” and all graduate student recipients will be called “David L. Boren Fellows.” While serving in the U. S. Senate, Boren was the author of the National Security Education Act of 1991, which created the NSEP. The program funds the study of languages and cultures of areas of the world outside of Western Europe that are critical to national security.

On November 8, 2000, Eiji Kawabata delivered a public lecture on Japanese politics, “The Challenges for Political Leadership in Japan Today,” as part of the Global Forum sponsored by the International Programs Center.

Graduate Students

Jeffrey Richards successfully defended his master’s thesis, “Suasion: Propaganda, Psychological Warfare and the Manipulation of Mass Audiences.” His committee was Keith Gaddie, chair; David Ray; and Steve Sloan.

Mark Gismondi has accepted a tenure-track position at Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, Idaho. The chair at Nampa is Steve Shaw, who received his PhD from OU in 1986.

Sung-Il Hwang satisfactorily defended his master’s thesis in May. Thesis title: “Will Japanese Pacifism Be Continued? Anti-Militaristic Norms and Military Security.” Major Hwang’s thesis committee: Suzette Grillot, chair; Edward Perkins; and Robert Cox.

John Van Doorn has accepted a tenure-track position at Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Kentucky.

Larycia Hawkins has received a Graduate Alumni Fellowship.

Christian Breunig successfully defended his master’s thesis in May. His thesis is titled “Seeds of Dispute: Acceptance and Regulation of Genetically Modified Food: A Comparison Between the European Union and the United States.” Christian’s committee was Robert Cox, chair; Jos Raadschelders; Cindy Simon Rosenthal; and Brian Taylor.

Jocelyn Jones won the award for Best Paper Presented by a Graduate Student for the 2000 Southwestern Social Science Association Meeting last fall.

Bill Ward, PhD student, has co-written a book on the decisive battle of the Civil War, Last Chance for Victory: Robert E. Lee and the Gettysburg Campaign, written with Scott Bowden and published by Savas Publishing.

Chris Grossman received the J. R. Morris Campus Life Award, which recognizes outstanding service to the university community, leadership in extracurricular activities, and academic achievement. Chris has long been active in the Graduate Student Senate, serving as chair for the 2000-2001 academic year.

Deirdre Mead successfully defended her master’s thesis, “Faith in Action: The Catholic Church and the Public Policy Making Process,” on July 12. Her committee: Jill Tao, chair; Allen Hertzke; and Tom James.

Jocelyn Jones, Paul Shinn, Angela Rogers, and Ashwani Kumar successfully completed the PhD general examinations in the fall of 2000.

Trish Crouse, Claire Haeg, Kim Hoffman, and Josh Stockley successfully completed PhD general examinations this spring.

Joel Pardue satisfactorily completed all requirements for the MA degree. His committee: Keith Gaddie, chair; Gary Copeland; and Jim Douglas.

Michael Angell satisfactorily completed the MA requirements. His committee: Keith Gaddie, chair; Greg Russell; Jim Douglas.

Undergraduate Students

Douglas Allen completed an internship with the law firm of Hastings and Hummel in the summer of 2000.

Zachary Abbott was selected to represent China on the Security Council of Model United Nations. He was elected as Commuter Student Association (CSA) President with 79% of the vote.

Florence Daugomah received a Gates Millennium Scholarship this year. The scholarship program established by Bill and Melinda Gates is awarded to minority students. Florence completed a co-op work experience with the Social Security Administration during the spring 2001 semester and is still working for them, with a conditional offer of employment upon December graduation through their Outstanding Scholar Program, which requires a 3.50 GPA or better and has a fast track for advancement.

Connie Hamm was inducted into the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society and elected treasurer for 2001-2002 term.

Myleah Rhynes completed an internship with Oklahoma City Beautiful, a non-profit organization. She worked mainly with ODOT, Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

This year, ten students are participating in the Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program sponsored by the Carl Albert Center: Brady Henderson, Akbar Sidiqqui, Sherwin Tibayan, Scott Henderson, Phyllis Jones, Michael Avery, Kati Meyers, Akin Owoso, Heather Hendricks, and Michael Willis.

Brian Blaho (1999 graduate) and Phyllis Jones, senior, shared the 2000 Outstanding Undergraduate Paper Award presented by the Oklahoma Political Science Association. Brian’s paper had already won the 2000 Benson Undergraduate Paper Award, and Phyllis’s paper won the Joseph Crim Pray Paper Award last year.

Micah Backus, Keri Cain, Zachariah Eccleston, Jeremy James, Amanda Johnson, Aaron Jones, Colin Jorgensen, Marianne Kerber, Neelesh Nerurkar, David Scott, and Ryan Sears were selected for Phi Beta Kappa this year.

Sarah Jennings was named to Mortar Board.

Kellie Moss, Jon Kyden Creekpaum, and Trevor Tullius won University College Pace Awards, given to the top 1% of the freshman class, who are recognized for participation, academic achievement, community service and excellence.

Kyden Creekpaum and Trevor Tullius both received the President’s Award for Outstanding Freshmen, the highest honor bestowed to freshmen by the university community. Kyden, a National Merit Scholar with a primary major in piano is pursing a second degree in political science. He also is a member of the President’s Leadership Class, a member of Crimson Club, and a Camp Crimson Counselor.

Scott Inman received a George Nigh Fellowship spring semester.

Rebecca Burton volunteered during a spring break mission trip to Honduras and an extended summer mission trip to Kenya.

Brandon Brooks was elected 2001-2002 UOSA President.


Debbie Else, Assistant to the Bellmon Chair and Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies, completed the Bachelor in Liberal Studies this spring and as a distinguished graduate, she carried the banner for the College of Liberal Studies at the Academic Convocation portion of the Fourth Foreign Policy Conference “Russian-U. S. Relations, Past and Future” in April. She sat with the other luminaries on the dais along with the honoree Mikhail Gorbachev, former Soviet Premier, 1990 Nobel Peace Prize winner, and keynote speaker for the convocation.

Cathy Brister is the new departmental secretary, replacing Mary France, who accepted a job in technical support at the College of Continuing Education last January. Cathy comes to us from a position with an academic department at Southeast Oklahoma State University in Durant. Her husband is attending OU as an engineering student. Mary is happy with her new career as a “techie” working with computer networking.

Sarah Blaha, our student clerk for the last four years, was awarded a second place Zenith Award from the Oklahoma Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) for an educational brochure on ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) for the J. D. McCarty Center in Norman. She was one of only two OU students to receive an award. Sarah has gone on to an internship in marketing at the College of Continuing Education. She will graduate with a degree in Journalism-Public Relations this fall. She is marrying Vince Houk in January, and they will reside in Tulsa, where he is employed as an accountant.

Katie Kimberling, director of the OU-POLL, received funding from the American Red Cross for “Community Awareness Telephone Survey;” funding from the Oklahoma State Medical Association for “Hassle Factor Log Data Entry and Analysis;” funding from the State of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Indigent Defense System for “Change of Venue Motion Survey in LeFlore County,” “Change of Venue Motion Survey in Sequoyah County,” and “Change of Venue Motion Survey in Greer County;” and from the Oklahoma Criminal Justice Resource Center for “Crime and the Criminal Justice System in Oklahoma: Survey.”

Brad Raley is the new Information Technology Liaison for the departments of Political Science, History, and Philosophy. Brad has just received his doctoral degree in history. The STAR program is a new Support for Teaching And Research program that utilizes a network of “IT Liaisons” serving the university’s academic departments. These liaisons are selected based on their past academic or business experience and their ability to promote innovative technology applications within the various disciplines or programs that they support. IT Liaisons will be on-call in their respective colleges or administrative areas to solve problems and to work side-by-side with faculty and staff on innovative applications and to promote good technology practices. We are very fortunate to have his office in our department.

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