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The PSIA Review - August, 2015

August 1, 2015 Vol. 1, No. 2


Political Science Gains a Foothold at UNG – Blue Ridge

Welcome to Dr. Nathan Price

When the University of North Georgia (UNG) begins to offer courses at its new Blue Ridge location, one of the first courses to be offered will be POLS 1101, “American Government,” and POLS 2301, “Introduction to Comparative Politics,” during the upcoming fall semester.

Dr. Nathan Price will be our “pioneer” instructor on the Blue Ridge campus. Dr. Price received his Ph.D. degree in 2012 from the University of Louisiana with a concentration in comparative politics and minor in American politics.  

Welcome to Drs. Chris Kroh and Stephen Northam

Dr. Chris Kroh, who has a specialty in European government, will assist on the Dahlonega and Cumming campuses this fall, teaching a variety of courses for us including “Global Issues” and “Comparative Government.” Dr. Kroh received his Ph.D. degree in 2014 from the University of Kansas. Dr. Stephen Northam will be teaching classes on the Dahlonega campus. Dr. Northam holds a doctor of public administration degree from Valdosta State University.

PSIA Department mourns the loss of Erin Niccole Jones

Erin Niccole Jones 

Erin Niccole Jones, a 2009 graduate of the University of North Georgia, died on Wednesday, July 8, 2015.  Erin earned a bachelor of science degree in political science from UNG and was an active member of the student body. She volunteered her time by serving in many clubs and organizations on campus including the Political Science Student Association, Invisible Children, and the UNG Honors Program.

After leaving UNG, Erin continued her focus on serving others and advocating for social justice through her work as a 911 supervisor with Forsyth County. In addition, she volunteered with Hall-Dawson Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) where she selflessly worked to serve her community by helping abused and neglected children.

Erin was a champion for others and truly loved helping those around her. She lived deeply and fully and made the world a better place by simply being Erin. She was wise beyond her 28 years and offered love, kindness and empathy to everyone she met.

Most of all Erin was a devoted mother, daughter, and friend. She left behind many who care for her and are better people just because of Erin’s impact on their lives. She maintained a hopeful outlook in everything she did and everything she believed regardless of the circumstances. Erin’s view of the world was a “cynical idealism”, an outlook that Howard Zinn illustrates flawlessly:

"To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness."

Erin was compassion, sacrifice, courage, and kindness and she exemplified those values daily.  We will miss her.

-- J. Derek Sutton, M.P.A. ‘03

Dr. Viman‑Miller presents in Romania

 Dr. Raluca Viman‑Miller presented a paper, “Migration between inclusion and exclusion: Second generation immigrants and the problem of social integration,” at a conference organized by the Jean Monnet Programme of the European Union and hosted by the Department of History, International Relations, Political Sciences, and Communication Sciences at the University of Oradea in Oradea, Romania, on May 22. She presented another paper, “The Impact of Temporary Migration on Levels of Tolerance,” at the international conference of the Society for Romanian Studies in Bucharest, Romania, on June 18.

 Dr. Viman‑Miller also published a comment titled “Reforma Electorala: O Perspectiva de Ansamblu” (“Electoral Reform: a General Perspective”) in the inaugural edition of the online Romanian publication C.A.E.S.A.R.


Dr. Dlynn Armstrong-Williams leads NAFSA activities

Dr. Dlynn Armstrong-WilliamsDr. Dlynn Armstrong-Williams, head of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs, was a member of the planning team for the 2015 Symposium on Leadership, sponsored by NAFSA:  Association of International Educators (formerly known as the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs) that brought together about 160 leaders from around the world to discuss leadership in international education.  There were over 10,000 participants. 

During that conference, at a panel titled “Public Universities, Diplomacy, and Soft Power:  Expanding Opportunities for Global Citizens,” Dr. Armstrong‑Williams and Dr. Cristian A. Harris presented an analysis of “The Nexus Between Public Diplomacy, Universities, and Global Citizens:  The Limitations of Soft Power.”

Dr. Armstrong‑Williams was also elected chair of the International Education Leadership Knowledge Community of NAFSA for a term that began on July 1. 


POLS 1101 students visit historic site in Gainesville


Various students with Dr. Douglas Young in front of the Piedmont Hotel Museum

On July 17, 12 of Dr. Douglas Young's “American Government” students and five of their relatives and friends made a field trip to perhaps the most historic place in all of Gainesville, the Piedmont Hotel Museum. This was Northeast Georgia's premiere hotel in the late 19th century, run by the legendary second highest-ranking Confederate general, James Longstreet. Gen. Longstreet was not only a brave and wounded decorated hero of the Mexican-American and Civil Wars, but he was also the Confederate general who after the Civil War courageously--and publicly--came out in favor of full civil rights for all former slaves, including equal voting rights.

Museum curator and long-time former Longstreet Society president Richard Pilcher lectured to the students on Gen. Longstreet and the many prominent guests who stayed at the hotel, including a young future President Woodrow Wilson, writers Henry Grady and Joel Chandler Harris, Confederate Gen. Joe Johnston, and Union Gen. and Congressman Dan Sickles. Then the group posed for pictures on the museum's front steps before exploring the museum's many fascinating exhibits.

Afterwards Dr. Young led many students to Gainesville's beautiful and historic Alta Vista Cemetery where they visited Gen. Longstreet's grave before taking a tour of the graveyard.  Finally, to complete the Longstreet experience, the group enjoyed lunch and discussion at the nearby Longstreet Cafe.

Every semester the Politically Incorrect Club and Dr. Young's classes make this field trip. Everyone is always welcome to join us, and the museum is free.  Also, the Politically Incorrect Club meets on the Gainesville Campus.


Crossfire debates remain popular event on Dahlonega campus

Every week during the fall and spring semesters, members of the UNG community including students and faculty and staff members meet to discuss pressing political issues during the weekly Crossfire debate on the Dahlonega campus. Sponsored by the Political Science Student Association (PSSA) under the direction of faculty advisor Carl D. Cavalli, the Crossfire debates began in 1994 as a way to encourage civil political debates on hot-button issues. The Crossfires remained popular during the 2014-2015 academic year, covering topics like the Middle East, taxes, Georgia politics, and the United States’ place in the world. 

The PSSA is gearing up for the 2015-2016 academic year and welcomes its newly elected officers:

  • President:  James Paek
  • Vice president:  Courtney Graff
  • Secretary:   Courtney Graff
  • Treasurer:  vacant
  • Communications/social media coordinator:  Canaan Ashley Ford
  • Voter Guide coordinator:  vacant

Next year, the U. S. presidential contest begins in earnest, and Georgia will hold its primaries early in the year. So, we especially will need people to help produce our Voter Guides. Please consider being part of the team!  Contact Dr. Cavalli for details.

Crossfires are held on Wednesdays at 12 noon in the second floor of the lobby of Young Hall on the Dahlonega campus. The lineup for the upcoming school year will be released on the PSSA’s Facebook page at .


PI SIGMA ALPHA chapter plans social-justice discussions

The Xi Kappa Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political-science honor society, won a $500 "Chapter Activity Grant" to sponsor events in the 2015-2016 academic year dedicated to promoting awareness of social-justice issues at UNG. The grant is especially noteworthy because back-to-back awards are seldom given. Xi Kappa won a $1500 grant from the national office the previous year, which it used to bring First Amendment expert Gene Policinski to campus for a series of events. Precise details of the chapter's events are still developing, but will be publicized across campus. Dr. Beth Rauhaus and Dr. Sam Rohrer volunteered to coordinate the development and execution of the event.  "I'm thrilled that Beth and Sam were kind enough and interested enough in social justice themes to run with this project," said Dr. Charles "Trey" Wilson III, associate professor of political science and the faculty advisor of UNG's Xi Kappa chapter.

Sooner or later, you need a plan of study!!

Do I really need a plan of study?

A plan of study is an important part of your graduation plans. Seeing your advisor regularly and following a plan of study can help you avoid any unnecessary graduation delays. Taking unnecessary courses will delay the completion of your degree and can have financial implications.

The plan of study (POS) lists the courses you need to complete your degree program at UNG. This plan of study is essentially a contract between you and the university, saying that if you complete these courses, you will receive the degree that you want to earn. Once you have earned 90 semester credits, you really don’t want to be without a plan of study. The plan of study protects you from taking courses that will not be applicable to your degree program. Also, programs of study may change while you are a student and the plan of study protects you from those changes. 

Once an approved plan of study is on file, you and your advisor can track your academic progress and your advisor can make you aware of upcoming course requirements. 


International-affairs majors are required to complete a study-abroad course and an international internship, as well as POLS 4600, “International Affairs Capstone Seminar.” Typically students will complete these requirements in their junior and senior years.  It is important to plan early. See Dr. Jon Miner for information on internships.

Political-science majors other than IA majors are required to complete POLS 3600, “Political Science Research Methods,” and POLS 4470, “Senior Seminar in Political Science.” Both courses are only offered in the spring semesters and you must complete POLS 2101, “Introduction to Political Science,” as a pre-requisite for POLS 3600.

For students who entered UNG/NGCSU in or after the fall semester of 2011 (taken from page 175 of 2012-2013 bulletin):  No grade below “C” will be acceptable in any political-science or international-affairs course or any course in the major area for political science or international affairs.


Student Spotlight

The PSIA Review spotlights two talented students in our department in this edition. They are Lindsey Collier, an international-affairs student, and Abigail E. Word, who is pursuing a pre-law concentration. We asked them to respond to these questions:

  • Why did you choose political science as a major and do you believe that it is preparing you for your future goals? If so, how is it preparing you? 
  • What experiences have your political-science/international-affairs courses offered you which have provided you with a competitive edge?  How do you plan to leverage these experiences in the future?
  • Describe how your coursework, study abroad (if applicable) or other experiences helped you?
  • Please discuss your courses, the faculty and the major.


Lindsey Collier

My name is Lindsey Collier, and I am an international-affairs student at the University of North Georgia. I will be studying as a foreign-exchange student at St. Petersburg Polytechnic University in St. Petersburg, Russia, during the fall semester of 2015. I am a third-year student at UNG, and I became an international-affairs major during the second semester of my freshman year. I chose to be an international-affairs major after an introductory global-issues class that introduced me to global politics and international issues and immediately sparked my interest. Becoming an international-affairs major has brought me to lengths I never thought possible, challenging me to succeed while constantly teaching me new things. Fostering a quality education through the committed and reliable faculty and department has allowed me to study with individuals who share my passion, while the dedication of the professors within this department provide support as we strive for success.  While the program is demanding with challenging classes and coursework, becoming an international-affairs major promotes growth and development that provide a competitive edge both throughout and following college.

My experience as an international-affairs major has challenged me individually to develop by providing me with significant amounts of opportunities and incentives to grow and learn on a global scale while remaining in Dahlonega. As international-affairs majors, we are constantly provided with opportunities to expand our interests through outsourcing and informational seminars. The department provides us with ample opportunities and connections to expand outside of the collegiate arena, which provides us with a competitive edge.  The department caters to a student’s interests on an individual level, creating plans of study and course levels to suit her interests as a student and as an individual. Through the department, staff, and IA community I have learned so much about myself as an individual while simultaneously learning about international politics and cultures, which has driven my interest and given me an academic path, which I have the ability to pursue through the department’s study-abroad program. As I have established a significant interest in Russian language and culture over the past two years, the Center for Global Engagement and the PSIA department have given me the tools and opportunities necessary to plan a study abroad that works for me. After a full year of planning and organizing, this fall I will attend St. Petersburg State Polytechnic. Living in the beautiful city of St. Petersburg for a full semester will provide me with a linguistic and cultural experience that I have always desired. I will study language, history, and politics while being completely immersed within the culture. My experience as an international-affairs student has fully prepared me for this trip with intensive language courses, upper-level political science and ample amounts of cultural and historical courses that provide me with a strong foundation to adapt to the course levels while I am abroad. The encouragement and assistance that have been provided to me through the faculty and staff have undoubtedly led to me to this experience, and I am so incredibly grateful to be a part of this community.


Abigail E. Word

Abigail Wood, a young woman with blonde hair and glasses, sitting at the Drill Field of the Dahlonega Campus.I chose to pursue a B.S. degree in political science with a pre-law concentration because of my passion for civil service and my love of the law and government. My major has equipped me to take matters into my own hands in order to promote change and facilitate growth in my educational career. My intention throughout my years at UNG has been to work hard and stay humble. 

This department has not only helped me to further my educational experience at college, but also has prepared me with internships and opportunities that have honestly changed my life. Nearly a year ago I began working for the Department of Justice and every day I am so thankful for the connections and abilities that I have been able to gain throughout my political-science career. I plan to utilize the knowledge and people skills I have secured here at UNG throughout my enrollment. 

Taking classes every summer since I graduated high school perhaps wasn’t the most fun choice, but I am thankful for it because now I get the chance to graduate an entire year early. Because of my expedited schedule, my coursework has consisted of many upper-level political-science classes and this semester I have taken “International Law,” “Special Topics in American Law,” “Senior Seminar in Political Science,” “Constitutional Law,” and “Criminal Law.” These classes have been so valuable to me during my internship with the DOJ and often I find myself recalling the key issues I have learned in class in the workplace. 

If you are considering majoring in political science, first ask yourself if you are willing to push through the tough classes, write a lot of papers, and become proficient with APA style!  If you have an honest passion for service and community improvement, I would highly recommend a major in political science. The faculty and staff in this department are truly here to aid you in your endeavors and I am very grateful that I have had the opportunity to learn from and to work with so many incredible individuals. 



Needing a little more time to pay this fall? Try the NELNET payment plan 

By Jared Goodall, M.P.A. ‘09

Functional and Technical Specialist – Business Office


It is one hour before the fee-payment deadline. You think to yourself: “I am short on cash to pay my tuition bill but I get paid on Friday. Will the Business Office cash my check before then?” No need to worry anymore: UNG has the NELNET Payment Plan! If you are a little short on cash or would like the ability to pay off the balance of your tuition bill a little latter, the NELNET Payment Plan gives students the freedom to pay off their invoices even after the fee payment deadlines have passed.

But how does it work? Right now through August 11, you can sign up for an enrollment fee of $60 and 25 percent of your tuition bill as a down payment and have three payments on August 20, September and October. So if you still owe $2000 after your estimated financial aid, your payment plan would look something like this:

  • $560 due today
  • $500 August 20
  • $500 September 20
  • $500 October 20

Simple, right? But how do I pay it? At the time you sign up, you will set up payments to come out of either your checking account via ACH transfer or you can use any major credit card (additional charge of 2.75 percent for credit-card transactions). The payments will come out automatically. And if you remain current for your payments through August 28, NELNET will guarantee your payment to UNG.

Wait! If NELNET is outside of the school, how will the Business Office know I am signed up? An informational hold is put on your account to let Business Office personnel know that you’re signed up. The hold does not prevent you from anything like traditional holds, though, so no need to worry. If you have this hold, the Business Office will reverse any late fees and make sure that your courses are not dropped as long as you sign up for the NELNET Payment Plan before those deadlines.

So how do I sign up? All you need to do is log into your Banner account, go to “Student,” then “Student Account,” then “Setup Payment Plan” and follow the steps. Make sure that you read all the information carefully. This is a binding agreement with NELNET Business Solutions.

For more information about the NELNET Payment Plan or any other services from the UNG Business Office, you can go to or call us (706) 864‑1409.


PSIA graduates are actively involved in UNG


The UNG Office of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving offers opportunities to connect with old friends and remain involved with the university.  PSIA alums are well represented in the UNG alumni community. Wendi Huguley Routhier (B.S. in political science, ’90) has been named the new director of alumni relations & annual giving. Prior to taking on this role, Wendi served as the UNG athletics fund-raising coordinator since 2011.   Sarah Dunlap (B.S. in political science, ’07) continues to serve UNG as an alumni-relations officer and is responsible for coordinating the UNG Young Alumni Board (which began in the fall of 2013). 

PSIA graduates continue to devote their time and talents to UNG alumni by serving the campus community in various capacities.  James Wright (B.S. in political science with a pre-law concentration, ’06) received the Young Alumni Achievement Award from the GSC Alumni Association in 2012.  James is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the UNG Alumni Association and previously served on the UNG Young Alumni Board.  Maria Albo (M.P.A., ’08) and Drew Alexander (B.S. in political science, ’13) will continue to serve on the Young Alumni Board for the 2015‑2016 term.  Luke Schlief (A.A. in political science, ’12) is joining the board as of July 1, 2015. 

Please feel free to reach out to the alumni office and board members for information about upcoming events and opportunities to connect with fellow alums.  The alumni office loves hearing from former and current students. Contact Sarah Dunlap for information on how you can get involved.  Sarah can be reached at or (706) 864‑1562.

Are you following the Office of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving on social media? This is the best way to stay in the know!

• UNG Alumni Facebook,

• UNG Young Alumni Facebook,

• UNG Alumni LinkedIn Closed Group,

• UNG Alumni Twitter,

Upcoming Alumni Events

UNG Day at Zoo Atlanta for alumni, families and friends – October 10, 2015,

Events are always being added to the alumni calendar, so stop by the Web site often.


“Giving Back” to the Department of PSIA     


An image of a worried piggy bank with a gauge warning that it is emptyAs they study politics and government, many of our students learn about “scarce resources” and about public budgeting, which is the government’s tricky art of trying to deliver services that the public badly wants using the tax revenue that the government is able to collect. The summary of that story is that there really isn’t enough to go around, and government agencies and programs struggle to do their jobs with the budget that the legislature has appropriated to them.

 As in many of the other 50 states, Georgia’s legislature has been gradually decreasing (as a proportion) its budget appropriations to the state universities, requiring the universities to raise the rest of what they need through increased tuition and fees, sales of such things as food and souvenirs, investments of private-business partners (such as when a private company builds and operates a dormitory as a business enterprise), and donations. The editors of The PSIA Review would like to chat with you in this article about donations.

Please consider donating to the UNG Foundation and specifying the Department of Political Science and International Affairs as the recipient of your donation.  If the department could attract financial support from alumni and other friends of the department, it would have the resources to provide more funding for political-science research by students and faculty members, awards to students whose accomplishments stand out, and scholarships. Many of our alumni will remember, especially in recent years when the state’s sales-tax revenues slumped, the effects of the worse-than-usual scarcity of resources.

Maria J. Albo, this newsletter’s editor who is an alumna and faculty member, regularly donates to the foundation. “I donate to the foundation because I am grateful for all of the opportunities I have been given as a student and faculty member,” she said. “By donating to the Department of Political Science and International Affairs, I am able to directly contribute toward department activities that benefit my colleagues and majors in our department. I believe that, by regularly contributing to the university through donations and service, one solidifies her commitment to UNG and the campus community.”

Barry D. Friedman, this newsletter’s associate editor and professor of political science, has been donating to the foundation and the department since he joined North Georgia College’s faculty in 1992. In the mid-1990s, Dr. Friedman became a member of the foundation’s only donor-recognition society at the time, the President’s Club. Today’s foundation has a number of recognition societies, although the President’s Club was closed to new memberships about a decade ago; the members were “grandfathered” in, and Dr. Friedman continues to donate every year to maintain his affiliation. “I have always been grateful to the State of Georgia for giving me a very fulfilling career since 1987, when Valdosta State College hired me,” he said. “It seemed to make sense that I should share the benefits that I receive from the state and the university by donating to the foundation and demonstrating my commitment to the university, the department, and our students.”

Amy Brackett is the foundation’s development officer who focuses on the College of Arts and Letters, the college which contains our department. “In a time of tightening budgets, inflation and economic instability, it is a real challenge to ask people to give,” she stated. “But it doesn’t take much to make a big difference at UNG‑‑even $10 a month truly adds up. Giving is transformational. Some donors simply feel great about doing something kind for someone else; some feel more deeply connected to a cause they believe in; some give because they want to create a culture of giving within their families; and the list goes on.

“One great thing I see happen time and time again among faculty and staff members who decide to start giving is that they begin to understand how our donors feel about where their money goes: They are more thoughtful about how‑‑and how carefully‑‑that money is spent. They understand the trust and good faith behind every dollar we receive. UNG is incredibly fortunate to have so many out there who love this institution and want to help,” Ms. Brackett concluded.

Please consider making a donation now and annually. Send your tax-deductible donation, payable to the “UNG Foundation,” to this address:

UNG Foundation
P.O. Box 1599
Dahlonega, GA  30533

Be sure to specify that your donation is directed to the Department of Political Science and International Affairs (Fund Number 6763).  To contact Ms. Brackett, write to her at .

            Thanks for considering this request!


By Douglas Young, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science and History
UNG -- Gainesville

As my leaves begin to brown,
I want ever more to plant my tree,
Big, bold, tall, and sound,
Inspiring others and outlasting me.

Wandering graveyards and reading dates,
Lives are reduced to names and mates,
Noting whose plots are well kept
And whose are now decrepit.

How soon dear ones who’ve died at work
Are fast forgotten, no matter the hurt,
As carefully crafted castles along the shore
Are soon leveled by waves with nary a roar.

We’re brief “Here”s in the roll call of time,
Small cameos in a film that won’t rewind,
For even a Victorian home bulldozed for an office,
In a few years is all but forgotten.

So how best to lay down a legacy,
Deep-rooted in spite of me,
A home-run record that won’t be broken,
A souvenir to keep, not some token?

For even Ozymandias got overtaken by time,
Since statues become challenges for children to climb.
As sidewalk chalk marks get erased by rain,
So last year’s bird’s nest is never used again.

Yet values last as timeless truths,
And a kindness delivered can’t be diluted.
All the good we do
Can inspire others, too.

Good (and bad) deeds
Plant many strong seeds
As we provide much of the toil
That helps till the youths’ soil.

If we want our values remembered
Long after our lives are surrendered,
We should grab every chance to help others,
Spreading the gospel that we’re all brothers.

True teachers are preachers of ideas,
Not selfishly promoting themselves,
But inspiring students to be pioneers,
Not conformist little elves.

As promoters of principles and dreams,
We can impact ‘way more than it seems.
So work hard and celebrate what’s profound
To leave a legacy that’s good and sound.


Copyright © 2015 by Douglas Young, reprinted with permission


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August 5, 2015   Vol. 2, No. 1

Department Head:  Dlynn Armstrong-Williams, Ph.D.
Associate Department Head:  Craig B. Greathouse, Ph.D.

Editor:  Maria J. Albo, M.P.A.
Assistant editor:  Barry D. Friedman, Ph.D.
Web editor:  Andrew Eade

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