Fall 2004
For the Record

News from the Center


LaDonna Sullivan



Honors and Awards

            At the political science department's annual awards ceremony, several Carl Albert Fellows received recognition. Undergraduate fellow Jamie Martinez received the Allan Saxe Award, and Molly Hanna received a Robert Dean Bass Memorial Scholarship as an outstanding student who is interested in the promotion of the American system of government and free enterprise. Justin LeBeau, also an undergraduate fellow, received a scholarship from OU's College of Arts and Sciences for his meritorious record of academic achievement and leadership.

Former undergraduate fellows Michael Avery and Jean Lopez were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Lopez also received the Regents' Award for Outstanding Junior, is one of the top ten seniors for the current academic year, and has been named Big Man on Campus.

Graduate fellow Courtney Cullison, former undergraduate fellow Aleisha Karjala, and Larycia Hawkins each received the V. Stanley Vardys Award and the George B. Williams Award for their co-authored research paper "Presidential Agenda Setting: Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, and Welfare Reform." They presented this paper at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association in April.


Conference Papers

            At the annual meeting of the Oklahoma Political Science Association, Carl Albert Center Director Gary Copeland made a presentation examining the successes and failures of term limits in 2004 and the implications for the future.

            The Center's associate director, Cindy Simon Rosenthal, and undergraduate fellow Jamie Martinez presented their co-authored paper, "Sports Talk: Assessing Interest Groups Discourse on Title IX," at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association. Undergraduate fellow Brietta Lynch and Professor Jill Tao also presented a co-authored paper at that meeting: "And the Poor Get Poorer: When the Demand for Redistribution Disappears."


Carl Albert Fellows

            The Center recruited two outstanding students for the graduate fellowship program this year. Kate Carney completed her first two years of undergraduate study at Creighton University where she was a member of College Democrats and the Social Justice Co-Operative. She is a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a major in political science and a minor in history with emphasis on Eastern Europe and Russia. As a Carl Albert Center undergraduate research fellow, Kate worked with Professor Aimee Franklin on a local government budgeting project, developed the survey of questions for interviewing, created a visual model of the research, and assisted with presentation of the paper at the 2004 annual meeting of the Midwest Regional Public Finance Conference in Wichita, Kansas.  Kate also participated in N.E.W. Leadership-Oklahoma in 2003. She has worked on several political campaigns, including those of Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson and Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson.

Matt Field earned a masters degree in U.S. History from Western Illinois University after graduating summa cum laude from WIU with a B.A. in history and minors in political science and religious studies.  He was an Honors Scholar who wrote his undergraduate thesis on the Scopes Monkey Trial. Matt was also the recipient of a baseball scholarship at WIU and played for two years on the team. In the summer of 1998, he served as an intern in the office of Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.). The following summer, Matt was an intern for Sen. Connie Mack (R-Fl.) working with the International Religious Persecution Act.  During both of those summers, he also worked for Keelen Communications Consulting Firm in Washington, D.C.

            Third-year fellow Courtney Cullison successfully completed her doctoral exams and is now in Washington, D.C. to participate in the APSA Congressional Fellowship Program.


Former Fellows

Changing Members: The Maine Legislature in the Era of Term Limits, co-authored by former fellow Matt Moen, will be at the bookstores before the end of 2004. Matt is Professor of Political Science and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of South Dakota.

The fourth edition of The Directory of Voting Scores and Interest Group Ratings, authored by Mike Sharp, will be published early in 2005 by Congressional Quarterly. Mike is Political Science Coordinator for the new Department of Sociology at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

L. Marvin Overby, Professor of Political Science at University of Missouri, has recently co-authored articles in Legislative Studies Quarterly, Justice System Journal, and The Journal of Politics. He has co-authored articles forthcoming in Social Science Quarterly and State Politics and Policy Quarterly.

Karen Kedrowski, Chair of the Department of Political Science at Winthrop University, has recently co-authored articles for Perspectives on Politics and Armed Forces and Society .


Former Undergraduate Fellows

Kaci Walker was accepted at Tulane Law School and is a first-year student there.


Politics and Pizza

            The Carl Albert Center is co-sponsoring with Pi Sigma Alpha a series of student-faculty discussions on public policy and political issues. The first two meetings in this series focused on the November election. Tony Hutchison, Director of Operations and Planning for the Oklahoma State Senate, led a discussion in October on the three most significant revenue-raising issues that were posed as state questions on the November election ballot in Oklahoma. On the day after the election, faculty and students gathered at the Carl Albert Center for election analysis.


Civic Education and Leadership

At the end of June 2004, Jean Warner left the Carl Albert Center after spending three years helping to establish, coordinate, and raise funds for N.E.W. (National Education for Women's) Leadership. The Center is very appreciative of Jean's efforts in developing this unique opportunity for undergraduate women. N.E.W. Leadership continues to grow in reputation and success, and the institute now numbers 99 graduates from all across the state of Oklahoma.

In order to broaden the scope of the Center's civic education and leadership program, two new part-time staff persons have been recruited. Hannah Brenner and Chris Morriss will work together to coordinate the annual N.E.W. Leadership institute, develop new civic education initiatives, and raise funds.

Hannah Brenner's previous experience includes serving as director of a rural program in Iowa for rape victim advocacy, director of the Women's Outreach Center at OU, and executive director of the Oklahoma Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. She recently returned to the Appleseed Center on a part-time basis to coordinate the new Oklahoma Bullying Prevention Initiative, a coalition of nonprofit state organizations working to influence policy and ultimately reduce school bullying/harassment and its related problems. In addition to her part-time positions with the Appleseed Center and the Carl Albert Center, Hannah also teaches for the Department of Women's Studies at OU. She holds a law degree from the University of Iowa.

Chris Morriss has worked as an accountant, auditor, and business valuator in private industry and for several state agencies including the Office of State Finance.  Through her experience as a consultant in several political campaigns, both Democrat and Republican, she has developed expertise in fundraising and event planning.  She has served as legislative liaison to the Oklahoma Secretary of State and to the Oklahoma State Treasurer (both women, but opposite parties). In the Secretary of State's office, Chris also coordinated numerous special events and served on Governor Brad Henry's planning committee for the Oklahoma Women's Summit 2004.  Chris continues her part-time work for the Secretary of State while also working part-time for the Carl Albert Center. 

Some of the work that Hannah and Chris are doing is related to the Carl Albert Center's partnership with the Institute of Politics of the John F. Kennedy School of Government in their National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement. The focus of recent activities has been voter education and mobilization. The Center collaborated with several OU student groups for the public screening of Frontline's "The Choice 2004." A Bush/Kerry presidential debate watch, hosted in OU's student union by the Carl Albert Center, was attended by about 200 people, and Regents' Professor Ron Peters moderated the discussion that followed. More than 600 students were registered at voter registration tables staffed by the Center in several campus locations, and the Center transported more than 200 students to the polls on Election Day.


News from the Archives

The inventories of substantial photograph collections held in the Carl Albert Center Archives are now available on our website: www.ou.edu/special/albertctr/archives. These collections each contain approximately 200 or more images. New inventories for the papers of Jeffery Cohelan and Allan Cromley, and several more series in Carl Albert's collection are also available now on the website.



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