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Political Science Department Honors Students

The Department of Political Science held its annual Honors Night, April 7, 2015, in the Beth Moor Lounge of the Longmire building. In addition to special thanks to Academic Coordinator Jerry Fisher for his work and service to the department, Professor Chris Reenock recognized the following students for outstanding achievement:

Pruet Award for Graduate Student Research – Minjung Kim

Pruet Award for Graduate Student Teaching – Casey Delahanty

Charles Billings Public Service Award - Aaron Tankel

Thomas R. Dye Scholarship Award - Ashleigh Singleton

Social Entrepreneurship Student Awarded for Innovative Start-Up

International Affairs and Social Entrepreneurship major Charles Wilson and his partner James Dillmore (Accounting) won the Innovation Award at Digitech, April 1, for AgroSky, a social entrepreneurship start-up with the goal of helping small-scale farms achieve maximized growth yields through environmentally friendly commercial autonomous robotics.

Grad Students and Mentors Honored

The Graduate School of Florida State University has recognized the following students and instructors for their excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship for the 2014-2015 school year:

Graduate Student Leadership Award
Holly Widen, Geography

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
Keith Richard, Sociology
Kimberly Wiley, Public Administration

Graduate Faculty Mentor Award
Dr. Anne Barrett, Sociology

ASKEW SCHOOL PROFESSOR RECEIVES GRANT FOR SUSTAINABILITY STUDY

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a grant to Richard Feiock, a professor in the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy, to study how municipal governments can best coordinate sustainability efforts across multiple agencies.

Student Raises Money for Books in Haiti

Student Olivia Bibilonia is an international affairs and French major and recipient of the IA department's Richard B. Gray Scholarship in 2014, which allowed her to study French in Paris last summer. Now she has a new project closer to home that she hopes will make a difference for young people in Haiti, and she's seeking help from her fellow students. Olivia has set up a GoFundMe page to collect donations to buy books written in Creole for elementary schools in that country.

College Partners with Local Business in Social Enterprise Internship

A team of five Florida State University students is working to create a small-scale social enterprise through a unique internship.

The internship is made possible through a partnership between local merchant RedEye Coffee and the new social entrepreneurship and innovation specialization within the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy’s Interdisciplinary Social Science (ISS) program. The partnership gives students the opportunity to learn about creating and sustaining an enterprise dedicated to positive social change using RedEye’s resources and business model.

Students Research Policy Issues, Write Legislative Briefs

The DeVoe L. Moore Center (DMC) at Florida State University, a unit of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, has issued the first of a series of planned policy briefs published under the title The DMC Perspective. The March 2015 brief, mailed to all Florida legislators and available to the media and the general public, focuses on the issue of sports stadium subsidies, by which tax dollars help to fund privately owned sports complexes that proponents claim bring revenue to the state and the municipalities where they are built.

Collins Institute Releases Report on Local Governments and Retiree Health Benefits

The Leroy Collins Institute released its newest report on the "Tough Choices Facing Florida's Governments" in February 2015.

The seventh installment of the institute's series of policy papers on government pensions, "Beyond Pensions: Florida Local Governments and Retiree Health Benefits," was authored by David Matkin, formerly of FSU and now at the University of Albany.

The paper's introduction says:

Planning Student Gets Externship with Aviation Expert

The Florida State University Career Center has partnered with Woodie Woodward, the former associate administrator of airports for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), to provide an externship experience to a current FSU student.

Jackson Harris, a second-year graduate student in the urban and regional planning program, was selected by Woodward for this inaugural externship, lasting from January to December 2015. Jackson has previously completed two internships in airport management and hopes to build his career in Florida’s aviation and airport management industry.

Social Enterprise takes aim at migrant worker housing

Nearly 200,000 migrant and seasonal workers travel to work in Florida every year, and finding high quality, affordable housing is one of their chief challenges. The college’s DeVoe L. Moore Center is stepping into this difficult problem with an innovative, private sector solution that could help workers and growers in 33 Florida counties.

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