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Spring 2014 Newsletter

Commencement 2014

Dear Politics graduates, You, your family, and your friends are cordially invited to attend a reception in your honor following the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Join Politics faculty in the Founders Hall courtyard immediately following the ceremony for conversation and refreshments. We hope to see you there!

HumRights to host District Attorney debate at HSU campus

As part of an ongoing effort to boost the public understanding of the fundamental human rights protected under the United States Constitution, the Humboldt Center for Constitutional Rights is teaming up with local media outlets to present the May 8, 2014 District Attorney Debate in the Goodwin Forum on the Humboldt State University campus, 1st Harpst Street, Arcata, CA 95521. Doors to the event will open at 6:30 p.m., with questions starting at 7 p.m.

With KHUM radio DJ Amy Berkowitz as moderator, a panel of local media representatives including the Lost Coast Outpost’s Hank Sims, the Times-Standard’s Will Houston, the North Coast Journal’s Thaddeus Greenson and the HSU Lumberjack’s Israel Lefrak will question candidates Arnie Klein, Elan Firpo, Maggie Flemming and Allan Dollison on Constitutional Rights issues such as the First and Fourth Amendment. Topics may include the Board of Supervisor’s anti-free speech and camping ordinance, issues of unlawful search and seizure and other relevant topics to our community. The event will be broadcast live on KHUM, 104.57 FM and 104.3 FM. This event is free and all community members are welcome.

Panetta Internship Opportunity for HSU Students

Deadline Feb. 17

The Panetta Intern Program is an opportunity for CSU juniors and seniors to spend the fall semester as an intern to a California member of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington D.C. with all expenses paid and a chance to earn academic credits. One student is chosen from each campus and they spend two weeks training at the Panetta Institute and 11 weeks in D.C.

The application deadline is Feb. 17. Finalists will be interviewed by a faculty committee and by President Richmond. Application packets that include a resume, two-page essay, transcripts and a graded paper are to be submitted to the President’s Office. Please see the attached flyer.


Capital Fellows Programs

Prepare for a Future Career…Engage yourself in Public Service.

Apply by February 10, 2014 to the Capital Fellows Programs –

California Senate Fellows Executive Fellowship Program Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program Judicial Administration Fellowship Program

The Capital Fellows Programs offer a unique opportunity to participate in policymaking and development. Fellows work for 10-11 months as full-time, paid staff members in the California State Assembly, California State Senate, California Executive Branch or the California Judiciary. Fellows actively engage in public service and prepare for future careers, while gaining firsthand experience in the governance and leadership of the most diverse, complex state in the nation.

Voted three years in a row (2010, 2011 & 2012) as one of the Top 10 internships nationwide by, the Capital Fellows Programs are ranked highly for their combination of meaningful work experience and career opportunities. Each year, Vault’s editors evaluate the internship programs profiled in their annual guide and select from those the top 10 internship programs they feel represent the best all-around opportunities.

Prospective Capital Fellows must have a bachelor’s degree (in any major) by September 1, 2014 and a demonstrated interest in California state government and public service. Applicants may apply to one or more of the programs that meet their interests and qualifications. Recent graduates, graduate, postgraduate and mid-career applicants are welcome. For the 2014-15 fellowship year, individuals must complete the online application by the deadline of February 10, 2014.

If you have questions regarding the Capital Fellows Programs or need brochures, please contact Sacramento State’s Center for California Studies at (916) 278-6906, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit

Claire A. Bunch
Coordinator, Fellows Outreach and Special Projects
Capital Fellows Programs
Center for California Studies
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6081
916/278-6906 – Main, 916/278-4667 – Direct
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2014 Rieser Fellowship application deadline

2014 Rieser Fellowship application deadline March 1

Applications for the Leonard M. Rieser Undergraduate Fellowships, offered by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, are due March 1, 2014.

Rieser Fellowships provide the successful undergraduate applicants with a one-time award of up to $4,000 to pursue projects that explore issues at the intersection of science, global security, and public policy, focusing on a significant aspect of nuclear security, climate stabilization or biotechnology. Click here for additional details and the online application form.

Any undergraduate student studying at a U.S. college or university is eligible to apply. The 2014 deadline is March 1. The Rieser Committee’s decision will be announced online in the Spring, following notification of all applicants.

In addition to the monetary award, each Rieser Fellow will be eligible to submit the fellowship project results to be considered for publication on the Bulletin’s website. For example, 2011 Rieser Fellow Shahrzad Mohtadi published an op-ed in 2012 about how climate change affected the turmoil in Syria. It was picked up by international media outlets and included in Bill Moyers’ 2013 “Essential Reader” list for making sense out of Syria.

Leonard M. Rieser (1922–1998) was an outstanding physicist, professor, mentor, and vocal advocate for the peaceful resolution of conflict. Through the Leonard M. Rieser Fellowships in Science, Global Security, and Public Policy the Bulletin honors his belief in the ability of the next generation to play a critical role in finding solutions to persistent global problems.

Dr. Mark Baker, faculty member in the Politics Department

Mark Baker, faculty member in the Politics Department, had an article titled, “An Analysis of the Socio-Ecological Effects of Small-Scale Hydropower Development in Himachal Pradesh,” accepted for publication by the journal Economic and Political Weekly. Economic and Political Weekly is an interdisciplinary journal based in Mumbai that publishes analyses of current affairs and social science research. Baker’s research on the socio-ecological effects of small hydropower projects in Himachal Pradesh contributes to current debates about hydropower development in the Himalaya, which India’s Supreme Court had temporarily banned in the state of Uttarakhand due to environmental concerns.

Residence Life is hiring a Resident Sustainability Advisor

Residence Life is hiring a Resident Sustainability Advisor (RSA) for the 2014-15 academic year. The RSA is a part time, student staff position in Residence Life working to educate residents on sustainability and reduce energy consumption.

Applications are due January 23, 2014. More information and the application can be found at

Job Opportunity

Fortuna’s City Manager’s Office has an opening available immediately to offer college students the opportunity to participate and contribute to the City’s economic development and promotional initiatives.

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