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

Kara Cook

Policy Advisor, Executive Office of Governor Whitmer

Mike Kolehouse

Political Organizer Founds Consulting Firm

Mollie Smith

Student Founds Breast Cancer Awareness Organization.

Lindsay Ryan

Lindsay Ryan- Chief of Staff: Congressman John Moolenaar

Morgan Taylor

Educational Policy Analyst

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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
Tim Zeeb 2017
Alan Dunklow 2019

Distinguished Alumni

Edward Cardenas '95

Media and Communications Expert

Nerina Cevra '01

Human Rights Lawyer

Robert Monaghan '67

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

James Meernik '85

Political Science Professor

James Spaanstra '74

Energy and Natural Resources Attorney

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News

Financial Assistance for Students

June 15, 2020

Financial Assistance for Students

Pattison Wins Political Science and International Relations Outstanding Paper Award, Student Summer Scholars Grant

June 08, 2020

Pattison Wins Political Science and International Relations Outstanding Paper Award, Student Summer Scholars Grant

Michigan Townships Association Robinson Scholarship available to students seeking a career in local government

May 29, 2020

Michigan Townships Association Robinson Scholarship available to students seeking a career in local government

Congratulations to Graduating Political Science Majors!

April 25, 2020

The Political Science faculty heartily congratulates all of our graduating Political Science majors.

Jones Wins Venderbush Student Leadership Award

April 07, 2020

Cameron Jones is the 2020 recipient of the Venderbush Student Leadership Award.

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Events

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