News from the Center

LaDonna Sullivan

Associate Director Cindy Simon Rosenthal was honored at the annual faculty awards ceremony in April when she received a presidential professorship. For the next four years, Rosenthal will be the Carlisle Mabrey and Lurline Mabrey Presidential Professor and will enjoy the increase in annual salary that accompanies the honor.

Four undergraduate fellows were inducted into the University of Oklahoma's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa this spring. They are Northon Arbelaez, Heather Hendricks, Phyllis Jones, and Misty Linton.

Carl Albert Fellow Jocelyn Jones has accepted a one-year teaching position at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay for Fall 2002.

Political Science Shop Talk

The Carl Albert Center has hosted a series of four informal conversations on the September 11 terrorist attacks and their effects on American foreign policy and state building, intelligence gathering, civil liberties, and prevention of terrorism. Professor Paul Martin coordinated the series, and each session was well attended by students and faculty. Sponsored jointly by the Political Science Department and Pi Sigma Alpha, the talks were led by Ambassador Edward J. Perkins, executive director of the International Programs Center at OU who is also a former U.S. Representative to the United Nations and the UN Security Council; David Edger, Scholar in Residence from the Central Intelligence Agency; and political science professors Tom Keck and Steve Sloan, who was a member of the Vice President's Task Force on Combating Terrorism (1986).

Congressional Archives

Congressman Steve Largent (R-Okla.) recently donated his congressional papers to the Carl Albert Center. Largent, who was first elected to Congress in 1994 as part of the Republican Revolution, resigned his seat on February 15, 2002, to run for governor in Oklahoma. Prior to his congressional service, he was proprietor of an advertising and marketing consulting firm, and he was a pass receiver with the Seattle Seahawks for fourteen years. He is a member of the National Football League Hall of Fame. Currently, access to the collection is restricted by agreement with Largent, but it will be maintained in the Center's Congressional Archives, which now holds the papers of 53 former members of the United States Congress.

New inventories have been uploaded to the Carl Albert Center's web site for the congressional collections of Andrew Biemiller, Wilburn Cartwright, Thomas A. Chandler, J. Howard Edmondson, Millicent Hammond Fenwick, Milton Garber, Percy Gassaway, Lorraine Gensman, James McClintic, Bird McGuire, A. S. "Mike" Monroney, John C. Nichols, Robert L. Owen, Preston Peden, and George B. Schwabe. Visit the web site at

Through grants from the Oklahoma Humanities Council, two of the Center's archival exhibits are now touring throughout the state of Oklahoma. "The Life of Carl Albert" is a 12-panel exhibit that features images from the archival collections at the Carl Albert Center to commemorate Oklahoma's "favorite son from Bug Tussle," Carl Albert (1908-2000).

The second exhibit, "Climbing Capitol Hill and Staying," offers not only a historical look at the events and women who brought change to American politics but also highlights some of the women who are currently impacting Congress. The exhibit features images from a number of archives and libraries throughout the United States, including the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, as well as photos from the Congressional Quarterly, the Associated Press, and the archival collections of the Carl Albert Center. The exhibit was created especially for a conference sponsored by the Center in April 2000, "Women Transforming Congress: Gender Analyses of Institutional Life."

Both exhibits are touring through the Oklahoma Museum Association's TRACKS traveling exhibit program. For more information, contact OMA at (405) 424-7757, or visit their web site at

Meghan Attalla, a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma's School of Library and Information Studies, will become a graduate assistant in the Carl Albert Center Congressional Archives on May 1.

Conference Papers

Director Gary Copeland and first-year Carl Albert Fellow Courtney Cullison presented their co-authored paper "Does Legislative Diversity Lead to Good Government?" at the annual Western Political Science Association meeting.

At the annual meeting of the Southwestern Political Science Association, Copeland and OU Poll Coordinator Katherine Kimberling presented their co-authored paper "Social Exchange Theories and Telephone Polling: An Experimental Approach to Decreasing Refusal Rates and Understanding Respondent Motivations." Carl Albert Fellows Lynsey Morris and Melody Huckaby also presented their paper on "Conference Committees: Where Do Loyalties Lie When No One is Looking?"

Carl Albert Undergraduate Fellow Michael Avery conducted research interviews in Washington, D.C. on the relations between the FCC and the Congress for a paper he co-authored with Regents' Professor Ron Peters . Michael presented that paper, "Federal Agency Heads and the Congress: The Case of the FCC," at the Southwestern Political Science Association meeting.

At the Midwest Political Science Association meeting in April, Peters presented a paper on the House Democratic Caucus and the Republican Conference.

Former Fellows

Matthew Moen has accepted the position of dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Dakota, effective July 1. He is currently professor of political science and chair of the department at the University of Maine in Orono, where he has taught since 1986. He served as special assistant to the president of the university, 1997-1999, and was named the University of Maine Trustee Professor for 2000-2001.

L. Marvin Overby has accepted a position as tenured associate professor at the University of Missouri effective this fall. He currently teaches at University of Mississipi, where he is also a senior research associate and founding co-director of the Social Science Research Laboratory of the Public Policy Research Center. Overby was recently named vice president and program chair for the 2004 meeting of the Southwestern Political Science Association.

John David Rausch, Jr. received an annual campus-wide Research/Creative Excellence Award for faculty at West Texas A&M University. He was chosen for this award by the president and provost after being nominated by his department.

Mike Sharp, chair of the department of political science at Northeastern State University, has founded the Oklahoma Social Science Research Institute. Visitors to the Institute's web site, now under construction, will be able to access and download fifty years of Missouri election data for analysis. The Institute is also gathering Oklahoma election data and will soon begin processing it for the same type of publication.

National Education for Women's Leadership ~ Oklahoma

The Carl Albert Center has planned a rigorous five-day seminar for undergraduate women who are interested in leadership development and public service. The program is affiliated with the NEW Leadership Development Network, an initiative of the Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers' Eagleton Institute of Politics. Additional funding has been provided by the Kerr Foundation and several individuals.

Under the direction of Professor Cindy Simon Rosenthal and Project Specialist Jean Shumway Warner, the N.E.W. Leadership-Oklahoma seminar will convene May 17-21 on the Norman campus. They will be assisted by Laurie McReynolds and undergraduate interns Mary Millben,Melissa Wabnitz, and Kaci Walker.

The Honorable Vicki Miles-LaGrange, U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma, and former Tulsa Mayor Susan Savage will be luncheon speakers at the seminar.

Elected officials on the program include Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor Mary Fallin, State Senators Angela Monson and Penny Williams, House Minority Whip Susan Winchester, Corporation Commissioner Denise Bode, and Edmond Mayor Saundra Gragg Naifeh.

Appointive officials who will serve as panelists are Secretary of Administration Pam Warren, State Regent for Higher Education Cheryl Hunter, and Lindy Ritz, executive director of the Federal Aviation Administration's Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City.

Community advocates on panels include South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Alba Weaver, Oklahoma Family Farm Alliance Executive Director Suzette Hatfield, education reform activist Marguerita Smith, and Sheryl Siddidqui of the Islamic Society of Tulsa.

Donna Shirley, assistant dean of OU's College of Engineering and former director of NASA's Mars Project, will teach a workshop on leadership and creative thinking. A workshop on effective communication skills will be offered by OU Assistant Professor of Communications Clemencia Rodrigues. Carl Albert Center Associate Director Cindy Simon Rosenthal will speak on women and politics and will conduct a public policy leadership simulation exercise.

Other workshops will be led by Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy Executive Director Anne Roberts, Early Settlement Program Director Phyllis Bernard, and World Neighbors, Inc. Communications Associate Catheryn Koss.

Three women will serve as faculty-in-residence during the five-day program. In addition to serving on a panel the first evening, these women will attend all sessions and be available to visit with participants. The faculty-in-residence are Native American artist and advocate for victims of domestic violence Dana Tiger, attorney and chair of the Rose State College Board of Regents Lynne Saunders, and Nancy Brown, former Kansas legislator and executive director of the National Conference of State Legislatures' Women's Legislative Network.

Thirty-five students from sixteen colleges and universities have been selected to participate in the 2002 class. These young women represent a variety of college majors, class years and standings, and economic and personal backgrounds.

Detailed information about N.E.W. Leadership~Oklahoma is available on the web page at

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