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Pi Sigma Alpha and the Political Science Award Banquet 2017
BillBill Furlong and Damon Cann
Dr. Bill Furlong was asked to speak at the dinner this year.
William Furlong is Professor Emeritus in Utah State University’s Department of Political Science. Professor Furlong joined the faculty at USU in 1967. He is a specialist of Latin American studies and United States foreign policy. Over the course of his USU career he received a staggering five Fulbright lectureships. Professor Furlong served as chair of the Political Science Department for several years through the 1980s, stepping down in 1991, when he was appointed as the advisor to the Pi Sigma Alpha honor society - a position he would hold for decades until his retirement in October 2014. During his tenure as advisor, the USU’s Pi Sigma Alpha chapter was recognized several times as the “best chapter” among schools with enrollments over 15,000, beating out some of the nation’s most prominent universities. Professor Furlong himself honored with the “best advisor” award for his leadership over our chapter. In all, USU won best chapter or best advisor awards 11 times.
Professor Furlong had a distinguished research career, marked by the publication of multiple books and articles. His scholarship is excellent and influenced students of Latin American Politics both in the U.S. and around the world. He is known best, perhaps, by his students who recall him as a master teacher he supported students and saw them on their way toward careers and lives that have changed the world.

Recognition of 2016-2017 PSA Council
President Madelyn Fife, Vice President Brigette Hugh, Executive Board Jade Burt Tessa Carver, Matthew Cude Adam Hunt, Sarah Peck
Announcement of 2017-2018 PSA Council
President McKay Lewis,Vice President Brigitte Hugh, Executive Board Tessa Carver Bronte Forsgren, Alex Johnson Savanna Jones, 
Outstanding Seniors
Justin Goodale - International Studies, Matthew Cude - Law and Constitutional Studies, Jade Burt - Political Science
Kelci Peterson - International Studies
2017-2018 Political Science Scholarship Recipients
Kole Lyons - Richard and Moonyeen Anderson Scholarship
Natalie Lyons - Douglas R. Bean Scholarship
Ronnie Keller - Asa & Vivian Bullen Scholarship
Pauline Rivera Soto - Cynthia Farr Bylund Scholarship
Justine Larsen - Dr. M. Judd and Helen G. Harmon Scholarship
Kaden McArthur - Dr. M. Judd and Helen G. Harmon Scholarship
Logan Patterson - David M. Heiner Scholarship
Ana Ryes Firpo - Mehdi Heravi Scholarship
Tessa Carver - Milton R. Merrill Scholarship
Adam Pett - Milton R. Merrill Scholarship
Emma Pressel - Milton R. Merrill Scholarship
Blake Harms - Boyd H. & Sybil S. Stewart Scholarship
McKay Lewis - John S. and Unita Welch Scholarship

USU Professor Appointed to the US Commission on Civil Rights

Professor Anthony Peacock was appointed a member of the US Commission on Civil Rights, Utah Advisory Committee.

Established as an independent, bipartisan, fact-finding federal agency, the mission of the Commission is to inform the development of national civil rights policy and enhance enforcement of federal civil rights laws. The Commission pursues this mission by studying alleged deprivations of voting rights and alleged discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin, or in the administration of justice. They play a vital role in advancing civil rights through objective and comprehensive investigation, research, and analysis on issues of fundamental concern to the federal government and the public.

In carrying out the duties as a member of a USCCR advisory committee, Professor Peacock will be called upon to give advice on civil rights issues policy deliberations.

The Political Science Department would like to congratulate Professor Peacock on this prestigious appointment!


Political Science Program Recognized for Backing the Free Exchange of Ideas

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The Center for the Study of American Constitutionalism seeks to promote debate on the definition of liberty, limited government and free markets, according to its co-founder Anthony Peacock, professor and department head of Political Science. And for that effort, the center has earned national recognition from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, an organization that in its own words seeks to “safeguard the free exchange of ideas on campus” and foster “high academic standards.” The ACTA has named the Center for the Study of American Constitutionalism as an “Oasis of Excellence,” joining a roster of institutes such as Columbia University’s Center on Law and Liberty, the Georgetown (University) Institute for the study of Markets and Ethics and the Center for Liberal Arts and Free Institutions at University of California, Los Angeles.