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Congratulations 2014 Political Science graduates!

Posted by: Erin Blevins | May 12, 2014 | No Comment |

Political science students, faculty, friends, and family gathered on Saturday, May 10 after commencement with others majors in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences to celebrate.

Political science faculty

Political science faculty

Graduating Political Science senior with family.

Graduating Political Science senior with family.

Dr. Liu with graduating political science senior

Dr. Liu with graduating political science senior



Graduating Political Science major with Dr. John Creed

Graduating Political Science major with Dr. John Creed

2014 Political science graduates

2014 Political science graduates


















Future plans of some of the political science graduates:

Hunter Adams will be attending American University’s Washington College of Law.  He received a scholarship.

Courtney Alexander  will be working as a Field Director on U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy’s Campaign for U.S. Senate.

Kendal Axt  will be graduating in the summer and traveling to South Africa.

Chantelle Berman will be attending graduate school at IDC Herzliya, Israel for a Masters in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security.

Matthew Boatner  will be a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army.

Peter Catalano will attend the Robert H. McKinney School of Law at Indiana University.

Emily Clisham will be working as a Sales Representative and Assistant Buyer for Ralph Lauren in New York City.  In the Fall of 2013, Clisham has been made the political science honor roll as well as distinguished honors.

Rylee Dillard will be attending the University of South Carolina School of Law in Fall 2014 and received a scholarship.

Brian Doheny will be attending the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law in the fall.

Kaitlin Foran will be working as campaign manager for S.C. Rep. Jenny Horne’s 2014 re-election campaign.

Hannah Harris will be attending Capital University in Columbus, Ohio to obtain a Paralegal Certificate from May 2014 – December 2014. 

Sean Hartness  has accepted a teaching position at an English school in Trujillo, Spain.  He studied abroad in Trujillo, Spain in Fall 2013.

Rebecca Hughes  will be interning with the Center for American Progress in fall 2014.  She plans to earn her J.D. with a specialization in International Human Rights Law.

Austin Hughes will work in the Greenville County Library system as a Librarian.

Danya Kiernan  has a fellowship for Summer 2014 with community water solutions in Ghana.  Next year she will be part of a teacher’s assistant program in Grenoble, France teaching elementary school students.

Lindsey Kruger  will be teaching English in Thailand for a year through the TEFL program.  Upon completion, Lindsey plans on applying to law school.

Ian Moore will be serving in the Peace Corp starting in January 2015 teaching English and water irrigation in Ecuador.

Caitlin Murphy  will be attending Tufts University on a scholarship for the MA program in Art and Museum Studies.

Colton Naval will be traveling to Southeast Asia to assist the CofC study abroad program in Cambodia and Vietnam.  Having focused his Bachelor’s Essay on community based ecotourism in rural Cambodia, Naval plans on continuing with his research while abroad.  Naval is a member of the Political Science Honors Society, Pi Sigma Alpha, and received the Outstanding Student award in Spring 2014.  He is also a current applicant for the Rotary Ambassadorial Global Grant and plans to attend a masters program focusing on sustainable development/sustainable economies.

Brandon Nicholas will work as a staff manager for Ross in Charlotte, NC.  Brandon hopes to go to law school or graduate school in the next three years.

Roysean Philson is currently interviewing with the Peace Corp and hopes to pursue a career in diplomacy and foreign affairs.

Bethany Phipps will be moving to Thailand in Fall 2014 to teach English for a year.

Jenny Powell  will be working in Portland, ME in community outreach and environmental NGO work.  She hopes to study and work with International Development and Sustainable Tourism in the future.

Sarah Sheafer  will be volunteering for 10 months with the Tikkun Olam (“repairing the world”) program.  There, she will be teaching Arab women English and working in community centers with children.  She will also be visiting and volunteering with organizations that promote coexistence and peace in the region.  Upon completion, Sarah will be attending graduate school to study Peace and Conflict Resolution and Prevention.

Sarah Silberstein will be teaching English in Italy to high school students and living with a host family.

Shana Sue Smith  will be attending graduate school at Wilmington University for Elementary Education. Smith hopes to be an Elementary School principle.

Matthew Tarpey  will be attending the Ph.D. program at the University of Pittsburgh with full funding.  There he will study American politics and research methodology.

Emily Townes will be the Center Coordinator for Speedflex in Dallas, TX and hopes to attend graduate school or law school in Fall 2015.

Nina Wiersma  will be attending the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, Austria.




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