Director Gary Copeland coauthored with Jens Borchert, University of Goettingen, Germany, a book chapter, "United States: A Political Class of Entrepreneurs," in a new book entitled The Political Class in Advanced Democracy, edited by Borchert and Jurgen Zeiss (Oxford University Press).
Copeland and Undergraduate Fellow Carolyn Pickthorn coauthored with Professor Cynthia Opheim, Texas State University - San Marcos, the paper "Half Empty or Half Full: The Election of African Americans and Women to State Legislatures and Their Career Progression." The trio presented their paper at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Political Science Association, March 2004, in Corpus Christi, Texas and won the associationÕs annual Jewel L. Prestage Award for the best paper on gender, race, ethnicity, and political behavior. That same paper also won the Allan Saxe Award for the best paper in the field of state and local politics.
Carl Albert Fellow Courtney Cullison and Professor Glen S. Krutz presented their paper, "Multiple Referral in the 1990s," at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association in New Orleans in January.
Undergraduate Fellow Kate Carney worked with Professor Aimee Franklin on a paper titled "Involving Citizens in Local Government Budgeting" that was presented in February 2004 at the Ninth Annual Midwest Regional Public Finance Conference in Wichita, Kansas.
John David Raush, Jr. has been granted tenure and promoted to associate professor at Texas A & M University effective September 2004.
N.E.W. Leadership Institute
N.E.W. Leadership Institute Director Cindy Simon Rosenthal and Coordinator Jean Shumway Warner have selected 33 undergraduate women from 14 Oklahoma colleges and universities to participate in the third annual institute. The 5-day session will be held on the Norman campus May 14-18, 2004. For more information on this remarkable opportunity for undergraduate women who are interested in political leadership, please visit the website at www.ou.edu/special/albertctr/NLO.
Close Up Foundations's Great American Cities Program
Plans are also underway at the Carl Albert Center to partner with the Close Up Foundation in conducting a seminar with Oklahoma high school students in June 2004. The 5-day session is designed as a follow up of the students' experience in Close Up Washington.
Ceremony Honoring Former Speaker Carl Albert
On March 3 in Statuary Hall at the United States Capitol, a new bronze sculpture of the Honorable Carl Albert was unveiled in a ceremony hosted by Congressman Ernest Istook, Jr. The program included brief remarks by the six other members of the Oklahoma delegation --Congressmen Tom Cole, John Sullivan, Brad Carson, and Frank Lucas, and Senators James Inhofe and Don Nickles -- as well as Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry, Joel Jankowsky, who was Speaker Albert's legislative assistant in the 1970s, and Judge Robert H. Henry, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Dr. David Albert and his sister Mary Frances Albert unveiled the sculpture of their father. After the unveiling, Dr. Albert made brief remarks expressing thanks on behalf of the family.
The sculpture was created and donated by Paul R. Moore, artist-in-residence at the University of Oklahoma. Rep. Istook, Rep. Carson, and former Rep. Wes Watkins helped raise money for the granite column on which the bronze sculpture now rests just outside the chambers of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Moore and Watkins attended the
ceremony along with former House members John Brademas, Bill Brewster, Glenn English, Margaret Heckler, Jim Jones, Dave McCurdy, and J. C. Watts. Also in the audience were Oklahoma
First Lady Kim Henry,
Oklahoma State University President David J. Schmidly, Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair Jay
Parmley, relatives and friends
of the Albert family, former Albert staff members, and a number of other
Oklahomans including Gary Copeland and LaDonna Sullivan of the Carl Albert Center.