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									Political Science Department Newsletter

Fall 2009

Bridgewater State College Political Science Department Newsletter
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November 2009 Volume 9 Issue 3

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Upcoming Events MPA Accreditation Celebration Graduate Students in Action Graduate Students in Action Student Profile Internships Faculty News

Upcoming Events
 Save the Date: Annual MPA dinner- May 4, 2009 o Details to follow  Save the Date: MPA Accreditation Celebration o Date: Monday, December 7, 2009 o Time: 5:30 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. o Location: Dunn Conference A&B

MPA Accreditation Celebration
The Political Science Department, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Graduate Studies are proud to announce the accreditation of our Master of Public Administration program by NASPAA, the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. Bridgewater State College’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program proudly becomes the first public program to be accredited by NASPAA in Massachusetts and one of only a handful of accredited programs in New England. We invite you to attend our announcement event and share in the recognition of our MPA program. The event will be held in the Dunn Conference Suite in Crimson Hall on campus December 7, 2009, from 5:30 -7:00 PM. We are delighted to welcome Dr. Adrian Tinsley as our keynote speaker. As you may know, Dr. Tinsley was president of Bridgewater State College when the MPA program was first launched. Please join us for this celebration and reconnect and network with faculty, administrators, MPA students, alumni, and fellow public administrators on December 7th. Light refreshments and a selection of wines will be served.

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” -Dale Carnegie


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Graduate Student’s in Action
Internship Experience-Victoria Grasela This holiday season marks the New Bedford Firefighters' Union's 11th annual Toy Drive. As a part of my internship with the United Way of Greater New Bedford, I have been assigned the task of making this year's toy drive a success. Toys will be collected from all drop spots on December 18th, and that day will mark the end of the drive. I will be responsible for assisting the firefighters in their task of sorting out toys as well as delivering them to the agencies that have applied for toys. I have also gathered a small group of volunteers to assist that day as well. My internship has been an exciting experience for me since I started at the end of July. The toy drive is only one of the many projects that I have a hand in. I have been fortunate enough to work, learn, and grow under the supervision of six highly qualified professionals who have taught me great lessons about the function of non profits in society. From marketing and public relations to participating in yearly programs to getting an up-close and personal view on how a non profit runs, to watching a United Way campaign unfold, to writing press releases about our events that have been published in our local newspaper; I have gotten a great knowledge. have participated in programs like the 2009 Annual Day of Caring, United Way's Mini-Grant Best of Community Fundraising and Best of Cultivating Membership (which I also sat as a panelist on),and 21-1 to name a few. I also am involved with an ongoing project that historically depicts the United Way of Greater New Bedford since its beginning. This project will allow me to show my creative side along with the knowledge that what I have done will continue to be present at this organization for years to come. It is amazing to see what we learn in class everyday actually in use. What I have learned in the two and a half years in the MPA program has served me well during my time interning at United Way. This group of individuals has taught me so much and I appreciate everything they have taken the time to show me. If you have any questions regarding the toy drive please contact me at or at 774-526-9423. If you have toys you would like to donate I also have a drop box at my house that I have been collecting toys in as well. by Victoria Grasela


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MPA STUDENTS ASSIST CHORUS OF WESTERLY IN RECEIVING $29,000 CHAMPLIN FOUNDATION RENOVATION GRANT AWARD. The Chorus of Westerly, a 200 member intergenerational chorus in Westerly, Rhode Island recently received a $29,000 grant to be used for phase two of the historic renovation and preservation of 41 stained glass windows in the George Kent Performance Hall. The Chorus would like to thank our MPA students Paula Montgomery and Athena Mota for their assistance in receiving this funding. Although the students did not write the formal grant, portions of their grass root fundraising, giving circle, and sustainability plan was shared with the funders to indicate the longevity and depth of the project. It is our determination that this additional element strengthened the overall request made by the Chorus to the Champlin Foundation. Paula's and Athena's fundraising project was developed during the second summer session POLI 572 Nonprofit Resource Development and Management. Congratulations to these students on their professional efforts. by Jodie Drapal Kluver

Student Profile
Undergraduate Student in the Spotlight-Katherine Paton Debora Coelho is a New Bedford city councilor. She is fully committed to community, family and education. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2009 from Bristol Community College with an associate's degree in communications. She’s now attending Bridgewater State College working toward her bachelor's degree in communications and political science. Councilor Coelho was first elected to the New Bedford City Council in 2005 after years of working as a neighborhood activist trying to gain improved city sanitation and trash services, better public safety, including more protection of women and children, better enforcement of housing and building codes while combating slumlords. She also championed development of a major new park on the Acushnet River and cleaning up sectors of the city threatened by toxic waste. This past semester, Debora successfully campaigned for her third term as councilor while keeping up with her workload as a BSC student. She especially enjoyed Dr. Frederick’s class on Voters/Elections & Campaigns. “Campaigning is always very exciting to me. I’d hit the campaign trail and then come to class the next day and learn all this new vocabulary and ideas. I would say, “Wow that's what they call it and I can do that too." She never missed a class, not even on Election

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Day. Debora is looking forward to using her education to better serve her city. She is always happy when her constituency acknowledges her growth, which she attributes to hard work learning the mechanics of public office and her immersion in higher education. She plans next semester to take the class on “Women and Politics” also being taught by Dr. Frederick. “I need to know where other women stand in politics, what they are doing and how they got there. Women as politicians are always a great barometer of how well government is doing. “It didn’t look like I would grow up to be one, but it sure looks like I'll be growing old being one.” Debora just celebrated her 43rd birthday and aspires to be just herself as a woman, while being a serious student and a public servant who hopes to make a positive difference in the lives of her constituents.

Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminar Interested in interning in our nation’s capital? Then the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars may be for you. This is a nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges and universities in the U.S. and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. for academic credit. The Washington Center provides diverse, highly motivated interns to thousands of organizations in government, business and the non-profit sector. For more information, please stop by the Political Science Department or visit: November 1, 2009 is the deadline for the Spring 2010 semester and May 8, 2009 is the deadline for the Summer 2010 and Fall 2010 semester. Please submit your applications accordingly; it will be worth the experience!

Faculty News
We would like to congratulate Dr. Brain Frederick on his recent book publication. The book is titled: Congressional Representation & Constituents: The Case for Increasing the U.S. House of Representatives In his book, Brian Frederick uses empirical data to scrutinize whether representation has been undermined by keeping a ceiling on the number of seats available in the House. He examines the influence of constituency size on several metrics of representation—including estimating the effects on electoral competition, policy responsiveness, and citizen contact with and approval of their representatives—and argues that now is the time for the House to be increased in order to better represent a rapidly growing country. Once again, we would like to congratulate Dr. Brian Frederick on his most recent book publication.
The Political Science Newsletter is edited by Amanda Donovan, a graduate student in the MPA Program. If you would like to see something in a future edition of the newsletter, you can reach the editor at

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