Thursday, December 29, 2011

1/11: Forum on Wrongful Convictions

Wrongful Convictions in Washington State

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
William W. Philip Hall
1918 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Save the Date to join us for the latest in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences' Community Engagement Forums focusing on Wrongful Convictions in Washington State. The panelists will discuss recent cases of wrongful conviction here in WA (4 exonerations since 2008) focusing on the general factors that contributed to these wrongful convictions as well as what can be done to minimize future risk including procedural and legislative changes (modeled after what other states and local municipalities have already enacted). The forum will consist of a panel discussion followed by Q&A.

Panelists include:

Alan Northrop, Washington State Exoneree

Jacqueline McMurtrie, Associate Professor, University of Washington School of Law

Stephen Ross, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, University of Washington Tacoma

Mark Lindquist, Pierce County Prosecutor

Lara Zarowsky, Policy Staff Attorney, Innocence Project Northwest at the UW School of Law

Moderated by KPLU Law and Justice Correspondent, Paula Wissel

Read more about this event in UWT’s Fast Track E-Newsletter

There is no cover charge for this event but registration is required.

Register Here

This forum is brought to you by the Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences program, the Social Work program, the Diversity Resource Center, the UW School of Law, and the Office of Advancement with support from UWT’s Arts & Lecture Fund.

For more information, contact Stephen Ross at

State Department Summer jobs--deadline 1/11

We are pleased to inform you that we are now accepting applications for the 2012 Summer Clerical Program. Please click here ( to read about the program's eligibility requirements and to start the Gateway to State online application via USAJobs.

The deadline to submit completed applications is January 11, 2012.

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen aged 16 or older at time of appointment, currently enrolled as a student in good academic standing, and able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. Please read the entire vacancy announcement for all qualifications and requirements.

You can also post general questions about the Department of State Summer Clerical Program on the Department of State Careers website at

We appreciate your interest in a career with the U.S. Department of State.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

2012 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute

2012 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute Application Cycle is Open!

The 2012 RBSI application process is now open. If you have any questions please contact Shaunda Ragland, or 202-483-2512 (ext 123).

Who is Eligible for the APSA Ralph Bunche Program?

The program targets students from racial/ethnic groups that are significantly underrepresented in science in the United States, e.g. African American, Latino/a, Native American, and Pacific Island students. All students who are members of these groups, or who are interested in broadening participation in political science by students from underrepresented minority populations and pursuing scholarship on issues affecting under-represented groups, are eligible to apply. Applicants must be:

  • United States citizens.
  • Completing their junior year of undergraduate study.
  • Majoring in political science or a related discipline.
  • Have an interest in attending graduate school in political science.

Application Process

Participants in the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute are drawn from a competitive national applicant pool. The RBSI Selection Committee reviews applications and will make decisions during the month of February. Applicants will be informed of their status via email. Applicants should submit the following required information:

  • 2012 RBSI Application Form (MS Word)
  • Three letters of recommendation: one from department chair, and two more from other people who are familiar with the applicant's academic qualifications.
  • A personal statement, not to exceed two double-spaced typed pages, stating the reasons for wanting to participate in the 2012 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute.
  • Resume
  • Official academic transcripts (including Fall semester)

Completed application materials (were to be postmarked by January 18, 2012). Mail to:

APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute
c/o Shaunda Ragland
American Political Science Association
1527 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036-1206

Additional Information

For additional information about the APSA Ralph Bunche Program, click here. If you have more questions about the program or the application process, contact Shaunda Ragland at 202.483.2512 or

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Tacoma Congressional spring semester internship

I've been informed there are still a couple of openings for anyone interested in applying--see below.

Internship Opportunity in Congressman Adam Smith’s
Tacoma, WA Office

Congressman Smith Currently Seeking Applicants for Internship Positions in his Tacoma, WA District Office

Candidates should have an interest in the legislative process and civic service, possess excellent writing and communication skills, and work well as part of a team.

Interns in the District Office have an opportunity to work in community outreach, constituent services and drafting policy and issue updates. This includes working with caseworkers to help constituents with issues relating to immigration, military and government agencies, among others. Depending on interests, interns also have an opportunity to participate in community outreach, attending meetings and events with outreach staff and Congressman Smith and assisting with town hall meetings.

Other intern duties are administrative: assisting staff with answering phones, data entry, scanning/copying and other tasks as needed. The internship is either a part-time or full-time position requiring approximately 20 (part-time) or 40 (full-time) scheduled hours per week during posted business hours (8:00am to 5:00pm).

Applicants must submit an internship application packet, including a letter of interest, resume, and 2 letters of recommendation to the following address:

Congressman Adam Smith
Attn: Carrie Locken
2209 Pacific Ave, Suite B
Tacoma, WA 98402

If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact Carrie Locken by phone at (253) 593-6600 or by email at

POSTPONED: 12/6 Model UN Interest Meeting

From: Jinshil Yi <>
Date: Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 12:21 AM

Greetings everyone!

Due to scheduling difficulties which have come up as well as the intense nature of intellectual commitments this week and next (ahem! ahem!), the Model UN executive team has decided to cancel tomorrow evening's interest meeting in favor of a time next semester when it will be easier (and less demanding) for more people to attend. We absolutely realize that minutes are weighed in gold at the moment. :)

However, since we will be registering for the Chicago MUN conference over break (, if you are seriously interested, please email me before December 15th, and I will get in touch with you personally over winter break to coordinate your registration. If you are not sure about Chicago but would like to know more about Model UN next semester, feel free to email as well! I will be more than happy to answer your questions over break.

Wishing you all a heartwarming Christmas break and magnificent new year!

Jinshil Yi
President, Model UN of Puget Sound

NYTimes: Announcing Win-a-Trip 2012

From The New York Times:

NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF BLOG: Announcing Win-a-Trip 2012

Here's how to apply to my 2012 Win-a-Trip contest.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Deadline for study abroad

From: Roy Robinson
Date: Thu, Dec 1, 2011 at 11:54 AM
Subject: Study Abroad Class Announcement?

Hi. Would you mind making a brief Study Abroad Announcement in your classes before students leave campus for the winter break? If students want to study abroad during the summer 2012, the fall 2012 or the spring 2013 they MUST turn in their Approval to Apply Form by January 17, 2012.

Approval to Apply Form

Forms should be returned to the Office of International Programs (215 Howarth). Students can also email the forms to the office. January 17, 2012 is the first day of the spring 2012 semester. Thanks in advance for your help.

Roy Robinson
Director of International Programs
University of Puget Sound
1500 N. Warner St. #1055
Tacoma, WA 98416-1055
T: 253/879-3653
F: 253/879-2648