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Dr. Peter Yacobucci will join the Department of Political Science in the fall semester as an assistant professor. Dr. Yacobucci specializes in public law, public policy, and methodology/statistics. He holds the Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Arizona, the M.P.P. from Georgetown University (focusing on social and labor policy), and a B.A. from Canisius College. Dr. Yacobucci is currently an Associate Professor at Walsh College. He will teach Political Statistics, Contemporary Constitutional Issues, and Introduction to Law in the Fall 2010 semester.
(Major-Political Science, Minors-International Relations & International Economics)
SUNY Chancellor Award for Student Excellence-State University of New York
Buffalo State, School of Natural and Social Sciences Scholarship: Jillian Parker & Thomas Vrabel
2010 Baccalaureate Student Awards: Political Science Department
Peter N. Anthony, Special Political Science Award
Michael R. Pfonner, Outstanding Student in Political Science Award
John R. Rodgers, Outstanding Student in Political Science Award
Yolanda C. Rondon, Raymond P. Stone Memorial Award
William I. Schwartz, David Bullough Memorial Award
Buffalo State, Office of Undergraduate Research
Henry Zomerfeld, Undergraduate Research Summer Fellowship Program-"African American Christians: Not at the Frontline for the Same-Sex Marriage Battle?" Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kyeonghi Baek
Henry Zomerfeld, Undergraduate Travel Grant (Spring 2010)
Yolanda Rondon, Undergraduate Research Grant (Fal 2009)
Timothy Walters, Undegraduate Research Grant, (Fall 2009) & Travel Grant (Spring 2010)
Political Science Department Wins Prestigious U.S. Department of Education FIPSE (Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education) Special Focus Grant for The European Union-United States Atlantis Program (September 1, 2009/four- year grant)--Theme: Transatlantic Public Administration
For more information, visit our Atlantic Cooperation website.
Buffalo State students should contact Dr. Laurie Buonanno (project investigator) for more information.
Dr. Patrick McGovern, "Faculty Appreciation Award." Awarded by Buffalo State Campus Life Student-Staff (May 2010)
Dr. Kyeonghi Baek, "Professor of the Year." Awarded by the Buffalo State Student Political Society (April 2010)
Buffalo State Research Foundation, Research Incentive Grant, Dr. Laurie Buonanno--European Unon Study Mission (December 2009)
The Political Science Department recently won approval from Buffalo State to add two new undergraduate minors to its program offerings:
-Advanced (Graduate) Certificate in Public Management approved by the State University of New York and the New York State Education Department in July 2009. *
New Courses Approved: PSC 308 InternationalOrganizations & International Law, PSC 390 The Italian-American Experience: Politics, Identity & Society, PSC 342 Russian Politics, PSC 399 Research Skills
Added to Intellectual Foundations: PSC 340 Politics of the Developing World (Non-Western), PSC 390 The Italian-American Experience (Diversity)
BA Political Science-Curriculum Changes
Students entering the program beginning in Fall 2010 will be required to take a one-credit hour research skills course and a three-credit hour capstone experience (Senior Seminar or Internship).
SUNY System Administration approved Buffalo State's Letter of Intent for the MPA in Public and NonProfit Management (February 2010). The MPA program proposal has been approved at the Buffalo State level. The next step is the external review process, which is scheduled to take place during the summer months of 2010.
Buffalo State College offers a wide range of opportunities, both in the traditional classroom and through student activities, for students interested in pursuing a career in law. See The Art of (Legal) Persuasion: Mock Trial and Moot CourtMoot Court.
To learn more about our programming in international relations, see "International Relations Minor Brings the Classroom to the World."
To learn more about the advanced (graduate) certificate in public management and other opportunities for postgraduate studies, visit "Graduate Studies-Public and Non-Profit Administration" and "Advanced Certificate in Public Management Approved."
Three Students Accepted for the 2010 Session:
For information about the NYS legislature internship programs, visit:
Assembly Internship Program
Senate Assistants Program
Will Schwartz won the prestigious Best Research Paper Award from the NYS Assembly Intern Program for his paper entitled, "The Legislative Process: New York State's Issue of Direct Interstate Shipment of Wine"
Previous Winner of Best Research Paper was Buffalo State's Nicholas Melson (BA Political Science, May 2009), "Healthcare Practitioner Volunteer Program" (2008 session)
Summer 2009-Yolanda Rondon interned with the U.S. Department of Justice: Office of the Attorney General, General Counsel-Family Services
Political Science majors interned in the local U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins, NYS Assemblyman Mark Schroeder, and other offices of local and state officials.
Political Science Student Hosts Radio Talkshow:
Check out WBNY 91.3 FM on Mondays 6:00-7:00 p.m. for the "Clayton Campaign." Hosted by Buffalo State political science major Clayton Hoyt with his team of featured commentators (also political science majors) Davin, Matthew, and Paul.
Student Political Society
Several members of the Student Political Science traveled to Saratoga Springs April 16-17 to attend the 2010 Annual Conference of the New York State Political Science Association. Four students presented papers. (See, below, Undergraduate Research.)
New Slate of Officers Elected for 2010-2012! Visit the SPS Office to meet Arianna, Dave, Matt & Paul!
The Buffalo State Mock Trial Club, which participates in the American Mock Trial Association competitions, hosted a Mock Trial scrimmage at Buffalo State in November 2009 for Buffalo State and SUNY Fredonia Mock Trial participants.
The Mock Trial Club competed in the regional competition in February 2010 at Syracuse University. Henry Zommerfeld, Junior, is the Mock Trial Captain. Mr. Jon Lines is the faculty advisor.
Buffalo State American Mock Trial Team, Finger Lakes Regional Competition, February 2010 (at Syracuse University)
For more information, visit Buffalo State's Mock Trial Team website: http://bscmocktrial.webs.com/
Student research papers presented at the New York State Political Science Association, Annual Meeting, Saratoga Springs, NY (April 2010):
Yolanda Rondon, The European Charter of Fundamental Rights and the Lisbon Treaty: European Values and Member State Preferences
Brian Sarama, Development Policy in the EU: Official Development Assistance and Self-Interest
Timothy Walters, EU Policy in Nation-Building Efforts in Somalia
Henry Zomerfeld, African American Christians and Same-Sex Marriage: Does it Matter?
Student Poster at the Midwest Political Science Association Meeting, Chicago (April 2010)-
Timothy Walters, US State-Building in Somalia
Davies, Thomas-Morris, Sophie Fish, and Craig Foster. "What the UK: Comparative Analysis of British and US Public Administration" (Poster)-(Atlantis Scholars from Manchester Metropolitan University)-faculty mentors: Buonanno, Henderson, McGovern
Delaney, William. "The Times they are a'Changing: Examining Millennial Foreign Relations between the United State and Russia (Poster)-faculty mentor: Baek
Justice, Jodie and Sayana Castillo, "An International Drug Committee: Collaborative Drug Policy Making Proposed (Poster)-faculty mentor: Baek
Montes, Jesse. "Nuclear Terrorism: Any Effective Way to Prevent It?" (Poster)-faculty mentor: Baek
Rondon, Yolanda. "The European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights: A Question of Distinction?" (Presented Paper)-faculty mentor: Buonanno
Walters, Tim. "Affects of the European Union's Peac Building Process in Somalia" (Poster)-faculty mentor: Buonanno
Zomerfeld, Henry. "African American Christians: Not at the Frontline for the Same-Sex Marriage Battle?" (Presented Paper)-faculty mentor: Baek
Zomerfeld, Henry. "The Five Wars of Globalization and International Crime: A Lack of Uniform Laws and Uncooperative Agencies" (Poster)-faculty mentor: Baek