FORUM REUNION – Lake Superior State University political science alumnus David Bertram, left, makes a point as his former professor and mentor Richard Conboy listens on, perhaps approvingly. The student and professor were reunited after 20-plus years during an annual Michigan Political Science Association meeting hosted by Lake Superior State University on Oct. 5. Bertram spent almost 15 years with the Michigan Townships Association, serving as the legislative team leader from 2000-2011. From 1990-1997, he served Michigan Governor John Engler in a number of positions, including as the governor's lobbyist in the Michigan Senate for three years. He also served on Senate Majority Leader Engler's staff, gubernatorial campaign staff, and on the Engler transition team in 1990. Bertram now works for Michigan State University as an assistant vice president for governmental affairs. Conboy started at LSSU in 1988, was part of a team that developed the University's Honors Program in 1996, and served as the dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences. He was also director of the LSSU Center for Social Research and a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2004. He retired from LSSU and was granted emeritus status in 2011. (LSSU/John Shibley)
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