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 [email protected] 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

Ashley DeBoer VandeBunte Spotlight

Ashley DeBoer VandeBunte

2008 Graduate Director of Meetings for the American Political Science Association

Sam Stephenson Spotlight

Sam Stephenson

Member of U.S. Air Force, Graduate of the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California

Emily Brown Spotlight

Emily Brown

Foreign Affairs Officer, State Department of Global Women's Issues

Shingi Mavima Spotlight

Shingi Mavima

2010 Graduate Finishing his Doctorate at Michigan State University

Lizzie Heyboer Spotlight

Lizzie Heyboer

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Fellowship

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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 Meernik Spotlight

James Meernik

Political Science Professor

Nerina Cevra Spotlight

Nerina Cevra

Human Rights Lawyer

Tim Zeeb Spotlight

Tim Zeeb

Managing Director in Finance

Edward Cardenas Spotlight

Edward Cardenas

Media and Communications Expert

Robert Monaghan Spotlight

Robert Monaghan

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

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News

Reuben Wins Scholarship to Attend the World Affairs Council National Conference

Reuben Wins Scholarship to Attend the World Affairs Council National Conference

Tristan Reuben wins scholarship to attend the National Conference of the World Affairs Conference in Washington, DC.

Oct 13, 2022

GVSU Students Attend the National Security Seminar in Washington, DC

GVSU Students Attend the National Security Seminar in Washington, DC

11 GVSU students spent one week in Washington studying US national security issues.

Sep 12, 2022

New Faculty Member: Professor Camarillo

New Faculty Member: Professor Camarillo

Professor C. Tyler Godines Camarillo joins the Political Science Department as a new assistant professor this semester. Professor Camarillo attended the University of Texas at San Antonio for his undergraduate degree in Political Science.

Aug 26, 2022

Craig Wins GV in DC Scholarship

Craig Wins GV in DC Scholarship

The Political Science Department is pleased to announce that Samantha Craig is our GV in DC Scholarship winner for 2022.

Jun 21, 2022

Recent Grad Interns with Czech Consulate

Recent Grad Interns with Czech Consulate

Stepan Loffelmann is busy with his summer internship at the Consulate of the Czech Republic in Chicago.

May 24, 2022

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Events

Reckoning on War Crimes (public lecture) INT 100/201 APPROVED!

February 6, 2023 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Deborah Amos, awarding-winning international correspondent for National Public Radio, will discuss war crimes in on-going conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East.

Asian Night Market *INT 100/201 APPROVED*

February 10, 2023 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Vietnamese Cultural Association in collaboration with other GVSU Asian Organizations are back again this year with our 2nd Annual Asian Night Market! Our event will be on Friday, February...

Oil, Monarchs, & Muftis: The Persistent Role of Religion in Oil-Wealthy Gulf States INT 100/201 APPROVED!

February 16, 2023 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

The Middle East Studies program is pleased to host Dr. Courtney Jean Freer for a public talk as part of the Michigan Model Arab League. On Thursday, February 16, 2023, from 11:30 - 1:00, Dr....

ASU's Asian New Year Festival

February 18, 2023 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

ASU's annual Asian New Year Festival (ANYF) is an event to celebrate Lunar New Year with traditional food, live performances, and a cultural fashion show! All students, faculty, and friends are...

Virtual Info Session: Graduate Fellowships for Foreign Service: Payne, Rangel, Pickering

April 5, 2023 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding individuals who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency...

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