GV in DC Scholarship

The GV in DC Endowed Scholarship will help Grand Valley students study and intern in Washington, D.C. Our partnership with the Washington Center is just one of the ways that current students can pursue unique learning opportunities and continue their professional development in our nation's capital. The GV in DC scholarships will assist with the additional costs of travel and higher DC living expenses, which put these opportunities out of reach for some students. 

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John T. Batchelder Scholarship

The political science department is very pleased to offer the Dr. John T. Batchelder scholarship, funded by a generous grant from the Batchelder family. The John T. Batchelder Political Science Scholarship honors Emeritus Professor John Thayer Batchelder, who served as a Grand Valley State University professor until his retirement in 1997. The scholarship supports a junior majoring in political science.

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Dr. Batchelder’s interest in international cultures and political affairs, delight in adventure and belief that direct experience adds greatly to student learning led him to organize and lead several overseas study programs within the Political Science Department. He developed curriculum and facilitated the travel of more than 80 students to Russia and Poland from 1976-1990. The programs were coordinated with universities in the host countries and provided GVSU students an opportunity to interact with overseas peers and political and business leaders. Dr. Batchelder especially enjoyed these programs and the lasting friendships he developed with the students who participated. 

Until his death in April 2006, Dr. Batchelder continued to sing the praises of a GVSU education and regularly corresponded with former students who, through meaningful shared experiences, became his friends. Dr. Batchelder’s family is proud of his accomplishments at GVSU and the devotion to political science education that they represent, and is pleased to have instituted this political science scholarship in his name. We believe Dr. Batchelder would be happy, as well, to help pave the way for more students’ adventures in learning.

William Baum Endowment

The William C. Baum Endowment Fund at Grand Valley was established in 1998 to support Professor Baum's two great passions: politics and classical music. The endowment enables GVSU to host lectures on important, contemporary political topics and recitals by noted classical musicians, especially pianists.

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William Baum Endowment

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The Baum Endowment was established to reflect the shared interests of Baum family members. Professor Emeritus William "Bill" Baum, who died in 2007, was a political science professor at Grand Valley for 40 years and retired in 2005. Nancy Baum, a Grand Valley dance educator, died in 2011. Their son Jefferson taught dance at Grand Valley from 2000-2007.

Professor Baum was a strong supporter of the arts, especially classical music. Besides his appointment in the Department of Political Science, where he taught courses on constitutional law, political thought and the Holocaust, he also taught in the Department of Music. Students appreciated his creativity, intellect and his ability to challenge them. Bill’s commitment to education and democracy will live on through the endowed William Baum Lecture Series, which has enabled us to bring numerous speakers and classical musicians to Grand Valley.

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Joseph Stevens Endowment

The Joseph Stevens Freedom Endowment was established by GVSU in 1990 to fund lectures to promote the understanding of issues related to human freedom, including a special focus on the history and consequences of the Holocaust. 

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Joseph Stevens Freedom Endowment

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Mr. Stevens, a native of Poland, immigrated to the U.S. in 1949 and moved to Grand Rapids. Stevens evaded Hitler’s World War II death camps by concealing his Jewish identity and working as a laborer, teacher, and even an emissary between a Catholic parish and the Germans because of his facility with the German language. He was also a leader in the underground raids against Nazi soldiers.

Stevens delivered lectures about his wartime experiences to GVSU Political Science Professor William Baum's Holocaust class. Stevens’ relationship with Grand Valley began in 1988, when he spoke about his war memories to a new class about the Holocaust, established by political science professor William Baum. It was Stevens’ first time talking publicly about his experiences. His sons Richard and Jack had encouraged him to write down his stories to preserve them. When Lubbers heard about the compelling lectures and the manuscript, he determined it would become Grand Valley’s first university-published book. English Department faculty members became involved in the project, Baum wrote the preface, and Hank Meijer, of Meijer, Inc. underwrote production costs. Mr. Stevens died in December 2011, just prior to his 94th birthday. Through the efforts of Grand Valley President Emeritus Arend D. Lubbers, Stevens’ wartime experiences were published in his memoir, Good Morning, in 2001.


Human Rights Movie Series: The Visitor

January 23, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

HUMAN RIGHTS MOVIE AND PIZZA NIGHTS - CO-SPONSORED BY RELIGIOUS STUDIES When professor Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins) travels to New York for a lecture, he's stunned to find illegal immigrants...


January 24, 2019 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Thomas Jefferson – the most revered expositor of the early republic’s Enlightenment ideals – was deeply involved in the nation’s original sin of slavery. DNA testing has established...

Washington Center Informational Meeting

February 13, 2019 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

A representative from the Washington Center will be visiting GVSU February 13th, and will have an informational meeting from 6:00pm-7:00 pm in Kirkhof room 2270. See attached flyer for more information.

Human Rights Movie Series: The Kite Runner

February 21, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

HUMAN RIGHTS MOVIE AND PIZZA NIGHTS - CO-SPONSORED BY RELIGIOUS STUDIES Afghani immigrant Amir is summoned from his California home to Pakistan by Rahim Khan, an old, dying friend of his father....

Outstanding Paper Award

March 12, 2019 All Day

The Department of Political Science and International Relations program are holding our sixth annual Outstanding Paper Award competition. We invite all students who major or minor (including...

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Apply for the Summer 2019 Henry Congressional Internship Award

December 07, 2018

Henry Fellow applications now being accepted

Willoughby Awarded Malson Memorial Scholarship

November 16, 2018

Willoughby Awarded Malson Memorial Scholarship

Immigration, Trafficking and Human Rights Panel and Mixer

November 05, 2018

Immigration, Trafficking and Human Rights Panel and Mixer

Rides to Polls for GVSU Students on Election Day

November 04, 2018

GVSU offers transportation to polls on election day.

Naturalization Ceremony at GVSU

October 26, 2018

The International Relations program and Political Science Department host a naturalization ceremony at GVSU.

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