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

Kimberly McKenzie Spotlight

Kimberly McKenzie

Assistant to U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Autumn Modena Spotlight

Autumn Modena

2015 Graduate Founder of RefuTea

Richard Damstra Spotlight

Richard Damstra

Foreign Service Office, U.S. Department of State

Paul Bratt Spotlight

Paul Bratt

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

Tim Zeeb Spotlight

Tim Zeeb

2002 Graduate Becomes Managing Director at Conway MacKenzie

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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

Edward Cardenas Spotlight

Edward Cardenas

Media and Communications Expert

Nerina Cevra Spotlight

Nerina Cevra

Human Rights Lawyer

James Meernik Spotlight

James Meernik

Political Science Professor

Alan Dunklow Spotlight

Alan Dunklow

Assistant Attorney General for Maryland

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News

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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Events

Break The Fast Dinner

September 16, 2021 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

GVSU Hillel Presents: Break the Fast dinner for Yom Kippur. We are ending the Jewish High-Holy-day, Yom Kippur, with a dinner catered by Campus Catering! This event will be held on Thursday, September...

ON THE WALL ARTIST TALK FEATURING JASON REBLANDO (IN-PERSON)

September 17, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Each On the Wall Artist Talk features an artist whose work is currently on view on campus discussing their creative process and how their work is influenced by other fields of study. This On...

Let's Play Pétanque (Outside Event)

September 21, 2021 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Want to learn a popular French game? Come join us outside to play pétanque (also known as bocce ball in the United States). We hope to see you there! RSVP on LakerLink

Conversations of Color

September 22, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Conversations of Color are open and honest discussions about race, popular culture, identity, and current events. Conversations of Color happen monthly and are scheduled on Wednesday from 12:00...

BE 365 Go Get It event

September 22, 2021 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 in HHLL from 6:00-7:30pm RSVP on LakerLink

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