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MPA alum, Evie Petridou, Showcases Research

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Evangelia Petridou, a PhD student in Political Science at Mid-Sweden University, recently visited the Political Science Department and gave several research presentations to graduate students and faculty.

Ms. Petridou is co-editor of Entrepreneurship in the Polis: Understanding Political Entrepreneurship (2015). In addition to her recent book, Ms. Petridou has published several scholarly articles and book chapters pertaining to public policymaking and political entrepreneurship. She received her MPA in 2008 and credits her time here for giving her a solid foundation as a policy researcher at the doctoral level.

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Welcoming Graduate Students to the Fall Semester

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After a rigorous training session, new Global Studies and Public Administration graduate assistants were invited to he annual Faculty-Graduate Student mixer to meet with faculty from their respective programs as well as their fellow graduate students.

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Thank you to the staff at Prima’s, especially Sierra and Marissa, for their hospitality.

Those attending the mixer also witnessed the anointing of the next department head in Political Science, Paden Endicott.

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Yes, Virginia. There is a Santa Claus and you can get a tech job with a liberal arts degree.

In a recent article in Forbes, George Anders asserts that “throughout the major U.S. tech hubs, whether Silicon Valley or Seattle, Boston or Austin, Tex., software companies are discovering that liberal arts thinking makes them stronger.” Anders makes a great case for the connection between the reading/writing/critical thinking skills that are developed in the liberal arts and social sciences and careers in business.

To read the whole article, click Liberal Arts Degree.

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Dr. Mosier’s Sustainability Trip – Part Two (OK, Deux) Ice Cream, Donuts, Manure, Hamsters, and Poutine*

Dr. Samantha Mosier recently returned from a trip to Vermont and Montreal where she was continuing research on sustainable food and agriculture policy. While in Vermont, she visited Ben and Jerry’s Factory in Waterbury, VT twice, ate nationally ranked apple cider donuts from Cold Hollow Cider Mill, and enjoyed food and brews from Prohibition Pig, which specializing in local, sustainable food.

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She also had the pleasure of visiting Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, VT. The farm is a 1,400 acre non-profit working farms that educates the public and school children on sustainable agriculture including the use of manure for agriculture.

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Heading across the border, she enjoyed a scaled-up version of poutine, toured and ate at Jean-Talon market, and visited Mount Royal Mount Royal Sustainability

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Dr. Mosier completed her trip with a tour of the Biosphere. The Biosphere, once the U.S. pavilion at the 1967 World Fair, is an environmental museum. Dr. Mosier enjoyed running on the hamster wheel to generate energy and burn off the calories from the poutine.

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*Poutine – According to Wikipedia, “a Canadian dish, originating in the province of Quebec, made with french fries and cheese curds topped with a light brown gravy-like sauce.” Gravy like? This could explain a few things about Dr. David Romano.

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Dr. Ashley Leinweber’s Western Adventure

Getting a passport stamped isn’t unusual for international traveler Dr. Ashley Leinweber. Ashley was kind enough to share some photos from her domestic adventure this summer.

Here she is with her new U.S. National Parks Passport in the Badlands, South Dakota.


Moving west, Ashley hung out with some American presidents, hit Yellowstone for her birthday, and visited the park’s largest hot spring (3rd largest in the world), the Grand Prismatic Spring.


After reaching Oregon and Multnomah Falls (one of my personal favorites), Ashley’s return trip brought her to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in Utah and Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.

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Of course, you cannot begin such a journey without stopping at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD. It’s a rule!


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Alumna Wedding Bells

Congratulations to 2004 alumna, Vladislava (Vlady) Petrova on her marriage to Miroslav (Miro) Gubala, a 2006 MBA alumni.

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The couple was married on July 4th in Sofia, Bulgaria. A destination wedding to be envied!

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A special thanks to former Political Science department head and Global Studies program director Beat Kernen and his wife Mehriban for the photos.
OK, it was mostly Mehriban.

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Professor David Romano: Interpreting The News From Turkey and Syria

With world attention focused on ISIS, PLS and MGS Professor David Romano analyzes the latest news from Turkey and Syria in his most recent, and provocative, column for Rudaw – Rudaw.


Here David is picture with Enise Guneyli, a newly elected Peoples’ Democratic Party or Halkların Demokratik Partisi (HDP) member of Turkey’s Parliament for Mardin. She’s only 29 and she readily volunteered that she kind of “fell into politics” fairly recently. She’s from Nusaybin; right on the Syrian border. The other, bigger half of the city is Qamishly in Syria. Both cities are Kurdish, but the post-WWI border cut right through the center and made two towns.

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