GVL / Emily Frye
The class of 2019 enjoying a night of dancing at the kick-off party on the Wednesday evening. The event included free pizza and a dj for a night full of fun after the transitions events.

GVSU to host annual Laker Kickoff Party to welcome new students

The Laker Traditions team will host its annual Laker Kickoff Party Friday, Aug. 25, from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. in Parking Lot A on the Allendale Campus to welcome Lakers, particularly incoming freshmen, to Grand Valley State University. Although this event is associated with freshmen because they make up the majority of the attendees, everyone is welcome to join the celebration of a new journey at GVSU.

GVL / Courtesy - Office of Multicultural Affairs

GVSU Laker Familia Orientation kicks off fall semester

The 2017 Laker Familia Orientation is a three-day program designed specifically to welcome Latino/a students to Grand Valley State University. The program provides students with a personal welcome to campus; opportunities to connect with fellow students, faculty and staff; and tools for navigating many campus and community resources.


GVSU to host annual Fall Arts Celebration

The Fall Arts Celebration, held annually by Grand Valley State University, will begin Monday, Sept. 11, and will run through Monday, Dec. 4. This seasonal event was created to enrich the arts and humanities in the West Michigan community, as well as to give students opportunities to see local and national art throughout the autumn season.


GVSU alumna hosts fashion show in Grand Rapids Downtown Market

On Friday, July 28, Rhoda Klomega’s fashion business, Delasie, hosted a fashion show in the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. Klomega is an alumna of Grand Valley State University who began her own international fashion company. Her company specializes in creating unique pieces tailor-made for each individual customer using patterns and fabric inspired by her home country of Ghana.

GVL / Courtesy - Sidney Selvig

Kalamazoo Nature Center holds beekeeper gallery

Collaboration and individualism are the driving forces behind a new exhibition produced by Ladislav Hanka at the Glen Vista Gallery in Kalamazoo’s Nature Center (KNC). By combining forces with honeybees, Hanka has created "The Great Wall of Bees" to showcase his artwork's uniqueness that comes with partnering with nature. The exhibit is on display from May through July at the KNC; it is being held upstairs in the interpretive center at the Glen Vista Gallery.

GVL - Courtesy of Shea Sarns

Laker Marching Band drumline auditions to kick off this month

The Grand Valley State University Laker Marching Band (LMB) is one of the largest and most visible NCAA Division II marching bands in the country and has provided music and entertainment for football fans since 1977.  This year's auditions for the LMB drumline will begin Saturday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and continue Sunday, May 21, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 1515 of the Performing Arts Center on the Allendale Campus.

GVL/Kevin Sielaff - The GVSU marching band marches around the clock tower before kick-off. Grand Valley defeats Tiffin with a final score of 45-7 on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at Lubbers Stadium.

GVSU color guard and drumline camp to kick off in July

The discipline of being a part of a team like a marching band or color guard is an experience that students will take with them through life. The Laker Marching Band (LMB) color guard and drumline summer camp at Grand Valley State University gives students an opportunity to fine-tune skills that reach far beyond musical notes, instruments and routines.