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

Lizzie Heyboer

Lizzie Heyboer

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Fellowship

Kimberly McKenzie

Kimberly McKenzie

Assistant to U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Courtney Johnston

Courtney Johnston

Entrepreneur Founds Copywriting Business

Brendan Sawyer

Brendan Sawyer

Working for US Senate

Dorothy Sewe

Dorothy Sewe

International Refugee Work in Grand Rapids

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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

Distinguished Alumni

Edward Cardenas

Edward Cardenas

Media and Communications Expert

James Meernik

James Meernik

Political Science Professor

Robert Monaghan

Robert Monaghan

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

James Spaanstra

James Spaanstra

Energy and Natural Resources Attorney

Nerina Cevra

Nerina Cevra

Human Rights Lawyer

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News

Kendziorski Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

Kendziorski Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

March 19, 2015

Chelsea Kendziorski's paper, "The Politics of Exclusion in Georgia and Moldova," has been selected as the Outstanding Paper written in 2014.

The Washington Center in the Lanthorn

The Washington Center in the Lanthorn

February 19, 2015

The Lanthorn recently published an article about internship opportunities at the Washington Center

Human Rights Minor Being Developed

Human Rights Minor Being Developed

February 18, 2015

GVSU Student Senate supports developing a Human Rights minor.

Outstanding Community Service Award

Outstanding Community Service Award

February 12, 2015

Yi Zhao, Associate Professor of Political Science, was awarded the Outstanding Community Service Award at the Faculty Awards Convocation.

Prof. Schlewitz on US-Cuba Relations

Prof. Schlewitz on US-Cuba Relations

January 05, 2015

Prof. Schlewitz discusses normalization of US-Cuba ties.

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Events

Great Decisions Discussion Series

Great Decisions Discussion Series

March 30, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Organized by the West Michigan World Affairs Council. All Discussions will be held at: Aquinas College Performing Arts Center 1607 Robinson Road SE Grand Rapids, MI  49506 Check out...

Law Society Networking Event

Law Society Networking Event

March 30, 2015 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM

The GVSU Law Society has organized a networking event with local legal professionals. Attorneys, paralegals, and law school admission officers will talk about their experiences in the field and answer...

Peace Corps at GVSU

Peace Corps at GVSU

April 1, 2015 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Want to become engaged in work that really matters? Stop by to speak to a recruiter and learn more about Peace Corps!

WMWTA Scholarship

WMWTA Scholarship

April 3, 2015 All Day

The West Michigan World Trade Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining West Michigan’s competitive edge in the global marketplace. As part of this commitment, the...

Miller Johnson Paid Pre-law Intern

Miller Johnson Paid Pre-law Intern

April 10, 2015 1:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Miller Johnson Pre-Law Student Intern Program Description Miller Johnson partners with Grand Valley State University to provide an academic semester-long internship opportunity (two opportunities...

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