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Alumni

Welcome Alumni!

Welcome to all alumni! 

International relations majors are accomplishing incredible things in Michigan and all around the world. We love to hear from you! If you'd be interested in being featured in one of our spotlights, send an email to irdept@gvsu.edu with a picture and some or all of the following:

  • Name, major(s), minor(s) (optional), and year of graduation from GVSU:
  • Describe your accomplishment (education, work, voluntarism, etc.), and optionally, anything you did previously (just a couple of sentences or as much as a page):
  • Anything you’d like to mention about how your classes, professors or activities at GVSU prepared you for your current path (optional): 

If you are looking to make contact with fellow alumni, check out the GVSU PLS and IR alumni Facebook group.

If you need a letter of recommendation, you'll find our letter of recommendation guidelines here, and faculty contact information here

We look forward to hearing from you!

Spotlights

Anne Marie Carson

Anne Marie Carson

Graduate of the Georgetown Law Class of 2014 and member of the Georgetown Global Law Scholars

Jamie Bash

Jamie Bash

Program Coordinator for Medical Teams International

Karissa Kresge

Karissa Kresge

2013 IR Grad Works for UNICEF USA

Sam Stephenson

Sam Stephenson

Member of U.S. Air Force, Graduate of the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California

David Leestma

David Leestma

Winner of Nationally Competitive Critical Language Scholarship

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Distinguished Alumni

Periodically, the Political Science Department is asked by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to invite a Political Science or International Relations alumnus to campus for the Distinguished Alumni-in-Residence program. The program provides a venue for departments to invite outstanding alumni back to campus to share their post-graduation experiences with the GVSU community.  Through the program, our distinguished alumni have the opportunity to share their insights about what constitutes strong academic preparation for students.

Political Science and International Relations Distinguished Alumni-in-Residence:
James Spaanstra 2005
Edward Cardenas 2006
Bob Monaghan 2007
James Meernik 2010
Nerina Cevra 2012
Richard Damstra 2015

Distinguished Alumni

James Spaanstra

James Spaanstra

Energy and Natural Resources Attorney

Nerina Cevra

Nerina Cevra

Human Rights Lawyer

Tim Zeeb

Tim Zeeb

Managing Director in Finance

Richard Damstra

Richard Damstra

Foreign Service Office, U.S. Department of State

James Meernik

James Meernik

Political Science Professor

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News

GVSU student gains new perspective studying abroad in Oman

GVSU student gains new perspective studying abroad in Oman

February 12, 2018

Grand Valley State University student, Sophia Bagnall studying abroad in Oman for the winter 2018 semester.

Constantelos Wins Internationalization Award

Constantelos Wins Internationalization Award

February 08, 2018

Professor John Constantelos was recognized with GVSU's Internationalization Award.

IR Student wins national scholarship for study abroad

IR Student wins national scholarship for study abroad

December 04, 2017

IR Student wins national scholarship for study abroad

Tim Zeeb

Tim Zeeb

October 31, 2017

We were thrilled to welcome our Distinguished Alumnus-in-Residence, Tim Zeeb.

PLS 325 Winter 2018

PLS 325 Winter 2018

October 16, 2017

PLS 325 Human Rights and Democracy in Russia and the Post-Communist World

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Events

IR Scholarship 2018 on February 19, 2018

International Relations Study Abroad and Internships Abroad Scholarships

February 19, 2018 All Day

THREE SCHOLARSHIPS OF $500 EACH WILL BE AWARDED May be used for any gvsu or external program Spring/Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Academic Year 2018-2019 Awards based on academic merit and financial...

Dr. Young on February 19, 2018

World Affairs Council: "The Right Bang for our Bucks: The U.S. Defense Budget"

February 19, 2018 6:00 PM

What will be the role of the military in the years to come? Some argue for a large military to protect our interests. Others urge for greater cooperation with our allies to share the cost of global...

Dr. Amitav Acharya on February 26, 2018

World Affairs Council: "Is American Global Leadership Waning?

February 26, 2018 6:00 PM

Since World War II, the U.S. built and maintained an international order on the foundation of superior military and economic power, ensuring the country a leadership role in world affairs. Now, it...

Hmong Memory at The Crossroads Documentary on February 28, 2018

Hmong Memory at The Crossroads Documentary

February 28, 2018 2:00 PM

It was a matter of looking at history from the perspective of those who were written out of it so that it might perhaps change the way we understand the past. The Hmong were among the many cultural...

Growing Up Hmong at The Crossroads Documentary on February 28, 2018

Growing Up Hmong at The Crossroads Documentary

February 28, 2018 6:00 PM

It was a matter of looking at history from the perspective of those who were written out of it so that it might perhaps change the way we understand the past. The Hmong were among the many cultural...

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