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Nine Rockefeller College Students Inducted into National Political Science Honor Society

On Friday, December 6, nine Rockefeller College students were inducted into the Epsilon Gamma Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. UAlbany students and faculty, family and friends gathered in Milne Hall for an induction ceremony during which Dean David L. Rousseau of Rockefeller College stressed the value of public service and urged students to continue to foster meaningful connections with their peers and to be passionate about learning.

The recent inductees hail from all over New York State. In addition to demonstrating academic excellence by achieving a GPA of 3.25 in political science courses and maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0, the nine students also have a shown a strong commitment to service. Their resumes include internships with local, state, federal, and international organizations; study abroad in Nicaragua and Finland; and participation in University and College student life and government organizations. Profiles of the December inductees can be viewed below.

Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, is the only honor society for college students of political science and government in the United States. Congratulations to the nine Rockefeller students who have achieved this prestigious honor. They are:

John Bogil is a senior majoring in political science and working on his minor in public policy. John is from New Hyde Park, New York. He is currently interning for U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. John's responsibilities include assisting constituents and monitoring Capital Region news outlets for the senator. John also interned with Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who represents Brooklyn, New York. John worked on President Obama's most recent presidential campaign. At UAlbany, John has been very active in the Student Association. John is also a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. 

Mary Campbell is from Brookhaven, New York. She is majoring in political science, with a concentration in international relations, and journalism. Mary made the Dean's List in spring 2013. Mary was a research assistant at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs in Washington D.C.  She also spent the summer of 2011 in Leon, Nicaragua volunteering in Barrio Esfuerza de la Communidad, an indigenous community that is a focus for the Hope for the Children Project. Mary is a ranking senator of the Student Association. She is also serving as vice president of the ski team and a captain of the Relay for Life team.

Martine Louise Charles is a senior from Queens Village, New York. She is majoring in interdisciplinary globalization studies and world history. She is minoring in political science. Martine was named to the Dean's List in 2012. She has interned at Bloomberg LP in New York City. During the semester in Washington, Martine worked at the Center for American Progress. The focus of her work for the Center was the Enough Project/ Darfur Dream Team Sisters School Program. Currently Martine serves as a student assistant for the Office of Career Development at Rockefeller College and as Albany's student ambassador for the Bloomberg Institute. Martine is involved in a number of activities and service organizations on campus.  She is an assistant director for academic affairs and senator in the Student Association, professional program chair of the Kappa Alpha Pi Pre-Law Co-ed Professional Fraternity, and an active member of the Haitian Student Association. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society, and Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society.

Cody Corcoran is from Bay Shore, New York. He is a senior at Rockefeller College. In addition to majoring in political science, Cody is minoring in history. Cody traveled to Turku, Finland as one of the two American exchange students from the University at Albany to study at the Abo Akedmi University that year. Cody is traveling to Belgium in winter 2014 to represent UAlbany at the SUNY Model EU Mission. He is an active member of the Model European Union Student Group on campus and was recently elected as the group's treasurer. Cody has been named to the Dean's List for three semesters. Cody enjoys running and working out.

Paige Donegan is a senior from Syracuse, New York majoring in political science and minoring in public policy and history. Paige has been named to the Dean's List. An intern with the Center for Policy Research at Rockefeller College, Paige is an undergraduate teaching assistant in Professor Victor Asal's class. Paige is coding and analyzing data associated with the Big Allied and Dangerous (BAAD) Project. Paige enjoys many activities, including her work as a certified lifeguard. Paige is an active member of the Presidential Honor Society and co-founder of the SUNY Model European Union Group.

Lucas Henry Is a senior from Clifton Park, New York minoring in philosophy. Lucas studied abroad at Hong Kong Baptist University during the fall 2012 semester. While there, he worked with students on essays and PowerPoint presentations. Lucas is an intern with the Center for International Development at Rockefeller College. He also interned at New York StateWatch during the spring 2013 semester.  A resident assistant at Indian Quad, Lucas was named to the Dean's List in fall 2010 and spring 2011.

Joel Murray is from Schenectady, New York. Joel transferred to UAlbany from SUNY Cobleskill. Joel is successfully pursuing the Honors Program in political science with a concentration in public law. His second major is English. Joel is an active member of the Presidential Honor Society and Pi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Since coming to UAlbany, Joel has made the Dean's List. Joel works with Professor Victor Asal on the Project on Violent Conflict.  While at SUNY Cobleskill, Joel was a member of Residential Life and the Wrestling team.  He is also a volunteer for the American Red Cross.

Juliet Q. Shen is originally from Arizona. She is a senior at UAlbany majoring in political science and sociology. Juliet has traveled extensively in the United States. She has been an intern with Banner Health in Sun City, Arizona; Roskamp Research Institute in Sarasota, Florida; Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer of the New York State Assembly; and the Japanese American Citizens League in Washington D.C. Juliet served as director of communications at the East Coast Asian American Student Union and conference coordinator for the Asian American Alliance. Juliet is also involved in Save Our SUNY, the Chinese Student Association and the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG). She is founder of and a writer for the Fascinasians, a literary blog that focuses on current events, pop culture and Asian and Pacific Islander-American issues.  

Stephanie Wolak is a senior from Varysburg, New York. Stephanie is a political science major and double minor in French and women's studies. She has been on the Dean's List since 2011. Stephanie studied abroad at the L'Athenee Royal de Outer Nester Virton during the 2009–10 academic year. She has interned for the New York State Office of Special Victim Services; New York State Assemblywoman Didi Barrett (NY-106th District); and the Dadd, Nelson and Wilkinson Law Firm. Stephanie is a vice president of Le Cercle Francias and a member of Reclassifying All Children Equally, where she works with at-risk youth.  She is an avid sportswoman who has competed in Division II women's rugby. Stephanie is fluent in French and knowledgeable in Spanish, German, Dutch, and Chinese.

View a Facebook album from the event.