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

Andrea Haverdink

Political Consultant, Organizer, Activist

Marc Plooster

Budget / Audit Analyst, Ottawa County

Adam Hukkula

First-year Student Interns for MI House Democrats

Ryan Meyer

Advocacy Manager for HealthHIV and Manager for the National Coalition for LGBT Health

View More Spotlights

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

Robert Monaghan '67

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

Nerina Cevra '01

Human Rights Lawyer

James Spaanstra '74

Energy and Natural Resources Attorney

Richard Damstra '96

Foreign Service Office, U.S. Department of State

James Meernik '85

Political Science Professor

View More Distinguished Alumni

News

Greendyk and Pattison win PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

May 01, 2019

Two papers were selected as the Outstanding Papers written in 2018

Hartline and Zomer Honored at Student Awards Convocation

April 11, 2019

Hartline and Zomer Honored at Student Awards Convocation

Jones Selected as Truman Finalist

April 04, 2019

Political Science and International Relations major Cameron Jones is a finalist for the prestigious Truman Scholar competition.

WKTV Interviews Professor Gasim

April 02, 2019

Dr. Gamal Gasim interviewed as part of WKTV's Journal In Focus series.

PLS 325 Winter 2020

March 23, 2019

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

View More News

Events

Legal Assistance Center Volunteers

July 26, 2019 All Day

The Legal Assistance Center is seeking student volunteers for fall. Apply and get more information ONLINE at: https://legalassistancecenter.org/volunteer/ The LAC volunteer application deadline...

View More Events



Page last modified June 21, 2018