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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

Toby Hutchins

Toby Hutchins

Student Wins School Board Seat

Thomas Bell

Thomas Bell

Higher Education Consultant

Adam Hukkula

Adam Hukkula

First-year Student Interns for MI House Democrats

Mollie Smith

Mollie Smith

Student Founds Breast Cancer Awareness Organization.

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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

Edward Cardenas '95

Edward Cardenas '95

Media and Communications Expert

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

James Spaanstra '74

James Spaanstra '74

Energy and Natural Resources Attorney

James Meernik '85

James Meernik '85

Political Science Professor

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News

Batchelder Scholarship Winners

Batchelder Scholarship Winners

May 19, 2017

Gabrielle Lewis and Estefany Paniagua-Pardo are the winners of the John T. Batchelder Scholarship.

PLS Excellence in a Discipline Award

PLS Excellence in a Discipline Award

May 12, 2017

Audrey Tappenden received the Excellence in a Discipline Award.

Alum Eri Veliaj Delivers Commencement Address

Alum Eri Veliaj Delivers Commencement Address

May 08, 2017

GVSU Political Science alumnus Eri Veliaj delivered the April Commencement address.

Midwest Model EU

Midwest Model EU

May 08, 2017

GVSU Delegation Attends Midwest Model European Union.

Jessica Baniukaitis Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

Jessica Baniukaitis Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

April 10, 2017

Jessica Baniukatis's paper, "Saakashvili the State-Builder: Establishing State Capacity and its Consequences for Democratization in Georgia" has been selected as the Outstanding Paper written in 2016.

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Events

Civicize.me on September 27, 2017

CIVICIZE ME BACKYARD CIVICS 101

September 27, 2017 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Presenter: Shannon Garrett, SMG Strategies The decisions of your local governments impact your life daily – from roads to schools to the color of your house. Backyard Civics 101 will demystify...

Never Let Me Go on October 12, 2017

Human Rights Pizza & Movie Night : "Never Let Me Go"

October 12, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

A remarkable story of love, loss and hidden truths.This movie poses the fundamental question: What makes us human? Kathy,Tommy and Ruth live in a world and a time that feel familiar to us,...

Miller Johnson Attorneys and Counselors Logo on October 16, 2017

Miller Johnson Pre-Law Student Intern

October 16, 2017 All Day

Miller Johnson Pre-Law Student Intern – Winter 2018 Program Description Miller Johnson partners with Grand Valley State University to provide an academic semester-long internship opportunity...

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