Hartwick Political Science Honor Society Recognized

September 3, 2009

Hartwick College's Mu Delta Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, has been named one of the country's best. The 2008-09 award marks the fourth time in six years--and the third year in a row--that the Hartwick group has been chosen to receive one of Pi Sigma Alpha's Best Chapter Awards.

According to the award letter, "These awards are intended to recognize local chapters that are particularly active in their departments and universities and exhibit high levels of energy and creativity in furthering the goals of the honor society."

The selection places the Hartwick chapter among those at only a few other highly selective and top-ranked institutions. Other chapters chosen this year in the "Under 6,000 Enrollment" category can be found at Providence College, St. Olaf College, and Ohio Northern University.

Last year was a busy one for the group, then headed by Kara Foro '09, as it was active in the presidential election cycle.

"I am very proud of the work Hartwick's chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha accomplished this past year," said Chapter Advisor and Associate Professor of Political Science Laurel Elder. "From helping to register and request absentee ballots for close to 10 percent of Hartwick's student body during the fall 2008 election season, to their well-attended presidential and vice presidential debate parties, the students in this organization have done much to raise the level of political awareness, engagement, and informed discussion on Hartwick's campus."

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