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Application period now open for the Kalb-Haston Awards

A $1,000 first-place award and a minimum $250 second-place award are presented annually to students who have demonstrated personal commitment and leadership by taking an active role in student government, particularly through the Office of Associated Students. Students who have shown leadership through other campus or community activities may also apply. Politics majors will be given special consideration. Note that this is an award, not a scholarship, which means applicants do not need to be continuing students next year; however, recipients must be full-time students in the year the award is made.

These awards were established by HSU alumnus David Kalb, who was a political science major and president of Associated Students. Bruce Haston, a former HSU political science professor and mentor of David Kalb’s, also contributes to the award.

To be considered for these awards, submit a letter of interest that addresses why you are qualified for an award, a resume, and one letter of recommendation to:

David Kalb Award Committee
Dept. of Politics
Founders Hall 180
Humboldt State University

The deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, March 23, 2016, by 5 p.m.

Victor T. Schaub Memorial Lecture on Local Politics

The 12th annual Victor T. Schaub Memorial Lecture on Local Politics presents: Betty Kwan Chinn.

Betty Kwan Chinn has been working with the homeless population in Eureka for almost three decades. She has tirelessly sought to assist the mentally ill, disabled veterans, runaways, and drug abusers without judgement and without pay. She won the 2008 California Women’s Conference Minerva Award and, working with St. Vincent DePaul Society, used the award money to build a shower and laundry facility with the motto “Restoring dignity one shower at a time.” In 2010, President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Citizen’s medal. In 2013, the Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center Opened in Partnership with Catholic Charities. The center offers mail, phone and computer services to clients along with employment services and an after-school program for children whose families are experiencing homelessness.

Open to HSU students, faculty, staff and the community. For more information, contact the Politics Department at 826-4494 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Schaub flyer

The Panetta Intern Program

No matter what your major, if you’re a student leader with a strong academic record and a commitment to public serivce, apply now for a Paneta Congressional Internship.

Each fall semester, the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, located on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula, provides selected California students an intensive two-week training course on the workings of the U.S. Congress, then sends them to Washington, expenses paid for 11 weeks of service to a California member of the U.S. House of Representatives. While in Washington, you’ll attend special seminars with government leaders, journalists and policy experts. And with the submission of a experiential journal and a research paper, you can earn 20 academic credits at your school.

Open to all majors. Tuition, travel, living expenses and stipend PAID by Panetta Institute.



E&C alumna honored for nonprofit work


Political Science Club meeting Friday

There will be a Political Science Club meeting on Friday, October 9, at 3 p.m. in Founders Hall 236. The club is a great way to start getting involved with local politics, learn about volunteer opportunities, and connect and mingle with other Political Science majors. Email club president Daniela Parada at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you have any questions.

(PPIA) Fellowship Program accepting applications

The Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship Program at the University of California, Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy is accepting applications for the summer of 2015.

Program Information

The Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute is an intensive seven week academic training program for college juniors. The summer institute prepares undergraduate students for graduate studies in public policy, international affairs and law. Participants complete coursework in economics, statistics, policy analysis and law; and visit local, state and federal government agencies and non-profit organizations. Each year we select 30 students to participate in the program from across the country. Through GSPP’s partnership with Berkeley Law School, ten out of the 30 students are admitted as UCPPIA Law Fellows due to their interest in pursuing joint degrees in public policy and law.

What takes place during the program?

*3 Core Classes (Policy Analysis and Communications, Economics of Public Policy Analysis and Quantitative Methods for Public Policy Analysis) *Policy Modules (Criminal Justice, Education, International Policy, etc.) *Leadership Module *Negotiations Seminar *San Francisco and Sacramento Site Visits *GSPP Faculty Research Showcase *GRE/LSAT Prep *Law Modules (Election, Criminal, International Law, etc.) *Networking opportunities with GSPP and PPIA faculty, staff and alumni *Academic and Career Advising *Graduate School Fair *Fellowships and Opportunities Fair


PPIA Fellows Receive:

  • Assistance with travel expenses to and from the Summer Institute
  • Summer Stipend
  • Room and Board

  • A minimum $5000 fellowship from a consortium graduate school where thePPIA Fellow is accepted

Eligibility Criteria (

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizen, permanent residents or meet California State AB-540 guidelines (Must have attended a California high school for at least 3 full years and you must have graduated from a California high school).
  • Applicants must apply during their junior year of college
  • Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in policy issues most affecting historically underserved communities, including African Americans, Asian Americans/South Asians, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, Latinos/as and a commitment to working on these issues, as shown by past and/or current service.


The application deadline is November 1, 2015

For more information, please visit our website at:

For the online application and to apply, visit:

Sacramento Semester Program accepting applications

Consider applying for the Sacramento Semester Program. Applications and informational pamphlets are available in the Politics Office in Founders Hall 180 and online. Applicants must be in their junior or senior year. Scholarships are available. The deadline to apply is November 6.
The Sacramento Semester Program offers students the opportunity to work with members of the legislature, the executive branch, or with political associations and lobbyists during a four and one-half month internship in the spring semester. Participants also take seminars for a total of 12 semester units, which are transferable to your home campus. Typically, Sacramento Semester students conduct legislative research, monitor bills, correspond with constituents or grassroots membership, prepare press releases and newsletters, and participate in budget work and campaign planning.

The Sacramento Semester Program helps you:

  • Acquire valuable skills, experiences and contacts that will enhance your career prospects.
  • Balance and complement your academic preparation with practical experience.
  • Meet leading personalities in California government and politics.
  • Understand what’s behind the news headlines about state government.
  • Contribute to the formation of public policy in California — the seventh largest economy in the world.

2015 Constitution Day at HSU Quiz Bowl

The Politics and History departments need YOU for the 5th annual Constitution Day Quiz Bowl, commemorating the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787. New this year, a revised format eliminates teams. Instead, all attendees who wish to participate will do so anonymously from the audience via clickers (provided at the event). No special knowledge or studying is required. Bring your friends and win prizes sponsored by CenterArts, Center Activities, the HSU Bookstore, and more!

Refreshments will be provided.

The California Coast Commission will be meeting on campus 9/10/15

The California Coast Commission will be meeting on campus in the Great Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 9, and Thursday, Sept. 10. Students interested in the planning and political aspects of the Coastal Commission are encouraged to attend.
There is also an open reception for the Coastal Commission, to which students are invited, on Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center. There will be shuttles running between campus and HBAC during the reception, but it would be helpful to have a list of names of the students who might plan on using the shuttle, so if you plan to attend, please contact Steve Smith, dean of the College of Natural Resources & Sciences, by Friday, Sept. 4. His email address is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Politics alumnus to speak April 18

2015 Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series

“Be Involved, Apply What You’re Learning on a Daily Basis: Making a Practical Application of What You’ve Learned”

Speaker: Richard Hicks, Politics alumnus, 1983

Saturday, April 18, 3 p.m., Goodwin Forum

With a passion for opening the door to education, Richard Hicks made a lasting impact on the HSU community during his time as a student and throughout a long, successful career as outreach counselor and program director.

While attending HSU, Hicks became well known as an outstanding student-athlete. He was inducted into the HSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1992, and played professional football with the NFL and CFL. But Hicks’ talent for relating with diverse groups of people, including those from underrepresented communities, is the basis for his HSU legacy. For 23 years, he was instrumental in helping students find their way into higher education and realize their potential in school and beyond. His work has included coordinating student services and recruitment efforts at HSU, and he was the first director of the university’s Educational Talent Search program. Hicks has continued his work advocating for education since retiring in 2006, and acts as an ambassador and recruiter for HSU at college fairs throughout Southern California.

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