SNU students attend Annual Political Science Association Conference

Fifteen Southern Nazarene University (SNU) students of the American Federal Government class led by Dr. Rick Farmer, Instructor of History and Political Science Department at SNU, attended the Annual Oklahoma Political Science Association meeting on Friday, November 17, 2006.

Professor Dan Shea, Director of the Center for Political Participation at Allegheny College was the featured speaker at the Oklahoma Political Science Association luncheon. Shea was also a participant in the Political Participation panel session that day at Oklahoma City Community College. SNU students were in attendance at both sessions.

“At the conference SNU students were able to meet Dr. Dan Shea, editor of “The Fountain of Youth” a book they read in the course” said Dr. Dennis Williams, Chair, Department of History, Politics and Geography Acting Chair, Department of Sociology at Southern Nazarene University. Shea autographed books for each of the students and discussed their favorite chapters with them.

In Shea's book he highlights the efforts of various groups to engage youth in Politics. He and his co-author Dr. John Green argue that youth are engaged in community activities but not in politics.

The Oklahoma Political Science Association (OPSA) is the professional organization of Oklahoma political scientists. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the state’s politics. OPSA serves the teaching and research interests of its members as well as sponsors an annual conference and publishes the journal “Oklahoma Politics”.

For more information contact Dr. Rick Farmer, Director of Committee Staff at the Oklahoma House of Representatives, a Fellow at the Ray C. Bliss Institute and a Henry Toll Fellow at the Council of State Governments, via email at rickfarmer@okhouse.gov.