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LaDonna Sullivan

Gary Copeland, director and curator of the Carl Albert Center, presided over the March 2001 meeting of the Southwest Political Science Association, his last official function as outgoing president of that organization.

At that same meeting, Carl Albert Fellow Jocelyn Jones received from SPSA the award for best paper presented by a graduate student at the 2000 annual meeting. Her paper was titled "Closing the Gap: An Analysis of Presidential Voting Patterns Among Southern White Evangelicals, 1992-1996." Jocelyn is currently working for the House Republican Conference while she participates this year in APSA's Congressional Fellowship Program.

Aleisha Karjala, an undergraduate fellow, presented at the annual SPSA meeting "Some Fundamental Perspectives on the Application of the Death Penalty," a paper she co-authored with Gary Copeland, Ronald Keith Gaddie, and Katie Kimberling

Aleisha also represented Oklahoma in the Stennis Center's young scholars program in 2000 and participated in their tenth annual conference on Southern Women in Public Service.

Phyllis Jones, another undergraduate fellow, has been selected to represent Oklahoma at the eleventh annual conference sponsored by the Stennis Center. Phyllis will also participate in the APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute for promising minority undergraduates who are considering graduate studies and potential academic careers.

Assistant Director Cindy Simon Rosenthal, assisted by undergraduate fellow Leah Pennington, is the recipient of a grant from the Center for American Women and Politics. The grant will be used as part of the funding of NEW Leadership Oklahoma, a program to encourage undergraduate women in Oklahoma to pursue careers in politics and public service.

At the annual faculty awards program, Gary Copeland received an Outstanding Professor Award for academic year 2000-2001 from the University of Oklahoma Student Association.

Copeland, Gaddie, and Carl Albert Fellow Craig Williams served as co-editors of The Almanac of Oklahoma Politics 2002, recently published by the Carl Albert Center.

The University of Oklahoma Press has announced in their Spring 2001 catalog the publication of volume two in the Congressional Studies Series edited by Ron Peters. Southern Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives by Stanley P. Berard, assistant professor of political science at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, focuses on southern Democratic behavior in the House since 1973. 

Former fellow Karen M. Kedrowski was recently appointed chair of the political science department at Winthrop University where she also serves as director for the Office for Effective Teaching.

Assistant Curator Todd Kosmerick and archivist Carolyn Hanneman, with the inspiration and help of student assistants Jennifer Compton, Jennifer Hanson, and Heather Schwartz, have created a new exhibit on the life of David L. Boren, who celebrates his 60th birthday on April 21. The 12-panel exhibit features photos and memorabilia from the Center's congressional collections as well as other sources to highlight the early life of a young man destined for a life of public service. The exhibit also celebrates the accomplishments of Boren's political career, beginning with his election to the Oklahoma state legislature while he was a law student, continuing through his years of service as governor of Oklahoma, and culminating in the U.S. Senate, where he served as chair of the Select Committee on Intelligence and urged his colleagues toward campaign finance reform. The exhibit, concluding with photos that highlight Boren's visionary leadership as thirteenth president of the University of Oklahoma, is aptly titled "Happy Birthday President Boren" and will be displayed at various locations on the Norman campus.

The Carl Albert Center hosted a visit from the "flying faculty"of the Bryce Harlow Foundation, April 18-19. Helen Newman, vice president at Gulfstream, and Joel Jankowsky, senior partner in the Washington office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, met with classes, conducted an open seminar, and spent some informal time with students interested in the role of lobbyists in the legislative process, the professional standards and ethics of the profession, and current issues involving advocacy. Both Newman and Jankowsky served as legislative aides to Speaker Carl Albert.

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