Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge caught "yukking it up" with Governor Schwarzenegger
Photo courtesy of Bob Krause, B.A. '68, M.A. '70.


Whether you plan to attend the reunion or not, send us your scanned photographs, recollections of people and events, and stories about what you are doing now. Some of you may also want to say hello to specific professors who helped you become the person you are today.

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You are also welcome to mail these items to us, however we don't want to be responsible for original photographs or documents. We will post your comments within five working days of receipt.

Please send information to Barbara Brink at the addresses below. Remember to include a brief description of photos or graphics.

Barbara Brink
257A Highlander Hall
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521

Juliann Allison Shaun Bowler John Cioffi Kevin M. Esterling Johnathan Hiskey Martin Johnson

John Christian Laursen Bronwyn Anne Leebaw John Medearis Max Neiman David Pion-Berlin Antoine Yoshinaka

    Frances Carney John Gabbert    

From Ron Schmidt, Ph.D., 1971.  I’ll be at the reunion, but wanted to contribute to the department’s scrapbook as well.  What have I been doing for the past 34 years?  After being trained in public policy, political theory and urban politics by Michael Reagan, Francis Carney, John Stanley, Charles Adrian, Harlan Hahn, Ron Loveridge,, I headed to the University of Oregon for a one-year job teaching in a now-defunct school of public affairs. The following year I landed a tenure line position at California State University, Long Beach, where I’ve been located since. Over the years I’ve gravitated from teaching only public policy and administration to teaching mostly racial and ethnic politics in the U.S., California politics, and political theory (especially the ancient Greeks and Romans, Machiavelli, and contemporary), though I still teach one course in public policy every year. I was department chair twice, for a total of nine years, and I’ve been my department’s graduate coordinator for three years. I continue to love teaching and mentoring undergraduates and master’s students, and I’ve always been grateful for a truly outstanding graduate education experience at UCR that gave me the foundation for such a wonderful career.

Highlights of my career in political science:

--At CSU Long Beach, I received the “Outstanding Professor Award” in 1998;

--My book (Language Policy and Identity Politics in the United States, Temple University Press, 2000) was selected for a “Best Book Award” by the APSA’s Section on Race, Ethnicity and Politics;

--I’m currently president of the Western Political Science Association, for which recently I’ve also been local arrangements chair (2002 annual meeting) and program chair (2005 annual meeting);

--In 2001-2002 I was on the Executive Council of the American Political Science Association, and have served on several of its committees and task forces over the years;

--From 2000-2002 I was co-president of the APSA’s Section on Race, Ethnicity, and Politics (2000-2002);

-- I’m currently completing my second book (under contract with University of Michigan Press), a collaborative effort with three others, on the impact of recent immigration on U.S. ethno-racial politics;

--And next academic year (2005-06) I’ll be a Fulbright Scholar in Canada, holding the Fulbright-Enders Research Chair at the University of Montreal, and beginning a new research project comparing immigrant settlement policies in Canada and the United States.

Highlights of my personal life: I’ve been happily married to Rosemary for 23 years; we have two children, and one grandchild (“Cal” Mays, 18 months), who is the apple of his grandpa’s eye. Rosemary took early retirement a few years ago from her position as assistant vice-president for student services at CSU Long Beach, and she is studying and practicing art (drawing and painting), her life-long love. My son, Ron Jr. (who, as a 3, 4, and 5-year old, used to scamper all over the UCR campus), has a PhD in political science from UC Berkeley, teaches political theory at the University of Southern Maine, where he received tenure this year. My daughter Rebecca (Cal’s mom) has lived in Seattle for 12 years, where she completed a master’s degree in landscape architecture and worked in environmental planning and engineering. For now she’s a full-time mom, and will soon be moving to Michigan where her husband (an architect) has accepted a new job.

From left, Rebecca, Rosemary, Cal, Ron, and Ron Jr., July 2004.

Barbara Sinclair has been Marvin Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics at UCLA since 1996.  She continues to do research on American politics focusing on the Congress. She has just finished a book manuscript entitled Partisan Polarization and the Politics of the National Policy-Making Process. She is currently serving on the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Scholars in Health Policy Research Program and on the advisory committee of the Edward Kennedy Oral History Project.

She and Howard Sherman live in Westwood and continue to travel. In recent years, they have visited China, Thailand, Switzerland and Canada.

Barbara wants to say hello and best wishes to all her former students and colleagues and to thank them for her many happy years at UCR.

The mid-sixties were an exciting time to be a political science major. The day I walked into a class taught by the new Professor, Ron Loveridge, my already definite interest came alive. Being challenged to go out in the world to research and learn was a life changing experience. This was exactly why I wanted to go to college and enrolled at UCR. How wonderful it's been to realize early in adulthood that my hopes and dreams could be achieved.

Janet Hedlund Kaye
Class of '68

Dear political science alumni:

I cannot attend the reunion, but would like to share a general interest stock market article that I was proud to write and have published by Cal. State LA, a couple years ago. For the most part, the market has followed our forecast!


August A. Saibeni, 1967

I entered UCR in the fall of 1988 as a business major. My future career in business stopped before it started during my time in Professor Carney’s PoliSci 10 (Intro to American Politics?) I had an interest in politics coming into UCR, but Professor Carney made me quickly realize this was where I wanted to end up. I remember walking out in the middle of a pre-business class to go officially change my major. 1988, of course, was the Dukakis-Bush election and Professor Carney made it come alive. During the flap over Dukakis being a “card-carrying member of the ACLU,” I vividly remember Professor Carney with his ACLU card hanging out of his shirt pocket excitedly walking back and forth on the stage of Walkins 1000, questioning the offense in free speech, etc.

Like countless other Poli Sci alums, Professor Loveridge really guided my career choices. I think I took every class he taught during my four years. I fondly remember the dinners at his home during the internship class where the class discussed the potential perils of “going native” in our temporary offices. My parents had attended UCLA and enforced upon me the uniqueness of ANY contact with professors, much less a dinner invitation. I had decided that law school would be my next step and I remember Professor Loveridge’s words to me – he said the world has plenty of lawyers, but not enough public servants. So true and I soon learned a law degree is NOT a prerequisite in politics.

I still carry with me lessons learned interning for the late Congressman George Brown and former State Senator Robert Presley. I ended up doing health and human services legislation for the California State Association of Counties and Senator Presley frequented our events. He was always so kind to me and spoke so highly of that wonderful internship program. I entered graduate school at Sacramento State to study public policy immediately after graduating from UCR and was pretty surprised to find my graduate program in the city of the State Capitol to be less practical than my undergraduate experience some 500 miles away.

I entered UCR during a presidential election and left during one as well. In my graduating quarter in the spring of 1992 I joined many of the Loveridge followers in his political campaign class. We were required to volunteer 10 or so hours a week on a campaign as well as attend class. I know a number of people landed jobs directly from the experience in that class. I, of course, opted to work on Professor Carney’s wife Jane’s super-close race for the State Assembly.

Currently, I live in Spokane, WA, raising 2 daughters and working part-time at the United Way still doing work in health and human services. I also teach Political Science at a community college. My student’s first written assignment is a variation of a paper I did in Professor Carney’s class where we take a look at our own political socialization.

I returned to UCR last summer with college friends and drug them through the halls of the Political Science department. My experience at UCR made such an impact on me and I could go on and on. I am working hard to make the reunion. I would love to catch up with everyone and enjoy some beer at the Barn.

Erica Benson-Hallock, class of 1992

Dr. Ron Loveridge

I am enclosing a picture of two grads who can't make it to the reunion, but who were together last weekend for the first time in 30+ years! Linda Maldonado graduated in 1969 and Sandi Woy-Hazleton (a member of the 69 class but took a year in France) graduated in 1970. We traveled the Eurorail in the summer of 69--had a wonderful time. We kept in touch as Linda went east to Eagleton Institute for graduate education and I eventually went to the University of Virginia. Linda was a government consultant in Washington DC until she turned to her talent as an artist, now she exhibits regionally. Her watercolors are wonderful!! I ended up teaching at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Last weekend Linda brought her daughter, Miichelle, a prospective first-year student, to see Miami and we had a great "mini-reunion." We remembered all the great classes, the hours of talking politics in the Barn.

Linda will be having another "reunion" in DC with Buddy Warner and Steve McSpadden in June.

I will send an addition to the newspaper articles on Dr. Loveridge's interns from 1970. I have one that has our pictures! It was such an amazing opportunity to be able to intern in Washington DC. We learned so much from professors who really enjoyed teaching, enjoyed students, and challenged us to do well. I was always pleased to run into these people as I continued in higher education. Seeing Randy Siverson at ISA meetings I realized how young he really was when he taught us Comparative Foreign Policy! Then I had to adjust to the fact that at Miiami, I couldn't keep saying "Dr. McLellan" to someone everyone else called "Dave". But I took great pleasure in the fact that I had known him longer than anyone else, that he had been an inspiration for me, that I would always want to be the type of teacher that UCR had in abundance. Loveridge, Turner, Stanley, Schwartz amd Way, they pushed us intellectually and socialized with us, they had us to their homes, they cared about what we were planning to do in the future, and I have always thought we got a wonderful education. The other professor who I continue to see at meetings is Dr. Ron Chilcote . I did my graduate degree in Latin American studies in large part because of his introduction to that area.

I wish I could be there...and say hi to MONICA CURRY!

Best Wishes for a great reunion.

Sandi Woy-Hazleton

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