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

Toby Hutchins

Student Wins School Board Seat

James Spaanstra

Energy and Natural Resources Attorney

Erin (Meteer) Hendges

Campaign Fundraiser Founds Consulting Firm

Quinlyn Mork

Studying Abroad in Ghana

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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

Tim Zeeb '02

Managing Director in Finance

Robert Monaghan '67

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

Edward Cardenas '95

Media and Communications Expert

Richard Damstra '96

Foreign Service Office, U.S. Department of State

James Meernik '85

Political Science Professor

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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

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Events

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Page last modified June 21, 2018