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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For more information on Joseph Stevens and Stevens Fund events please visit http://gvsu.edu/stevens
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.
Every year the GVSU Department of Political Science runs the Henry Internship competition. The Henry Internship places a GVSU student -- the Henry Scholar -- in the Washington, D.C., offices of one of Michigan's Representatives or Senators during the spring/summer academic session.
The Paul B. Henry Congressional Internship fund pays a stipend of at least $2,000 to defray the costs of travel and living expenses, and interns get academic credit for their work. The GVSU Alumni Association's DC Chapter adds a special dimension to the program through mentorship and support of GVSU interns. Paul Henry was a political science professor and represented areas of western Michigan in the US House of Representatives from 1985-1993.
Orientation Assistants are student employees who work for the Admissions Office. They are responsible for assisting with registration for all of the summer Freshman Orientation sessions and Transfer...
The Department of Political Science and International Relations program are holding the second annual Outstanding Paper Award competition. We invite all students who major or minor (including teachable...
Grand Valley is proud to present the screening of: Frozen Time, Liquid Memories: 1942-2012 a film by Dragan Kujundzic Kujundzic is a Professor of Film and Media Studies, Jewish, Germanic and Slavic...
Student Scholars Day will take place this year on April 8. This is a great opportunity to present your research! Contact a sponsoring professor and apply between January 26 and February 13, 2015.
January 05, 2015
Prof. Schlewitz discusses normalization of US-Cuba ties.
December 14, 2014
Megan Sall and Victor Cardenas named to GVSU Board by Gov. Rick Snyder.
November 11, 2014
Senior political science major Toby Hutchins wins Fennville School Board position
November 11, 2014
Look who's in the news for representing Wayne State University Law School!
October 07, 2014
The Johnson Center for Philanthropy is seeking an undergraduate or graduate student to assist in its community-based research and evaluation projects.