Issue: # 2
May 2009
In This Issue
Congrats NAU Graduates
2 Students Head to DC
Hunger Awareness Week
Upcoming Events
May 22
Jeana Butler Retirement Party
June 1
Summer Session Begins
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Spring Newsletter

Congratulations NAU Graduates!

IA Sign Almost 3,000 students graduated from NAU this Spring. The graduating class of Spring 2009 included 5 Politics and International Affairs doctoral students, 1 Masters student, and 52 International Affairs, American Political Studies, and Political Science undergraduate students.

The department is especially proud of the five PhDs we produced this year, including Brigette (Bush) Gibson, Anna Nalwood, Naomi Piņion, Aleticia Tijerina, Paul Vaughn. We also anticipate two other doctoral students defending their dissertations this summer: T. Mark Montoya and Sara Rinfret.
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Three  Students Heading to DC
Department Sends 2 Interns to Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick's Office
Ann Kirkpatrick Two Department of Politics and International Affairs students will be heading to Washington, DC this summer to  intern in Representative Ann Kirkpatrick's office: Carly Regina and Jasmine Rogers. Rep. Kirkpatrick represents Arizona's 1st Congressional District, the district that includes Flagstaff and NAU. A third student, Zachary Toubman, will be traveling to Washington this Fall to intern in Senator John McCain's office.

All three students will have their expenses for travel and living in Washington partially offset by department scholarships. Carly Regina is the recipient of this year's Morey Award. Established by Roy and Delores Morey, the Morey Award provides a $3,000 scholarship to its recipient. Jasmine Rogers and Zachary Toubman's trips to Washington are being supported by the department's Vaughn scholarship. Established in memory of Jack and Ruby Vaughn, the Vaughn scholarship will provide Rogers and Toubman with $1,000 each to offset their expenses for interning in DC.

We look forward to receiving regular updates from our three Washington, DC interns.

Hunger Awareness Week
April 6 - 10, 2009
Students in Dr. Geeta Chowdhry's undergraduate and graduate classes in "Political Economy of Food and Hunger" worked together to organize Hunger Awareness Week at NAU during the second week of April. Hunger Awareness Week featured a series of programs probing various dimensions of hunger and homelessness in Arizona and throughout the world.

The week began with a panel discussion about Homelessness and Food Security in Flagstaff. The Mayor of Flagstaff and other noted experts and local leaders participated in the panel. In addition to featuring Mary Sara Presler, the panel also included Coral Evans-Flagstaff City Council Member, Brett Ramey- Urban Lifeways Project/Native Movements, Stephanie Boardman - Hope Cottage, Mik Jordahl- Lawyer, Eric Wolverton- St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, Zach Freels- Food Not Bombs, and Todd Sherman--Flagstaff Shelter Services. Many social organizations were also respresented at informational booths on the issue.

In additional to Monday's panel discussion, Keynote Speaker Bill Aal of the Community Alliance for Global Justice spoke Tuesday night. His talk touched on "Resistance and Resiliency: Confronting the Global Food Crisis by Supporting Local Economies Everywhere." While communities are systematically deprived of control over their own resources and ways of life, people are coming together to cope on their own terms. He used examples from transition town initiatives in the UK, Europe, US and Asia to demonstrate his point.

Hunger Awareness week also featured a film night on Wednesday and an Oxfam Dinner on Friday.

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