Issue: # 3
June 2009
In This Issue
Jeana Butler Retires
Poloni Receives Fulbright
Alumni Update
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July 6
Summer Session II
August 24
Fall 2009 Classes Begin
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Jeana Butler

Jeana Butler June 3rd was Jeana Butler's last day working with the Department of Politics & International Affairs. After 19 years with the department and 21 years with NAU altogether, Jeana has retired and moved to Tucson where she plans on taking some time to think about what to do in this next phase of her life.

Reflecting on Jeana's career, Fred Solop, department chair, commented, "Jeana contributed so much to the growth and development of the department since the early 1990's. She knows the history of how policies emerged over time and how to efficiently manage the university system. We will all miss her dearly."

Over the last four years, Jeana worked directly with the department's graduate programs. She organized the admissions process, funding allocation process, student orientations, and managed the comprehensive examination process. She worked with every graduate student to ensure their success in department programs.

Kara Stone has taken on many of Jeana's responsibilities.

Dr. Lori Poloni-Staudinger Receives
Fulbright Award

Lori Poloni Dr. Lori Poloni-Staudiner has recently been selected to be a Fulbright Fellow for Austria next Spring. The selection was made by the Austrian-American Educational Commission (AAEC). She will be anchored at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna from March 1 - July 1, 2010

She was chosen for this award based upon her research and teaching qualifications by review teams from both the Austrian government and US Department of State. The award will allow Lori the opportunity to teach international relations at the Diplomatic Academy. She will also have the opportunity to continue conducting research involving responses by European women's movement and environmental movement activists to changing political opportunity structures.

Lori received her Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University in 2005 and has been employed as a tenure-track faculty member in NAU's Department of Politics & International Affairs since 2006. Her fields of interest include transnational Social Movements, US-EU relations, European Union, and international democratic institutions.
Lori also serves as the department's Graduate Program Coordinator.
Alumni Update: Robert Dietel

Rob Dietel Photo Robert Dietel graduated from NAU's Department of Political Science in 1991. He continued his education at Tufts University, receiving a graduate certificate in Management of Community Organizations. Robert also completed the Executive Education Program in Sales and Marketing at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

Currently, Robert is working for the British Consulate General in Boston, serving as a Trade and Investment Officer covering the Cleantech/Renewable Energy and Digital Media sectors in New England.  He is responsible for facilitating and managing foreign direct investment in both sectors and collaborating with various stakeholders, in the U.S. and the UK, to address climate change policy and commercial interactions.

Robert describes his position this way: "It's a very interesting role that meets at the intersection of public policy and commercial affairs. I'd like to think that I acquired my foundation for this work during my early years at NAU."

The department wishes Robert continued success and encourages all current and future alumni to stay in touch!

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