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

Toby Hutchins

Toby Hutchins

Toby Hutchins

Greg Robinson

Greg Robinson

Greg Robinson

Reginald Oates

Reginald Oates

Program Evaluator for Government-funded Programs

Erin (Meteer) Hendges

Erin (Meteer) Hendges

Campaign Fundraiser Founds Consulting Firm

Chelsea Kendziorski

Chelsea Kendziorski

Student Summer Scholar 2014

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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

Edward Cardenas '95

Edward Cardenas '95

Media and Communications Expert

James Meernik '85

James Meernik '85

Political Science Professor

Tim Zeeb '02

Tim Zeeb '02

Managing Director in Finance

Nerina Cevra '01

Nerina Cevra '01

Human Rights Lawyer

Alan Dunklow '07

Alan Dunklow '07

Assistant Attorney General for Maryland

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News

2021 Outstanding Paper Award

2021 Outstanding Paper Award

2021 PLS and IR Outstanding Paper Award

Feb 15, 2021

Free Political Science Tutoring

Free Political Science Tutoring

Tutors can help with content questions, study strategies, and exam review.

Feb 9, 2021

International and Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities

International and Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities

International and Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities

Feb 1, 2021

Scholarship Opportunities for 2021-22 for Political Science and International Relations students

Scholarship Opportunities for 2021-22 for Political Science and International Relations students

Applications are being accepted for four named scholarships.

Jan 25, 2021

Mangala Wins Distinguished Contribution in a Discipline Award

Mangala Wins Distinguished Contribution in a Discipline Award

Mangala Wins Distinguished Contribution in a Discipline Award

Dec 21, 2020

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Events

French Music (With Info On Manie Musicale)

March 8, 2021 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

At this meeting, we will go through some popular French music artists and talk about our favorite French music. Here, we will also introduce the rules and information for our Manie Musicale (a...

David Eisenhower: Eisenhower, Hauenstein, and the Men and Women Who Saved Civilization - INT 100/201 APPROVED!

March 18, 2021 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The story of our namesake, Colonel Ralph W. Hauenstein, is also the story of the European Theater of U.S. Operations, led by General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Under General Eisenhower, Ralph served as...

Drop-In Service

March 19, 2021 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Join us for a drop-in service event! We will be doing a variety of projects that will benefit various non-profits in the Greater Grand Rapids Area! RSVP on LakerLink

French Art (and Film Festival) Discussion

March 22, 2021 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Come join us to talk about and view some (virtual) French art!! We will also attempt to take a virtual tour of the Louvre museum. If there is time, we will discuss the films that have shown so...

H.W. Brands: The Zealot and the Emancipator - INT 100/201 APPROVED!

April 22, 2021 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Hauenstein Center, along with our partners at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and Library, are proud to bring back a close friend in Professor...

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