The Political Science department and International Relations program will be nominating at least one outstanding student for the Niemeyer Award. This award is given by the provost's office. If you meet the GPA and semester hours requirement and would like the PLS department or IR program to consider you for this nomination, please a current resume to Dr. Zinman at firstname.lastname@example.org (PLS students) or Dr. Polly Diven at email@example.com (IR students). The deadline is for this initial submission is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15.
Here is some general information about this campus-wide award:
Students selected for the Niemeyer Award are well-rounded individuals with demonstrated excellence in both the classroom and extracurricular activities. Undergraduate students have a 3.70 or higher cumulative gpa and earned a minimum of 85 semester hours with at least 30 hours at Grand Valley State. Graduate students have a 3.70 or higher cumulative gpa and earned a minimum of 24 semester hours with at least 12 hours at Grand Valley State. Students excel in the classroom and demonstrate a joy of learning as part of a community of scholars. Along with intellectual achievements, students will participate in activities outside the classroom that will serve to enrich their lives and the lives of others. Niemeyer Student Award recipients receive an academic gift and an individual plaque. Their name is added to the perpetual plaque as well.
The Paul B. Henry Foundation is named in honor of the late Paul B. Henry, who served West Michigan in the House of Representatives from 1985-1993
International Migration: Trends and Implications for International Relations
Monday, November 18 • 1:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m. • 2215/2216 Kirkhof
LIB 201 approved
DR. CHARLES HARNS
Grand Valley State University Alumnus
Retired Senior Migration Advisor, International Organization for Migration
Development Programing Consultant
The author of several books, Dr. Charles Harns is a respected expert on national, regional and global migration. With thirty years of experience working with NGOs and governments, Dr. Harns worked at the International Organization for Migration for fifteen years and currently works as a consultant for on development programing.
-Migration at a global, regional, and national scale
-The UN and migration policy
-NGOs and migration governance
2014: PLS 284
Latin American Politics
Prof. Andrew Schlewitz
This course introduces students to the political institutions, practices, and ideas of Latin American nations, from an historical perspective. Via recent scholarship, fiction, and film, we will travel from Mexico on down to the Southern Cone, learning how to better describe and explain the political differences and similarities among Latin American countries.
The course includes a simulation in which students will play the roles of Latin American leaders, addressing topics such as rights of indigenous peoples, inter-American migration, transnational crime, and a comprehensive hemispheric drug policy.
If you have questions, please contact Prof. Schlewitz at 331-8158, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GVSU's Office of Student Life invites you to this semester’s Venderbush Leadership Lecture. This event will take place on Monday, November 4 at 2:00pm in the Pere Marquette room (KC 2204). Since 1999, Grand Valley has honored the memory of Kenneth R. Venderbush through an ongoing series of leadership lectures. This series offers one lecture each semester by an outstanding community leader and Grand Valley alum. This semester we present Selma Tucker, 2009 graduate of the GVSU political science department.
The reception will feature Selma Tucker as the keynote speaker. Mr. Tucker holds a BA in Public Administration and Political Science (‘09) and a Masters in Public Administration (‘11). He is currently the director of marketing and communications at Public Sector Consultants and is an advocate for energy-efficiency and environmentalism. Mr. Tucker formerly worked for the City of Grand Rapids, where he led the Better Buildings for Michigan Program, a statewide initiative charged with making buildings more energy-efficient. He will share his reflections on leadership, from his journey at GVSU, to serving others as a community leader.
Join us for this inspirational message and to celebrate current GVSU leaders! In addition to hearing Mr. Tucker speak, this reception offers the opportunity to acknowledge outstanding student leaders who contribute regularly to our community by bestowing the Immediate Impact Award to one exceptional student organization leader presented by the Student Organization Center. New members of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society are also recognized.
Light refreshments will be served.
Register online by November 1.
Internships are a great way to gain valuable work experience, build your professional networks, and develop your overall career path. See Dr. Donald Zinman (email@example.com) if you're interested in working with the Michigan Democrats and getting GVSU university credit.
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Lizzie Heyboer, who was the 2013 Henry Congressional Intern at GVSU and wrote about her experience featured in a post earlier this semester, is currently involved in two internships this semester, one working for the Virtual Student Foreign Service at the U.S. State Department and the other at the Ottawa County Clerks Office.
In addition, I am working as the Elections Intern for the Ottawa County Clerks Office. My duties include receiving voter registration forms, conducting training sessions on voter registration and for precinct workers, prepping for the upcoming November election - editing and testing ballots, assisting candidates with questions. I also am helping plan and organize events for the Ottawa County Clerks Association. This internship has helped me confirm, once again, that I am studying something that I genuinely love. When I work at my internship, it is very different from my regular job. I don't really watch the clock, waiting for the day to go faster. Rather, I am constantly busy and mentally stimulated. I have learned more about the elections process than I ever could have in a class and I have also been able to use what I have learned in class in real life. So far, this internship has been a wonderful complement to my studies. I cannot express how wonderful of an experience this has been so far!
Lizzie in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 2011
Do you have a study abroad or internship experience you would like to share with your fellow political science and international relations students? Send an email to Dr. Heather Tafel at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by her office in 1128 Au Sable Hall.
Miller Johnson Pre-Law Student Intern
Miller Johnson partners with Grand Valley State University to provide an academic semester-long internship opportunity (two opportunities per year – fall and winter). The internship is intended to provide a pre-law student with exposure to a law firm environment, legal work, and legal professionals.
The position is scheduled for 10 hours per week while college is in session. The student will not be scheduled to work the weeks immediately preceding and during exams or during school breaks. The pay is $10 per hour.
The type of work to be performed will include the following:
Interested students should submit the following via email (Microsoft Word and/or PDF format) to GVSU Department of Political Science Professor Mark Richards at email@example.com no later than 4:00 p.m. Monday, November 4, 2013:
Applicant transcripts will be verified by GVSU staff via official GVSU records. Applicants do not need to submit transcripts.
Applicants are reviewed by Professor Richards and finalists are referred to Miller Johnson for an employment interview. Finalists will be interviewed at Miller Johnson by a Human Resources Representative and an Attorney on the firm’s Diversity Council in November/December.The successful candidate will begin work in January 2014. The student may be eligible to earn internship credits at the discretion of the student’s major department.
Quinlyn Mork, who is majoring in political science with a minor in international relations, is currently studying abroad with some financial assistance from the International Relations Study Abroad Scholarship. Announcements about this scholarship are usually made early in the winter semester, so watch out for the next round to be publicized.
Quinlyn writes about her decision to study abroad in Ghana and what her experience has been like so far:
I figured if I was going to study abroad, I might as well study somewhere far away, in more ways than just distance. I wanted to go to a foreign land where I would be immersed in a culture that was vastly different from my own. Here in Cape Coast, Ghana, I’ve been able to do exactly that. Classes are one of many things that are structured very differently. Although the emphasis lies heavily on memorization, expectations are high, and students are very dedicated to their education. The help offered by my fellow students definitely makes up for whatever understanding is lost as the professors speak quickly in heavily accented English. There is very little diversity at this university, so my light skin screams “foreigner” to the curious Ghanaians. They love to hear about the U.S. and they ask random and oddly specific questions about my “home country” and my way of life there.
I am enjoying the various subjects that I am able to study while I am here, but I’ll admit that most of my learning happens outside of the classroom. As a political science major, I have been especially thrilled with the opportunity to tour the old parliament building in Ghana’s capital, to visit a memorial park for Kwame Nkrumah (Ghana’s independence leader and first president), and to perform a traditional African dance for the first Colombian Ambassador to Ghana. And one of my greatest regrets was leaving a huge cultural celebration during Cape Coast’s annual festival only about ten minutes before the vice president of Ghana came! I was really bummed about missing it, but I still enjoy the fact that he came to Cape Coast!
Though it’s a small country, there seems to be an endless list of “to dos.” The task of visiting and seeing everything that I want to is quickly growing daunting as my time that I have left here is vanishing more quickly than I imagined it would. Each region has an entirely fascinating and cultural history of its own, and there are so many places and sights to see in each of them! I am particularly enjoying being a part of the dance department here. I joined a traditional African dance class, and soon discovered that by doing so, I volunteered myself to participate in the department-wide production that is due to take place in mid-October. The rehearsals are only increasing in frequency and intensity, and I am really enjoying the chance to experience Ghana in this special way. Every dance we learn holds cultural significance, and almost every move we make has some meaning that I have enjoyed discovering.
The internet here in Ghana, similar to the rest of West Africa, is shoddy. I wash my clothes by hand. I have to drink purified water from sachets, and I do my best to appreciate the strange local food dishes. Despite all this, I wouldn’t trade any of it for a study abroad experience anywhere else. Ghana offers an incredibly rich cultural experience that quickly opened my eyes to a world and a people that move, live and function in ways that are totally foreign to me. It really has been a great adventure to try to figure out a country that seems to work according to vague and mysterious unwritten laws that don’t make sense according to what I have come to know.
The greatest part about studying abroad in Ghana is that I am getting the opportunity to re-think, re-confirm and sometimes change many of my views about the world and life in general. Choosing to study abroad was one of the best decisions of my life. Now that I am here, I cannot imagine a scenario where my college career doesn’t include coming to Cape Coast, Ghana.
Do you have a study abroad or internship experience you would like to share with your fellow political science and international relations students? Send an email to Dr. Heather Tafel at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by her office in 1128 Au Sable Hall.