Upcoming events

We do not currently have any alumni events scheduled, but if you are an alumnus interested in coming to speak with our GIST students, please contact us.

Past events

October 5, 2018

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A welcome reception was held on 10/5/2018 featuring Russian tea for Diana Bergwin (above), the 2018 GIST awardee for the CAS Alumni Achievement Award. Another GIST alumna was awarded at this same ceremony, recognized for her double major in the Department of World Languages and Literatures, Sarah Murray (below).

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October 2017

Global and international studies alumnus Clifford Pulley III was awarded with the CAS Alumni Achievement Award in 2017. Pulley is a Direct Procurement Sourcing Specialist at Whirlpool Corporation in Benton Harbor, Michigan. He spent about 3 years working for the corporation's branch in China. 

February 7, 2016

Global and international studies alumnus Matt Pruitt (below, right) was invited by the GIST program to come speak about his transition from GIST graduate to international development worker in Kyrgyzstan with the Peace Corps. Pictured here with GIST Research Assistant, Chikezie Kenneth Okoli (below, left), who interviewed Pruitt for a feature in the GIST newsletter.

GIST graduate Matt Pruitt (right) with GIST doctoral assistant Chikezie Okoli.

October 6, 2016

WMU alumnus Michael Riedel (below, center), Area Director for the Western Hemisphere, United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service, was awarded this year's 2016 Alumni Achievement Award on behalf of the global and international studies program and the College of Arts and Sciences. Riedel graduated from Western Michigan University in 1994 with a degree in international and comparative politics in Political Sciences and received his M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University's Elliot School in Washington, D.C. He is pictured here with former GIST director Laura Hastings (below, right) and GIST instructor Thomas Kostrzewa (below, left).

GIST 2016 Alumni Achievement Award Winner Michael Riedel

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