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

Joshua Lunger

Joshua Lunger, Senior Director of Government Affairs, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce.

Natalie Cleary

Teach for America

Andrew Wilson

Pursuing PhD and Studying Medicare Policy

Nick Girimont

1L at MSU College of Law

Adam Hukkula

First-year Student Interns for MI House Democrats

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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

Tim Zeeb '02

Managing Director in Finance

Richard Damstra '96

Foreign Service Office, U.S. Department of State

James Spaanstra '74

Energy and Natural Resources Attorney

Nerina Cevra '01

Human Rights Lawyer

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News

Retirement Tribute: Professor Richard Hiskes

November 11, 2020

The Political Science Department congratulates Professor Rich Hiskes on his retirement.

Retirement Tribute: Professor Erika King

November 11, 2020

The Political Science Department congratulates Professor Erika King on her retirement.

Judge Bocanegra Feature

November 10, 2020

Bocanegra was recently elected to serve as a Judge for the 58th District Court in Ottawa County.

Poll Workers Needed! Campus Compact Launches Effort to Staff Polling Places

August 19, 2020

Poll workers needed for 2020 election.

Financial Assistance for Students

June 15, 2020

Financial Assistance for Students

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Events

Democracy 101 - Civil Dialogue - INT 100/201 APPROVED!

December 2, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

A session to encourage productive conversations and challenge people to think critically about issues facing our community and nation. INT 100/201 approved! RSVP on LakerLink

Tea Time! - What Are We Thankful For?

December 3, 2020 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Tea Time is a new addition to the CSLC's projects. Tea Time is a live feed that occurs biweekly on Thursdays at 7 p.m. During our live feeds, our host and guest will discuss topics in current events...

GVSU Peer to Peer Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative application

December 4, 2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

As a part of the GVSU Presidential Partners in Action Against Racism effort, partners from across campus are working together to develop a peer-to-peer diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)...

Kasey Pipes: The Resurrection of Richard Nixon--Our Elder Statesman - INT 100 APPROVED!

December 10, 2020 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

In August of 1974, Richard Nixon became the first and only president to resign from office. Nevertheless, within a decade of his resignation, Nixon found himself advising on campaign strategy, foreign...

Tea Time! - Perspectives, Acceptance, and Inclusion

December 10, 2020 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Tea Time is a new addition to the CSLC's projects. Tea Time is a live feed that occurs biweekly on Thursdays at 7 p.m. During our live feeds, our host and guest will discuss topics in current events...

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