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Young Alumni Award

At the end of March, Matt Scogin '02 (political science and economics) and Maxine Gray '04 (communications and sociology) will receive a Young Alumni Award from the Hope College Alumni Association. We have set up three opportunities for students and faculty to connect with them at events on Wednesday, March 26 and Thursday, March 27:

Developing Your Personal Brand Workshop
Presented by Maxine Gray '04
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 4 pm
Winants Auditorium, Graves Hall

Leadership Development Workshop
Presented by Matt Scogin '02
Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 4 pm
Fried-Hemenway Auditorium, Martha Miller Center

2014 Young Alumni Award Dinner
Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 6 pm
Haworth Inn and Conference Center

You can read about Maxine and Matt and get all the event details online at Registration for the dinner is already online. All events are free!

Scott Travis '06 MBA
Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

Hope College
DeWitt Student and Cultural Center
141 East 12th St., Holland, MI 49423
616.395.7251 |


MPSA Political Science Conference

CALL FOR POSTERS. The 72nd Annual MPSA Political Science conference will take place from April 3-6, 2014 in Chicago at the historic Palmer House Hotel. You do not need to be a member to submit a proposal, but you must set up a profile on the website. The deadline to submit a proposal to present a poster is December 2nd. The conference brings in researchers from around the world, with almost 5,000 papers presented in 2013.

Our discipline faces a crisis in federal funding for political science research. Earlier this year, Congress limited the National Science Foundation's ability to award grants for political science research. Please contact your legislators and let them know the importance of this type of research.

The MPSA was founded in 1939. Members receive a subscription to the top rated American Journal of Political Science, access to over 10,000 research articles that have been presented at the MPSA Conference, as well as podcasts and other resources. Please contact us at or 101 W Kirkwood Ave, Suite 207, Bloomington, IN 47404.


Chris Afendoulis for Michigan State House Internship

Position Overview

The campaign to elect Chris Afendoulis for the Michigan State House seat in the 73rd district is seeking dedicated, hardworking interns for the summer of 2014.

The district includes the City of East Grand Rapids and the Townships of Cannon, Courtland, Grand Rapids, Nelson, Oakfield, Plainfield and Spencer.

To find out more about Chris Afendoulis, please visit:


Interns would work directly with the candidate and the Campaign Manager in handling the day-to-day needs of the campaign. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience and build professional relationships. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Field Work, Strategic Communications, Fundraising and General Administrative Support.

The start/end date can be negotiated and weekly schedule/hours are flexible. This is an unpaid opportunity to receive college credit or act as a volunteer.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume to:
If you have any further questions, please respond by email.



Schoarship for a Career in Public Administration

I am reaching out to you to share information about the Robert R. Robinson Memorial Scholarship for students pursuing a career in public administration.

The scholarship is an annual award presented by the Michigan Townships Association. This scholarship is available to a junior, senior or graduate student in a Michigan college or university pursuing a career in public administration, public affairs management or some other field closely related to local government administration.

The deadline for the scholarship application is May 31. For your convenience and review, attached is a brochure containing background and application information about the Robinson Scholarship.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me directly at (517) 321-6467, email, or visit MTA’s Robert R. Robinson Scholarship

Web page,

Jenn Fiedler, Knowledge Center Communications Director
Michigan Townships Association
Editor, Township Focus
517.321.6467 *
517.321.8908 (fax)




U.S. Department of State Opportunities

The U.S. Department of State is dedicated to protecting and strengthening America’s interests abroad and right here at home. So whether developing a holistic ecosystem strategy for global engagement, explaining American foreign policy to citizens of other countries, or helping U.S. farmers open up markets in emerging countries, you can make a difference with the U.S. Department of State.

With your diverse educational and cultural backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge, and exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills, you can become part of America’s leadership, contributing your innovative thinking and global perspective to support and expand our efforts worldwide.

As a U.S. citizen, you are America. And you can represent America to the world.

In return for your service, you’ll have access to continued training and career development programs; a student loan repayment program; health and medical coverage; language training; federal retirement benefits; paid education for dependent children K through 12; and generous paid leave. When serving overseas, we will provide paid housing or an appropriate housing allowance.

Take the first step towards your new career by visiting



Kent GOP Opportunity

This fall, the Kent GOP is offering an opportunity for Republican students in West Michigan to be a part of one of the most in depth and hands on Campaign Management training programs in the nation.

As participants, they will learn how to organize and lead campaigns from the top fundraisers, strategists, and organizers in the state. They will get to look at real numbers, precincts, races, and design campaigns for real candidates. Upon completion of the course, students will have top priority for a number of campaign management positions in the county for 2014.

Classes will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the following dates: Oct. 26th, Nov. 2nd, 9th, and all day on Election Day, November 5th. Students will report to the Kent GOP Headquarters at 725 Lake Michigan Dr. NW in downtown Grand Rapids.

The program is not limited to just Political Science majors experience is not required. Students should email their resume and cover letter to Paul Cordes at Applications must be submitted NO LATER THAN Friday September 13th at 5:00 PM.

Attached is a copy of the flyer with more information. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Paul, or call our office at 616-459-0141.

Paul J. Cordes
Executive Director

616.459.0141 | 725 Lake Michigan Dr. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504 | Follow us on Facebook | Defend the Comeback

Lucas Arends
Precinct Delegate Director
616-745-6037 (Cell)