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 [email protected] 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

Christopher Hoff Spotlight

Christopher Hoff

Christopher Hoff

Emily Brown Spotlight

Emily Brown

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

Shingi Mavima Spotlight

Shingi Mavima

2010 Graduate Finishing his Doctorate at Michigan State University

Katrina Maynes Spotlight

Katrina Maynes

Cambridge University Next for Grand Valley Graduate

Ashley DeBoer VandeBunte Spotlight

Ashley DeBoer VandeBunte

2008 Graduate Director of Meetings for the American Political Science Association

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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
Tim Zeeb 2017
Alan Dunklow 2019

Distinguished Alumni

Richard Damstra Spotlight

Richard Damstra

Foreign Service Office, U.S. Department of State

Robert Monaghan Spotlight

Robert Monaghan

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

James Spaanstra Spotlight

James Spaanstra

Energy and Natural Resources Attorney

Tim Zeeb Spotlight

Tim Zeeb

Managing Director in Finance

James Meernik Spotlight

James Meernik

Political Science Professor

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News

GVSU Students Attend the National Security Seminar in Washington, DC

GVSU Students Attend the National Security Seminar in Washington, DC

11 GVSU students spent one week in Washington studying US national security issues.

Sep 12, 2022

New Faculty Member: Professor Camarillo

New Faculty Member: Professor Camarillo

Professor C. Tyler Godines Camarillo joins the Political Science Department as a new assistant professor this semester. Professor Camarillo attended the University of Texas at San Antonio for his undergraduate degree in Political Science.

Aug 26, 2022

Craig Wins GV in DC Scholarship

Craig Wins GV in DC Scholarship

The Political Science Department is pleased to announce that Samantha Craig is our GV in DC Scholarship winner for 2022.

Jun 21, 2022

Recent Grad Interns with Czech Consulate

Recent Grad Interns with Czech Consulate

Stepan Loffelmann is busy with his summer internship at the Consulate of the Czech Republic in Chicago.

May 24, 2022

Koczak Wins 2022 Outstanding Paper Award

Koczak Wins 2022 Outstanding Paper Award

Katherine Koczak wins the 2022 Outstanding Paper Award in Political Science and International Relations

Apr 20, 2022

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Events

Destress by Coloring

October 4, 2022 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Looking to take an hour to relax and destress? We've got the event for you! Come on over to Kirkhof and participate in some fun French-themes adult coloring. We'll have designs printed and coloring...

Indigenous Peoples' Day: NASA Co-President, Elliot Fair - LIB 100/201 Approved

October 10, 2022 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Oct. 10th, KC Pere Marquette, 12:00PM: Elliot Fair, Math-E-Ben-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians and GVSU senior in the Natural Resource Management Program will be presenting on his work...

ASU's Taste of Asia

October 14, 2022 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

GVSU's Asian Student Union is thrilled to announce that our annual Taste of Asia fundraiser is back! Not only will there be a variety of Asian cuisines, desserts, and drinks, but we will also...

STUDY ABROAD FAIR

October 18, 2022 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Join us in person on Tuesday, October 18th for the Fall 2022 Study Abroad Fair! Meet with advisers, browse programs around the world, and begin your study abroad experience! There will be food...

A Conversation with Billy Mills - Olympian Gold Medal Winner 1964 and Social Activist LIB 100/201 Approved

November 17, 2022 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Billy Mills, also known as Tamakoce Te'Hila, is an Oglala Lakota former track and field athlete who won a gold medal in the 10,000 meter run at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. His 1964 victory is considered...

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