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!


Jennifer Ventimiglia

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

Katrina Maynes

Cambridge University Next for Grand Valley Graduate

Aisha Espey

Aisha Espey lands a position with Meridian International Center in Washington D.C.

Khalil Rahal

2006 Graduate Leads Economic Development in Detroit

Ellyanne Rosenthal

Working for Lidl UK Global Mobility Team

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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

Alan Dunklow

Assistant Attorney General for Maryland

James Meernik

Political Science Professor

Nerina Cevra

Human Rights Lawyer

Richard Damstra

Foreign Service Office, U.S. Department of State

Tim Zeeb

Managing Director in Finance

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Staff member's passion for advocating for undocumented students leads to securing grant

February 24, 2020

Adriana Almanza, assistant director for the Office of Multicultural Affairs, also serves as chair of the Michigan Coalition for Undocumented Student Success.

Outstanding Paper Award

February 23, 2020

Outstanding Paper Award Submissions due by Thursday, March 12

Scholarship Opportunities for 2020-21 for Political Science and International Relations Students

February 10, 2020

Scholarship Opportunities for 2020-21 for Political Science and International Relations Students

Alumnus Donor and Students Connect over Coffee

February 04, 2020

Student scholarship winners meet with donor Tim Zeeb.


November 26, 2019

Dean Fred Antczak is pleased to announce that serving as commencement marshals will be Professor Polly Diven of Political Science and Jeff Kelly Lowenstein of the School of Communication.

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Talk Back Tuesday - LIB 100/201 APPROVED!

March 10, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Join us for monthly discussions viewing and discussing current events and topics through modes of intersectionality. Held every second Tuesday of the month from 12pm to 1pm in KC 1201....

Democracy 101: The Opportunity Gap - LIB 100/201 APPROVED!

March 11, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for this interactive session to explore the opportunity gap in America and how it prevents many in our country from achieving the American Dream. 

P.E.P. Talks Program - LIB 100/201 APPROVED!

March 11, 2020 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Peer Education and Prevention Talks (P.E.P. Talks) is a 90 minute program presented by Peer Educators who are GVSU students and are trained on understanding sexual assault and its impact on college...

Conversations of Color -LIB 100/201 APPROVED!

March 18, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Conversations of Color are conversations initiated and facilitated by students.  Topics and issues will vary every session. This small and open venue offers students the opportunity to share,...

Democracy 101: The Prison Industrial Complex and the American Dream - LIB 100/201 APPROVED!

March 18, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for a night focused on what Prison Industrial Complex is, how it came to be, and how it contributes to the opportunity gap that is central to the myth of the American Dream. 

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