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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

Ashley DeBoer VandeBunte

Ashley DeBoer VandeBunte

Director of Meetings for APSA

Megan Murphy

Megan Murphy

Project Manager at Community Research Institute

Lizzie Heyboer

Lizzie Heyboer

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Fellowship

Richard Damstra

Richard Damstra

Foreign Service Office, U.S. Department of State

Sam Stephenson

Sam Stephenson

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

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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

Nerina Cevra

Nerina Cevra

Human Rights Lawyer

James Meernik

James Meernik

Political Science Professor

Richard Damstra

Richard Damstra

Foreign Service Office, U.S. Department of State

Edward Cardenas

Edward Cardenas

Media and Communications Expert

Robert Monaghan

Robert Monaghan

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

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News

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.

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.

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Events

PPIA on November 1, 2017

PPIA Program

November 1, 2017 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

PPIA (Public Policy and International affairs) Junior Summer Institute (JSI) is a rigorous, intensive seven-week summer program of classes and co-curricular activities promoting the professional and...

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