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Alumni

Welcome Alumni

Welcome to all alumni! 

Political science majors are accomplishing incredible things in Michigan and all around the world. We love to hear from you! If you'd be interested in being featured in one of our spotlights, send an email to plsdept@gvsu.edu with a picture and some or all of the following:

  • Name, major(s), minor(s) (optional), and year of graduation from GVSU:
  • Describe your accomplishment (education, work, voluntarism, etc.), and optionally, anything you did previously (just a couple of sentences or as much as a page):
  • Anything you’d like to mention about how your classes, professors or activities at GVSU prepared you for your current path (optional): 

If you are looking to make contact with fellow alumni, check out the GVSU PLS and IR alumni Facebook group.

If you need a letter of recommendation, you'll find our letter of recommendation guidelines here, and faculty contact information here

We look forward to hearing from you!

Spotlights

Adam Hukkula

Adam Hukkula

First-year Student Interns for MI House Democrats

Lyndsey Kitson

Lyndsey Kitson

Attorney for Employee Benefit, Labor and Employment Law

Dorothy Sewe

Dorothy Sewe

Aids Refugee Relocation Efforts

James Meernik

James Meernik

Political Science Professor

Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Commissioned as Coast Guard Officer

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Distinguished Alumni

Periodically, the Political Science Department is asked by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to invite a Political Science or International Relations alumnus to campus for the Distinguished Alumni-in-Residence program. The program provides a venue for departments to invite outstanding alumni back to campus to share their post-graduation experiences with the GVSU community.  Through the program, our distinguished alumni have the opportunity to share their insights about what constitutes strong academic preparation for students.

Political Science and International Relations Distinguished Alumni-in-Residence:
James Spaanstra 2005
Edward Cardenas 2006
Bob Monaghan 2007
James Meernik 2010
Nerina Cevra 2012
Richard Damstra 2015

Distinguished Alumni

Robert Monaghan '67

Robert Monaghan '67

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

Richard Damstra '96

Richard Damstra '96

Foreign Service Office, U.S. Department of State

Nerina Cevra '01

Nerina Cevra '01

Human Rights Lawyer

Edward Cardenas '95

Edward Cardenas '95

Media and Communications Expert

James Meernik '85

James Meernik '85

Political Science Professor

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News

Professor Diven Researches and Teaches in Sri Lanka

Professor Diven Researches and Teaches in Sri Lanka

July 18, 2016

As part of her winter 2016 sabbatical project, Professor Polly Diven spent the month of February teaching and researching in Sri Lanka.

Political Science Summer Interns 2016

Political Science Summer Interns 2016

June 28, 2016

PLS interns are working in a variety of offices this summer.

Prof. Walhof Recognized by APSA

Prof. Walhof Recognized by APSA

June 08, 2016

Professor Darren Walhof was recognized by the American Political Science Association for his excellence in teaching.

Johnston to Peace Corps

Johnston to Peace Corps

May 23, 2016

Political science graduate Jacob Johnston is joining the Peace Corps.

Zac Thiel Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

Zac Thiel Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

April 14, 2016

Zac Thiel's paper, "Exploring the Causes of Inequality in Developed Countries" has been selected as the Outstanding Paper written in 2015.

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Events

Fall Internship Information Meeting

Fall Internship Information Meeting

August 31, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

It’s not too late for Fall 2016! Come find out about internships for credit in Political Science and International Relations. Wednesday, August 31, 6-7:30 pm in Kirkhof 2266 *Summer...

Human Rights Film Series: Blood Diamond, starring Leo DiCapprio

Human Rights Film Series: Blood Diamond, starring Leo DiCapprio

September 15, 2016 6:30 PM

Blood Diamond, starring Leo DiCapprio A drama/thriller depicting the diamond industry in sub-Saharan Africa and myriad human rights abuses including the impressment of child soldiers. *LIB...

The Washington Center Information Meeting

The Washington Center Information Meeting

September 19, 2016 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Interested in interning in Washington D.C. or abroad? Interested in an in-depth academic seminar that you could get credit for in a short period of time? Join us to learn from The Washington...

Pizza Social and Information Session

Pizza Social and Information Session

September 21, 2016 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Learn about study abroad, internships and careers. Eat pizza and socialize with your peers and professors. Open to current and prospective majors and minors.   For more information...

Sri Lanka: the Influence of a Small State Among Superpowers

Sri Lanka: the Influence of a Small State Among Superpowers

October 5, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Professor Diven will present her sabbatical research on Sri Lanka, including background on the history and culture of this "Pearl of the Indian Ocean." She will summarize her research into...

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