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

Karissa Kresge

2013 IR Grad Works for UNICEF USA

Jillian Zirnhelt

Jillian Zirnhelt is a Research Officer at the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Matthew Brainovich

Program Analyst, National Preparedness Assessment Division, FEMA

Paul Bratt

2013 Graduate Now Judicial Clerk in U.S. District Court

Elena Szost

Economic Development Consultant

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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

Tim Zeeb

Managing Director in Finance

Richard Damstra

Foreign Service Office, U.S. Department of State

James Meernik

Political Science Professor

James Spaanstra

Energy and Natural Resources Attorney

Edward Cardenas

Media and Communications Expert

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News

Emmons and Coulter win the Zeeb IR Study Abroad Scholarships for 2019

September 11, 2019

Emmons and Coulter win the Zeeb IR Study Abroad Scholarships for 2019

Bretschneider and Mendez Win Malson Memorial Scholarship

September 09, 2019

Bretschneider and Mendez Win Malson Memorial Scholarship

Three GVSU IR Majors Win Gilman Scholarship

August 21, 2019

Three GVSU IR Majors Win Gilman Scholarships

Anna Szalay Awarded Fulbright Scholarship for Austria

August 21, 2019

Anna Szalay Awarded Fulbright Scholarship for Austria

Professors Teach at GVSU Partner University in Germany

August 19, 2019

Professors Teach at GVSU Partner University in Germany

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Events

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