Sunday, May 4, 2008

Stockbridge’s Nolan Hyde Honored by Clayton State

For the first time, the Political Science Department at Clayton State honored a student at the University’s yearly Honors Convocation. Nolan Hyde (Stockbridge) is the first recipient the Political Science Program Award.

“Nolan Hyde is an exemplary student with a very strong GPA, an exceptional legislative intern, and a natural leader; someone who both brings a great deal to the classroom and also generates an energy among fellow students,” says Dr. Joe Trachtenberg, professor of Political Science and program coordinator.

Hyde is a member of the Clayton State University Honors Program and a charter member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. He has held the office of president in two clubs at Clayton State; the Clayton State University Political Science Association and the Clayton State University Philosophy Society.

“Being the first to win the Political Science Award is an immense honor, being able to represent the Political Science Program at Clayton State is a distinct privilege,” expresses Hyde.

Hyde just finished his internship with the Georgia Legislative Intern Program. He was placed with the House of Representatives as an intern in the House Appropriations office.

“Through my position I was able to follow many appropriations’ bills from committee and subcommittee to floor votes on both sides of the Gold Dome,” explains Hyde.

Hyde will graduate from Clayton State this May. He plans to attend law school in the fall.

“Nolan has been a pleasure to have in my upper level political science course, not only because he always is well prepared and willing to participate, but also because he is a natural leader whose positive attitude and friendly disposition encourages others to take part as well,” says Trachtenberg.

“Being recognized for the Political Science Award is an incredible tribute, however the true reward for all of the hard work will be on graduation day when for those few fleeting moments my name will be heard over a loud speaker in the presence of my family and friends and then the presentation of my diploma,” says Hyde.

In his spare time he enjoys playing golf and fishing. He is married to Clayton State alumna Amanda Hyde. They are very active in their church, Highland Christian Center in McDonough, where she teaches Sunday school and he is a member of the praise and worship team.

“I am and have been successful because of the support of my wonderful wife, my parents, and my grandparents. These individuals helped and supported me when I needed them the most,” he says.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

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