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.
Chelsea Kelleher is the University of the Pacific Political Science Department’s 2011 Outstanding Graduate. She will graduate on Saturday, May 7, magna cum laude, completing minors in English and Art History as well as her major in Political Science. She is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society. As a member of the University of the Pacific Speech and Debate team during her first three years at Pacific, Chelsea was a nationally ranked competitor and earned as she says, “about a kajillion trophies.” Chelsea has worked with Jeff Becker as a writing mentor in several of our Writing in the Disciplines courses. The department faculty are especially proud that Chelsea has developed a keen interest in public policy research. A project she conducted under Keith Smith’s direction on the impact of certain housing policies on crime rates in Stockton garnered her an award at the recent PURCC for outstanding oral presentation. Following graduation Chelsea will accept a research internship at the Public Policy Institute of California in San Francisco. She also plans to do graduate work in public policy, ideally at UC – Berkeley. Chelsea is the daughter of immigrants from Ireland and she is especially proud that she will be the first member of the US-branch of her family to earn a bachelor’s degree.
Well, we finally have our chapter. On May 4, 2006 the Alpha Delta Zeta chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha held its first installation. Robert (Bobby) Carroll, Heath Chim, Sean Coletta, Amanda (Nikki) Estevez, Frederick (Phil) Krueger, Rebecca Maxie, Caitlin Odorfer, and Kirill Storch along with faculty members Robert Benedetti, Gene Bigler, Michael Hatch, Brian Klunk, Cynthia Ostberg, Susan Sample, and Dari Sylvester were installed as the charter members of the new University of the Pacific chapter.
Professor Gigi Gokcek, apparently the only faculty member with the foresight to joing Pi Sigma Alpha when she was in college, officiated at the installation.
With Bobby Carroll serving as convenor, the new student members are busy drafting by-laws and planning activities for next academic year.