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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

Emily Brown

Emily Brown

Foreign Affairs Officer, State Department of Global Women's Issues

Paul Bratt

Paul Bratt

Paul Bratt, GVSU IR 2013 University of Michigan Law School Graduate, now Judicial Clerk in U.S. District Court

Mario Amaya-Velazquez

Mario Amaya-Velazquez

Multilingual Graduate Serving in Peace Corps, Rwanda

Meghan Augsburger

Meghan Augsburger

2016 Outstanding Student with Rwanda Experience Now Working with Political Strategy Firm in DC

Jamie Bash

Jamie Bash

Program Coordinator for Medical Teams International

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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

Richard Damstra

Richard Damstra

Foreign Service Office, U.S. Department of State

James Meernik

James Meernik

Political Science Professor

Tim Zeeb

Tim Zeeb

Managing Director in Finance

Edward Cardenas

Edward Cardenas

Media and Communications Expert

Nerina Cevra

Nerina Cevra

Human Rights Lawyer

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News

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

"Connecting Local to Global"

"Connecting Local to Global"

September 21, 2017

"Connecting Local to Global"

IR Study Abroad Scholarship Winners

IR Study Abroad Scholarship Winners

May 12, 2017

Gomez, Amatangelo and Sims win scholarships to study abroad.

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Events

Paul B. Henry Congressional Internship Award on January 19, 2018

Paul B. Henry Congressional Internship Award

January 19, 2018 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

The Henry Internship places a GVSU student in the Washington, D.C. offices of one of Michigan’s U.S. Representatives or Senators during the spring/summer session. The Paul B. Henry...

Outstanding Paper Award on March 13, 2018

Outstanding Paper Award

March 13, 2018 All Day

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

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