Student Success

Many of our Political Science students are outstanding, and have excelled both in the classroom and in a variety of extra-curricular activities.  Our alumni have built on their education at SRU and have continued in successful careers.  Please take a look at a few of our recent students and some of our alumni stories.

Alexander Hiller

Political Science & Philosophy Dual Major

For his SRU Success Story, click here.

Nicole GeyerNicole Geyer

Graduated May 2013
University of Pittsburgh Law School

The Political Science Department was my family in college.  The faculty, my peers, and my classes within the department facilitated my growth throughout college and gave me a path to continue to succeed through all my new ventures.  Without the professors, now whom I am privileged to call friends, I would in now way be where I am today.  Specifically I owe much of what I learned in in college to Dr. Heather Frederick and Dr. Dave Kershaw: they both challenged me and forced me to grow throughout my time in the Political Science Department.  My favorite memories in the department all took place in the Political Science lounge.  It was a great place to relax, discuss, debate, and vent with my peers. 


Paige NiezelskiPaige Niezelski

Graduated:  May 2013
Current Job Title:  English Teacher at Winner's Club Academy in Daegu, South Korea

The greatest gift the political science department gave me was the ability to be tolerant. In a world where there are many different opinions, cultures, and worldviews, tolerance is needed for a progressive future. My favorite thing about the political science department is the sense of community. My fellow classmates would help each other proofread papers, and when someone got an A on a Frederick assignment there were high fives all throughout the office! Everyone is supportive and wants you to succeed. Likewise, the professors always have their doors open if you need help on an assignment or if you want to share a funny story from the weekend. There is no community on Slippery Rock's campus like the political science community! It is more than just a major, it is a support group, a debate club, a book club, a safe space, and a home on campus. When you leave Slippery Rock not only will you have the title of SRU graduate, but you will be a proud SRU polyscion (I may have created a new word) for life!


Michael Wolf

Michael Wolf, the former Secretary of Pennsylvania's Department of Health and a Slippery Rock University bachelor of arts in political science graduate, has joined KEPRO as its vice president for government relations. In his new position, Wolf is responsible for managing KEPRO's public affairs efforts nationally on a wide range of issues including access to care and integration of care issues in public healthcare payer programs. In his previous position as the commonwealth's top health regulator, Wolf was committed to modernizing Pennsylvania's health care system. Those efforts included increasing access to health care in rural and underserved areas by providing additional medical services, increasing funding to community health centers, improving telemedicine, and expanding programs that help attract and retain health care practitioners. KEPRO, Inc. is a leading quality improvement and care management organization. 


Hansen-Turton named chief operating officer at PHMC

Tine Hansen-Turton, a 1992 Slippery Rock University graduate who majored in political science, was recently promoted to chief operating officer at Philadelphia-based Public Health Management Corporation. In her new position, Hansen-Turton will provide oversight of operations, strategy, business development, mergers and affiliations and innovation support to the $230+ million nonprofit and public health foundation. She also provides chief executive management and leadership, policy and administrative support for National Nursing Centers Consortium and Convenient Care Association. 

An international student from Denmark, she is a 2010 SRU Distinguished International Alumni Award recipient. In addition to her SRU degree, Hansen-Turton earned a Juris Doctor from Temple University's James E. Beasley School of Law and a master of arts in government/public administration from the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Institute. PHMC is a nonprofit public health institute that creates and sustains healthier communities. PHMC uses best practices to improve community health through direct service, partnership, innovation, policy, research, technical assistance and a prepared workforce.