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Sorry to miss this event. Just turned 21 and enjoying life after finishing my Masters and now completing my 1st year of Law at University of Miami. Leaving for Europe on 14 May for 6 weeks of study.Hope everyone has fun and maybe I can make the next one. UCR is nice but Miami is the place to be.

— Mark Stump, 03 

What a great idea! I'm sorry I'll be out of the country at the time of the reunion, but send my greetings to everyone, those I remember and those to be met at a future reunion.

— Sharon Saxton Davies, '65

All Poli Sci alumni: Has it really been over 22 years since I graduated from UCR? Seems like yesterday. Anyone remember Independent Presidential candidate John Anderson? Yes, I worked on his campaign way back when. I hope to see more alumni from the early 1980's. See you there.

— Bonnie J. (Smith) Flach, '82

I am sorry to say that cannot make it!  I am finishing up law school in Chicago and the reunion is during finals week and right before graduation.  I hope everyone has a great time!  Wish me luck on the California Bar!

— Brianne Murphy, '02

UCR PoliSci Department - A Land of Opportunity

For me, the Political Science major at UCR provided a constant array of Opportunity. I got the chance to hear brilliant lectures on a regular basis. I know this because any lecture that could keep me awake had to be brilliant, and I recall being awake for several of them. As a freshman, I had the pleasure of attending a seminar with Dr. Way in Idyllwild, which in my mind's eye remains one of the most beautiful places I had ever visited to that point in my life. Of course, I was raised in the San Fernando Valley among people who believed Highland Springs was a hot vacation spot because you could play cards there, so I may be damning Idyllwild with faint praise. The Political Science Department channeled me into Model United Nations, where I had the opportunity to assume the role of some godforsaken third world country when I should have been the U.S.S.R. so I could apply Dr. Schwartz' teachings. I'm not bitter, though. The travel opportunity alone was worth giving up my communist dreams. The convention was in Kansas City. I experienced my first pina colada–in a mason jar. Then I had my second pina colada. The U.S.S.R. rep got vodka.

The Poli Sci major also offered internships, for which I will be forever grateful to Dr. Loveridge. I helped plan bike paths for the cyclists in San Bernardino. My bicycle was stolen from the dorm bike racks. I spent a quarter away in the State Controller's office, followed by a part-time summer job there, researching issues because the Controller was running for governor against Democrat Jerry Brown. He lost, dashing my hopes for political patronage, and teaching me two of the most valuable lessons of all: First, I was going to have to work for a living. Second, a Republican could never win the governorship of such a liberal state as California. I fell into the position of accommodations chairman for the first two-day high school Model United Nations conference on the UCR campus. I booked sumptuous hotel accommodations all over town for the visiting high school students--at all three hotels--then returned to my four-guys-to-a-bathroom suite at Bannockburn, with the gorgeous vista of the parking area and vacant lot beyond. The next year, I served as co-chair of the entire high school conference. It was my last job promotion.

On a broader scale, UCR itself seemed like a land of opportunity–less competition for desirable classes (sex education was pass/fail, thank goodness) and for plum extra-curricular positions. I became a reporter for the Highlander my first year. Oh, how I revered the news editor, John Fox, who had actually interned at the L.A. Times Washington, D.C. bureau. The next year I became news editor. Oh, how I cursed John Fox for the legacy I had to live up to. The social aspect of UCR was important as well. We could have built the beer can pyramid in any dorm, after all, but where else could we TP a bell tower? The friends I made at UCR became the people with whom I was most comfortable for years, and they will always have a special place in my heart.

Alas, my stay at this great school ended too soon. I graduated a year early thanks to advanced placement units, a full academic load each quarter, summer school, and permission from Dr. Loveridge as department chairman to graduate with one unit less than required owing to an incomplete in statistics (which due to irremediable anal compulsiveness I completed anyway). Dr. Loveridge paid me the best possible tribute, telling my parents at the graduation ceremony that he had never seen a student accomplish so much in so little time. My parents could not believe he was talking about their slow, slovenly son. So they took another kid home.

The educational opportunities at UCR have led to the ultimate irony: They enabled me to attend UCLA Law School, and now I cannot come to the reunion because I will be in trial. To recycle a college phrase, what a bummer!

— Steve Shuman,‘75

I'm sorry I won't be able to make this reunion.  Looks like lots of fun.  I'm still in Paris where I am treasurer for Valeo (auto components multinational).  Before I worked as a banker for Chase in NY and Paris.  Who would have ever thought I'd have a career path like that!?!  I have 3 children and keep busy as scoutmaster for the American boy scout troop in France. 

Hi to all my friends from UCR! 

— John Thomason, '82

I am so sorry to miss the opportunity to hug and kiss Milo Oswald, Paul Placek, Mark Stell, Tom Taylor, David Hirsh and John Christopher Caps again. I worked the desk in Aberdeen at Kilmarnock and the kitchens. God bless Crazy Frank and ballooning and the dish room crew. I loved all of my Viet Nam Vet wheel chair crew. All of those streakings, all of the omelets, and late night philosphizing with TIm Jolly; then Scotland and studying in Edinburgh and playing volleyball overseas. Jennifer Rabun and Jeter Fleming, I still miss you both. Debroah Ann Vessals- that should teach you that rum is an evil beverage- a lesson remembered thrity years later. I teach now, a noble profession, history and home ec. Drop a line-

— Vicki Nosanov 1973-1977

I'm sorry I won't be able to attend. As I write this, I am 40 weeks pregnant, awaiting the arrival of my first child. Since leaving UCR in '96, I have been wondering about my peers from '93-'96 and where life has taken them. I hope they will post to the board even if they attend so I can see what everybody has been doing.

As for myself, after leaving UCR, I shifted gears and became an elementary school teacher in South El Monte. After finishing my credential, I moved back to Bakersfield, where I became a sixth grade teacher in my old neighborhood. I met my future husband, William, shortly after moving to Bakersfield, and we were married in 2000. Will is an 8 year vet of the U.S. Navy and has been a mechanic since leaving the Navy to be closer to home. Our first child, Jonathan, was due on April 2, and with any luck will be here soon. I will post a picture of my family in the scrapbook after his arrival.

— Cheryl (Harmer) Cassidy, M.A. '96 (

Won't be able to join you and Hank Carney, Frank Way, et. al., this time. My Memory Lane best to all I knew way back when!

Bill Olmsted
Pol sci, 1958

I'm sorry I will be unable to attend the reunion, but it sounds like it will be a lot of fun. Best wishes to all who attend.

— Sarahann Shapiro, Class of 88.

Dear Barbara:
     Bravo for the UCR poli sci conference!
     Che Guevara sends revolutionary greetings.
     For those still alive who have asked, "Whatever happened to Irv Hall?" Ask no more. I've settled in a rural community in central New York, writing a weekly political satire, We're Not in Kansas Anymore.
     I attach "Irv Hall, Campus Radical," the centerpiece of a Spring 1970 issue of the Highlander with a description of a political science class at the time. The piece will be on the website where you can find the photograph of my confrontation with Ronald Reagan during the 1970 convention of the Western Political Science Association. My web bio may stir some nostalgia, or worse. A few years ago, Bill Elledge wrote an article on the period in the alumni magazine featuring the photo of my receiving my M.A. in political science attired in crimson under shorts, white spats and blue socks.
     Hey! It was great time to be a grad student in political science at UCR!
     I'd love to join you May 14. To be brutally honest, only penury prevents me from doing so. A wise political science professor (actually several) once told me, "You can save the world or you can save for your retirement, but you can't do both."
     He was right. Why am I laughing?
     Hope you find my work funny. My attendance at future conferences hinges on its success.

— Irving Wesley Hall

Click here for "Irv Hall, Campus Radical"

Sorry I can't attend. I'm a full professor at the University of West Georgia (just outside Atlanta), where I am also Director of the Murphy Public Service Center.

— Stanley M. Caress Ph.D. '78

Fellow alumni,

I truly regret I will not be attending the reunion.
Great fun reading some of the other entries here, particularly that from Irv Hall. Ah, the memories. Dave Dezerega--Emily Card--names from the late sixties-early seventies in the UCR poli-sci department. Specifically...

  • I remember Irv, grad-student-cum-teaching assistant come back from Cuba, explaining wondrously how little urchins would come up to him clutching wads of pesos. WADS OF THEM! THEY MUST HAVE BEEN RICH! Of course, I was a little undergraduate then, young, foolish, easily led, and really hadn't digested the concept of currency devaluation. Ah, the ripostes that would have been possible had I just been a bit more clever. Perhaps I would have been able to enlighten Irv and righteously turn him toward a career as an investment banker. Or maybe not.
  • A second memory. Graduation week, my almost-minted poli-sci BA in my hand, and leaving in a few months for the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton for a two-year public policy MPA program. Overheard one of my classmates casually remark that her brother had a new job "traveling around the world, opening up bank branches." I can't tell you how that thought, so off-handedly tossed off, appealed to me! Still remember it to this day. Ended up graduating from Princeton and working overseas for Citibank! I'm glad her brother didn't take a job handling toxic waste. For I was young...foolish...easily led.

All my profs were fabulous: Randy Siverson, Frank Way--constitutional law--Ron Chilcote, Dave McClellan--and a special regard for the memory of John Stanley. Regardless of how much I may have appreciated them at the time, their value increases. My regrets if I've not listed one or two.
As for my life, three careers, really. Ten years in international banking in New York and overseas, about the same amount of time with my own real estate management firm in Manhattan, and now running a wealth management firm with offices in Florida and Pennsylvania. But you know? I've not heard a carillon since 1970. It's been too long. Perhaps I'm afraid to hear those chimes again.
Give a shout, any of you, if you've a mind. Email me at My website:

—Richard Perea, '70

I send regrets at not being able to attend the Political Science Dept. Alumni Reunion. I think it is a great idea!

I have not strayed far from the UCR motherland, having lived in Riverside now for most of 25 years, along with my wife Denise ('84,'85 and two sons Daniel 13 and Matthew 9). Since graduating in 1984, i worked in local government, went to seminary and have now for many years been a campus
pastor teaching students how to love God and love their neighbor. I have the joy of spending time with UCR students regularly. When UCR students tell me they are Poli Sci majors i tell them they've picked the best major on campus. I have fond memories of classes with Grace Saltzstein, Ron Loveridge, Max Neiman, Charles Adrian, Prof. Regan, and John Gabbert. The local Riverside politics and government scene remains an avocation; the Local section of the Press Enterprise is my favorite part of the paper!

Tom Allen - Class of 1984, Political Science/Administrative Studies

I am Ruth Koller Burke and graduated from UCR in 1992. I went to law school at Santa Clara University and graduated in 1995. I currently practice law and manage the trust and estate planning department at Jackson & Wallace LLP in San Francisco. We have a daugther, Beverly, who is 3 years old and a son, Charlie, who is 7 months old. We live in Moraga in Northern California, and are near our families. I have such fond memories of the poli sci department at UCR, especially the many good times with Ron Loveridge, internships, a trip to Sacramento, and internship in DC. I am so appreciative of the education I received at UCR.

My husband, Tim Burke, graduated from UCR in 1993. We met in a poli sci class :). He went on to get his MBA from the University of San Francisco and his Masters in Engineering (ME, I believe) from the University of Colorado. He currently works for Wipro Technologies in Business Development. He has also worked as an adjunct professor at St. Mary's College in Moraga and
at the University of San Francisco.

We hope the reunion will be success and that it will be an annual event which we can make next year...a great excuse for a long weekend.

Our contact information as of July 15, 2005 (we are moving soon) is:

Ruth and Tim Burke
573 Augusta Drive
Moraga, CA 94556


Sorry I won't be able to attend the reunion. I'd like to send my best to all the faculty I worked with, especially to Frank Way and Ron Loveridge. I look back on fond memories of a small campus, and close relationships with faculty mentors. A very special place in the 1960's. I am coming to the end of a career most of which was spent at Eastern Washington University with experience as everything from faculty member in Government thru Dean to Provost and Interim President - with a short turn as Interim President at Lewis-Clark State College. After two brief retirements I am now working parttime in the College of Business and Public Administration at Eastern. Two children and three grandchildren make it all worthwhile. Enjoy the reunion and I look forward to the next one when I may really be retired.

Niel Zimmerman, Classes of '65, '66, '70

The long, strange, trip continues. I hope everyone coming to the reunion is as pleased with the decisions they made so long ago--and since-- as I am. I'm looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and maybe creating some on-the-spot revisionist history.

Phil Gianos, Ph.D. '71

I deeply regret that I will not be able to visit with my UCR poli sci friends at this reunion- Aligra Fortunati, Pamela Abrams, Barbara Way and Armen Antonion. I would love to hear from you. I want to take this opportunity and thank five superb teachers and scholars from whom I learned a great deal- professors Ronald Chilcote, Melvin Gurtov, Max Nieman, Francis Carney and Barbara Sinclair. My highest regard to the fond memory of Charles Adrian and John Stanley, two brilliant scholars, and Arthur Turner, a great teacher. My special thanks to Professor Frank Way, a gifted scholar and a first-rate chair of the political science Department, for his encouragement and support. Filling their big shoes will not be easy. I am hopeful that the political science faculty will strive for excellence in teaching and research and help make UCR political science department the special place it once was.

As for my career, it came full circle. I taught at UCI and Vassar and later left academia for Wall Street. I started as a stockbroker and became investment and securities analyst at Titan Value Equites; thereafter I became a senior investment planning executive for strategic markets at Metlife Securties, working with high net worth individuals. However, at heart I remained an academic and wanted to return to academia. Fortunately, in 1998 Bradley University in conjunction with Caterpillar Corporation offered me the Lee L. Morgan Endowed Chair in International Economic Affairs, a position endowed by the CEO of Caterpillar, Mr. Lee L. Morgan.

I will be living in Southern California this Summer (May 21 – August 20); my contact information is:; PH: 309-677-3653

Shah M. Tarzi, Ph.D. 82
Lee L. Morgan Endowed Chair and Professor

Greetings fellow poli sci graduates:

What a great idea to have a reunion - unfortuately, I am in Poughkeepsie, New York visiting my father, so will be unable to attend. I am a graduate of the class of 1972 and have many fond memories of the Political Science Dept., particularly during the turmoil of the Viet Nam War demonstrations on campus and trying to take a final exam in Russian Foreign Policy. Not easy to concentrate. I am very sorry to miss the opportunity to see Dr.s Loveridge, Carney and Way again. I hope you all are well.

Since graduating from UCR, I worked in Washington, D.C. (thanks to Dr. Loveridge's internship program) for four years and then got my Masters Degree in City Planning from San Diego State. I worked for 5 years in Portland Oregon and then moved to Seattle, where I've been working for a variety of jurisedictions.

Have a great time - and I hope that you will do this again in the near future.

Carol Lumb

While I will not be able to attend the Poli Sci Reunion this weekend, I did read the information about the event with interest. I also noticed the note at the end of the "Who's Coming" list asking for information regarding additional alumni. One name on the list is Frederick Lee Dyer, class of 1967. Fred was a classmate and friend of mine at UCR. I am surprised that after all of these years, word had not reached UCR. After graduation, Fred became an officer in the US Marine Corps and I lost track of him prior to my graduation in 1968. Sadly, many years later, I learned why. Fred was killed in action in Vietnam on July 2, 1968.

After I graduated in 1968, I returned to the Washington, DC area to attend law school. After the Vietnam Memorial was opened, I would stop by the Memorial several times a year. On one visit while looking at the names, I saw the name Frederick Lee Dyer. Hoping it was not my friend, I went through the directory of names they used to have at the memorial site. Listed among the names was 2nd Lt, US Marines, Frederick Lee Dyer, Upland, CA, Oct. 19, 1945 - July 2, 1968. Recognizing that it would be too great a coincidence to be two different people, same name, hometown and age, I cannot describe the sadness that I felt when I saw his name in the book of names inscribed on the Wall. I actually had a similar feeling when I saw his name on the list of missing alumni.

I have no idea whether anyone attending the Reunion knew or would remember Fred. It really does not matter. What does matter is that his fellow UCR alumni be aware of the sacrifice he made. It was not a war that many Poli Sci majors at UCR in the mid '60's believed in; quite the contrary. Fred was not a supporter of the war, but he was committed to his obligation in the military. He chose the Marine Corps and wanted to be a helicopter pilot and was aware that Vietnam was in his future. Regardless of the merits of the war, or the lack thereof, he served his country and I think it is important that the UCR family be aware of his service and loss.

Jerry C. May, UCR Class of 1968

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