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

Mike Kolehouse

Mike Kolehouse

Political Organizer Founds Consulting Firm

Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Commissioned as Coast Guard Officer

Erion Veliaj

Erion Veliaj

Albanian Minister of Youth and Social Welfare

Megan Koops Fisher

Megan Koops Fisher

Community Outreach Program Manager for Ready for School

Maro Houhanisin

Maro Houhanisin

Attorney for Probate, Estate Planning and Domestic Relations

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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

James Spaanstra

James Spaanstra

Energy and Natural Resources Attorney

Robert Monaghan

Robert Monaghan

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

Edward Cardenas

Edward Cardenas

Media and Communications Expert

James Meernik

James Meernik

Political Science Professor

Nerina Cevra

Nerina Cevra

Human Rights Lawyer

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News

Student Scholars Day Registration

Student Scholars Day Registration

February 05, 2016

Registration for Student Scholars Day is opening soon! REMEMBER: it is so important that you showcase your academic work! Do not miss this amazing opportunity!

Miller-Adam's Research appears in The White House

Miller-Adam's Research appears in The White House

January 26, 2016

The Political Science Department is proud to announce Professor Miller-Adam's research was a leading influence in the White House this past week! Download her book here!

The Heir Apparent Presidency

The Heir Apparent Presidency

January 22, 2016

The Political Science Department is proud to announce the publication of Professor Donald Zinman's book: The Heir Apparent Presidency

NEH Common Heritage award

NEH Common Heritage award

December 15, 2015

The Kutsche Office of Local History at Grand Valley State University, building on the work of Professor Andy Schlewitz, received a Common Heritage Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to collect oral histories of Michigan migrant workers.

Student Founds Breast Cancer Awareness Organization

Student Founds Breast Cancer Awareness Organization

November 17, 2015

Political Science minor Mollie Smith founds BRCAn't Stop Me.

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Events

Great Decisions Global Discussion Series: "Migration to Michigan: Challenges and Opportunities

Great Decisions Global Discussion Series: "Migration to Michigan: Challenges and Opportunities

February 8, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:15 AM

As a part of the Great Decisions Global Discussion Series, Mr.Goei, the former owner of Eastern Floral who now leads Michigan's Office for New Americans discussed how Michigan receives the third...

Outstanding Paper Award

Outstanding Paper Award

February 10, 2016 All Day

The Department of Political Science and International Relations program are holding our third annual Outstanding Paper Award competition. We invite all students who major or minor (including...

Paul B. Henry Congressional Internship

Paul B. Henry Congressional Internship

February 15, 2016 All Day

The Henry Internship places a GVSU student in the Washington, D.C. offices of one of Michigan’s U.S. Representatives or Senators during the spring/summer 2016 session.  Students may also...

Great Decisions Global Discussion Series: "Climate Change: Local Solutions to Global Problems"

Great Decisions Global Discussion Series: "Climate Change: Local Solutions to Global Problems"

February 15, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

When it comes to climate change, the local can impact the global! Former Mayor Heartwell draws on his decades of work creating a more sustainable Grand Rapids and insights gained for...

Great Decisions Global Discussion Series: "Never Again: the UN's Role in Genocide Prevention"

Great Decisions Global Discussion Series: "Never Again: the UN's Role in Genocide Prevention"

February 22, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Though 70% of Americans believe the U.S. should prevent mass atrocities world wide, according to a recent study by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, how do we do it? Dr. O'Bannon discusses...

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