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

Dorothy Sewe

Dorothy Sewe

International Refugee Work in Grand Rapids

Kristina Bray

Kristina Bray

2013 Graduate Working as Customs Compliance Officer

Ashley DeBoer VandeBunte

Ashley DeBoer VandeBunte

2008 Graduate Director of Meetings for the American Political Science Association

Sheila Garcia

Sheila Garcia

American Library Association "Spectrum Scholar"

Jasmine Caldwell

Jasmine Caldwell

Social Security Administration

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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

James Spaanstra

James Spaanstra

Energy and Natural Resources Attorney

Tim Zeeb

Tim Zeeb

Managing Director in Finance

Nerina Cevra

Nerina Cevra

Human Rights Lawyer

Alan Dunklow

Alan Dunklow

Assistant Attorney General for Maryland

Edward Cardenas

Edward Cardenas

Media and Communications Expert

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News

2021 Outstanding Paper Award

2021 Outstanding Paper Award

2021 PLS and IR Outstanding Paper Award

Feb 15, 2021

Free Political Science Tutoring

Free Political Science Tutoring

Tutors can help with content questions, study strategies, and exam review.

Feb 9, 2021

International and Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities

International and Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities

International and Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities

Feb 1, 2021

Scholarship Opportunities for 2021-22 for Political Science and International Relations Students

Scholarship Opportunities for 2021-22 for Political Science and International Relations Students

Applications are being accepted for four named scholarships.

Jan 25, 2021

Mangala Wins Distinguished Contribution in a Discipline Award

Mangala Wins Distinguished Contribution in a Discipline Award

Mangala Wins Distinguished Contribution in a Discipline Award

Dec 21, 2020

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Events

French Music (With Info On Manie Musicale)

March 8, 2021 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

At this meeting, we will go through some popular French music artists and talk about our favorite French music. Here, we will also introduce the rules and information for our Manie Musicale (a...

French Art (and Film Festival) Discussion

March 22, 2021 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Come join us to talk about and view some (virtual) French art!! We will also attempt to take a virtual tour of the Louvre museum. If there is time, we will discuss the films that have shown so...

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