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LU Honors College students interested in prelaw met with Brandon Still a LU and Harvard law alum in February 2019. Many political science students were in attendance including Govin Kaggal, Ali Hamza, Brendon Camp, Maissa Salibi, Katey McCall and Himani Vithanage.
Brandon Still LU alum

Students in Professor Gubala's POLS 3317 - American Presidency had an opportunity to tour the CSPAN bus on Friday, February 1, 2019 and have class on the bus where they learned about the various resources that CSPAN has to offer. They also learned where they could access information about presidential speeches, debates, etc.

C-Span bus and students
Class picture in front of the CSPAN bus.  Political Science majors learning about the bus: Katey McCall, Tristen Anding, Luis Espinoza, Eduardo Estrada, Demarcus Walker, Kaitlyn Smith, Bradley Bennett
C-Span speaker and students
C-Span students listening
CSPAN explains their various stations and networks of information - Katey McCall, Tristen Anding, Luis Espinoza and Eduardo Estrada listen

Senior Political Science Major -Tristen Anding was the student speaker for Lamar University's 1st Annual Black History Month Program sponsored by the LU Office of Global Diversity and Inclusive Excellence at the MCM Elegante on February 22, 2019. Dr. Bianca Easterly was one of the presenters at the banquet.

Easterly and Anding

Easterly and Anding

Anding with certificate
Anding at podium

Model UN 2018-2019 team
Model UN political science students
Freshman political science majors - Maissa Salibi, Ali Hamza and Brendon Camp competed on the LU Model UN team and they competed at Texas Model UN Lee College in Baytown on February 1-2, 2019.  Maissa represented Iran, Brendon and Ali represented Israel. LU political science alum - Tara Hoch (December 2017) coached the team.

Political Science majors Maissa Salibi, Katey McCall and LU Political Science Alumn Lindsey Darby Raby gathered with Professor Gubala to see the Ruth Bader Ginsburg movie "On the Basis of Sex" in January 2019.

On December 14, 2018 - Joseph Blakely graduated with a B.S. in Political Science

Joseph Blakely

LU Political Science majors enjoyed the therapy dogs at the LU library in December 2018

McCall at finals pet therapy

Sophomore - Katy McCall

Freshman political science majors de-stress after their final - Maissa Salibi, Ellen Radford, Ali Hamza

freshman at finals pet therapy

Hamza at finals pet therapy
Ali Hamza

Professor Gubala traveled to Houston, TX in December 2019 to go to the viewing for former President George H.W. Bush.
Gubala at President HW Bush viewing
Gubala standing at President HW Bush viewing

Our Moot Court Teams competed at Texas A&M School of Law Regional Moot Court Tournament on November 10 and 11. Our two teams advanced from the first day of competition to the elimination round and both were sweet 16 finalists. The team of Katey McCall and Raegan Minaldi competed against the #4 seeded team from Colorado Christian University. In an extremely close round, the team from CCU advanced. The team of Emily Lawrence and Govin Kaggal competed against the #5 seeded team from Howard Payne University. In a 2-1 decision, the team from Howard Payne advanced to quarterfinals. We are so proud of our teams and look forward to competing again in 2019.

Moot Court November 2018


Majors Maissa Elsalibi and Connor Raborn help out at Cardinal View on November 10, 2018.

Elsalibi and Raborn

McCall and HamzaMajors Katey McCall and Ali Hamza at Greek life meetings on campus on November 4, 2018.

In November 2018, political science major Raegan Minaldi was installed as VP of Judicial Affairs for the Lamar University College Panhellenic Council.

 Raegan Minaldi

Majors Govin Kaggal, Emily Lawrence and Tristen Anding were inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society on October 29, 2018.
Tristen Anding
Tristen Anding
Kaggal and Lawrence inducted into Phi Kappa Phi
Govin Kaggal and Emily Lawrence

Dr. Tom Sowers presented a paper at the Southwestern Social Science Association's Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL on October 13. "Prohibition Era Legislation and the Modern Craft Beer Industry".

JP NelsonDr. JP Nelson presented a co-authored paper written with Dr. Brian Williams at the Southwestern Social Science Association's Annual meeting in Orlando, FL on October 12. "Residence - Governance - Disaster: Choice Among Communities in Metropolitan Houston"

Our Moot Court team competed at Baylor University on October 12, 2018. Two teams competed. The teams were: Emily Lawrence and Govin Kaggal; Katey McCall and Raegan Minaldi.

Moot Court October 2018


Emily Lawrence was awarded the 8th best speaker at the tournament
Emily Lawrence
McCall and Minaldi
The team of Raegan Minaldi and Katey McCall placed 9th. Only the top 8 teams advanced to the final round.

After their competition, they explored the Waco area and went to an Escape room.

Moot Court at Magnolia

Moot Court in Waco

Moot Court at Escape Room

Lamar University Ambassadors Etiquette Dinner October 4, 2018. Majors Govin Kaggal and Katey McCall practice dancing.
Kaggal and McCall

Katey McCall and study partnerKatey McCall, College of Arts and Sciences SGA Senator and Political Science major, at Lamar Panhellenic's Study with a Sister event on October 9.

Dustin Boyd, political science major and IFC officer, with Mr. Joseph Richardson an attorney and well known speaker on hazing prevention as part of Hazing Prevention Week on September 26, 2018.

Justin Boyd and Mr. Joseph Richardson