Donald Pienkos is professor emeritus (political science) at UWM and chairs its Polish Studies Committee. He also directed UWM’s international studies major and Russian and East European studies program. As an instructor, Don taught courses on the politics and foreign policy of the Soviet Union, post-Soviet Russia, Eastern Europe, and the impact of immigration, race and religion in U.S. politics. He is published extensively in these areas. Don was actively involved in the successful citizen effort that resulted in 1999 with the entry of Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary into NATO.