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 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!


Christopher Hoff Spotlight

Christopher Hoff

Christopher Hoff

Richard Damstra Spotlight

Richard Damstra

Foreign Service Office, U.S. Department of State

Patrick Miller Spotlight

Patrick Miller

Patrick Miller, Special Investigator for Perspecta

Jennifer Ventimiglia Spotlight

Jennifer Ventimiglia

Peace Corps Volunteer and Fulbright Scholar Now Studying Education at U.C. Berkeley

Austin Saycocie Spotlight

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
Alan Dunklow 2019

Distinguished Alumni

Robert Monaghan Spotlight

Robert Monaghan

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

Nerina Cevra Spotlight

Nerina Cevra

Human Rights Lawyer

James Spaanstra Spotlight

James Spaanstra

Energy and Natural Resources Attorney

Richard Damstra Spotlight

Richard Damstra

Foreign Service Office, U.S. Department of State

Tim Zeeb Spotlight

Tim Zeeb

Managing Director in Finance

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IR Alumni Heading to Law School

IR Alumni Heading to Law School

Alexys Neal (l) '21 will attend Michigan State University College of Law and Marie Edouard (r) '20 will attend Boston University School of Law.

Aug 2, 2021

GVSU Students Intern in DC through The Washington Center

GVSU Students Intern in DC through The Washington Center

The department of Political Science and International Relations is pleased to have four of our students participating in TWCs summer program.

Jul 19, 2021

Salam Recipient of GV in DC Scholarship

Salam Recipient of GV in DC Scholarship

Congratulations to Shireen Salam!

Jun 22, 2021

Bowen and Boss Named 2021-22 Batchelder Scholars

Bowen and Boss Named 2021-22 Batchelder Scholars

The Political Science Department is pleased to recognize Rebekkah Bowen and Kylie Boss as our Batchelder Scholars for the 2021-2022 school year.

Apr 28, 2021

Linderman Wins International Relations Excellence-in-a-Discipline Award

Linderman Wins International Relations Excellence-in-a-Discipline Award

Congratulations to Elyssa Linderman, who is this year's winner of the Excellence in a Discipline award for International Relations.

Apr 7, 2021

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Chicago Christmas Market 2021

December 4, 2021 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM

WHEN: Saturday, December 4th 2021 TIME: Meet at 8am, at Kirkhof and return to GVSU at 10-11pm COST: $30 per person DEADLINE: Sign-up deadline is November 29th, 2021 SIGN-UP: Fill out forms...

Festa di Natale (Christmas Party)

December 6, 2021 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Come and join us for an Italian holiday party. We will be listening to Italian holiday music, playing holiday games, and having Italian Christmas cookies. All food is prewrapped and nut-free! RSVP...


December 8, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Global Express is a public forum on global affairs and current events virtually on Wednesdays this Fall 2021. Join us on December 8 when Professor Azizur Molla from the School of Public...

Mno'Chigewin Student Success Program: End of Semester Celebration

December 9, 2021 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

For all our Mno'Chigewin students who participated in our Nwiijkiwenh Mentorship Program we will take this time to celebrate reaching the end of the semester! This will be fun and relaxing...with...

Mno'Chigewin-Cultural Teachings with Jason Wesaw: (1 of 4) Continuing talking circles with Indigenous knowledge keeper

January 20, 2022 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

We will be continuing the work we started last academic year with cultural teachings from a local Indigenous knowledge keepers. This will be a special time to gather, find community, and build...

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