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

Shaun Brodie

Attorney for Social Security Administration

Andrea Vanderkolk

Studies Arabic in Jordan

Chelsea Kendziorski

Student Summer Scholar 2014

Robert Monaghan

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

Jill Grifhorst

US Supreme Court

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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

Edward Cardenas '95

Media and Communications Expert

Robert Monaghan '67

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

Nerina Cevra '01

Human Rights Lawyer

Richard Damstra '96

Foreign Service Office, U.S. Department of State

James Spaanstra '74

Energy and Natural Resources Attorney

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News

Political Science Tutoring

September 17, 2019

Weekly Group Tutoring Sessions Available for PLS 102, 103, 105, and 211

Beyerlein and Mattler Named Batchelder Scholars for 2019-2020

September 09, 2019

Beyerlein and Mattler Named Batchelder Scholars for 2019-2020

Bretschneider and Mendez Win Malson Memorial Scholarship

September 09, 2019

Bretschneider and Mendez Win Malson Memorial Scholarship

Professors Teach at GVSU Partner University in Germany

August 19, 2019

Professors Teach at GVSU Partner University in Germany

GVSU Students Participate in the National Security Seminar

August 14, 2019

GVSU Students Participate in the National Security Seminar

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Events

Water on the Mind: A Baroque Musical Journey - LIB 100 APPROVED!

September 23, 2019 7:30 PM

Water has transfixed the imagination and creative artistry of the human race since the earliest days on earth. To the ancient Greeks, water defined life and was seen as the essential element in the...

JEFFREY ROSEN: CONSTITUTION DAY 2019

September 24, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies helps us celebrate Constitution Day by hosting Jeffrey Rosen, esteemed legal scholar and CEO of the National Constitution Center. Rosen will offer his...

Careers in Public Service: AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and Teach for America

October 15, 2019 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Come hear representatives from these organizations talk about job opportunities for new graduates. Tuesday, October 15, 2019 6-7:30 pm Library Multipurpose Room https://www.gvsu.edu/clas/

HRT Film Series: Beasts of No Nation

October 15, 2019 6:30 PM

Pizza will be provided, and the event is Lib 101/201 approved.  According to international law, it is a crime to enlist children under the age of 15 to serve as soldiers in war and yet hundreds...

GVSU FALL 2019 CAREER & INTERNSHIP FAIR

October 16, 2019 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Wed. 10/16/19: Career & Internship Fair, 1-5 p.m. Thur. 10/17/19: Next-Day Interviews (by employer invitation only), 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The Career & Internship Fair is an excellent place...

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