Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1983

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Government Top: Simeon E. Nwakanma and Robert Williams listen during a class discussion. Bottom: Rob Sellers takes notes during a class Iocturo. 320 f Government c-.49- Prepari One of the smallest departments on campus was the government department with approximately 20 majors and four faculty members, one of whom was on leave working toward a doctoral degree. That smallness, however, didn't keep the department from attempting to give its majors a true picture of government or from wrestling with major political issues. In attempting to give government majors a true picture of government, the department made an effort to promote ac- tive citizenship among students, according to Dr. Gary Thompson, chairman of the department and a three-term member ofthe Texas House of Representatives. Thompson and the other government faculty members at- tempted to instill in their students the idea that Christians needed to be involved in the political process. n "As a political activist," Thompson said, "I have ex- perienced first hand the influence for good Christians can have on the political system. That's the message I try to con- vey to my students - that politics is not something sordid and demeaning but is a ministry for Christian young people." i' -1 t . . . g .if 1 S ,,-ff . -If A .i K , I i .Sl .A .... j . a,, ng for the arena One of the ways in which the faculty tried to show the ir portance of that influence was through the handling of in portant issues. The department offered a new course durir the fall semester that focused on the role of nuclear weapon in international politics. Robert Williams, assistant professor, taught the cours which included topics such as the Soviet-American arn race, the history of arms control and disarmament effor and the ethical issues raised by various strategies for the u: of nuclear weapons. In addition to Thompson and Williams, the departmei included Ray Inzer, a part-time instructor, and Mel Haile who was on leave to complete a doctoral degree at Tex: Tech University. Each year in addition to the standard curriculum political science, students were exposed to public secti employment through the departments public service interi ship. This program gave students an opportunity to ear credit hours while working part time for a public sector 4 non-profit organization. Another of the departments programs was the America Enterprise Forum, which was designed to promote econom education. For several years the forum had included summi courses for public school teachers interested in improvir their skills in economic education. The AEF began a new phase this year, in cooperation wir West Texas Utilities, of conducting in-service programs fi public school teachers in various school districts in We Texas. The program involved a four-hour multi-media present tion prepared by Inzer about teaching the free enterpri: system. By the end of the spring semester Inzer ha presented the material to eight school districts. - Kel Tolron

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