East Campus Hosts Florida Political Science Association Conference

A Message from Stacey Johnson, President, East and Winter Park Campuses

Thanks to the efforts of Mark Logas, professor, political science, East Campus hosted The Florida Political Science Association’s (FPSA) annual conference on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Mark was the first faculty member from a community college elected to the FPSA executive council in 2009 and currently serves as the second vice president. Three years ago, he recommended East Campus as the location of this year’s conference and his request was unanimously approved.

Faculty, graduate and undergraduates students from colleges and universities around the world presented research and informative papers at seminars. Presentation topics featured a variety of topics, such as terrorism, immigration and environmental policies. Throughout the day, there were four different sessions, each with eight separate seminars, all housed in Building 8.

Susan MacManus, a political scientist who served as the moderator of the Florida Political Roundtable, shared with attendees that her first teaching job was at Valencia College many years ago. In addition, Mark was selected to be one of four panelists for the roundtable discussion that analyzed the 2016 election results and previewed the upcoming statewide races in 2018.

Throughout the day, Joseph Torres, East Campus Student Government Association president, represented Valencia as an ambassador to the College. He greeted guests and walked attendees to classrooms, all while answering questions.

Attendees raved about the location of this year’s conference and were pleased that the conference was self-contained in one building and offered convenient parking.

Summarizing the event, Mark said, “Everyone from Valencia stepped up to make sure that the FPSA Conference was an overwhelming success.”

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