GVSU Alumni Success Stories by Major

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Major Alumni Success Stories
Advertising and
Public Relations
Grad is teaching assistant
Nancie Hudson graduated with honors and is teaching assistant at University of Colorado-Boulder
Advertising and
Public Relations
Student designer on solid footing
GVSU senior Tyler Way's custom shoe designs grace the feet of some of the NBA's elite.
Anthropology/History Alumna heads to NYU Law School
Hannah Rodgers is a go-getter and stickler for detail -- key traits as she enters NYU law school
Art Top honors, centuries-old craft
Alumnus Chad Pastotnik received honors for publishing letterpress version of Joseph Conrad book
Behavioral Science Reed names alumna assistant dean
Grand Valley alumna Serilda Summers is the new assistant dean of residence life at Reed College
Cell and Molecular
Alum studies cell migration
Alumnus Brent Hehl is pursuing a Ph.D. in Cell Biology at UNC-Chapel Hill
Chemistry Alum's research is cover story
Kyle Schneider's research was featured on the cover of the journal "Biochemistry."
Communications Alum helps life science industry
Kim Bode--marketing director for West Michigan Science & Technology Initiative named one of "40 under 40
Criminal Justice Grad starts snowboard business
Joshua Skiles started his first business when he was a high school senior
English-Secondary Ed Alum starts Kenyan music program
David Jagusch raised enough funds to start a music program in Kibera, Kenya
Film and Video Writer gets start at GV
A journal he started as a Grand Valley freshman helped launch Kevin Kammeraad's writing career.
French Globe Trotting
U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria John Beyrle credits his Grand Valley education as the inspiration for traveling the globe.
Health Professions
(formerly Health Sciences)
Anatomist works like an artist
Will Merbs is lab director, anatomy instructor at St. George's University in Grenada, West Indies
Journalism Alumna named newspaper editor
Grand Valley alumna Leslie Perales has been named the editor of a Virginia newspaper
Management Alumnus assistant to GR manager Alumnus Tom Almonte was named assistant to the city manager of Grand Rapids.
Music Vocal alumna joins Toledo Opera
Grand Valley alum, Lucy Finkel, has a passion for performing--she sings with the Toledo Opera
Philosophy Spreading Goodwill
James Stiff--Grand Valley alumnus puts philosophy education into practice in Macon, Georgia
Photography Photographer lands at MOCAD
Megan Major was always interested in taking photographs, but didn't think it could be a career
Photography Alumnus finds success in photos
Kevin Michael Schmitz is building his reputation as a professional photographer nationwide
Political Science Alum to be Coast Guard officer
Steve Smith was among nine selected nationally to be commissioned as officer in U.S. Coast Guard
Political Science Grad lands municipal job in GR
Selma Tucker works for the City of Grand Rapids on information technology and sustainability
Psychology Alumnus advises tribal education
Derek Bailey was appointed to National Advisory Council on Indian Education by President Obama
Public Administration Student fights GR homelessness
Tyler Nickerson is housing advocate for the Grand Rapids Area Coalition to End Homelessness
Russian Studies Talking Business
Grand Valley alumnus Rick Rossow helps make global connections as director of operations for the U.S.-India Business Council.
Sociology Alum pursues doctorate in Oregon
David Martin is a graduate teaching fellow at the University of Oregon
Spanish Grad works helping migrant workers
Alumna Kate Lautenbach puts her Spanish major to use working for Migrant Farmworkers Project
Theatre Grad sets sail with cruise line
Melissa Slack is a senior entertainment technician for Carnival Cruise Lines
Theatre Grad is Teach for America-bound
Aaron Sohaski will teach elementary education in Baltimore through Teach for America
Writing Writing grad studies environment
Hillary Fishler is studying environmental policy in Oregon to further her career as a writer

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