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

Jeanine Anderson

Assistant DA in New York

Jacob Johnston

Member of Peace Corps

Mike Kolehouse

Political Organizer Founds Consulting Firm

Toby Hutchins

Student Wins School Board Seat

Kirsten Zeiter

Selected as UN Delegate

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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

Distinguished Alumni

James Meernik '85

Political Science Professor

Robert Monaghan '67

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

Nerina Cevra '01

Human Rights Lawyer

James Spaanstra '74

Energy and Natural Resources Attorney

Edward Cardenas '95

Media and Communications Expert

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News

PLS Excellence in a Discipline Award

April 23, 2018

Micaela Cole receives the Excellence in a Discipline Award

Hannah Patrick Presents Honors Thesis Research at MPSA

April 17, 2018

Hannah Patrick presents her Honors thesis research at the recent Midwest Political Science Association conference in Chicago

Bryce Hecht Presents Research at MPSA

April 13, 2018

Bryce Hecht presents his research at the recent Midwest Political Science Association conference in Chicago

Hecht and Paniagua-Pardo Win PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

April 09, 2018

Two papers were selected as the Outstanding Papers written in 2017

PLS 339 Winter 2019

March 14, 2018

PLS 339 Democracy and the Authoritarian Challenge: Tuesdays / Thursdays 4:00-5:15 p.m.

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Events

Legal Assistance Center Volunteers

July 27, 2018 All Day

The Legal Assistance Center is seeking student volunteers for summer and fall. Student Volunteer Opportunities Are you studying law or aspiring to a legal career? Are you passionate about...

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Page last modified April 10, 2017