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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

Kristen Childs

Kristen Childs

IR and Geography graduate studying GIS on DAAD scholarship in Germany and Boren scholarship in Slovenia

Steven Richardson

Steven Richardson

Travel Assistance Coordinator for Youth For Understanding

David Johnson

David Johnson

Attorney in Global Sourcing and Technology Transactions

Jenny Ventimiglia

Jenny Ventimiglia

Peace Corps Volunteer and Fulbright Scholar Now Studying Education at U.C. Berkeley

Courtney Johnston

Courtney Johnston

Entrepreneur Founds Copywriting Business

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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

Robert Monaghan

Robert Monaghan

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

Edward Cardenas

Edward Cardenas

Media and Communications Expert

James Spaanstra

James Spaanstra

Energy and Natural Resources Attorney

Nerina Cevra

Nerina Cevra

Human Rights Lawyer

James Meernik

James Meernik

Political Science Professor

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News

Paul B. Henry Congressional Internship

Paul B. Henry Congressional Internship

January 18, 2017

The Henry Internship places a GVSU student in the Washington, D.C. offices of one of Michigans U.S. Representatives or Senators during the spring/summer 2017 session.

Professor Walhof's Book: The Democratic Theory of Hans-Georg Gadamer

Professor Walhof's Book: The Democratic Theory of Hans-Georg Gadamer

January 17, 2017

Walhofs book examines the distinctive contribution that the writings of Hans-Georg Gadamer make to democratic theory.

Scholarships from the Grand Rapids Sister City Perugia Committee

Scholarships from the Grand Rapids Sister City Perugia Committee

December 13, 2016

Two visiting students from the University of Perugia receive scholarships from the Grand Rapids Sister City Perugia Committee

GVSU Interns in Washington DC, Fall 2016

GVSU Interns in Washington DC, Fall 2016

October 25, 2016

Washington Center Interns Fall 2016

GVSU IR Grad Working on Clinton Campaign

GVSU IR Grad Working on Clinton Campaign

October 10, 2016

GVSU 2011 IR graduate Kelly McCurdy is working on the Clinton campaign in Pennsylvania.

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Events

International Relations Students Study Abroad and Internships Abroad Scholarships

International Relations Students Study Abroad and Internships Abroad Scholarships

February 13, 2017 All Day

Three grants of $500 each will be awarded to International Relations majors and minors who plan to study abroad in the Spring/Summer 2017, Fall 2017, or 2017-18 academic year. Grants may be applied...

Summer Orientation Assistant

Summer Orientation Assistant

February 13, 2017 All Day

The application for the Summer Orientation Assistant position is now available.  It has been posted online at Laker Jobs and is attached below. The deadline to apply is Monday, February...

Outstanding Paper Award

Outstanding Paper Award

March 14, 2017 All Day

The Department of Political Science and International Relations program are holding our fourth annual Outstanding Paper Award competition. We invite all students who major or minor (including...

Miller Johnson Michigan Diversity Scholarship

Miller Johnson Michigan Diversity Scholarship

April 1, 2017 All Day

Miller Johnson West Michigan Diversity Law School Scholarship Students of color (African American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander) accepted to or presently attending an accredited...

Warner Norcross & Judd, LLP Minority Scholarship

Warner Norcross & Judd, LLP Minority Scholarship

April 1, 2017 All Day

Warner Norcross & Judd Law School Scholarship Students of color accepted to or presently attending an accredited law school within the US with a permanent residence in Michigan or attending...

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