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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

Mario Amaya-Velazquez

Mario Amaya-Velazquez

Multilingual Graduate Serving in Peace Corps, Rwanda

Emily Brown

Emily Brown

Master's Student Working for State Department

Aing-On Thammarattananon

Aing-On Thammarattananon

Assistant to Political Affairs, Royal Thai Embassy in D.C.

Haley Gerlofs

Haley Gerlofs

Refugee Assistance at Bethany Christian with Americorps

Quinlyn Mork

Quinlyn Mork

Grand Rapids Paralegal Volunteers with Iraqi Refugee Community

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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

Robert Monaghan

Robert Monaghan

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

Richard Damstra

Richard Damstra

Foreign Service Office, U.S. Department of State

James Meernik

James Meernik

Political Science Professor

Edward Cardenas

Edward Cardenas

Media and Communications Expert

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News

IR Study Abroad Scholarship Winners

IR Study Abroad Scholarship Winners

May 12, 2017

Gomez, Amatangelo and Sims win scholarships to study abroad.

IR Excellence in a Discipline Award

IR Excellence in a Discipline Award

May 12, 2017

Kristen Childs received the Excellence in a Discipline Award.

Alum Eri Veliaj Delivers Commencement Address

Alum Eri Veliaj Delivers Commencement Address

May 08, 2017

GVSU Political Science alumnus Eri Veliaj delivered the April Commencement address.

Midwest Model EU

Midwest Model EU

May 08, 2017

GVSU Delegation Attends Midwest Model European Union.

Jessica Baniukaitis Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

Jessica Baniukaitis Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

April 10, 2017

Jessica Baniukatis's paper, "Saakashvili the State-Builder: Establishing State Capacity and its Consequences for Democratization in Georgia" has been selected as the Outstanding Paper written in 2016.

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