The Political Science Department recently hosted its annual Pi Sigma Alpha dinner to honor new inductees into the National American Political Science Honors Society.
“Each year we hold this dinner to celebrate the wonderful achievements of our students,” says Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman, the president of Pi Sigma Alpha’s local chapter, Chi Phi. “The political science major at the Colleges is academically rigorous; our students have a lot to be proud of.”
In addition to the traditional dinner and awards ceremony, local politician Nate Shinagawa spoke about his recent campaign experience and his future career in politics. Shinagawa ran for the 23rd Congressional District of New York, making an impressive showing with 48 percent of the vote against incumbent Republican Tom Reed. Shinagawa currently serves as vice chair of the Tompkins County Legislature.
At just 29, Shinagawa is an up-and-coming figure in politics, and provided an inspirational talk to students not much younger than he. “The students were incredibly energized by his talk,” says Deutchman. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican or a Democrat – you look at what he’s done and it is impressive. I hope that our students heard what he had to say and thought: ‘This tells me what I can do.'”
For a senior to be inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha, he or she must be a political science major with a political science and overall GPA of 3.5 or greater. Senior inductees this academic year were: Clayton Early ’13, Moira Ferguson ’13, James Gramolini ’13, Kees Nordin ’13, Henry Rubin ’13, Nathaniel Shils ’13, Christine Sullivan ’13 and Nicolette Vairo ’13.
Three juniors were also inducted into the honor society. Juniors must have a political science and overall GPA 3.7 or greater. This year’s junior inductees were Melissa Hosek ’14, David Luna ’14 and Ava Pavao ’14.