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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

Quinlyn Mork

Quinlyn Mork

Studying Abroad in Ghana

Toby Hutchins

Toby Hutchins

Student Wins School Board Seat

Erin (Meteer) Hendges

Erin (Meteer) Hendges

Campaign Fundraiser Founds Consulting Firm

Abby Oliver

Abby Oliver

Abby Oliver Presents Honors Thesis Research at MPSA

Patrick Miller

Patrick Miller

Teaching at United States Military Academy

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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 '74

James Spaanstra '74

Energy and Natural Resources Attorney

Robert Monaghan '67

Robert Monaghan '67

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

James Meernik '85

James Meernik '85

Political Science Professor

Nerina Cevra '01

Nerina Cevra '01

Human Rights Lawyer

Edward Cardenas '95

Edward Cardenas '95

Media and Communications Expert

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News

Constantelos Wins Internationalization Award

Constantelos Wins Internationalization Award

February 08, 2018

Professor John Constantelos was recognized with GVSU's Internationalization Award.

GVSU professor lectures on marriage rights, religious liberty

GVSU professor lectures on marriage rights, religious liberty

February 07, 2018

Professor Darren Walhof of GVSU's political science department talks on anti-discrimination laws and religious laws.

Allendale to Albania

Allendale to Albania

January 18, 2018

GVSU alumnus and mayor Erion Veliaj transforms Albania's capital city.

Tim Zeeb

Tim Zeeb

October 31, 2017

We were thrilled to welcome our Distinguished Alumnus-in-Residence, Tim Zeeb.

PLS 325 Winter 2018

PLS 325 Winter 2018

October 16, 2017

PLS 325 Human Rights and Democracy in Russia and the Post-Communist World

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Events

Dr. Young on February 19, 2018

World Affairs Council: "The Right Bang for our Bucks: The U.S. Defense Budget"

February 19, 2018 6:00 PM

What will be the role of the military in the years to come? Some argue for a large military to protect our interests. Others urge for greater cooperation with our allies to share the cost of global...

Two Days, One Night on February 25, 2018

Chiaroscuro: Two Days, One Night

February 25, 2018 2:00 PM

Two Days, One Night (Deux Jours, Une Nuit) (Belgium/France/Italy) is a 2014 drama film written and directed by the Dardenne brothers, starring Marion Cotillard and Fabrizio...

Dr. Amitav Acharya on February 26, 2018

World Affairs Council: "Is American Global Leadership Waning?

February 26, 2018 6:00 PM

Since World War II, the U.S. built and maintained an international order on the foundation of superior military and economic power, ensuring the country a leadership role in world affairs. Now, it...

Hmong Memory at The Crossroads Documentry on February 28, 2018

Hmong Memory at The Crossroads Documentry

February 28, 2018 2:00 PM

It was a matter of looking at history from the perspective of those who were written out of it so that it might perhaps change the way we understand the past. The Hmong were among the many cultural...

Growing Up Hmong at The Crossroads Documentry on February 28, 2018

Growing Up Hmong at The Crossroads Documentry

February 28, 2018 6:00 PM

It was a matter of looking at history from the perspective of those who were written out of it so that it might perhaps change the way we understand the past. The Hmong were among the many cultural...

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