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

Maro Houhanisin

Attorney for Probate, Estate Planning and Domestic Relations

Emily Brown

Master's Student Working for State Department

Andrew Wilson

Pursuing PhD and Studying Medicare Policy

Richard Damstra

Foreign Service Office, U.S. Department of State

Dan Matthews

National Assistant Principal of the Year

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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

Distinguished Alumni

James Meernik '85

Political Science Professor

Edward Cardenas '95

Media and Communications Expert

Tim Zeeb '02

Managing Director in Finance

Nerina Cevra '01

Human Rights Lawyer

Robert Monaghan '67

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

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News

Voter Registration Week at GVSU

September 24, 2018

Grand Valley staff and students host events on voter registration and elections.

Hank Meijer Presentation at GVSU

September 19, 2018

Hank Meijer Presentation at GVSU

Professors Lecture in Albania

June 19, 2018

Professors Polly Diven and John Constantelos visited Tirana, Albania to deliver a public lecture and connect with alumni.

PLS Excellence in a Discipline Award

April 23, 2018

Micaela Cole receives the Excellence in a Discipline Award

Hannah Patrick Presents Honors Thesis Research at MPSA

April 17, 2018

Hannah Patrick presents her Honors thesis research at the recent Midwest Political Science Association conference in Chicago

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Events

Miller Johnson Pre-Law Student Intern

October 22, 2018 All Day

Miller Johnson Pre-Law Student Intern – Winter 2019 Program Description Miller Johnson partners with Grand Valley State University to provide an academic semester-long internship opportunity...

Immigration, Trafficking, and Human Rights

October 29, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join faculty and students for a brief panel presentation followed by conversation (with pizza) about the pressing issues of immigration, trafficking, and human rights. There will also be a book...

Human Rights Movie Series: Inglorious Bastards

November 15, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

HUMAN RIGHTS MOVIE AND PIZZA NIGHTS - CO-SPONSORED BY RELIGIOUS STUDIES It is the first year of Germany's occupation of France. Allied officer Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) assembles a team of...

Human Rights Movie Series: The Visitor

January 23, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

HUMAN RIGHTS MOVIE AND PIZZA NIGHTS - CO-SPONSORED BY RELIGIOUS STUDIES When professor Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins) travels to New York for a lecture, he's stunned to find illegal immigrants...

Human Rights Movie Series: The Kite Runner

February 21, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

HUMAN RIGHTS MOVIE AND PIZZA NIGHTS - CO-SPONSORED BY RELIGIOUS STUDIES Afghani immigrant Amir is summoned from his California home to Pakistan by Rahim Khan, an old, dying friend of his father....

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