Monthly Archives: January 2018

Speed Mentoring Event 2018, Utah State Capital


On Thursday evening, January 25th, 2018, forty-four professionals from government, law and business met with appx. 50 BYU Political Science students at the annual “Speed Mentoring Event” at the Utah State Capital. BYU students received hands-on mentoring at five-minute intervals, with as many professionals as time would permit, discussing advice on their careers and education.

Prior to the mentoring event, students toured the beautiful Utah State Capital building and received advice from three professional panel members. The event was exciting, practical, and supremely beneficial to students as they plan their professional lives.

Thank you especially to the Michael and Liz Mower family for organizing and overseeing this amazing event.

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Public Affairs Lecture Series: Rich McKeown

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On Thursday January 18, 2017, Rich McKeown, chairman of Leavitt Partners Board of Directors, delivered a lecture for the Public Affairs Lecture Series.

His lecture was centered around the lessons he learned over the course of his continuing career in public service. He quoted Mark Twain saying, “If you hold a cat by the tail, you’ll learn lessons you cannot learn any other way.”

McKeown shared how his experience as a 7th and 8th grade teacher showed him that the system of education needed to do better to accommodate the needs of the students.

He also emphasized the importance of communicating ideas clearly and effectively. He said, “your ability to speak clearly to people is essential.”

When recounting his experience running for Mayor of Salt Lake City, he explained to students that raising your hand to volunteer for hard things will end up connecting you with people that will be an important force in your life. McKeown’s campaign for mayor led him to work as chief of staff for Mike Leavitt at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and serve as senior counselor and chief of staff to Administrator Leavitt at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, among many other notable accomplishments.

He closed by sharing his guiding principle of always striving to make a difference in the lives of the people he serves and works with.

Thank you, Rich McKeown, for sharing your experiences and wisdom with us.



Political Science Poster Conference 2017


On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, from noon to 3 PM, The First Annual Political Science “Student Poster Conference” took place in the Garden Court of the Wilkinson Center. In a well-attended event open to all BYU students and faculty, sixty-one (61) Political Science students presented extensive research on timely topics condensed into elaborate, well-designed, informative 3’ X 4’ posters related to courses taught by Professors Goodliffe, Beesley, Monson and Preece. Topics ranged from: The State of Small Business in American, to Gendered Federal Finance Aid Use; from Gun Control to China as the solution to North Korea to Parenthood and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa. Professor John Holbein judged the poster conference, and he went through all 60+ posters, awarding the following prizes:

1st place ($300): Connor Kreutz, Does Endorser Gender Affect Candidate Electability?

2nd place ($200): Matt Easton, Can Conservatives Find Love?

3rd place ($100): Mandi Eatough, Congress and The Gendered Benefits of Social Media in Elections

Congratulations to all participants and winners. Because of its success and pedagogical usefulness, Professor Jay Goodliffe and the Political Science Department plan to expand the Conference again next Fall, 2018.