Department News

2010-2011

Departmental Activities 2010-11

May 2011 Wes Chapin led a group of students to Europe as part of a course focusing on the Politics, Culture, and History of German-speaking Europe: destinations, Berlin, Munich, and Vienna, http://www.uwrf.edu/GlobalConnections/GermanyandAustria.cfm.

April 7-10, 2011 The UWRF International Relations Club (advisor, Wes Chapin) participated in the annual Arrowhead Model UN Conferencelink.

March 2011 Wes Chapin led a group of students to Europe as part of a course focusing on the Politics, Culture, and History of German-speaking Europe: destinations, Berlin, Munich, and Vienna, http://www.uwrf.edu/GlobalConnections/GermanyandAustria.cfm.

January 21-22, 2011 Wes Chapin was a participant in the "Step 2 Planning Institute" organized by the Society for College and University Planning in Tempe, Arizona.

November 17, 2010 Davida Alperin gave a talk about the new national health care to the UWRF Council on Health and Wellness. This group's mission is to "work collaboratively to identify and address health and wellness issues that affect UWRF students, faculty, and staff, in a broad systematic manner, based on current available data, information, and research."

November 11, 2010 Neil Kraus presented the paper "The Challenges and Possibilities of Regional Collaboration Among Small Jurisdictions" at the Northeast Political Science Association Annual Meeting.

November 10, 2010 Wes Chapin was the moderator for a debate between the College Republicans and College Democrats on foreign policy issues.

November 4, 2010 Wes Chapin was "The 2010 National and State Elections," guest on Focus on You, UWRF Cable News Program.

October 28, 2010 Davida Alperin spoke at Hudson to the Ecel energy workers about the mid-term elections.

October 25, 2010 Wes Chapin was interviewed by KARE 11 reporter Boyd Huppert for broadcast on the topic "Race to the finish in Wisconsin's U.S. Senate contest."

October 15, 2010 Wes Chapin led a group of nine UWRF students to the annual Wisconsin in Political Science Association Conference in Milwaukee. He served as the chair and discussant of a panel that explored the causes and consequences of "The Afghanistan War."

October 15, 2010 Wes Chapin received a Certificate of Completion of the "Teaching to Learn" workshop. Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI.

October 5, 2010 Neil Kraus presented "The Politics of Criminal Justice" at the UWRF Morning with a Professor lecture series.

October 2, 2010 Wes Chapin was a participant in the "Step 1 Planning Institute" organized by the Society for College and University Planning in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Fall 2010 Erick Highum designed a study to determine the level of support that UWRF students have for various policy approaches to the Afghanistan war, to build on the findings in the 2008 UWRF Iraq war survey, and to compare the support for both wars. The survey also allows the Political Science students conducting the survey an opportunity to gather original research and present their findings at professional undergraduate research conferences in 2011.

2011-2012


2011-12 Departmental Activities

May 2012 Wes Chapin is leading 22 students to Germany as part of POLS 371 The Politics of German Speaking Europe. They will study German history, culture, and politics, and visit Berlin, Munich, Bertesgaden, and Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

April 2012 Neil Kraus published the article "The Challenges and Possibilities for Regional Collaboration among Small Jurisdictions" in the journal State and Local Government Review

February 20, 2012 John Evans held a pre-law information session attended by several students. If you missed the seminar or have questions about law school, please contact Professor Evans at john.evans@uwrf.edumail.

February 15, 2012 Neil Kraus was interviewed by KARE 11 reporter Boyd Huppert (UWRF Political Science/Journalism graduate) on "Obama visits Wisconsin, stays out of recall fight."  Detailslink

January-May, 2012 Wes Chapin is leading 35 students to Europe as part of the International Traveling Classroom (ITC). The students are studying International Relations, Contemporary Europe, European Politics, World Music (taught by Dr. Kris Tjornehoj), and GEOG 322 Urban Geography (taught by Dr. Charlie Rader). The ITC students are studying in the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy, and Austria, and the courses are supplemented by activities such as guided tours of the Royal Albert Hall, the World Court, the Reichstag, and Dachau concentration camp, observing the House of Commons and House of Lords, and exploring many other sites and museums.

January 18, 2012 Wes Chapin was quoted in the The Sun in an article, "Wisconsin readies for Walker recall".  Detailslink

September 10, 2011 John Evans gave a talk at a seminar on American citizenship sponsored by the Tseng College in honor of U.S. Constitution Day. John said the Constitution gives Congress the power to enact laws on how to become a citizen, but the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether states can enforce those laws. More information: http://www.facebook.com/TsengCollegelink

September 3, 2011 Neil Kraus presented a paper entitled "Triggering Events and the Limits of Law Enforcement Reform" at the American Political Science Association Annual Conference in Seattle, WA.

August 16, 2011 Wes Chapin was a guest on the Joy Cardin show, discussing Warren Buffet's proposal to increase taxes on the wealthy: Detailslink

August 10, 2011 Wes Chapin was interviewed by KARE 11 about the WI Senate recall elections. Detailslink

June 24, 2011 Wes Chapin was quoted in a Pioneer Press article, "Recall election in Wisconsin Senate could go either way."

May 2011-May 2012 Wes Chapin is serving as the Chair of the UWRF Faculty Senate.

May 2011-May 2012 Erick Highum is conducting survey research with students.

 

 

 

 

2012-2013

2012-13 Departmental Activities

  •  April, 2013
    Dr. Erick Highum led a team of student researchers who presented the results of the UWRF International Trade Survey at  the April 2013 National Conference of Undergraduate Research.  The student researchers informed the UWRF community of student views on this important international relations topic in spring 2013.
  • April, 2013
    Neil Kraus presented the paper "When Political Support is Not Enough to Reform Urban Schools," at the Midwest Political Science Association Conference Annual Conference, in April 2013.
  • March 8, 2013
    Neil Kraus published an article entitled "Citizens to Leaders: Support the stronger Gun-Control Proposals," in Minnpost.comlink, as part of their "Community Voices" section, on March 8, 2013.
  • December 28, 2012
    Neil Kraus was interviewed on KSTP, Channel 5 regarding the decision of Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak to not seek reelection.
  • December 20,2012
    Neil Kraus published an article in MinnPost.com entitled "The Problem of Violence, and of Politicians Terrified of Regulating Guns Ultimately Lies with Us," as part of their "Community Voices" section.
  • Fall 2012
    Davida Alperin and Neil Kraus published an article entitled "Voting Restriction Politics in Minnesota and Wisconsin," in the New England Journal of Political Sciencedocumentlink.
  • October 2012 - October 2013
    Wes Chapin is serving as president of the Wisconsin Political Science Association
  • October 29, 2012 
    Wes Chapin is moderating a foreign policy debate sponsored by the UWRF Global Politics Club.
  • October 24, 2012
    The Department hosted United States Senator Ron Johnson who who spoke to political science students, and the River Falls community.
  • October 22, 2012   
    Wes Chapin was interviewed by KARE 11 reporter Scott Seroka for a story, "Wisconsin as a Swing State in the 2012 Election."
  • October 11-12, 2012
    Wes Chapin co-organized the annual Wisconsin Political Science Association meeting (with Wisconsin Sociological Association, and Sociologists of Minnesota).
  • October 11, 2012
    Erick Highum served as chair and discussant of a panel, "Democracy and Elections," at the annual Wisconsin Political Science Association Conference
  • October 11, 2012
    Davida Alperin presented a paper, "Photo ID for Voters in Minnesota and Wisconsin" (co-authored with Neil Kraus) as part of a panel, "Democracy and Elections," at the annual Wisconsin Political Science Association Conference.
  • October 11, 2012
    Sooh-Rhee Ryu presented a paper, Keeping Your Promise:  The Effect of Structural, Individual, and Promise-Specific Factors on Campaign Promise Fulfillment among South Korean Legislators, 2008-2012," at the annual Wisconsin Political Science Association Conference.
  • September 11, 2012 
    Wes Chapin was interviewed by Colin Smith of WCCO for a story about vice presidential candidates and Wisconsin's role in the 2012 presidential election.
  • Fall 2012 - 2013
    Erick Highum is working with a team of students to complete a survey on International Trade.
  • May 2012-May 2013
    Wes Chapin is serving as the Chair of the UWRF Faculty Senate.May 2012 
  • May 2012
    Wes Chapin led 22 students to Germany as part of POLS 371 The Politics of German Speaking Europe.  Students studied Germany history, culture, and politics, and visited Berlin, Munich, Berchtesgaden, and Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
  • January-May 2012
    Wes Chapin led 35 students to Europe as part of the International Traveling Classroom (www.uwrf.edu/itc).  The students studied international relations, European politics, German politics, Scottish politics, world music, and urban geography in the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy, and Austria.
  • January 19-21, 2012
    Wes Chapin participated in a Society for College and University Planning Step III workshop on Integrated Planning in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • January 18, 2012 
    Wes Chapin was interviewed by "The Sun" reporter Amy Ward for a story, "Wisconsin Readies for Walker Recall" (www.osceolasun.comlink)
  • October 2011-October 2012
    Wes Chapin served as president-elect of the Wisconsin Political Science Association.

2013-2014


2013-14 Departmental Activities

  • April 28, 2014 
    Wes Chapin was re-elected as Phi Kappa Phi chair for 2013-14.
  • March/May 2014
    Wes Chapin is leading 27 students to Europe to study German politics.  They will visit Berlin, Cologne, Munich, and Berchtesgaden, including visits to the German Bundestag in the Reichstag building, the German historical museum, and more.
  • April 3-6, 2014
    Connie Simpson, Wes Chapin and the Global Politics Club (Andrew Harrison, President and Matthew Stewart, Vice-President) are organizing the annual Arrowhead Model United Nationslink conference at UW-River Falls.

  •  March 27, 2014
    The Political Science Department collaborated with the Year of Germany Committee to present a program on Max Weber and Hannah Arendt.  The event featured a talk on Max Weber by Carleton College's Dr. Paul Petzschmann, a Q & A session with Dr. Petzschmann and Dr. Maloney of UWRF, and a screening of the 2013 film Hannah Arendt. The DVD of the film was then turned over to the UWRF library so that students may borrow the film for many years to come. 
  • February 26, 2014
    Dr. Neil Kraus interviewed with reporter Chris Egert to discuss the political implications of  President Obama's visit to St. Paul's Union Depot on 5 Eyewitness News Mornings.link
  • January 2014
    Dr. Neil Kraus assumed the duties of Department Chair of Political Science.
  • December 9, 2013
    Dr. Wes Chapin was a participant in a panel discussion, "The Successes and Challenges of Developing and Enhancing the Academic College," River Falls, WI.
  • 2013-14
    Dr. Wes Chapin is serving as the President of the UWRF Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.
  • 2013-2014
    Dr. Wes Chapin is serving as the Vice-President of the Arrowhead Model United Nations Association.
  • November, 2013
    Dr. Sooh-Rhee Ryu has two book reviews forthcoming in the Asian Studies Review and in the Journal of Asian Studies.
  • October 2013
    Dr. Neil Kraus recently completed Majoritarian Cities: Policy Making and Inequality in Urban Politics, University of Michigan Press.  His  book was available October 28, 2013.  Dr. Kraus presents case studies of two Midwestern cities, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Gary, Indiana. More Information.link
  • October 17, 2013
    Wes Chapin moderated a panel discussion, "Three German Intellectural Linked to the Nazi Movement,"  as part of the UWRF'S "Year of Germany" activities.
  • October 16, 2013
    Dr. Steven Maloney  lead a discussion as part of the Year of Germany initiative. The discussion focused on Thus Spoke Zarathustra.
  • October, 2013
    Wes Chapin began his second term as president of the Wisconsin Political Science Association.
  • October 11, 2013
    Wes Chapin presented two papers at the annual Wisconsin Political Science Association meeting, "The Global Financial Crisis and its Social, Cultural, and Political Consequences (Ripon College): "Study Abroad: Considerations for Organizing and Leading Education Abroad Experiences," and "The State Building Exercise: Revised."  Dr. Chapin also chaired two panels:  "Study Abroad, Education Abroad," and "Experiential and Online Learning."
  • October 11, 2013
    Erick Highum chaired a panel at the annual Wisconsin Political Science Association meeting, "The Global Financial Crisis and its Social, Cultural, and Political Consequences (Ripon College): "Undergraduate Presentations."
  • September 4, 2013
    Wes Chapin represented a poster display, "The German Parliament and the 2013 German Budestag Elections, " at the Oktoberfest Celebration, as part of the UWRF's Year of Germany" activities.

  • September, 2013
    Dr. Wes Chapin became the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies. Dr. Davida Alperin took on the duties of Department Chair for Fall 2013.