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

Dorothy Sewe

Aids Refugee Relocation Efforts

Jay Fleming

LEAP student with multiple clerkships at MSU Law

Natalie Cleary

Teach for America

Shaun Brodie

Attorney for Social Security Administration

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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

Robert Monaghan '67

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

James Meernik '85

Political Science Professor

Richard Damstra '96

Foreign Service Office, U.S. Department of State

Nerina Cevra '01

Human Rights Lawyer

James Spaanstra '74

Energy and Natural Resources Attorney

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News

International Relations Students Simulate Response to Calamitous Global Event

November 18, 2019

International Relations Students Simulate Response to Calamitous Global Event

Paul B. Henry Internship Announcement

September 30, 2019

Paul B. Henry Internship

GV Students Spend Summer Interning in DC

September 27, 2019

GVSU Political Science and International Relations Summer 2019 Internships

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

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Events

Holiday Celebration: Beloved Songs of the Season - LIB 100 APPROVED!

December 2, 2019 7:30 PM

The spirit, brilliance, and festive nature of the holiday season is never more glorious than when the rich sounds of brass choir coupled with the sheer power and majesty of the organ fill our ears. Central...

HRT Film Series: United in Anger

December 4, 2019 6:30 PM

Pizza will be provided, and the event is Lib 101/201 approved.  In the 1980s, when the US government failed to take action to address the AIDS crisis, those at the center of the epidemic took...

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