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  • In recognition of its tradition of superlative teaching, scholarship and public service, Stetson University is establishing an endowed fund: The Fiftieth Anniversary Fund to Support Excellence in the Political Science Department at Stetson University. The Fiftieth Anniversary Fund acknowledges the reputation for excellence established by Political Science faculty since a separate department was formed under the leadership of T. Wayne Bailey in 1965. Professor Bailey and his colleague, Gary Maris ’62, who also served as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences from 1986 to 1998, have built a department that has become one of the university’s strongest.

    As teachers and scholars, faculty in Political Science – now including, in addition to T. Wayne Bailey, Anne Hallum, Gene Huskey, Bill Nylen, David Hill, and Bill Ball – are among Stetson’s very best, producing books and peer-reviewed articles and serving as counselors to leaders at the city, county, state, federal, and international levels.

    Faculty in the department oversee some of Stetson’s distinctive programs, including the Floyd M. Riddick Model U. S. Senate; the Washington Semester in cooperation with American University; initiatives in community-based research and participative democracy; interdisciplinary programs in Latin American Studies and Russian Studies; and the internationally recognized Alliance for International Reforestation, for which Anne Hallum has been recognized as a CNN Hero.

    Students are proud to identify themselves as Political Science majors. The program draws some of Stetson’s top students, and over their four years, they become some of our best scholars and leaders. They hold major offices in student government, clubs, and organizations. Each completes a senior project, a researched essay on a topic of his or her choosing, developed under the supervision of a faculty mentor. In the last three years, graduates of the program have been admitted to graduate and professional schools at Stanford, Georgetown, Oxford, California-

    Berkeley, Indiana, Wisconsin, North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Stetson College of Law, to name a few. The record of achievement by alumni – in law, government, education, journalism, and a wide range of professions – is equal to that of any small university program in the country.

    Celebrating the Past, Securing the Future

    Fiftieth Anniversary Fund to Support Excellence in the Political Science Department

    Left to right, Stetson’s Political Science faculty: Dr. William Ball, Dr. William Nylen, Dr. T. Wayne Bailey, Dr. Anne Hallum, Dr. Eugene Huskey and Dr. David Hill


  • An Endowed Fund to Assure ExcellenceAs an endowed fund, The Fiftieth Anniversary Fund will provide a level of support to the department that will assure its standing, in the region and nationally, as a program of excellence. The fund may be used for supporting special initiatives, such as:

    • new or enriched courses (some of which could include travel to Tallahassee when the state legislature is in session, or Washington, D.C., or the United Nations)

    • a regular lecture series, which would bring visiting scholars and political leaders to campus to share their expertise and experience with students and faculty

    • short-term residencies (1-3 weeks) designed to bring students into extended contact with leading figures from the worlds of diplomacy and local and national politics

    • an annual international symposium, which would restore to the campus an event that had been a centerpiece of Stetson’s intellectual life in earlier decades

    • co-curricular learning opportunities (the Model U.S. Senate, Model United Nations, or participatory democracy events)

    • research funding (including travel to conferences, for faculty and students with projects that will bring the department important recognition)

    Your Gift Will Have an ImpactThe Fiftieth Anniversary Fund seeks donations from all supporters of the department. Those who have studied with its outstanding faculty, beginning with T. Wayne Bailey and Gary Maris and continuing to the present, are invited to show their support through special gifts to this fund in addition to their ongoing commitments to the university.

    The goal for the fund is to reach a minimum level of $3 million in gifts and pledges by 2015, the fiftieth anniversary of the department. Future estate gifts totaling $1.5 million by Political Science alumni George Edwards ’69 and William Mishler ’69 give us a strong start toward reaching this ambitious goal.

    We hope that everyone who has benefited from the department’s teaching and mentoring will make a gift to help secure the continuing excellence of Political Science at Stetson. Multi-year pledges are encouraged to provide immediate financial support. Future estate gift commitments are also welcomed.

    For further information about this initiative, please contact the campaign coordinator, Gene Huskey, Kenan Professor of Political Science, or College of Arts & Sciences Dean Grady Ballenger:

    Eugene Huskey, Ph.D. Kenan Professor of Political Science Department of Political Science Stetson University [email protected] (386) 822.7576

    Grady Ballenger, Ph.D. Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences Stetson University [email protected] (386) 822.7515

    Ways to GiveStetson University’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. For your convenience, Stetson has several giving options:

    Gifts by Check Mail your check, payable to Stetson University, to:

    Stetson University 421 N. Woodland Blvd., Unit 8286 DeLand, FL 32723

    Recurring Gifts Many donors find it convenient to make monthly or quarterly contributions by credit card, ACH bank drafts or electronic funds transfer. These are safe and secure ways to give. Select your payment method and frequency on the gift/pledge card or call the Office of Development to set up a recurring gift.

    Stock Gifts Donors may make gifts of publicly-traded, appreciated securities. This method can provide significant tax savings. Please contact the Office of Development at (386) 822.7455 or by e-mail at [email protected], or log on to www.stetson.edu/administration/development and click on How can I give? for more information about making a gift of securities.

    Matching Gifts Many companies match gifts of their employees or their spouses. Please contact your Human Resources Department to learn more about your company’s policy. You can also go online to www.matchinggifts.com/stetson to learn more.

    Estate Gifts Including Stetson in your charitable estate plan can be a meaningful way to leave a legacy to benefit future generations of Stetson students. If you have included the university in your estate plan and have not informed us, or if you would like more information about ways to benefit Stetson in this way, please call the Office of Planned Giving at (386) 822.7461 or e-mail [email protected]

    Gifts by Credit CardChoose a way to make a gift by credit card:• Give online at www.stetson.edu/give• Call the Office of Development at

    (386) 822.7455• Complete and return the enclosed

    gift/pledge card