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Fall in the Department of Government

Department of Governmnet Eastern Kentucky University Fall 2014

Nearly two months into the semester, the Department of Government has been busy.  In addition to the visible rolls teaching and working on campus, the department’s faculty and staff have been traveling across the state and the country to work with other academics and also working here at EKU to encourage our students to excel.  This week, we look back at the Department of Government’s activities thus far in the Fall 2015 semester.

Student Achievement and Engagement

Every semester, the Department of Government recognizes stand out students from each class.  Students are nominated by professors for their contribution to classes rather than pure grades.  Students who make class fun, write engaging papers, or keep class discussions going receive a certificate from their professor and a short announcement of why the professor nominated them for the recognition.  In September, the Department of Government recognized 19 students from classes in Spring 2014.

The recognized students were:

Dylan Bogard

Craig Ward

Alissa Ashley

Eliot Howington

Alex Castanis

Mark Rubin

Elizabeth Cundiff

Molly Smith

Noah Day

Marie Perez

Elizabeth Graves

Jennifer Reynolds

Casey Ames

Jenni Ji

Jennifer Cain

Josh Turpin

Caitlyn Sessions

Melissa Girton

Amberle Copley



The Department also sponsored a pair of events to welcome all students back to EKU, and especially the new freshmen.  The department holds an annual welcome back hot dog party with food and games which is open to everyone.  This year we also held a special ice cream social for the new freshmen.  In addition to meeting all the faculty at once, the freshmen took part in a short scavenger hunt to find the offices of the faculty and staff and some item that represented the occupant.  The Student Faculty Relations Committee also handed out the DoG Pack, a collection of helpful hints and tips for navigating college successfully.

Faculty Outreach

In addition to work on campus, the faculty of the Department of Government go off-campus to present their work around the country.  Sometimes, this is a small trip for one person, such as Dr. Matthew Howell presenting research on local government administration to a group of Kentucky mayors in Elizabethtown.  More often, it involves a major conference.  Half a dozen of the Department of Government’s faculty attended the Southeast Conference for Public Administration (SECOPA) in Atlanta.  Dr. William Hatcher presented his research with a colleague at Mississippi State on e-government usage by local officials.  He also presented with Dr. Howell a project to map the social networks of state legislative bodies that should tell us more about how committees work and how the structure of the legislature affects public policy.  Dr. LeAnn Beaty presented research on preparing succession plans for the coming retirements of the Baby Boomers currently serving as public administrators.  Dr. Jane Rainey presented research on official language rights in Canada with Dr. Glenn Rainey, who retired at the end of last year.  Dr. Beaty also served on the Endowment Committee for SECOPA –which raises money to support the conference and fund the awards –and Dr. Hatcher served on the Finance Committee.  Dr. Glenn Rainey served on the selection committee for the Robert L. Kline Award for best student paper (master’s degree).

The conference was also an excellent time to catch up with our colleagues from around the region.   Professors from many of the faculty’s alma maters attend the conference, which allows them to trade information about how to improve their programs, and to compare relative NCAA rankings in addition to just reminiscing about the past.  They can also catch up with EKU alumni.

We also celebrated Constitution Week, for more information about which, see our updated Constitution Week Page.

The Department of Government looks forward to more such activities in the second half of the semester and the second half of the year.

Published on October 03, 2014

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