Letter from the NCPSA President:

Greetings to political scientists in North Carolina! It is an honor to be serving as president of our organization; thank you to the Executive Council for this opportunity. It has been my pleasure to serve on the Council and I look forward to our continued collaboration.

A detailed conference report is forthcoming in the Spring 2015 newsletter (to be published in April) but I cannot delay in congratulating Martha Kropf, who served as program chair and president last year, on her superb leadership in organizing a wonderful gathering on February 27 at the Center City campus of UNC-Charlotte. The annual conference is an opportunity for NCPA members from around the state to present new or on-going research. Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students shared their work and had an excellent opportunity to receive feedback. Despite the snowy weather that week, about 100 of our colleagues participated in panels, posters, roundtable discussions and a luncheon with keynote speaker, Dr. Paul Gronke. Thank you to all who contributed their time and attention to the planning and implementation of the 44th annual conference and general membership meeting.

Along with particulars for the 2016 conference date, location, and theme, the forthcoming Spring 2015 newsletter will contain a Call for Papers for the conference and for the Troutman-Rainey award for most outstanding undergraduate paper. In 2016, the NCPSA will also recognize two best conference papers, one for faculty and one for graduate students.

The newsletter will also contain news from political science departments in colleges and universities across our state. If you have any news to share about your faculty and students, please contact myself or any member of the Executive Council. Please see the links to the right for our contact information. We appreciate your support of the NC Political Science Association.

In closing, I would like to encourage any NC political scientist who is interested to submit his/her name for consideration to serve on a NCPSA committee or as a member of the Executive Council. If I may assist you with any matters related to the NCPSA, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Cordially yours,
Liz Fournier
Saint Augustine's University