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Dr. Patrick Stewart
Dr. Stewart is presenting a chapter of our book project at the University of Central Florida, 2/21/14. Red Tide, Blue Skies, or Purple Reign: Partisan donations during the 2012 Florida, presidential preprimary.
As Republicans and Democrats jockey to select their candidate for upcoming presidential elections, it is the year before the primaries that has the greatest influence on electoral outcomes. Donations during this period indicate the strength of the respective political parties and the geographic partisan strongholds.
In this presentation we consider the geographic distribution of campaign contributions in one of the four major electoral states, Florida. This will give us an overview of the nature of Florida partisanship during the 2012 election, when the Republican party was searching for a viable candidate and the Democratic Party rallied behind President Obama. We will then focus on implications this will have in future elections.
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The Academy has inducted over 750 Fellows—including former cabinet officers, members of Congress, governors, as well as prominent scholars, business executives, and public administrators. The Fellows have a deep understanding of financial management, human resources, technology, and administrative functions at all levels of government, and direct most of the Academy's studies.
They contribute valuable insight and experience to the oversight of Academy projects and provide general guidance of the organization. Fellows are also the Academy's primary resource for addressing emerging issues and contributing to the intellectual and popular discourse on government through their participation in various Standing Panels. To be inducted conveys a high honor and recognition of significant contributions Fellows have made to the profession.
Victoria Hui was awarded the 2013 Arkansas City Management Association's Henry Alexander scholarship.
Jebaraj Named to Leadership Arkansas Program
Mervin Jebaraj of the Center for Business and Economic Research in the Sam M. Walton College of Business recently accepted an invitation to join the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Arkansas Program.
The program encapsulates a statewide view of the economic and political challenges that face Arkansas, providing Jebaraj and fellow participants with an opportunity to address these issues.
"I am excited about the opportunity to meet and work with leaders from other parts of the state to gain a better understanding of the opportunities, challenges and respective visions of the state, " he said. "This serves as a chance to learn from each other and work on ideas that will help the entire state grow economically."
The program involves attending seven seminar sessions, each about a month apart. The first was in Hot Springs and focused on Arkansas tourism. There are sessions in Little Rock about the political set-up of the state and in Fort Smith about the manufacturing sector in the state.
Other sessions are in El Dorado, Bentonville, West Memphis/Jonesboro, and Central Arkansas and will cover the economies in those geographic areas.
Jebaraj received a bachelor's degree in economics and international relations in 2007 from the University of Arkansas. Following graduation, Mervin began working for the Center for Business & Economic Research. In 2011, he earned a master's degree in public administration with an emphasis in public policy.
"I enjoy the great people and the culture of the workplace here," Jebaraj said of the Walton College. "People work hard, and at the same time, there is a lot of work/life balance."
In his free time, he enjoys hiking and traveling around the world. Next year he plans to embark on a four-day hike of the Inca Trail in Peru.
University of Arkansas Announces 2013 Sturgis Fellows
Thomas Selig graduated from Lakeside High School. He is a National Merit Scholar, Advanced Placement scholar with distinction and Arkansas Times Academic All Star. His leadership experience includes serving as a delegate to the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership program, secretary of state for Arkansas Boys State, National Honor Society president and Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica national Spanish honors society vice president. He has volunteered at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library, at St. Mary's Catholic Church and as a mathematics and chemistry tutor. Selig plan to study political science, business economics and Spanish. His parents are Mary Jo and Paul Selig.
A committee of Fulbright College faculty and staff members chose the recipients based on a rigorous application that included an academic resume, essays, book lists, letters of recommendation, high school transcripts and interviews. Read more...
Condoleezza Rice, Former Secretary of State, to Speak at U of A
Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state under President George W. Bush, will be the spring speaker in the student-funded Distinguished Lecture Series at the University of Arkansas. She is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, in Barnhill Arena.
The lecture is free, open to the public and no tickets are needed to attend.
“The Distinguished Lecture Committee has been working for several years to bring Dr. Rice to campus,” said Tyler Priest, co-chair of the committee. “Students have told us consistently that she is at the top of the list of people they want to speak here. We’re very excited that this is going to happen.”
Rice is an acknowledged expert on Russia and foreign affairs. She is a native of Birmingham, Ala., and has made history through much of her professional life. In 1993, she became Stanford University’s provost and was the institution’s chief budget and academic officer for six years. From January 2005-2009, Rice served as the 66th secretary of state of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Rice also served as Bush’s assistant to the president for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) from January 2001-2005, the first woman to hold the position.
Rice returned to teach at Stanford University in 2009, where she is a professor of political science and also the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy in the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
The Distinguished Lecture Series is a student-sponsored program. Speakers are chosen by a committee of students, faculty and staff, and the events are funded by a student-approved fee, appropriated by the Programs Allocation Board.
Nathan Coulter Named Harry S. Truman Scholar
University of Arkansas junior Nathan Coulter of Little Rock has been selected as a 2013 Harry S. Truman Scholar. Coulter is majoring in political science and economics in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and is a member of the Honors College. Coulter is one of 62 students from 54 U.S. colleges and universities to be awarded the prestigious scholarship this year. He will receive $30,000 to be used toward his graduate study.
Truman Scholars are selected based on academic excellence and a commitment to public service. This is the second consecutive year that a U of A student has been named a Truman Scholar, and Coulter is the university’s 12th Truman Scholar in the last 20 years.
“Nathan Coulter is clearly a student who will go on to a distinguished career in law and in politics,” said Chancellor G. David Gearhart. “He has an extensive record in advocacy and volunteer work. He represents the University of Arkansas very well as a student committed to a career in service.”
Coulter learned that he had been selected when the chancellor asked him to speak to the campus executive committee about a student matter Friday afternoon. Instead he was surprised by a group of supporters who wanted to congratulate him on being selected as a Truman Scholar.
"The Truman application was very demanding,” said Coulter. “And the interview process was tough as all of the finalists were more than qualified, so I knew the odds were long. I am excited about this opportunity and am looking forward to earning this recognition.”
Coulter was named director of National Student Advocacy for the Associated Student Government and will work with the state advocacy director to lobby lawmakers on issues that affect higher education. This spring, Coulter participated in the presentation of approximately 1,000 donated books to the library at Whitten Elementary in Marianna. He has teaching experience himself, having taught supplemental instruction for basic economics classes for underclassmen for the past three semesters. Coulter has also served as a volunteer at Little Rock’s Harmony Health Clinic, a free clinic for residents of Pulaski County who lack any insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare.
Coulter plans to pursue a law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a Master of Public Service from the Clinton School of Public Service. He plans to seek a position at a non-profit organization that provides legal aid or advocates on behalf of low-income families. Coulter’s long-term plans are to enter politics, beginning by running for office as a state legislator.
“The department of political science was thrilled to hear that Nathan Coulter has been selected as a Truman Scholar,” said Margaret F. Reid, chair of the department. “This selection reflects both his strong commitment to learning and his enduring passion for addressing social causes through a life of public service. I am grateful to all my colleagues, notably Dr. Janine Parry, who have supported him throughout his academic career on our campus. We are convinced that we will reading more about his many accomplishments in the years to come.”
Recent University of Arkansas Truman Scholars include Catherine St. Clair, international business, 2005; Dwayne Bensing, political science, 2006; Olivia Meeks, political science and economics, 2008; and Mike Norton, agricultural business and poultry science, 2012.
In 2002, the University of Arkansas received the Truman Honor Institution Award for its commitment to assisting students interested in a career in public service.