The Department has welcomed one new departmental faculty member, Professor Jennifer Sciubba, and a new departmental assistant, Ms. Kim Stevenson. (Look here for a brief introduction to Professor Sciubba and Ms. Stevenson.) Professor John Copper has also returned to the department after a two year sabbatical, while Professor Andrew Michta will rejoin the Department for the start of the Fall 2009 semester following his service at the George Marshall Center for European Security in Garmisch, Germany.
At the same time, current I.S. majors have been quite active this year and they have continually generated many achievements to celebrate. With graduation for the class of 2009 now approximately one month away, the Department will be graduating many seniors this spring. Between now and then, of course, all students on campus will be busy preparing for the stretch run on the semester and continuing to line up summer jobs and internships.
Just as current students have much to celebrate, we are also delighted that so many of our departmental alumni have reported their updates and accomplishments back to us either in person or via email. (We always look forward to hearing what you′ve been up to, so don′t hesitate to drop us a line from time to time.) In addition to keeping in touch, I want to extend my sincere appreciation to so many of you from Memphis to Washington to Atlanta and across several continents who have been quite helpful with regard to providing current students insights on career networking, graduate school preparation, and other helpful tips. As Winston Churchill once said, "We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give." Indeed, in circulating this version of the I.S. Department newsletter, on behalf of my departmental colleagues I want extend my sincerest appreciation to all of you for giving back your time and talents for the benefit of the I.S. Department.