Three years ago, Drs. Rothermel and Bosworth made a concerted effort to strengthen our alumni network. To that end, they decided to publish an annual alumni newsletter. Dr. Rothermel explained, "Each year as I create our newsletter, I look forward to catching up with our alumni. I am extremely proud of what they are accomplishing." The purpose of the newsletter is to not only showcase our alumni but also keep them abreast of what is happening with their program. You can view a PDF file of our newsletter:
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MU Political Science Alumnus Played Critical Role in War on Terror
Ali Soufan, who graduated from Mansfield University with a political science degree, is considered by many to be a national hero. As an FBI agent, Mr. Soufan was the lead investigator in the aftermath of the USS Cole terrorist attack. Following 9/11, he interrogated numerous terrorists obtaining critical actionable intelligence and linking 9/11 to Al Qaeda.
In the book, Mr. Soufan fondly reminisces about his Mansfield University experience. It is noteworthy that it was Mr. Soufan's writing skills that brought him to the attention of his future boss and mentor, John O'Neill, who was the head of the FBI's Counter-Terrorism Office. Mr. Soufan has visited Mansfield University and spoken with political science majors.
To view a CBS 60 Minutes interview of Mr. Soufan on the 10-year anniversary of 9-11, click here.