Political Science Academy



"The Political Science Academy (PSA) is an organization that aims to bring students and faculty together to discuss "the great issues of the day" (from abortion to nuclear weapons proliferation to zero job growth and the economy) in an informal setting. It is open to all members of the UM-St. Louis community, but is especially aimed at political science students.

PSA sponsors monthly meetings, usually at a political science faculty member's house, in which students and faculty led by a guest speaker discuss a timely topic over refreshments in a casual setting. Aside from fostering lively debate on current issues of local, national, and international importance, the meetings provide a good opportunity for social interchange. PSA meetings are a great chance to meet faculty and fellow students on a personal basis outside the classroom.

Among the recent subjects discussed at PSA meetings have been "Politics and the Media: Is There a Bias?," "Is There a New Dawn in Russia?," "The North American Free Trade Agreement," "The Other November Elections: The State Government Races and the Future Leadership of Missouri," "New Directions on the US Supreme Court," and "Global Warming and Missouri: Prospects for the Year 2000 and Beyond." Every presidential election year the PSA sponsors an election watch party. The PSA also sponsors an annual "Career Night" which brings UMSL political science alumni back to talk with current students about career concerns, as well as an annual picnic which features a student-faculty softball game. PSA also raises funds each year for the Political Science Academy Scholarship fund. Each year, one deserving political science student receives this scholarship. The amount is generally $250. The award is made in the Fall for the Winter semester.

PSA is an authorized student organization with an annual budget provided by the University's student activities fund. Officers are elected every April. The Academy helps support the Midwest Model United Nations, Midwest Model European Union and other political science-related activities. Students are encouraged to become involved in PSA and other extracurricular activities since they can greatly enrich one's undergraduate experience at UM-St. Louis. Look for PSA announcements posted in the departmental office, 347 SSB and on bulletin boards.

Political Science Academy
1999 - 2000 Academic Year
Katie Hinklin, President
Joe Frank, Vice President
Josh Stegeman, Secretary/Treasurer
Shaun O'Hara, Student Government Association Representative

September 30, 1999 -- Sorry you missed it!
At the home of Professor Dave Robertson
11121 Oak Lake Ct, Saint Louis, MO 63146
Speaker: Dennis Judd, UMSL Professor of Political Science
Topic: "The Tourist City"

October 21, 1999
At the home of Professor Marty Rochester
7425 York Drive, St. Louis, MO 63105
Speaker: Gregory Freeman, St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist and host of "Mosaic with Greg Freeman" on KETC-TV Channel 9.
Topic: "The Media and its Role in Downtown Revitalization."

Tentatively Scheduled:
November 17, 1999
"Career Night"

December 18, 1999
"Holiday Party"