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Spring, 2009

Professor John McGlennon, ChairDear alumni,

Because this has been a year full of news and activity, we decided to prepare a second Government Department newsletter. Faculty and student accomplishments, news of our graduates and other items of interest fill this edition, put together by our editor, George Grayson and his dedicated editor, Gabriela Arias.

You will read about many faculty achievements in the following pages, but I want to single out Professor Chris Howard, who was selected this year by the State Council for Higher Education (SCHEV) as one of Virginia's Outstanding Faculty and honored by Governor Tim Kaine. Each year, a small number of faculty from Virginia's institutions of higher education are designated Outstanding Faculty, and Chris is the first Government Department member to win this distinction. He was honored at a luncheon in Richmond in February.

Just last month, we welcomed back to campus Kris Miler, our Baxter-Ward Fellow for 2009. This fellowship honors two retired stalwarts of the faculty, Don Baxter and Alan Ward, by bringing to campus one of our graduates who has achieved distinction in academic or political life. Kris is an assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois, and she shared her research on Congress, which will be published soon in a new Cambridge University Press book.

Faculty and students are collaborating more and more on research, and this year, about a dozen of our undergraduates traveled to national and regional conferences to present papers. Many were supported with Michael Sturm Student Travel Grants, thanks to a generous gift from one of our very successful graduates. Pi Sigma Alpha, our honor society, was very active this year under the leadership of Kira Allman ('10), sponsoring "High Tea" and coffee hours for faculty/student interaction.

While working on this newsletter, I was reminded of the important work being done by Lt. Col. John B. Jones, Jr., ('86) who is completing a tour of duty as Deputy Staff Judge Advocate in Kabul, Afghanistan. I thought some of you might enjoy reading the newsletter that this Government grad puts out there. Click here to see the newsletter.

Finally, with new homes for the business and education schools, there is talk of a possible move to Old Campus for the Government Department. Though life beyond Morton may be difficult to contemplate, it is certainly worth trying!

Here's hoping you enjoy this edition, and please let us know what you are up to so we can include that in our next issue.

Happy summer!

John McGlennon