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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

Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Commissioned as Coast Guard Officer

Mike Kolehouse

Mike Kolehouse

Political Organizer Founds Consulting Firm

Shaun Brodie

Shaun Brodie

Attorney for Social Security Administration

Quinlyn Mork

Quinlyn Mork

Studying Abroad in Ghana

Amanda Fortino

Amanda Fortino

Major Gifts Officer for Farm Sanctuary

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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

Richard Damstra '96

Richard Damstra '96

Foreign Service Office, U.S. Department of State

Nerina Cevra '01

Nerina Cevra '01

Human Rights Lawyer

James Spaanstra '74

James Spaanstra '74

Energy and Natural Resources Attorney

James Meernik '85

James Meernik '85

Political Science Professor

Robert Monaghan '67

Robert Monaghan '67

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

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News

PLS 339 Fall 2017

PLS 339 Fall 2017

March 15, 2017

PLS 339 Democracy and the Authoritarian Challenge: Mondays/Wednesdays 4:30-5:45 p.m.

PLS 312 Summer 2017

PLS 312 Summer 2017

March 13, 2017

PLS 312 01 - U.S. FOREIGN POLICY Tuesday/Thursday, 8:30 - 11:45 a.m.

PLS 103 Summer 2017

PLS 103 Summer 2017

March 13, 2017

PLS 103 ISSUES IN WORLD POLITICS Tuesday/Thursday, 12-3:20 PM

PLS 206 Summer 2017

PLS 206 Summer 2017

March 13, 2017

PLS 206 - 01 AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL FOUNDATIONS Monday, 6 - 9:20 p.m.

Professor Walhof's Book: The Democratic Theory of Hans-Georg Gadamer

Professor Walhof's Book: The Democratic Theory of Hans-Georg Gadamer

January 17, 2017

Walhofs book examines the distinctive contribution that the writings of Hans-Georg Gadamer make to democratic theory.

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Events

Adam M. Malson Memorial Scholarship

Adam M. Malson Memorial Scholarship

April 1, 2017 All Day

ADAM M. MALSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Timothy R. Zeeb, who graduated from Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in 2002 with a major in International Relations and minors in Political Science and German,...

John T. Batchelder Scholarship

John T. Batchelder Scholarship

April 1, 2017 All Day

JOHN T. BATCHELDER SCHOLARSHIP The John T. Batchelder scholarship is funded by a generous grant from the Batchelder family. The scholarship honors Dr. John Thayer Batchelder who served...

Miller Johnson Michigan Diversity Scholarship

Miller Johnson Michigan Diversity Scholarship

April 1, 2017 All Day

Miller Johnson West Michigan Diversity Law School Scholarship Students of color (African American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander) accepted to or presently attending an accredited...

Warner Norcross & Judd, LLP Minority Scholarship

Warner Norcross & Judd, LLP Minority Scholarship

April 1, 2017 All Day

Warner Norcross & Judd Law School Scholarship Students of color accepted to or presently attending an accredited law school within the US with a permanent residence in Michigan or attending...

Baum Artist Recital: Boris Slutsky

Baum Artist Recital: Boris Slutsky

April 2, 2017 3:00 PM

William Baum Recital Series is generously funded by William Baum Endowment Fund. Please visit http://www.gvsu.edu/polisci/william-baum-endowment-fund-48.htm.   Consistently acclaimed...

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