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A Change in 2017 Plans:
WPSA is heading to Vancouver

There has been a change in venue for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association. The Association was recently informed that the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria will be going through a major renovation during the scheduled meeting time. As a consequence, the meeting is going to be moved to the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver, British Columbia. While the association’s leadership was disappointed to learn of the renovations at the Empress, the Hyatt Regency is an outstanding conference hotel and Vancouver is a beautiful, modern city nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Coastal Mountains. It will be a great place to celebrate the Association’s 70th Anniversary. Plus the exchange rate right now is the best it has been in years. The 2017 meeting will be held from April 13 to 15. Check now to make sure your passport is up to date! We are looking forward to seeing you there.

Call for Editors of Political Research Quarterly

Western Political Science Association President Julie Novkov has announced the formation of a search committee to recommend the selection of a new editor or editors for the Political Research Quarterly (PRQ). The term of the current editors—Jeanette Mendez, James Scott, and Clarissa Hayward—will expire on June 30, 2018. The association is seeking nominations of qualified individuals who would edit the journal from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2022. This four-year term is renewable for a two-year optional extension. Nominations and self nominations are both welcome. The WPSA encourages nominations of women and members of ethnic minorities. FOR FULL DESCRIPTION, CLICK HERE


The WPSA has signed an agreement again this year with Alaska Airlines to provide members with reduced rates for our annual meeting. If you book your flight with Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air, you will receive a 7% discount off the lowest published fare (the deal excludes companion and other promotional fares). In addition, the program provides financial benefits for the association, so we encourage members to fly Alaska. The discount applies from April 10 to April 18, 2017.

To receive the discount, book your tickets online at http://www.alaskaair.com/ and input the Discount Code (ECMX449) when searching for flights. You can also book your flight through the Alaska Airlines Group desk at 1-800-445-4435, though a $15.00 per person ticketing fee will apply for phone reservations. The discount code is: ECMX449.

In addition, if you purchase an Alaska Airline ticket to attend the conference but do not use the code, please send a note to Richard Clucas (hprc@pdx.edu) letting him know. Include the names of the travelers and their ticket numbers in your note. The association can still receive credit for your travel.

As with any deal, there is some small print. If you change or cancel your flight after ticketing, a service charge will likely apply. The discount is available from any U.S. or Canadian city served by Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air, excluding Alaska and Hawaii.


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