Members of the Department and 2013 Initiates of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national Political Science Honor Society. HWS has had the Chi Phi chapter since 1999 and initiated over 100 members.
Nate Shinagawa spoke at the 2013 induction
Pi Sigma Alpha is the national Political Science Honor Society. It has chapters in approved colleges and universities. Hobart and William Smith applied to start a local chapter and our request was granted in 1999. Professor Iva E. Deutchman is the president of the Chi Phi (HWS) chapter.
Each spring we induct those political science majors who have made the academic cut. Those inducted in their junior year must have a 3.7 grade point average, while the gpa for senior inductees is 3.5. National rules require that inducted students have had six political science classes. In 2013 we inducted nine seniors and two juniors.
In April of each academic year we host an induction dinner to celebrate our students’ achievements. This year, Nate Shinagawa was the guest speaker. A hospital administrator in Ithaca, Nate ran for Congress in 2012. Although he lost to incumbent Congressman Reed it was a close race (52% - 48%).