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

Haley Gerlofs

Haley Gerlofs

Studying in Jordan

Claudia Hasbun

Claudia Hasbun

International Program Coordinator in DC

David Johnson

David Johnson

Attorney in Global Sourcing and Technology Transactions

Lizzie Heyboer

Lizzie Heyboer

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Fellowship

Sam Stephenson

Sam Stephenson

Serving in the Air Force and Learning Farsi and Dari

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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

Robert Monaghan

Robert Monaghan

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

Nerina Cevra

Nerina Cevra

Human Rights Lawyer

James Spaanstra

James Spaanstra

Energy and Natural Resources Attorney

Edward Cardenas

Edward Cardenas

Media and Communications Expert

James Meernik

James Meernik

Political Science Professor

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News

Chelsea Kendziorski's Research Published In Pi Sigma Alpha: The Undergraduate Journal of Politics

Chelsea Kendziorski's Research Published In Pi Sigma Alpha: The Undergraduate Journal of Politics

July 16, 2015

Recent PLS graduate, Chelsea Kendziorski, has had an article published in Pi Sigma Alpha's Undergraduate Journal

Study Abroad Scholarship Winners

Study Abroad Scholarship Winners

May 01, 2015

This year's study abroad scholarship recipients are Santicouk Saycocie, David Leestma, and Chelsea Michalec

Model EU

Model EU

April 20, 2015

GVSU students travel to Indiana University for Model EU.

PLS 385 Russian and Post-Soviet Politics

PLS 385 Russian and Post-Soviet Politics

March 28, 2015

Offered winter semester 2016, Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:30-2:45 p.m.

PLS 382 Politics of Post-Communist Europe

PLS 382 Politics of Post-Communist Europe

March 28, 2015

Offered this fall semester, Mondays and Wednesdays at 4:30-5:45 p.m.

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Events

Nonprofit Volunteer and Internship Fair

Nonprofit Volunteer and Internship Fair

September 9, 2015 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Nonprofit Volunteer and Internship Fair is an opportunity for students to connect with various agencies in the greater Grand Rapids area. Up to 50 agencies offering volunteer and/or internship...

Peace Corps Information Session

Peace Corps Information Session

September 9, 2015 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

A panel of representatives from Peace Corps, Teach for America, AmeriCorps, Literacy Center from West Michigan, and Challenge Detroit will provide information about these volunteer opportunities.

Nonprofit Volunteer and Internship Fair

Nonprofit Volunteer and Internship Fair

September 10, 2015 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Nonprofit Volunteer and Internship Fair is an opportunity for students to connect with various agencies in the greater Grand Rapids area. Up to 50 agencies offering volunteer and/or internship...

International Relations Open House

International Relations Open House

September 16, 2015 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

Calling all Business Majors!! Consider adding an INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS Major or Minor to your degree! For more information please click the link below: International Relations...

Political Science and International Relations Mixer

Political Science and International Relations Mixer

September 23, 2015 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Career and internship information will be provided. Prospective majors/minors welcome! Please click the link below for more information: Political Science and International Relations Mixer 2015

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