One of the highlights of the academic year is welcoming new students to University of the Pacific‘s chapter (Alpha Delta Zeta) of Pi Sigma Alpha. the national political science academic honorary society. To be eligible for membership in Pi Sigma Alpha, a student must have excelled in their work in a number of challenging political science courses. Recently Faith James (International Relations, 2014) and Yeni Gutierrez (Political Science, 2015) became members of Pi Sigma Alpha.
One final note about Pacific Political Scientists at the American Political Science Association (APSA) meetings in Seattle:
Congratulations to Professor Dari Sylvester, who received the 2011 Adaljiza Sosa-Ridell Award for Exemplary Mentoring of Latino/a Students in Political Science. The Adaljiza Sosa-Ridell Award is presented each year by the APSA’s Committee on the Status of Latinos and Latinas in the Profession.
Graduating senior Chelsea Kelleher recently took home the top prize for oral presentations at the 2011 Pacific Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference. She was up against 23 other students from a variety of disciplines. Congrats Chelsea!
Here’s the abstract of her paper, which she completed as an independent research project under the direction of Prof. Keith Smith:
Is there a relationship between crime and Section 8 housing? In 2008, Atlantic Monthly journalist Hanna Rosin published an article investigating the relationship between high crime rates in the Memphis area and newly formed clusters of Section 8 recipients. She argues that the Section 8 program is responsible for the rise in crime rates for Memphis, Tennessee, and extends this conclusion to the rest of the United States, implicating a host of popular affordable housing programs as well. Housing advocates and policy makers were quick to respond to these allegations, arguing that Rosin had established no causal link between Section 8 and crime, and that her findings could not be verified for the country as a whole. This paper seeks to test the hypothesis that the presence of Section 8 housing increases crime rates in an area. To do this I use a controlled comparison of crime rates in six Stockton neighborhoods in 2009, using three pairs of neighborhoods matched by similar demographic characteristics. Drawing from crime statistics from the Stockton Police Department, I then examine their crime rates in comparison to their matches, before finally drawing a conclusion. The results reveal that there is insufficient evidence to state that there is a relationship between Section 8 and crime; while areas with higher poverty rates tended to experience more crime, whether or not they accepted Section 8 did not make a difference.
- Section 8 Tenants: the Housing Market’s Salvation? (walletpop.com)
On February 4, 2010, University of the Pacific recognized its outstanding scholar-athletes. Political Science major and Field Hockey athlete Sarah Miceli, who is also president of the Pacific Student Athlete Council, delivered the featured speech of the evening. She reflected on the importance for student-athletes of finding faculty members who can work with them in plotting the course to academic success.
Sarah was also announced as the recipient of the Ellen L. Deering Scholarship.
Other political science majors recognized for their outstanding academic work were Jessica Jones (Field Hockey), Devonie Migues (Swimming), and Tyler Hannis (Swimming).
Patrick Walton, a junior Pacific Political Science major, is one of 10 Pacific students selected to participate in the 2009 Ambassador Corps Fellowship. Patrick, who also swims a mean freestyle for the Pacific Swim team, will work with the Katalysis Central American Microfinance Network in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The focus of his internship will be youth entrepreneurship. The Ambassador Corps Fellowship is sponsored by University of the Pacific’s Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship. Congratulations, Patrick!
Pacific’s Political Science Department has selected its 2009 Outstanding Graduates. Elisabeth Hammer and Meghan Mullen will be honored at the 2009 College of the Pacific End-of-the-Year Honors Ceremony on May 15. Hammer and Mullen will both graduate Summa Cum Laude and will also be initiated into Phi Beta Kappa earlier on May 15.
University of the Pacific senior political science major Charles is among the honorees announced by the San Joaquin County African American Chamber of Commerce of San Joaquin. The awards will be presented at the Chamber’s 11th annual Women of Color and 4th annual Men About Town awards banquet on April 10.
At University of the Pacific, Charles Bolton has been a Student Ambassador and president of the Black Student Union. He has also been an Associated Students of University of the Pacific ambassador and a leading member of the Inter-faith Council and Social Justice Community.
Pacific Political Science students Elisabeth Hammer and Meghan Mullen, both seniors, have been invited to join the honor society of Phi Beta Kappa. Phi Beta Kappa, which was founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776, is the United States oldest and most prestigious academic honor society.
The University of the Pacific chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was established in 2007. Only 276 of country’s institutions of higher education have been selected to host chapters. The Pacific chapter annually invites no more than the top 10% of Pacific students who must not only have a very high grade point average but must also have pursued a rigorous course of study in the liberal arts and sciences, including work in language, literature, math, and science.
The initiation ceremony will take place on May 15 as part of University of the Pacific’s commencement celebrations.
Congratulations to Betsy and Meghan.
field hockey player Sarah Miceli has been honored with the Julie Nagel
Award. The annual award is given to one sophomore among the seven teams
in the NorPac conference. The presentation took place Nov. 5 at the
NorPac All-Conference Banquet in Farmington, Virginia.
award was established in honor and memory of the late Julie Nagel, an
Appalachian State sophomore who was killed in a car accident during the
2005 season. The Julie Nagel Award is given to a sophomore who shows
extraordinary care and support of her teammates, genuine love for the
sport and her academic institution, possesses a great spirit and has
deep appreciation for life and those around her.
team in the NorPac conference nominates one sophomore by writing a
letter to the committee judging the award. In a nod to the teamwork
that earns the respect of the nominee’s peer, how well her teammates
communicate their appreciation is what ultimately gets the committee’s
did a really good job of describing me. There were certain things in
there that they remembered that I didn’t.” Her political science major
and ambitions lead off the letter. “It’s a joke on our team that I want
to run for President.”