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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

Claudia Hasbun

Claudia Hasbun

Global Law Scholar at Georgetown University Law School

Mario Amaya-Velazquez

Mario Amaya-Velazquez

Multilingual Graduate Serving in Peace Corps, Rwanda

Kimberly McKenzie

Kimberly McKenzie

Assistant to U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Quinlyn Mork

Quinlyn Mork

Grand Rapids Paralegal Volunteers with Iraqi Refugee Community

Ellyanne Rosenthal

Ellyanne Rosenthal

Working for Lidl UK Global Mobility Team

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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

Edward Cardenas

Edward Cardenas

Media and Communications Expert

James Spaanstra

James Spaanstra

Energy and Natural Resources Attorney

James Meernik

James Meernik

Political Science Professor

Nerina Cevra

Nerina Cevra

Human Rights Lawyer

Robert Monaghan

Robert Monaghan

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

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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

Democracy 101: Do Protests Matter?

Democracy 101: Do Protests Matter?

February 22, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Democracy 101 A Series of Critical Conversations (and free pizza!)  “Do Protests Matter?”  Presenter: Dr. Louis Moore, Associate Professor of History & Coordinator...

The World Affairs Council - South China Sea: Clash of Strategies

The World Affairs Council - South China Sea: Clash of Strategies

February 27, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Concerned About “Fake News”? Here’s what we’re doing about it. The World Affairs Council brings in experts who have the real scoop: diplomats; policy makers and...

Democracy 101 - The Path to Dictatorship: How Hitler Consolidated Power (1933-34)

Democracy 101 - The Path to Dictatorship: How Hitler Consolidated Power (1933-34)

February 28, 2017 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Democracy 101 A Series of Critical Conversations (and free pizza!) “The Path to Dictatorship: How Hitler Consolidated Power (1933-34)”   Presenter: Dr. Gary Stark, Professor...

Democracy 101: The Role of Media in a Democracy

Democracy 101: The Role of Media in a Democracy

March 1, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Democracy 101 A Series of Critical Conversations (and free pizza!) “The Role of Media in a Democracy” Presenters:  Dr. Len O’Kelly, Assistant Professor of Multimedia...

Social science and global health: a very real need

Social science and global health: a very real need

March 2, 2017 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Social science and global health: a very real need Guest Lecture by Dr. Juliet Bedford   Date: Thursday, March 2nd Time:  11:30-12:45 Location: Kirkhof Center room 2204 Pere...

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