A Department Tradition Continues

The department’s traditional ‘beginning of semester’ lunch at Lebro’s – from L-R – Claude Welch (who initiated the tradition about a decade or so ago), Jeanine McKeown, Harvey Palmer, Mary O’Brien, Jake Neiheisel, and Shawn Donahue. Photo by Munroe Eagles. October 2019.

The department’s traditional ‘beginning of semester’ lunch at Lebro’s – from L-R – Claude Welch (who initiated the tradition about a decade or so ago), Jeanine McKeown, Harvey Palmer, Mary O’Brien, Jake Neiheisel, and Shawn Donahue.  Photo by Munroe Eagles. October 2019.

PSC Major David Tallents receives SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Students

David Tallents.

In April 2020, UB political science major David Tallents was among fourteen UB students have been chosen to receive the 2020 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, the highest honor SUNY bestows upon its student.

The annual award recognizes and honors students who have best demonstrated and been recognized for integrating academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement or career achievement.

Family picture.

Members of the department’s summer softball team gather after a game on the patio at Central Park Grill (or, CPGs as we referred to it), on Main Street, in the early 1990s.  Some will recognize former faculty members Jim Twombly and Gary Hoskin.

Recipients are chosen by a committee of SUNY campus presidents that reviews the accomplishments of nominees and then forwards recommendations to the Chancellor’s Office for a second review. Finalists are then recommended to the chancellor, who makes the final determination.

David wrote: “The Political Science department and its wonderful professors have been a great resource over the last four years. I'm glad I was able to study here.”

Next year he will be pursuing a Masters degree in European Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.

This is what a faculty meeting looks like in the COVID-era. Feb. 2020. Where would we be without Zoom?

This is what a faculty meeting looks like in the COVID-era.  Feb. 2020. Where would we be without Zoom?

Graduate students and friends gather in front of a table filled with pizza, fresh fruit, snacks and beverages for a Christmas party at the home of Kristin Cruz.

Graduate students and friends gather for a Christmas party at the home of Kristin Cruz, December 2019.