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

Carla Villasana-Acosta

Carla Villasana-Acosta joins the Grand Rapids Community Foundation Staff

Jamie Bash

Program Coordinator for Medical Teams International

Cody Gradwell

2015 Graduate Working in the Peace Corps and Teaching World History in Mongolia

Kristina Bray

2013 Graduate Working as Customs Compliance Officer

Austin Saycocie

Austin Saycocie on JET Program in Japan

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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

Distinguished Alumni

Richard Damstra

Foreign Service Office, U.S. Department of State

James Spaanstra

Energy and Natural Resources Attorney

James Meernik

Political Science Professor

Jasmine Caldwell

Jasmine (Tolbert) Caldwell (GVSU IR 2006), Technical Expert at the Social Security Administration in Chicago.

Tim Zeeb

Managing Director in Finance

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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

Careers in Public Service: AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and Teach for America

October 15, 2019 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Come hear representatives from these organizations talk about job opportunities for new graduates. Tuesday, October 15, 2019 6-7:30 pm Library Multipurpose Room https://www.gvsu.edu/clas/

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