The Employee Recognition Committee of Staff Senate would like to congratulate the Political Science Department for the December 2002 Department of the Month award.
The Political Science Department believes that understanding politics and government is essential to democratic citizenship and effective public service. It also helps students think critically and be inquisitive in light of the abundance of ideas, philosophies and cultures in the world. Studying Political Science aids in the development of competence in the subject matter, but also contributes to the development of critical reasoning and analytical skills and effective oral and written communication.
Several events are sponsored by the Political Science Department. They include:
- The Annual Senator Jerome Warner Evening
This event was held October 8, 2002 with the topic of the symposium "What Nebraska Needs". Featured speakers were State Senators Jim Cudaback, Joel Johnston, Ed Schrock, Elaine Stuhr, and Clerk of the Legislature Patrick O'Donnell. Approximately 75 students, faculty, staff and community members attended.
- The Annual George Norris Scholarship Luncheon
United States Senator Chuck Hagel received the Distinguished Lecturer Award during the luncheon held November 4, 2002. Senator Hagel addressed the luncheon gathering which also honored Political Science Scholarship students. One-hundred forty students, faculty, staff and community members were in attendance.
- The Fourth Annual Johann's Institute
The fourth annual Johann's Institute for Nebraska Politics was held on November 14, 2002 in the Great Room at the Nebraskan Student Union. The Johanns Institute is a day-long colloquium on political and social issues that affect Nebraskans. Governor Johanns convened the event with Frank Lamere as the featured speaker. More than 90 high school students and 15 high school teachers were in attendance.
Because of the dedication to students, to colleagues and to the wider UNK community, the University of Nebraska at Kearney is pleased to name the Political Science Department as the Department of the Month for December 2002.