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

Brendan Sawyer

Studying at Wayne State Law School

Amy Fuerstenau

Former Advisor to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senior Political Strategist at the Energy Foundation

Joey Courtade

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Alumni of the Year

Karissa Kresge

2013 IR Grad Works for UNICEF USA

Katrina Maynes

Cambridge University Next for Grand Valley Graduate

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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

Human Rights Lawyer

Tim Zeeb

Managing Director in Finance

James Meernik

Political Science Professor

Edward Cardenas

Media and Communications Expert

James Spaanstra

Energy and Natural Resources Attorney

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News

Two Graduating IR Seniors are Headed to Japan with JET

April 23, 2018

Kaboos and Moorhead to teach in Japan

IR Study Abroad Scholarship Winners

April 19, 2018

Hoisington, Zomer, and Bista win scholarships to study abroad

IR Excellence in a Discipline Award

April 13, 2018

Kilike Steyn receives the Excellence in a Discipline Award

IR Alumni Selected as Fulbright Semi-Finalists

April 13, 2018

Nick Ortiz's and Christy Bectel's Fulbright applications to teach English abroad go to the next round

Hecht and Paniagua-Pardo Win PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

April 09, 2018

Two papers were selected as the Outstanding Papers written in 2017

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Events

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Page last modified November 18, 2015