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International Affairs faculty earn research awards, fellowships

Department of International Affairs

May 2015

Four International Affairs faculty members were recently announced as recipients of research grants, awards, and fellowships. Dr. Lihi Ben Shitrit was named the recipient of a 2015 Sarah H. Moss Fellowship. Administered by the Center for Teaching and Learning and funded by Mrs. Moss’ estate, this fellowship provides funds for research and travel at institutions of higher education in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Ben Shitrit will be continuing her research on the Middle East this summer. Dr. Andy Owsiak is part of a research team that was awarded a Minerva Research Initiative grant. Sponsored by the Department of Defense, the initiative “seeks to build deeper understanding of the social, cultural, and political dynamics that shape regions of strategic interest around the world.” The results of the resulting research will better able policy makers address global issues today and in the future. Dr. Cas Mudde has received the very prestigious Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award, named after a German Mathematician and Astronomer and is bestowed on the basis of "outstanding accomplishments in research and teaching". Awardees come from all areas of the social sciences, the humanities, and the natural sciences and are nominated by German scholars. Dr. Mudde will spend the next three summers conducting research in Berlin with German scholars. Dr. Shane Singh was named the recipient of the 2015 SPIA Research Award. Presented by the school, this competitive award recognizes excellence in research amongst the SPIA faculty and is only given to a single recipient annually. Congratulations to all of our award-winning faculty!

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Event News

SPIA Hosts First Annual Networking Night

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of International Affairs

Department of Political Science

Department of Public Administration and Policy

May 2015

On Friday, April 10, 2015, SPIA hosted its first annual Networking Night. The event offered a unique opportunity for students to network with alumni, faculty and staff. This event was the first of its kind hosted by the School, and it attracted over 200 students, faculty, staff and alumni. The Foundry Ballroom at the Graduate Hotel Athens was packed with undergraduate and graduate students, alumni working in a variety of fields, and faculty from all departments. The room was adorned with red and black balloons, hors d’oeuvres and a live band to set the tone for a fun networking event.

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Student News

SPIA student Kathleen Wilson named 2015 Truman Scholar

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of International Affairs

Apr 2015

Kathleen Wilson, a junior majoring in international affairs in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia, is one of 58 students nationwide to be named a 2015 Truman Scholar and is UGA’s fifth recipient of the scholarship in the past five years. Truman Scholars receive a $30,000 scholarship toward graduate school and the opportunity to participate in professional development programming to help prepare them for careers in public service leadership.

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Faculty News

Dr. Tessman Receives First-Year Odyssey Teaching Award

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of International Affairs

Apr 2015

Dr. Brock Tessman, associate professor of international affairs, was one of six UGA faculty members to receive the 2015 First-Year Odyssey Teaching Award at a reception on April 1.

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Alumni News

Alumna Travels to Brussels on Fellowship with European Parliament Liaison Office

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of International Affairs

Apr 2015

For SPIA alumna Kendra Pengelly, her dreams of working in international policy have become a reality, and she has the School to thank. “I graduated in December of 2014 and started working for the European Parliament Liaison Office with US Congress at the beginning of the New Year,” said Pengelly. “ I analyze legislation and policies vital to the trans-atlantic relationship between the EU and the US.” As the Robert Schuman Fellow at the European Parliament Liaison Office with US Congress, Pengelly focuses on policy relevant to homeland security, cyber security, international trade, counterterrorism, nuclear security, international human rights, and the Middle East. She works alongside eleven European Parliament Senior staffers to encourage trans-atlantic dialogue.

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Student News

SPIA Graduate Students Win Prestigious Teaching Awards

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of International Affairs

Department of Political Science

Mar 2015

The PhD program in Political Science and International Affairs boasts three recipients of UGA’s two most prestigious teaching awards for graduate students: the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost; and the Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by the Graduate School. Congratulations to PhD student Sarah Fisher for receiving the Excellence in Teaching Award and congratulations to PhD students Kayce Mobley and Anthony Kreis for each receiving an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award!

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Student News

UGA’s Amazing Student News Features Kathleen Wilson

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of International Affairs

Feb 2015

SPIA student Kathleen Wilson is honored to be this week's UGA Amazing Student. Wilson is a Foundation Fellow who has traveled the world and is now working in Washington, D.C., with the U.S. Department of State in preparation for her career advocating for the political, economic and social rights of women and girls worldwide. "My first semester at UGA, I took a Spanish class, an Arabic class, an international affairs class, an economics class and a chemistry class," said Wilson. "Reflecting on the past 2 1/2 years I have spent at UGA, my experiences often seem like my freshman course load—a bit random and disjointed. Nonetheless, they have wonderfully blended together to form the cohesive narrative of who I am and what I’m passionate about."

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Faculty News

Professor Owsiak Wins Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of International Affairs

Feb 2015

Professor Andrew Owsiak has been awarded the 2015 Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Owsiak, who joined UGA's faculty in 2011, uses innovative methods while teaching Introduction to International Relations, Peace Studies and Crisis Diplomacy courses. Described as a "natural teacher" by a colleague, Owsiak uses simulations and role-playing that create visceral reactions from students, instilling in them the passion that he holds for the subjects. His work in the classroom has driven Owsiak and a colleague to study the effect of instructional techniques-whether lecture-based, discussion-based or simulation-based-on learning.

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Alumni News

Vreeland Recieves NCAA Today’s Top 10 Award

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of International Affairs

Feb 2015

SPIA alumna Shannon Vreeland received an NCAA Today's Top 10 Award, which recognizes student-athletes for their successes in academics, athletics and in the community. Vreeland, a native of Overland Park, Kansas, helped the Lady Bulldogs win their second straight NCAA title and their fifth consecutive SEC championship last season. A 19-time All-American, Vreeland swam on four NCAA-winning relays during her career: the 800-yard freestyle relays in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and the 400-yard freestyle relay in 2013. She also earned two individual and five relay titles during her career at the SECs. Vreeland helped the 800-yard freestyle relay squad set the American record, while the 400- and 800-yard freestyle relays eclipsed the U.S. Open and NCAA marks.

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In the News

Park: Domestic turmoil reflects arrogance of American foreign policy

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of International Affairs

Globis

Dec 2014

America is in deep turmoil. Incidents of police violence have resulted in the deaths of several unarmed African-American citizens, spawning protests in cities across America and even in England. Many expert observers define this conflict primarily as a racial issue, while others point fingers at the flawed judicial system or inadequate training on the part of police personnel. Still others see the root cause as pre-existing structural violence where unbearable distributive injustice is becoming progressively more acute.

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