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

Mario Amaya-Velazquez

Amaya Appointed to Development Analyst Position with the Obama Foundation

Quinlyn Mork

Grand Rapids Paralegal Volunteers with Iraqi Refugee Community

Ashley DeBoer VandeBunte

2008 Graduate Director of Meetings for the American Political Science Association

Kendall Minor

2018 Graduate is Promoted from Intern to Program Coordinator

Elena Szost

Economic Development Consultant

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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

Jasmine Caldwell

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

James Meernik

Political Science Professor

James Spaanstra

Energy and Natural Resources Attorney

Edward Cardenas

Media and Communications Expert

Richard Damstra

Foreign Service Office, U.S. Department of State

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News

IR Majors win Study Abroad Scholarships

May 31, 2019

IR Majors win Study Abroad Scholarships

Greendyk and Pattison win PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

May 01, 2019

Two papers were selected as the Outstanding Papers written in 2018

Hartline and Zomer Honored at Student Awards Convocation

April 11, 2019

Hartline and Zomer Honored at Student Awards Convocation

PLS 325 Winter 2020

March 23, 2019

PLS 325 Human Rights and Democracy in Russia and the Post-Communist World

PLS 339 Fall 2019

March 20, 2019

PLS 339 Democracy and the Authoritarian Challenge: Mondays / Wednesdays 3:00-4:15 p.m.

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Events

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Page last modified June 21, 2018