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10/3/2015
Tenario J. Avant
Major(s):
 International Studies:
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International Relations
Minor(s):
 Spanish Language
Accomplishments:
 Germany and Spain Study Abroad
 Global Perspectives Certificate
 Entrepreneurship Initiative
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NCSU Pre-Law Association
Next Steps:
 Shall be attending Law School in the Fall
Interdisciplinary Studies
Graduation Ceremony, May 10, 2013
Witherspoon Theatre
Sampson P Bloh
Major(s):
International Studies: International
Relations
 History: Teacher Education
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Minor(s):
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Africana Studies
Sociology
Accomplishments:
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Study Abroad - Sichuan University
Global Perspective Certificate
NSE - California State University, Chico
Member, History Honor Society,
Member, Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity
Next Steps:
NCSU Social Studies Education MA
 Plan to be a history professor and an
international diplomat in African Relations
 Opportunity for peace and prosperity in Africa
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Interdisciplinary Studies
Graduation Ceremony, May 10, 2013
Witherspoon Theatre
Megan Elizabeth Bridges
Major(s):
 International Studies: Europe
Minor(s):
 Spanish
 Arts Entrepreneurship
Accomplishments:
 Study Abroad - Prague, CZ
 Intern, Icimo, llc.
 Intern, Silo12 Productions
Next Steps:
 To work in Film Production and Arts
Entrepreneurship in an international
setting.
Interdisciplinary Studies
Graduation Ceremony, May 10, 2013
Witherspoon Theatre
Brandon Joseph Carroll
Major(s):
 International Studies: East and
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Interdisciplinary Studies
Southeast Asia
Accomplishments:
 Studied Abroad - Sophia University in
Tokyo
 Spring 2013 NCSU Undergraduate
Research Symposium Presenter
 Department of Foreign Language and
Literature’s 4th Year Japanese Language
and Cultural Studies Achievement Award
Recipient
Graduation Ceremony, May 10, 2013
Witherspoon Theatre
Rebecca Coady
Major(s):
 International Studies: Economy
and Environment
Minor(s):
 German
 Economics
Accomplishments:
 Summer 2011 Semester Abroad in Lille,
France
 Spring 2012 Semester Abroad in Graz,
Austria
 University Scholars Program
Interdisciplinary Studies
Graduation Ceremony, May 10, 2013
Witherspoon Theatre
Michael Dombroski
Major(s):
 International Studies
Minors:
 Business Administration
 Italian
Accomplishments:
 Study Abroad Summer 2012 - Florence
 Internship Spring 2013 - Citrix ShareFile
Next Steps:
 Continue my career as a full time sales
rep at Citrix ShareFile
Interdisciplinary Studies
Graduation Ceremony, May 10, 2013
Witherspoon Theatre
Molly Fields
Major(s):
 International Studies
 Nonprofit Studies
Accomplishments:
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Study Abroad 2010 - Segovia, Spain
Intern - Hope for Haiti Foundation
Alpha Delta Pi Sorority
Campus Crusade for Christ
Next Steps:
 I will be working for GAiN (Global Aid
Network), an international nonprofit
in Pennsylvania.
Interdisciplinary Studies
Graduation Ceremony, May 10, 2013
Witherspoon Theatre
Annie Franklin
Major(s):
 International Studies:
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International Relations
Accomplishments:
 Undergraduate Research Symposium
2013
 Study Abroad - University of Leeds, UK
 Internship, VIF International Education
Next Steps:
 Continue to raise awareness of
International Education
Interdisciplinary Studies
Graduation Ceremony, May 10, 2013
Witherspoon Theatre
Margaret Guijarro
Major(s):
 International Studies:
International Relations
Minors:
 Spanish
 Anthropology
Accomplishments:
 Study Abroad - Peru
 Ethnographic Field School - Guatemala
Next Steps:
 Applying to nursing school and hopes to
work in the Global Health field
Interdisciplinary Studies
Graduation Ceremony, May 10, 2013
Witherspoon Theatre
Katherine Haddock
Major(s):
 Sociology
 International Studies
Minor(s):
 Women and Gender Studies
Accomplishments:
 Study Abroad - Valdivia, Chile
 Internship - UN Women LEAD
 Half the Sky Campus Ambassador
Next Steps:
 An education in law and a career in
public service, working for the
empowerment of women and
international human rights.
Interdisciplinary Studies
Graduation Ceremony, May 10, 2013
Witherspoon Theatre
Christina Harp
Major(s):
 International Studies
Minor(s):
 Spanish
 Italian
Accomplishments:
 Study Abroad - Perugia, Italy
 Internship - Red Cross
 FLL Award for Italian
 ASB Trips- El Salvador, Nicaragua, and
Dominican Republic
Next Steps:
 I have joined AmeriCorps to work on
disaster relief in Baltimore, MD.
Interdisciplinary Studies
Graduation Ceremony, May 10, 2013
Witherspoon Theatre
Bryan Hum
Major(s):
International Studies: International
Relations
 Political Science: Law and Justice
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Accomplishments:
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Student Representative, CHASS Dean’s
Advisory Board
Intern, Capitol Hill, Senator’s Office
Latta Washington Internship Award
Study Abroad, France
GTI-SKEMA Program
University Ambassador/CHASS Ambassador
Fusion Hip Hop Dance Crew
Alternative Service Break, Guatemala
Next Steps:
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Interdisciplinary Studies
I will be attending law school in the Fall.
Eventually I want to live and work in
Washington D.C.
Graduation Ceremony, May 10, 2013
Witherspoon Theatre
Leah Huskinson
Major(s):
 International Studies: Europe
 Business Administration: Finance
Accomplishments:
 Study Abroad-Florence, Italy
 Internship-Cisco
Next Steps:
 I have accepted a finance position at
Cisco.
Interdisciplinary Studies
Graduation Ceremony, May 10, 2013
Witherspoon Theatre
Kevin Miller
Major(s):
 International Studies
Minor(s):
 Entrepreneurship
Accomplishments:
 Caldwell Fellow Fun
 Estudiando en Costa Rica
 Purple Heart, Krispy Kreme Challenge
Next Steps:
 Travel the world, conquer it, and help
make it a bit better.
Interdisciplinary Studies
Graduation Ceremony, May 10, 2013
Witherspoon Theatre
Emma Nelli
Major(s):
 International Studies
 Business Administration
Accomplishments:
 Study Abroad 2011 - Florence, Italy
 Alpha Delta Pi Sorority
 Alexander Hamilton Scholars
 Dean’s List
Interdisciplinary Studies
Graduation Ceremony, May 10, 2013
Witherspoon Theatre
Devang Pandya
Major(s):
 International Studies: Europe
 Accounting: Financial Analysis
Accomplishments:
 Vice President, Alexander Hamilton
Scholars
 Study Abroad - Lille, France
Next Steps:
 Will be working for RTI International as a
Business Proposal Analyst Intern
 Pursuing an MBA and a career in
International Development or Foreign
Affairs
Interdisciplinary Studies
Graduation Ceremony, May 10, 2013
Witherspoon Theatre
Lorena Patterson
Major(s):
 International Studies: Latin
America
Minor(s):
 Italian
Accomplishments:
 Study Abroad 2011 - Perugia, Italy
 Member, Golden Key International
Honor Society
 Internship, NCSU College of Agriculture
and Life Science
 Internship, The Center for International
Understanding
Next Steps:
 Career at The Center for International
Understanding
Interdisciplinary Studies
Graduation Ceremony, May 10, 2013
Witherspoon Theatre
Janai Vazquez Perez
Major(s):
 International Studies:
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International Relations
Minor(s):
 French
Accomplishments:
 Certification: Business by the Chamber
of Commerce of Madrid
 Study Abroad - Universidad Pontificia
Comillas Madrid, Spain
Next Steps:
 To obtain a job that will allow me to
contribute my leadership, international
experience, and public relations skills
developed through experience.
Interdisciplinary Studies
Graduation Ceremony, May 10, 2013
Witherspoon Theatre
Sean Michael Smith
Major(s):
 International Studies:
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International Relations
Accomplishments:
 Intern - U.S. State Department in
Milan, Italy
 Played Guitar in NCSU Jazz Ensemble
 V.P. of INMM Triangle Area Student
Chapter
Next Steps:
 After graduation, I'd like to work with
ideas and challenge the status quo.
"The roots of education are bitter, but the
fruit is sweet." - Aristotle
Interdisciplinary Studies
Graduation Ceremony, May 10, 2013
Witherspoon Theatre
Kayla Marie Squicciarini
Major(s):
 International Studies:
International Relations
Minor(s):
 Middle East Studies
Accomplishments:
 Study Abroad Summer 2012 - Perugia,
Italy
 Dance Marathon Volunteer
Next Steps:
 After graduation I hope to obtain a
Fulbright Scholarship to study in the
Middle East!
Interdisciplinary Studies
Graduation Ceremony, May 10, 2013
Witherspoon Theatre
Cameron Suzzanne Stutts
Major(s):
 International Studies:
International Relations
 History
Accomplishments:
 Studied a semester abroad in Tuscania,
Lazio, Italy
Next Steps:
 Plans to travel a lot and hopefully work
abroad
Interdisciplinary Studies
Graduation Ceremony, May 10, 2013
Witherspoon Theatre
Erica Sutter
Major(s):
 International Studies
 Biological Sciences
Minor(s):
 Animal Science
 Genetics
 Microbiology
Accomplishments:
 Order of 30 & 3
 University Scholars Program
 CALS Honors Program
 Study Abroad 2011 - India
 Study Abroad 2012 - Italy
Next Steps:
 Attending Santa Clara University School
of Law in California
Interdisciplinary Studies
Graduation Ceremony, May 10, 2013
Witherspoon Theatre
Morgen Swavely
Major(s):
International Studies: South Asia
and Middle East
 Political Science: International Politics
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Minor(s):
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Russian Studies
Accomplishments:
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CHASS Ambassador
International Studies Club
GTI-SKEMA Program
Global Perspective Certificate
Study Abroad - Newfoundland, Canada
CSLEPS Service Leadership Team
Alternative Spring Break: ASP - WV
Next Steps:
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Interdisciplinary Studies
I plan on working then maybe attending
graduate school. I eventually want to work in
DC.
Graduation Ceremony, May 10, 2013
Witherspoon Theatre
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Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
10/3/2015
Gennelle S. Wilson
Major(s):
 International Studies: Africa
Minor(s):
 French
 Political Science
Accomplishments:
 Study Abroad - Ghana, Togo, Benin and
Istanbul, & Turkey.
 Internship - RTI International.
Next Steps:
 I am looking forward to working in the
field of international development and
hopes to spend my life traveling, eating,
and being happy.
Interdisciplinary Studies
Graduation Ceremony, May 10, 2013
Witherspoon Theatre
Zoua Yang
Major(s):
 International Studies: East and
Southeast Asia
 Political Science
Accomplishments:
 Study Abroad - Seoul, South Korea
 Impact Leadership Village
Next Steps:
 Graduate School for International
Studies
Interdisciplinary Studies
Graduation Ceremony, May 10, 2013
Witherspoon Theatre
Michael Young
Major(s):
 International Studies: Latin
America
Accomplishments:
 Semester at Universidad Americana,
Managua, Nicaragua
 Internship - Stop Hunger Now
 Presented research on Injustices of Fair
Trade in Nicaragua at Undergraduate
Research Symposium
Next Steps:
 Plan to move to Utah to pursue career in
community development
Interdisciplinary Studies
Graduation Ceremony, May 10, 2013
Witherspoon Theatre
Caitlin Zanga
Major(s):
 International Studies
 English
Accomplishments:
 Study Abroad - Universite Catholique de
Lille, France; Oxford University, England
 Vice President, NCSU Club Swim Team
Next Steps:
 WRAL.com, Out & About editor
Interdisciplinary Studies
Graduation Ceremony, May 10, 2013
Witherspoon Theatre
NCSU Undergraduate Research
Symposium
MCKIMMON CENTER
APRIL 10, 2013
Jeffrey Weygandt
North Carolina State University
International Relations
[email protected]
Catalonia is an autonomous community within Spain that
has gained administrative governmental powers from
Spain. This process of decentralization has been
customary in Spain since the end of the Franco regime
and the start of democracy with the 1978 Spanish
Constitution. Catalonia has steadily gained more
autonomy from the federal government over its own
region.
This research examines the growing tension between
Catalonia and Spain, and the potential economic and
political benefits for an independent Catalonia. The
Catalan government has minimal influence and power in
negotiations with the federal government and the
Constitutional Court and has pursued a referendum on
independence.
The official Statute of Autonomy of Catalonia was
passed in 2006, however, failed negotiations with the
federal government over disproportional economic
policies and lack of representation at the EU for
Catalonia fueled an independence movement that led to
the referendum asking if the “Catalan nation should
become an independent, democratic, and social state
within the European Union.” 91.7% voted in favor of
independence referendums out of 552 of the 947
municipalities of Catalonia.
The current Spanish tax system allows for the Catalan
Generalitat to tax its people, but this revenue goes to the
federal government to be redistributed the way they see
fit. The last available statistics show that through taxes
Catalonia provides 19.49% of revenue for all of Spain,
but only receives 14.03% in government spending in
return (1). The Spanish government has put limits on
debt and deficit spending for Catalonia at about half all
other EU nations, including the federal Spanish
government, have as limits (2).
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The Catalan Generalitat currently has no seats at the
major institutions of the European Union such as the
European Commission, which only have one
representative from each member nation. The Spanish
representatives at these institutions have reflected the
goals of the federal administration which differ from
Catalonia’s economic and political agendas. Catalonia is
only represented in smaller institutions of the EU such as
the Committee of Regions, which are merely advisory
groups and have no legal authority.
1. Abend, Lisa. (2012). Barcelona Warns Madrid: Pay UP, or Catalonia Leaves Spain. TIME. Retrieved from http://world.time.com/2012/09/11/barcelona-warns-madrid-pay-up-or-catalonia-leaves-spain/ 2. Ruiz Alemendral, V.
(2012). Sharing Taxes and Sharing the Deficit in Spanish Fiscal Federalism. Ejournal of Tax Research 10(1). Other sources: Colino, C. (2009). Constitutional Change Without Constitutional Reform: Spanish Federalism and the Revision
of Catalonia’s Statute of Autonomy. Plubius: The Journal of Federalism, 39(2), 262-288. Muñoz, J. & Guinjoan, M. (2013). Accounting for Internal Variation in Nationalist Mobilization: Unofficial Referendums for Independence in
Catalonia (2009-11). Nations and Nationalism, 19(1), 44-67.
• Catalonia would have control over their economic
policies and would not have to surrender roughly 6-8%
of its tax revenue to the rest of Spain.
• The deficit and debt limits would also be lifted to the
level established by the European Union.
• Catalonia would be eligible to enter the EU and gain
seats on the most important institutions like the
Council of the European Union.
• Catalonia fulfills the economic, political, and social
criteria for a nation to join the EU, however, the EU
has not stated if Catalonia would automatically join or
go through the admission process.
• The Spanish government has declared that the Catalan
referendum is unconstitutional.
Jennifer Kueffer
International Studies And
Business Administration
North Carolina State University
[email protected]
During the democratic transition in the mid 1970s , the cultural
identities of the different Spanish regions once repressed by the
Fascist regime resurface due to its support of liberal ideologies.
The new democratic regime removed all press censorship,
legalized political parties, and established 17 different
Autonomous Communities (ACs).
Spain’s democratic transition sparks a succession
crisis and lack of consensus for the regime or
Spain’s direction. King Juan Carlos is crowned
and elects Adolfo Suarez in hopes of speeding up
democratic reform during the Restoration era
(1875-1923). This led to the development of a
political system consisting of parties and an
artificial parliament made up of political elites
who were detached from the everyday problems of
the people. Behind the pretense of a
representative government, a new kind of
feudalism emerged, one rooted to a hypocritical
and illegitimate oligarchy.
The corruption included the supremacy of the
executive over legislative and judicial powers,
electoral fraud, party factionalism, and a public
administration suffering from over centralization,
bureaucracy, red tape and an eagerness to hold
public office.
Pressure to decentralize the once overbearing
national government after Fascist dictator
Franco’s death, prevented people from aligning
under one national identity.
The 21st Century sparks a new wave of social democracy that
inspires an increase in civic activity in the regional governments
and institutions over national participation. This is coupled with
the increased identification of dual-citizenship. The emergence of
a new 21st Century civil society presents a social obstacle in the
public’s uniform acceptance of a Spanish national identity.
This absence of a unified national identity leads
to self-governed municipalities and peripheral
nationalisms that unify a civic community sharing
common behaviors and values. These depolarized
regional identities accompany lower rates of
involvement in national public affairs and an
uncertain commitment to democratic procedures.
1 Muro, Diego, and Alejandro Quiroga. "Spanish Nationalism: Ethnic Or Civic?" Ethnicities 5.1 (2005): 9-29. Web. 2 Hopkins, Nick, and Steve Reicher. "Identity, Culture and Contestation: Social Identity as Cross-Cultural Theory." Psychological Studies 56.1 (2011): 36-43.
Web. 3 Encarnacion, Omar G. "Civil Society and the Consolidation of Democracy in Spain." Political Science Quarterly 116.1 (2001): 53-79. Web.
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