Wednesday, February 24, 2010

3/3 PG Talk: The Afghan War

Come and join us for lunch and this conversation with Professor Scheideman. Wednesday March 3, Wyatt 305, 12-1 pm.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Spring Fellowships Forum


Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Wyatt 109

Apply for $3,000-$50,000. Join us to learn ways you can create an interesting and compelling application and win a scholarship to help pay for college, research, overseas travel, and for study abroad.

For more information visit our website at:
Sharon Chambers-Gordon

Howarth 114J

(253) 879-3329 RSVP
Refreshments will be served!

Fulbright, Watson, Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, Udall, Rotary, Boren, Luce, and many more!

Professor Share games Wintergrass

Here are Professor Share's top picks for Wintergrass--

Alas, Wintergrass has moved to new digs in Bellevue, but I’d still encourage people to make the trek—Wintergrass is one of the premiere bluegrass music venues in the country, with an impressive lineup of musical acts, and an wide array of music workshops. It takes place next weekend, February 25-28.

People regularly ask me who I would recommend seeing at Wintergrass. That is a hard question to answer, but here are my admittedly biased recommendations:

· The Infamous Stringdusters: A bunch of young, virtuosic, award-winning “newgrass” musicians, who appeal to a lot of younger fans.

· Tim O’Brien: A magnificent singer and player who fronted the one of the top bands of the 1970s and 1980s, Hot Rize, and who plays a variety of musical styles.

· The Steep Canyon Rangers: The band that recently toured with Steve Martin, this is a hot young group with stellar vocals and great all-original material.

· The Seldom Scene: One of the country’s legendary bluegrass bands over the last several decades, known for wonderful country-bluegrass material.

· Jo Miller and Her Burly Roughnecks: A honky-tonk dance band (with Dave Keenan, banjoist with the Downtown Mountain Boys slaying the electric guitar). Dancers should be sure to catch this late night dance concert.

Of course, there are dozens more wonderful bands, ranging from country to swing, and including alt-country and old time music. You’ll hear some pretty good musicians jamming outside of the formal concert venues. You can find out more information at

Monday, February 22, 2010

DAAD Fellowships--rep on campus, 3/3

From Professor Tinsley:

Hi Everyone,

Leslie Harlson, the DAAD rep from San Francisco, will be on campus Wednesday, March 3 in the afternoon.

There is an information meeting at 3:30PM in Wyatt 209 for students of all disciplines regarding fellowship opportunities in science, engineering, journalism, German studies, international studies, and a variety of other disciplines.

DAAD fellowships support summer study, a semester or a year of study, or graduate study at German universities. German proficiency is not always required.

Please spread the word concerning this great opportunity to meet with their chief west-coast representative.


Friday, February 19, 2010

2/25: Talk by Stephanie Robinson

Stephanie Robinson, former chief counsel to Senator Edward Kennedy, Harvard Law School lecturer, and media commentator on social policy issues, will be speaking at Kilworth Chapel at University of Puget Sound on Thursday, February 25, at 7:30 p.m.

There is no admission charge. Press and the public are welcome to attend.

“An Evening with Stephanie Robinson” is sponsored by ASUPS Lectures in support of Black History Month.

Stephanie Robinson, Esq. is the President and CEO of The Jamestown Project, a national think tank focusing on democracy. She is a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and former Chief Counsel to Senator Edward M. Kennedy.

She is a commentator on the Tom Joyner Morning Show where she speaks to 8 million people weekly offering her perspective on the day’s most pressing social and political issues.

Summer Internship with Patty Murray

Internships with
U.S. Senator Patty Murray

173 Russell Senate Building (202) 224-2621
Washington, D.C. 20510

Information and Application:

U.S. Senator Patty Murray is looking for interns who want to learn more about the federal government and want to be part of a hardworking team dedicated to serving the citizens of Washington state.

Qualifications Applicants must be graduate or undergraduate college students who have completed at least one year of college and whose permanent residence is the state of Washington or are attending a Washington state college or university.

Program Outline Internship sessions are generally scheduled on the academic quarter: fall, winter, spring, summer. Internships are unpaid and are available for school credit if approved by your college or university. D.C. interns typically work full time (40 hours per week), however part-time schedules can be accommodated. All state internships are part-time. Senator Murray’s D.C. office offers legislative and press internships. Outreach and constituent casework internships are available in the state offices.

Job Description Interns work in all areas of the office. Responsibilities include: research, written and verbal communication with constituents and federal agencies, assisting at press conferences, attending briefings, and performing a variety of administrative tasks including fielding calls from constituents and greeting visitors.

D.C. internships:

Office of Senator Patty Murray
Attn: Ms. Amaia Kirtland
173 Russell Senate Office
Washington, D.C. 20510
(202) 224-2621

Washington state internships:

Office of Senator Patty Murray
Attn: Ms. Sherri Berdine
2988 Jackson Federal Building
Seattle, WA 98174-1003
(206) 553-5545

Information and Application:

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Career and Employment Services has a blog

Check it out--and maybe I'll see you at the Career Fair at 4 pm--

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Free online courses on Conflict and Security

Get training, even a certificate, in these areas from the US Institute for Peace through their online programs.
Tuition cost? Nothing!
And who doesn't want to add a certificate to their degree? Thanks to alum Mark Scott for forwarding this.

Certificate Course in Interfaith Conflict Resolution

Certificate Course in Conflict Analysis

Introductory Course on the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)

Another study-a-blog

Hello Professor!

I hope this semester is going well. I'm studying abroad in Granada, Spain and I just thought I'd let you know that I'm writing for the Puget Sound Study Abroad blog. If you would like to read it, my posts can be found at

Sometimes they can be found on the school's homepage as well, under "Voices".

I hope Tacoma is warmer than Granada (It snowed a few days ago!),

Mikayla Hafner

Monday, February 15, 2010

Czech it Out

PG major Sarah Paulos is blogging from study abroad in the land that mastered lager beer:

2/17: Career Fair

Please encourage your students to attend the Career Fair Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 4-7:00 p.m. in WSC Marshall Hall. Even first-year students can benefit from walking through and checking it out.

Spotlight on organizations that may be of particular interest to your students:

The City of Tacoma is a dynamic place to work where we foster an environment of growth and opportunity. We encourage you to learn more about one of the many trades opportunities and high paying careers we have available. Recruiting full-time, part-time, and summer employees and interns.

The Social Security Administration is looking for people with the ability to provide quality customer service and interpret and explain complex regulations to a diverse public. Recruiting Telephone Contact Representatives.

The Port of Seattle plays a key role in bringing international trade, transportation and travel to the Northwest, and supports industries from tourism to fishing. Recruiting full-time employees and summer interns.

The Educational Service Center recruits college graduates to teach English directly for Korea Poly School in Korea, which is the most reputable and well-established English language institute in the country.

The Washington State Legislative Internship Program offers students a unique opportunity to learn about state government while providing a valuable service. Interns gain an inside view of the legislative process and how constituents are served, while acquiring marketable skills and experience.

For a complete listing of organizations that are attending, visit the Spring 2010 List of Career Fair Employers.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

April 23-24: Model EU at UW

Dear Professor O'Neil,

Good afternoon. My name is Samuel Lederer. I work as the Graduate Assistant for the European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Washington. I will be working on our 2010 West Coast Model EU.

I am writing to inform you that we are still accepting applications from schools that wish to send student delegations to the 2010 West Coast Model EU. Since the University of Puget Sound has participated in previous iterations of the Model EU, we would love to host some of your students again this year. Although we will be accepting applications for the next few days, we encourage your office to respond as soon as possible in order to have the best chance for getting assigned the country of your preference.

Please see or the attached invitation for more information. And do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or require further information regarding the 2010 West Coast Model EU.

Thank you.

Sam Lederer
Graduate Assistant
European Union Center of Excellence

March 1 Deadline: Koch Associate Program



I'm excited to announce the debut of the brand new Koch Associate Program videos, which are now available through our website! The videos are designed to help answer any questions that candidates have about this unique job opportunity in public policy, so please take a minute to pass them on to young professionals, alumni, and students who you think may be interested.

These three shorts provide a brief overview of the Koch Associate Program, an "inside look" at a day in-the-life for three Associates, and a discussion of what Associates do after the program. Below are links to the individual videos on the website:

Video #1: Koch Associate Program Overview
Video #2: Day in the Life
Video #3: After the Program

I hope this helps to shed more light on participants' experience, and please let me know if you or anyone you send this to has other questions. We are still accepting applications for the 2010-11 Koch Associate Program; the deadline is March 1, 2010.

Thank you for your help in spreading the word!


Thom Russell
Associate, Marketing & Recruiting
Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation
1515 N Courthouse Rd
Suite 200
Arlington, VA 22201

City Mobility Master Plan

via senior PG major Katrina Bloemsma, who has been interning with the city of Tacoma. Interesting stuff if you are interested in local politics, as either a project or a vocation

The City is holding its second series of public meetings to gather feedback on the Mobility Master Plan. The goal is to share information with the community and get recommendations on how to improve the Tacoma's biking and walking networks and connections to transit.

Department of Commerce Internships, Summer 2010

Might be of interests if you are a PG major with a secondary focus in business or the sciences--

Internship Program for Postsecondary Students


The Department of Commerce (DOC) has announced the availability of internships during Summer 2010 Session in its Internship Program for Postsecondary Students*. These internships offer opportunities to participants for hands-on education and training related to the their fields of interest and those of the DOC. Selected applicants will intern for 10 weeks beginning as early as 31 May 2010 or as late as 21 June 2010. Internships require either part time (20 hours per week) or full time (40 hours per week).

Internships will be available in the Washington, D.C metro area; however, some internships might be available at DOC Offices and Bureaus in other locations. ORISE will accept applications for Summer 2010 through March 2010.

Disciplines of Interest

Examples include the following: business; life, health, and medical sciences; communications and graphic design; computer science; physical sciences; communications and graphic design; mathematics; and international relations.


Undergraduate interns receive a weekly stipend of $500; graduate interns receive $600. In addition, both undergraduate and graduate interns receive a $150 weekly housing allowance, plus limited travel reimbursement and accidental medical expense coverage.

Eligibility Requirements:

* US Citizens
* Enrolled Undergraduates or Graduates
* Submit a complete application**by no later than 30 April 2010
* Interested in and available for a ten-week Internship during Summer 2010

Application form and more information can be found on this web site:

You may submit your application, along with supporting documents, as a pdf attachment to Alicia Wells at or fax it to her at (865) 241-2550.

*This program is managed by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the Department of Commerce through an interagency agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). ORISE is managed by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) under DOE contract number DE-AC05-06OR23100.

** Note: Please fax your application form, an unofficial transcript from each college or university attended, two references, and a resume to Alicia Wells at 865.241.5220. Please email questions to .

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Dialing for legislative internships: an offer from Professor Sousa


If you are interested in doing an internship with your member of Congress and don't know how to get started, let me help. Come by the office equipped with the name of your representative. Have an idea of whether you are interested in work in a local office or in D.C. I'll get on the phone and make the first contact for you.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Global Youth Connect: Travel to Bosnia or Rwanda

Details are here:

Deadline has passed but there may still be a slot open for this summer for Rwanda; keep it in mind for next summer as well. We've had an alum do the Rwanda trip and spoke highly of it--

2/9: Talk on Ukraine

You are invited to a discussion between Benjamin Tromly, History, and Patrick O'Neil, Politics and Government, Tuesday, February 9 (tomorrow) at 5:00 in Wyatt 101. Title of the talk is "At the Borders of Europe: Elections in Ukraine in Historical and Contemporary Context." Refreshments will be served.

2/19: A Musical Evening With Langston Hughes

A perfect departure from all the dreary work we PG faculty saddle students with. Find all the details here.

A Musical Evening With Langston Hughes

A Musical Evening With Langston Hughes, featuring internationally known singer Awilda Verdejo, will be presented at University of Puget Sound on Feb. 19, giving Tacoma the rare opportunity to hear the well-loved African American writer’s poems set to music by a variety of 20th-century composers. The performance, part of the university’s celebration of Black History Month, will begin at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19, in Schneebeck Concert Hall.

Hughes (1902–67) was one of the crucial writers of the Harlem Renaissance movement of the 1920s and 1930s. A native of Missouri who attended Columbia University and graduated from Lincoln University, Hughes was among the first American writers to adapt blues and jazz culture to literature. His poetry has drawn the attention of such composers as Elie Siegmeister, Rickey Ian Gordon, Florence Price, and Cecil Cohen. Hughes also collaborated with Elmer Rice and Kurt Weill on the Broadway production of Street Scene. More than 200 of his poems have been set to music.

Friday, February 05, 2010

2/9: Philosophy and Political Theory Film Series

Tuesday, February 9, 7pm in Rausch Auditorium, the Philosophy and Political Theory Film Series presents The Lives of Others. We will view the film and Justin Tiehen, Ariela Tubert, and Professor Kessel will facilitate a short discussion afterwards.

Japan-American Student Conference

Some funding may be available via Asian Studies. Contact Professor Karl Fields for more details (he also participated in this conference "back in the day" and recommends it).

62nd Japan-America Student Conference

July 23 – August 21, 2010

Earlham College, Richmond, IN
George Washington University, Washington, DC
New Orleans, LA
San Francisco, CA

Each summer, nearly 80 students from universities across Japan and the United States convene to discuss some of the hottest topics facing the two nations. The program alternates host countries each year giving students the rare opportunity to see places, whether at home or abroad, and learn about their culture through the eyes of others.

From politics to pop culture and everything in between, JASC offers motivated university students of all levels an outlet for ambition, intellect, and cultural stimulation.

Not only do conference participants learn about one of the world’s most strategic bilateral alliances, they also have the opportunity to directly help reinforce the bonds between countries by sharing knowledge and experiences while making memories and friendships with other future leaders.

For information about the Japan side of the Conference including Japanese student applications, please visit our partner's website: JASC-Japan.

To read about the 2010 program, please choose 2010 JASC from the menu on the left. You may also download our 2010 brochure .

Peace Corps...

Will be on campus on February 8 and 9. Watch for details...


Thursday, February 04, 2010

2/18 talk: Omnivorous Dilemmas

We've got a slew of great talks on tap this semester. Here's another--

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

2/10 Brownbag: Professor Kessel on Prop 8

Undergraduate Political Science Conference

Submissions due: March 8, 2010
Final copy due April 11, 2010

Bone Student Center
Normal , Illinois
Friday, April 23, 2010

All undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit papers
for the 19th Annual Conference. We welcome papers on any topic
related to government and/or politics. All subfields and political
perspectives are welcome. Panelists at the previous conferences included 750 students attending 100 colleges and universities.

If you are interested in participating in this exciting event, please
complete the online proposal submission form or submit a cover letter, containing
your contact information (including email address), your school, and the
name of the faculty member with whom you are working, and a draft
copy of your paper (or the actual paper) by March 8, 2010.

Conference website (and submission page):

If you would like to serve as a discussant on a panel, please send a
letter stating your interest and main areas of scholarly knowledge.
E-mail submissions are welcome. If you have any questions, please
do not hesitate to email: or call us at (309)438-8638.

Dr. Gary Klass
4600 Department of Politics and Government
Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61790-4600.
(309) 438-7852

//This conference is sponsored by the Undergraduate Political Science
Association, The Graduate Student Association, Pi Sigma Alpha, and The
Department of
Politics and Government at Illinois State University. //

For your Reference:
2009 Conference Program

Conference Archive

Proposal Submission Form

Gary M. Klass
Associate Professor
Department of Politics and Government
Illinois State University
Normal, Illinois 61790

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Hunger Cleanup

I’m Natalie Holtzinger and I’m with the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness. The National Student Campaign is committed to ending poverty through engaging and training the next generation of leaders in meeting individuals’ immediate needs while working for long-term systemic change.

This Spring we have an excellent opportunity for your students to get involved in fighting poverty locally as well as providing much needed funds for ongoing Haiti relief work: the Hunger Cleanup.

This Spring, join over 100 campuses in the Hunger Cleanup-- historically one of the largest student-driven days of service in the country—to your campus.

Participants can register at

With the financial crisis, anti-poverty organizations across the country are feeling the brunt of it. Local food banks have seen an increase in demand as more people are relying on their services to get by day-to-day. At the same time, recent decreases in donations are leaving food banks struggling to fill the gap.

Students from all over will form teams with their friends to raise the funds necessary to make sure that organizations have the resources necessary to combat hunger and poverty. Then, everyone will be rolling up their sleeves on April 10 for a day of service and action—planting community gardens, painting food banks, serving hot meals at soup kitchens and the like.

Have your students grab their paintbrushes and friends and register today at

Don’t see your school listed as a site? Send me an e-mail with your school name and location at and I’ll make sure it gets added.

Don’t forget to have students download the Hunger Cleanup manual on our Manuals and Factsheets page at It will serve as their step-by-step guide to making a difference on this pressing issue.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Natalie Holtzinger

Natalie R. Holtzinger
Program Director
National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness
Office: 312-291-0349 x302
Cell: 219-775-9790

School of Ed says teach--

Are you thinking about becoming a teacher? The School of Education will present a discussion on “A Career in Education? Practitioners Talk about What Life in Schools is Really Like” at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9 in Trimble Forum.

Three teachers will speak about their experiences teaching in a variety of settings. This will be followed by what promises to be a lively and informative discussion. Food will be served. All campus members are welcome to attend. The event is presented by the Teaching and Counseling Professions Advisory Committee.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Cain Scholarship due March 7!

The deadline for the Cain Scholarship is almost here--were you going to apply?