My PS Story https://pol.illinois.edu/ en Emily Garnett https://pol.illinois.edu/spotlight/alumni/emily-garnett <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">Emily Garnett</span> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/62" lang="" about="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/62" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username" xml:lang="">leman1</a></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Tue, 07/09/2019 - 09:13</span> <div class="atl atl--layout-onecol layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-responsive-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/Garnett%2C%20Emily_2.jpg 1x" media="all and (max-width: 45em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/Garnett%2C%20Emily_2.jpg 1x" media="all and (min-width: 45.0625em) and (max-width: 60em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/Garnett%2C%20Emily_2.jpg?itok=i97m5viy 1x" media="all and (min-width: 60.0625em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/Garnett%2C%20Emily_2.jpg?itok=i97m5viy" alt="Photo of Emily Garnett" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> </figure></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span><span><span>EMILY GARNETT (BA ’05; MA ’07) always knew she wanted to do something with politics or law. During her time at the University of Illinois she developed a close relationship with some of her professors who later became part of her favorite memories of the Department of Political Science. She felt that the professors she had were very approachable and encouraged her to engage in opportunities that expanded her experience as a student at the University of Illinois. One of those opportunities was spending time in Italy and getting a chance to visit law students at the Universita degli Studi di Cagliari. Ms. Garnett believes that your college experience should not be limited to the classes you attend, and that there are so many connection activities to learn from in a way that will expand what you are learning in the classroom.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Ms. Garnett has had an expansive career after graduating from Illinois. She has held positions such as Policy Director of the Finance Committee for Senator Mike Johnston of the Colorado General Assembly, and Assistant City Attorney for the City of Boulder’s Attorney Office. She is currently an associate at a law firm in Denver, Colorado where she will be eligible as a shareholder in 2020. Her career is flexible on a day-to-day basis, and she loves what she does. She advises prospective law students to be certain that they will use their law degree before deciding to attend law school. Given the great expense of law school, she says to spend time with lawyers and to “feel out” the profession through internships and shadow programs. She advises all students to build their career doing what inspires them. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“The challenge with college is that you are finally able to choose your own path,” Ms. Garnett says. She encourages students to spend time connecting with alumni as they can give good insight as to what you may or may not want to do after graduation. Networking means a lot<em>.</em> Overall, Ms. Garnett feels very fortunate to have a political science background. She says that Illinois is very connected globally, the political science department gives you many opportunities to travel, from Washington, D.C. to international locations – there are Illinois political science alumni around the world. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Ms. Garnett can be reached at <a href="mailto:EGarnett@bhfs.com"><span>EGarnett@bhfs.com</span></a></span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div></div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 09 Jul 2019 14:13:19 +0000 leman1 180 at https://pol.illinois.edu Robert Doubek https://pol.illinois.edu/spotlight/alumni/robert-doubek <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">Robert Doubek</span> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/62" lang="" about="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/62" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username" xml:lang="">leman1</a></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Tue, 06/04/2019 - 09:56</span> <div class="atl atl--layout-onecol layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-responsive-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/Doubek%2C%20Robert.jpg 1x" media="all and (max-width: 45em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/Doubek%2C%20Robert.jpg 1x" media="all and (min-width: 45.0625em) and (max-width: 60em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/Doubek%2C%20Robert.jpg?itok=WK96QfMH 1x" media="all and (min-width: 60.0625em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/Doubek%2C%20Robert.jpg?itok=WK96QfMH" alt="Photograph of Robert Doubek" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> </figure></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span><span><span>ROBERT DOUBEK (’66) grew up in an American family with Czech roots. They were bakers and confectioners for three generations, including his. In 1962, he enrolled at the University of Illinois, studying Political Science, German, and Russian. Soon after graduating from the University, Robert was commissioned in the Air Force. He served as an intelligence officer in Vietnam, focusing on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, among other projects. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>After his service, Robert earned a law degree at Georgetown University in Washington, and in 1979 he co-founded the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and became its Executive Director. He demonstrated both perseverance and leadership during the entire process of securing donations, directing the competition for the memorial’s design, and overseeing its construction.  The famous design of the Vietnam Wall is a moving tribute to all who served in that war, with special recognition – their names engraved in stone – to those who lost their lives.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>After completing the Memorial, Robert worked on real estate projects in the Washington D.C. area and in Central and Eastern Europe. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>His roots prompted him in 1995 to found the American Friends of the Czech Republic (AFoCR) to advocate in support of the Czech Republic’s bid to join NATO.  Robert states that the “effectiveness of AFoCR was a direct result of something I learned in my course on Soviet Foreign Policy.”  He was selected to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on NATO enlargement, and the Czech Foreign Ministry awarded AFoCR with its <em>Gratias Agit</em>, which recognizes organizations that promote the Czech Republic abroad.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>In 2003, Robert brought his diverse skills to the U.S. State Department, where he acquires sites of land around the world to build new U.S. embassies. He is “thankful for having learned the basics of systems of politics and government, since there are as many systems as there are countries.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Overall, Robert credits the Political Science department with providing him “valuable concepts and knowledge that enabled [him] to participate more fully and responsibly” as a citizen of his community and country, and as a representative of his country abroad.  In April, Robert was awarded the 2019 Alumnus of the Year for the Department of Political Science.  During his acceptance remarks, he recognized the challenges of creating effective political systems but considers the desire to “analyze political activity and behavior and discern universal principals and trends (to be) a noble pursuit.”</span></span></p></div></div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 04 Jun 2019 14:56:48 +0000 leman1 175 at https://pol.illinois.edu Janice Lin https://pol.illinois.edu/spotlight/alumni/janice-lin <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">Janice Lin</span> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/62" lang="" about="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/62" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username" xml:lang="">leman1</a></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 06/03/2019 - 16:09</span> <div class="atl atl--layout-onecol layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-responsive-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/Lin%2C%20Janice.jpg 1x" media="all and (max-width: 45em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/Lin%2C%20Janice.jpg 1x" media="all and (min-width: 45.0625em) and (max-width: 60em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/Lin%2C%20Janice.jpg?itok=UwtYBFBE 1x" media="all and (min-width: 60.0625em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/Lin%2C%20Janice.jpg?itok=UwtYBFBE" alt="Photo of Janice Lin" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> </figure></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span><span><span>JANICE LIN (‘16) has always been adept when it comes to political science, developing a passion for the subject in high school. She came to the University of Illinois as a Political Science major with eyes on law school after graduation, and ended up double majoring in both Political Science and Psychology.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>After college, Ms. Lin first wanted a job to save money for law school and used the statistics and data analysis skills that she picked up during her time at Illinois. Janice consulted for Gallup, gathering statistics from surveys to provide insights and recommendations regarding employee experiences, workplace culture, and customer engagement. Lin suggests that freshmen in the political science major “take classes that interest them” and “network with professors and peers.” Janice encourages graduating seniors in the major, who may be unsure of their career path, to “throw their resumes” everywhere and try everything they can to get a feel for what they want to do. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>She believes that the value of the Political Science major is learning how to concisely yet effectively state your opinion. Ms. Lin also found that Political Science classes refine one’s writing skills and technical research skills. Ms. Lin ended her time at Gallup this June and is looking forward to attending Northwestern Pritzker School of Law this Fall. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Ms. Lin can be reached at <a href="mailto:jwclin@gmail.com">jwclin@gmail.com</a>. </span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div></div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 03 Jun 2019 21:09:59 +0000 leman1 181 at https://pol.illinois.edu Morgan McClain-McKinney https://pol.illinois.edu/spotlight/alumni/morgan-mcclain-mckinney <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">Morgan McClain-McKinney</span> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/18" lang="" about="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/18" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username" xml:lang="">jwrogge2</a></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Fri, 05/31/2019 - 15:54</span> <div class="atl atl--layout-onecol layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-responsive-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/McClain-McKinney%2C%20Morgan.jpg 1x" media="all and (max-width: 45em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/McClain-McKinney%2C%20Morgan.jpg 1x" media="all and (min-width: 45.0625em) and (max-width: 60em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/McClain-McKinney%2C%20Morgan.jpg?itok=_jikINpy 1x" media="all and (min-width: 60.0625em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/McClain-McKinney%2C%20Morgan.jpg?itok=_jikINpy" alt="Morgan McClain-McKinney" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> </figure></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p>MORGAN McCLAIN-McKINNEY (BA ’09; MA ‘11) was a political science major throughout her years at Illinois, but her interests shifted from pre-law to international affairs.  While in college, she took classes in French, Arabic, and Chinese as well as International Relations and European Union Studies. She was also a participant in the Civic Leadership Program, earning a graduate concentration in Civic Leadership. She encourages students interested in international affairs to visit the different regional/area studies centers on campus, e.g., the European Union Center, the Center for African Studies and others, to explore the opportunities they offer.</p> <p>McClain-McKinney recommends that students who are seeking jobs in Washington, D.C., go there, intern, and search in person. Attending networking events and receptions is important for finding out whether a job with a particular company or agency will be a “good fit” and help “feel out” the chances of being hired. Initially, she worked in the Department of State, but colleagues there urged her to get experience working on Capitol Hill, which she recommends for any aspiring policy professional.  There she learned about how policy is made in action, including engagement with with constituents and lobbyists. Later, she transitioned to work with USAID, where she is now a member of the Foreign Service. Her work has taken her extensively across Africa including Kenya, Ghana, and South Africa.</p> <p>Ms. McClain-McKinney can be reached at <a href="mailto:mmcclainmckinney@usaid.gov">mmcclainmckinney@usaid.gov</a></p></div></div> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 31 May 2019 20:54:15 +0000 jwrogge2 52 at https://pol.illinois.edu Nick Harrer https://pol.illinois.edu/spotlight/alumni/nick-harrer <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">Nick Harrer</span> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/62" lang="" about="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/62" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username" xml:lang="">leman1</a></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Thu, 05/02/2019 - 10:07</span> <div class="atl atl--layout-onecol layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-responsive-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/NH%201.jpg 1x" media="all and (max-width: 45em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/NH%201.jpg 1x" media="all and (min-width: 45.0625em) and (max-width: 60em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/NH%201.jpg?itok=ihFqLznP 1x" media="all and (min-width: 60.0625em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/NH%201.jpg?itok=ihFqLznP" alt="Photograph of Nick Harrer" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> </figure></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>NICK HARRER (’02) has always had an interest in broadcast journalism. Even at a young age, you could find him sitting at home each night watching the latest local newscast of the 1992 presidential campaign.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Much of Mr. Harrer’s journey to broadcast journalism was guided through relationships with alumni and staff. While participating in the Marching Illini in college, the women’s basketball coach approached the band to ask if any of its members had an interest in journalism. When Mr. Harrer raised his hand, the coach connected him with the President of CNN, an Illinois alum, and he was able to gain valuable experience through an internship at CNN Headline News. That experience confirmed his interest in both journalism and politics. He continued to find engaging topics in class that also guided his career path, such as his time in Scott Althaus’s course on political campaign strategies.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Mr. Harrer got an internship at WCIA, Channel 3, and was eventually hired full-time. Throughout his job, he enjoyed covering everything from national political campaigns to the Illini basketball’s 2005 run to the Final Four. Mr. Harrer now works as a Senior Producer for KTLA, a news station in Los Angeles. He has won four Emmys, two Golden Mics, and one Silver Dome award, in addition to many regional awards for him and his team.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>As Mr. Harrer reflects on his time at Illinois, he expresses gratitude for the staff and alumni who encouraged him along the way. When receiving his award for the 2019 Young Alum of the Year this April, Mr. Harrer stated that “virtually every one of those doors that opened up for me had University of Illinois alums standing on either side of it”. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>For current students, Mr. Harrer suggests getting involved, attending classes, and “pursuing your other passions – whether they be music or sports or anything else.” He adds that “no matter what you study or what you’re interested in, I think you’ll learn the same lesson I have – that the University of Illinois will open doors for you that you didn’t even know were there, often in places you never thought to look. And more often than not, I think you’ll find a fellow Illini waiting there to give you a hand”. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div></div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 02 May 2019 15:07:57 +0000 leman1 172 at https://pol.illinois.edu Mitch Dickey https://pol.illinois.edu/spotlight/alumni/mitch-dickey <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">Mitch Dickey</span> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/62" lang="" about="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/62" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username" xml:lang="">leman1</a></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Thu, 02/28/2019 - 13:57</span> <div class="atl atl--layout-onecol layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-responsive-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/Dickey%2C%20Mitch.jpg 1x" media="all and (max-width: 45em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/Dickey%2C%20Mitch.jpg 1x" media="all and (min-width: 45.0625em) and (max-width: 60em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/Dickey%2C%20Mitch.jpg?itok=Lfda02JC 1x" media="all and (min-width: 60.0625em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/Dickey%2C%20Mitch.jpg?itok=Lfda02JC" alt="Photograph of Mitch Dickey" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> </figure></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span><span><span>MITCH DICKEY (‘16) is the University of Illinois Alumni Alliance’s Advocacy Coordinator, where he helps manage federal and state advocacy efforts on the University of Illinois’ behalf. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The University of Illinois has always been near to Dickey’s heart. “I always had a passion for government, which is why I was drawn to our state’s flagship university. Illinois provided me with an unmatched education and exposed me to countless opportunities in public service,” said Dickey. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>As a student, Dickey focused on coursework that pushed him outside of his comfort zone. Dickey said, “My favorite course was PS 408, Islam and Politics. It forced me to grapple with new ways of thinking about the Middle East and strengthened my critical thinking skills.” Outside of class, Dickey served as Student Body President during one of the most fraught moments in Illinois’ history: the budget crisis. In that capacity, Dickey worked with student and university leaders, and coordinated advocacy efforts on behalf of the university. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>As a freshman, Dickey planned on attending law school, but changed course after gaining more political experience.  He accepted a position with the Illinois Legislative Staff Intern Program (ILSIP), Illinois’ premier internship program. There, he worked on the Speaker’s staff in the Illinois General Assembly. “There is no better way to learn about government than by throwing yourself into it, and ILSIP does just that” he said. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span> It was not long until Dickey heard about the Alumni Alliance’s work in Springfield, which was what drew him to his current job. It offered the opportunity to combine his loyalty to the orange and blue with his passion for government. “The University of Illinois system is one of Illinois’ key economic drivers, and the Alumni Association is dedicated to supporting the labor pipeline coming out of our universities.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Dickey’s advice to young graduates is simple, “join a campaign and put the work in.” In his view, the world of government and politics is always hungry for the smart, hardworking alumni that come out of the University of Illinois. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Mr. Dickey can be reached at <span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><a href="mailto:mdickey2@illinois.edu">mdickey2@illinois.edu</a></span></span></span></span></span></p></div></div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 28 Feb 2019 19:57:46 +0000 leman1 167 at https://pol.illinois.edu Jaylin McClinton https://pol.illinois.edu/spotlight/alumni/jaylin-mcclinton <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">Jaylin McClinton</span> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/22" lang="" about="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/22" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username" xml:lang="">jjhinch</a></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 08/20/2018 - 11:27</span> <div class="atl atl--layout-onecol layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-responsive-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/Jaylin%20D.%20McClinton_0.jpg 1x" media="all and (max-width: 45em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/Jaylin%20D.%20McClinton_0.jpg 1x" media="all and (min-width: 45.0625em) and (max-width: 60em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/Jaylin%20D.%20McClinton_0.jpg?itok=8_EV4kcs 1x" media="all and (min-width: 60.0625em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/Jaylin%20D.%20McClinton_0.jpg?itok=8_EV4kcs" alt="Photograph of Jaylin D. McClinton" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> </figure></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span>JAYLIN D. MCCLINTON (‘16) is a graduate of the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois. Out of college, he worked as a Reuss intern at the University of Illinois Foundation. He also volunteered and served on Secretary Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign as a delegate candidate during his free time. McClinton was later accepted to the White House Internship Program, where he worked under the Obama administration in the Office of Management & Administration. Mr. McClinton describes himself as “extremely lucky” for this opportunity and believes his career path would’ve taken a “completely different trajectory” if not for this internship.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Following his White House internship, McClinton worked as the District Manager for first-term State Representative Juliana Stratton’s office. There, he handled both administrative and constituent-related issues, along with oversight of legislative affairs and the internship program. He is most proud of two resolutions that the state representative has worked on thus far: H.R. 579, which urges Governor Rauner to request to temporarily waive the Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (AWAWD) time limit, as well as H.R. 677, which urges Governor Rauner to make appointments to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees that reflect the racial and gender diversity of Illinois. H.R. 677 hits close to home for McClinton, since he served as an elected student trustee on the Board of Trustees during his time in Urbana-Champaign. As of November 2017, out of the 26 bills that State Rep. Stratton introduced, nearly 10-15 of them have been signed into law, a statistic that Jaylin notes is quite impressive for a first-term legislator.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>In December 2017, McClinton began a new endeavor with the Obama Foundation’s public engagement team as their first community organizer. His responsibilities include building a hyper-local organizing program to engage residents primarily in Chicago’s South Shore, Woodlawn, and Washington Park neighborhoods around the idea of a presidential center coming to the South Side of Chicago, as well as using analytics and digital tools as a means for new methods of engagement. His main focus is to listen directly to the community’s needs and concerns as it relates to bringing the presidential center to life. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Stressing how grateful he was that he was given so many opportunities, McClinton’s advice for Political Science majors at the University of Illinois is to “trust the process”, which he believes means working hard, making meaningful connections with people that interest you, and not being afraid to ask for help when it is needed. He understands that searching for a job right after college can be difficult, but he believes that so long as one remains confident and persistent, the right opportunities will present themselves along the way.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Mr. McClinton can be reached at </span></span></span><a href="mailto:jaylinmcclinton2012@gmail.com"><span><span>jaylinmcclinton2012@gmail.com</span></span></a><span><span><span>. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNMMq05A9Z0">Hear from Mr. McClinton as he shares advice for students interested in pursuing a career in public service</a>.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div></div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 16:27:02 +0000 jjhinch 162 at https://pol.illinois.edu Mary O'Connor https://pol.illinois.edu/spotlight/alumni/mary-oconnor <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">Mary O'Connor</span> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/62" lang="" about="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/62" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username" xml:lang="">leman1</a></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Fri, 08/10/2018 - 15:17</span> <div class="atl atl--layout-onecol layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-responsive-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/mc%20%283%29.jpg 1x" media="all and (max-width: 45em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/mc%20%283%29.jpg 1x" media="all and (min-width: 45.0625em) and (max-width: 60em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/mc%20%283%29.jpg?itok=lQS9qggA 1x" media="all and (min-width: 60.0625em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/mc%20%283%29.jpg?itok=lQS9qggA" alt="Photograph of Mary O'Connor" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> </figure></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span><span><span><span>MARY O’CONNOR (’74) had always been interested in Political Science and decided to pursue this interest at the University of Illinois. After earning her Bachelor’s degree, O’Connor continued on and earned her MBA. She began her career working in the financial sector at Blue Cross Blue Shield right after graduating. She used her political science degree not only in the business world but also as a means to volunteer in her hometown, where she held the position of Elected Commissioner for a number of years. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Ms. O’Connor advises and encourages students to use their U of I network to help them connect with people in the real world. She states, “There is a remarkable comradery within the large alumni network of UIUC.” She further emphasizes the importance of keeping an open mind and being open to new experiences in life. Ms. O’Connor is currently working at a financial company in Chicago and she continues to stay involved with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Department of Political Science.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Ms. O’Connor can be reached at <span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><a href="mailto:mary.oconnor@sikich.com">mary.oconnor@sikich.com</a></span></span>.</span></span></span></p></div></div> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 10 Aug 2018 20:17:51 +0000 leman1 165 at https://pol.illinois.edu Marie Johnson-Dahl https://pol.illinois.edu/spotlight/alumni/marie-johnson-dahl <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">Marie Johnson-Dahl</span> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/8" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">keclark</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Fri, 07/13/2018 - 15:34</span> <div class="atl atl--layout-onecol layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-responsive-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/Johnson-Dahl%2C%20Marie.jpg 1x" media="all and (max-width: 45em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/Johnson-Dahl%2C%20Marie.jpg 1x" media="all and (min-width: 45.0625em) and (max-width: 60em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/Johnson-Dahl%2C%20Marie.jpg?itok=k-A52You 1x" media="all and (min-width: 60.0625em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/Johnson-Dahl%2C%20Marie.jpg?itok=k-A52You" alt="Marie Johnson-Dahl" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> </figure></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span><span><span>MARIE JOHNSON-DAHL ('16) did not always know what she wished to study when she got to the University of Illinois. In fact, it wasn't until her AP Comparative Government class in high school did she become interested in the field of political science. Even after choosing Political Science at Illinois, she continued to have uncertainty as to whether or not she chose the right major. "It's difficult to determine if you picked the right major once you get there because of the size of the classes. I wanted to make a change in the world when I was in high school." However, the Political Science Department was able to prove that she made the right decision.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“I looked at the curriculum, and the course offerings made me know I had picked the right major.” Later, she decided to take Introduction to Political Research, which increased her interest in conducting research of her own. Then, she reports, “I decided to apply to the Political Science Thesis Program… it automatically made my [Political Science] community much smaller.” Because of this, Johnson-Dahl was able to present her research at the Undergraduate Research Symposium and, later, in Springfield. Seeing first-hand the benefits of the program, she encourages every student who has an opportunity to apply to the honors program. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Johnson-Dahl emphasized that the relationships she developed with Political Science faculty enhanced her experience at Illinois. Her advice? GO TO OFFICE HOURS AS MUCH AS YOU CAN! “I think establishing relationships with professors is what made my political science experience a good one.” </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Eventually, she would find that the resources in the Department of Political Science would go on to help Johnson-Dahl in her career even after graduating. When speaking of her decision to continue her post-graduate studies in Law at Illinois, she said, "I saw that a lot of the senators and congressmen in DC that were making a change went to law school.” Through her internship with the Champaign County Public Defender’s Office, a pre-law advisor encouraged her to work at a law firm if she was on the fence. This advice led her to work at the Litigation Department team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP following graduation, and then back to Illinois as a student in the College of Law.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Ms. Johnson-Dahl can be reached at <span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><a href="mailto:mcjohns4@illinois.edu">mcjohns4@illinois.edu</a></span></span>. </span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div></div> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 13 Jul 2018 20:34:54 +0000 keclark 160 at https://pol.illinois.edu John Beck https://pol.illinois.edu/spotlight/alumni/john-beck <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">John Beck</span> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/8" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">keclark</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Fri, 06/29/2018 - 16:08</span> <div class="atl atl--layout-onecol layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-responsive-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/Beck%2C%20John.jpg 1x" media="all and (max-width: 45em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/Beck%2C%20John.jpg 1x" media="all and (min-width: 45.0625em) and (max-width: 60em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/Beck%2C%20John.jpg?itok=MFE6baj6 1x" media="all and (min-width: 60.0625em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/Beck%2C%20John.jpg?itok=MFE6baj6" alt="John Beck" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> </figure></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span>JOHN BECK (BA ’71; MS ‘74) started at the University of Illinois in 1967 as a student in what is now known as the Division of General Studies. He transferred into the Department of Political Science during his freshman year. As an undergraduate he took classes on a variety of topics throughout the department, but really remembers his time in International Relations. It was this class along with his Constitutional Law class that made him want to become a political science major. For Beck, “these classes were both challenging and interesting and really trained you think comprehensively.” After earning his bachelors in Political Science, Mr. Beck took a year off to decide what profession he wanted to move into, taking that time to talk to advisors and his past professors. The next year Beck returned to the University of Illinois to pursue his Masters in Journalism which was the start of a long career.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Beck believes a degree in Political Science allows you to do more in your profession than just be involved in the government. The coursework in the department allows students to “read and digest material on complex issues and then analyze it and transfer it to any profession.” For students that do not quite know what they want to do post-graduation, political science helps develop critical thinking skills they will use throughout the rest of their lives. Beck recommends taking advantage of the resources that the department has to offer, to network with alumni, and get internship experience early in your academic career. Beck says the most important skill he learned in school is how to communicate in the world, stating that whatever path you pursue you will always need to communicate with someone.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Mr. Beck can be reached at </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><a href="mailto:beck3520@att.net">beck3520@att.net</a></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></p></div></div> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 29 Jun 2018 21:08:11 +0000 keclark 159 at https://pol.illinois.edu