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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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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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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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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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Student News

PhD Students Accept Assistant Professorships

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of International Affairs

Department of Political Science

Dec 2014

Two students in the Political Science & International Affairs Ph.D. program have recently accepted faculty positions at first-rate academic institutions. Both of these students will graduate with their Ph.D. in Political Science & International Affairs from the University of Georgia in May 2015 and will start their new faculty jobs in the fall of 2015. Chris Hare has accepted a position as an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Davis. In 2013, US News and World Report ranked UC-Davis as having the #23 graduate program in Political Science nationwide. Sarah Fisher has accepted a position as an assistant professor in the Department of Politics, Law, and International Relations at Emory & Henry College. Emory & Henry is consistently regarded as one of the nation's top liberal arts colleges. In 2014, Washington Monthly rated Emory & Henry as the #37 liberal arts college in the nation.

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Dr. Johnson Receives Blue Key Service Award

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of International Affairs

Oct 2014

On Friday, September 3, 2014, Dr. Loch Johnson was awarded the Blue Key Service Award at the annual Blue Key banquet. As the Regents Professor of Public and International Affairs at UGA, Dr. Johnson is well known for his teaching and service to the School. He is a founder of the School of Public and International Affairs and was crucial in the founding of the Service Memorial near the Miller Learning Center. In addition, he participated in the creation of the Abraham Baldwin statue that stands proudly on North Campus as a dedication to the university's founder and first president. Dr. Johnson is a Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor and the author or editor of over 200 articles and thirty books on U.S. national security.

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