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

Abby Oliver

Abby Oliver Presents Honors Thesis Research at MPSA

Adam Hukkula

First-year Student Interns for MI House Democrats

Toby Hutchins

Student Wins School Board Seat

Joshua Lunger

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

Kara Cook

Policy Advisor, Executive Office of Governor Whitmer

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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

Alan Dunklow '07

Assistant Attorney General for Maryland

Robert Monaghan '67

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

James Spaanstra '74

Energy and Natural Resources Attorney

Nerina Cevra '01

Human Rights Lawyer

Edward Cardenas '95

Media and Communications Expert

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News

Outstanding Paper Award

February 23, 2020

Outstanding Paper Award Submissions Due by Thursday, March 12

Scholarship Opportunities for 2020-21 for Political Science and International Relations Students

February 10, 2020

Scholarship Opportunities for 2020-21 for Political Science and International Relations Students

Alumnus Donor and Students Connect over Coffee

February 04, 2020

Student scholarship winners meet with donor Tim Zeeb.

FREE POLITICAL SCIENCE TUTORING!

January 20, 2020

Tutors can help with content questions, study strategies, and exam review. Please visit www.gvsu.edu/tc to sign up & request a tutor. WHERE: Tutoring Center 11015 Residence Drive 201 Kliener Commons Or TBD by tutor at an on-campus location

Professors Richards and Zhao Publish Study of the Chinese Legal System

December 20, 2019

Professors Mark Richards and Yi Zhao teamed up for a research project on how the legal concept of the public figure, central to libel cases in the U.S., has now spread to the Chinese legal system.

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Events

THE GLOBAL EXPRESS: GERMANY IN CRISIS

April 8, 2020 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

The Global Express is a public forum on global affairs and current events on Wednesdays through the winter semester. Join us on April 8 when Dr. Hermann Kurthen, Professor of Sociology talks about...

THE GLOBAL EXPRESS: CLANDESTINE MIGRATION ACROSS THE STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR IN LITERATURE AND FILM

April 15, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

The Global Express is a public forum on global affairs and current events on Wednesdays through the winter semester. Join us on April 15 when Dr. David Alvarez, Professor of English, talks...

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