Political Science

Varner Hall, Room 418
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
(248) 370-2352

Student Organizations

Student Organizations

Pi Sigma
Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, is open to graduate and upper level undergraduate students in political science who have achieved the required level of academic excellence. Membership is possible only through local chapters such as the one in this department.

Pi Sigma Alpha was founded in 1920 and is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. There are nearly 600 chapters nationwide, with over 6500 new members added annually.

Our local chapter rules and the conditions established by the national organization require that students have declared political science or public administration as a major or minor, have attained at least junior standing with at least a 3.0 overall GPA, and have completed a minimum of 12 semester credits in political science or public administration courses at Oakland University to be considered for membership.

For more information, including meeting times and dates, consult the Nu Omega chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha at Oakland University.

If you are interested and have met the requirements for admission, please email Professor Terri Towner.

The faculty adviser for the Oakland University chapter is Professor
Terri Towner, 426 Varner Hall, 248-370-2351

AFP provides professional opportunities for any Oakland University student interested in a career in the non-profit area. We are connected to the Michigan Nonprofit Association, and through our membership are able to offer students a variety of networking and professional development opportunities. 
Other responsibilities that AFP has taken on include:
  • Helping to find internships and project ideas for Master of Public Administration (MPA) senior capstones.
  • Linking up with local non-profit organizations
  • Networking with area non-profit professionals
  • Bringing in guest speakers    
The faculty adviser for the Oakland University chapter is
Assistant Professor,  Sungeun Kim 
463 Varner Hall, 248-370-2628
If you are an OU student or MPA alumni interested in joining, please view the  GrizzOrgs Page and like us on Facebook!

Pi Alpha
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Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA) is the national honor society for the field of Public Affairs and Administration. Its purpose is to encourage and recognize outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in public affairs and administration.
The chapter of PAA at Oakland University hosts functions for the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program and social events. These events are open to all students and are  a great way to meet fellow students, faculty, and PAA members. We encourage all students to  participate, even if he or she has not yet completed the requirements for national membership.
Advantages to joining Pi Alpha Alpha:
  • Build your resume. PAA is nationally recognized as an honor society.
  • Demonstrate your dedication to your coursework and public service ethic.
  • Network. The chapter of PAA at Oakland University hosts networking events and is in touch with alumni of the MPA program. The national organization also hosts conferences that provide networking opportunities. 
Visit the national website for Pi Alpha Alpha for more information. 
Join OU's PAA Chapter through the  GrizzOrgs Page.

The integration of Oakland University (OU) into the Higher Education Network of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), an international professional society of more than 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems, and other healthcare organizations, led to the establishment of the OU Chapter of SAHL. The Midwest Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (MCACHE) is the local chapter of ACHE for this Southeast Michigan area.

2016 SAHL
MPA and MPH Student Members of SAHL
Jessica Woodruff, Caitlyn N. Hakim, Timera Waddell, Amy Olind

SAHL Team 2015
MPA Student Members of SAHL
Brittany Adams, Caitlyn N. Hakim, Shayna Stratton, Enida Metaj, Sefka Biogradlija

SAHL Team 2013-2014
MPA Student Members of SAHL
Drue Hemingway, Bethanie Joseph Heilbronn, Tiffany Herrold, Kaitlin Hayman, Brittany Adams,
Erika Arndt Yeow


SAHL is the central link for those students interested in healthcare leadership, connecting them with a wealth of career resources and professional development tips, industry information, and professional connections along with educational and networking opportunities.

The only requirement to be a SAHL member is to be an OU student.

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A seat on the SAHL Executive Board allows one to improve connections with OU students and faculty, enhance resume and leadership skills, and form ties with local healthcare leaders. If you have any interest in forming part of the SAHL Executive Board please reach out to sahl.oakland@gmail.com.
The faculty adviser for the Oakland University chapter is
the MPA Program Coordinator, Suzanne Rossi
420 Varner Hall, 248-370-4117

International City/County Management Association ( ICMA) is an organization for students interested in local government management. If you're interested in being part of a profession dedicated to the ethical delivery of public services to communities worldwide, consider joining ICMA as a student. ICMA provides opportunity for members to network, learn, and participate in webinars. Everyone is welcome to join. 
Some benefits are: 
  • Free registration for annual conference
  • Knowledge Network profile on ICMA.org with access to information on best practices, interviews, fellowships, internships, networking, and much more! 
  • Access to the ICMA job board
  • Webinars and podcasts exclusively for chapter members
The faculty adviser for the Oakland University Chapter
is the MPA Coordinator, Suzanne Rossi
420 Varner Hall, 248-370-4117