Event set to discuss GV’s history of diversity

Grand Valley State University was established in 1960, right in the midst of the civil rights movement. At the time of opening, GVSU was predominantly white, and it wasn’t until the end of the civil rights movement that African Americans were truly integrated into the GVSU community. Years later, diversity is not only celebrated at GVSU, but is also a major priority.  To celebrate the diversity of the GVSU community, as well as recognize the history and bravery behind it, the GVSU African American Alumni Chapter is partnering with the Division of Inclusion and Equity to sponsor an event called “Paving the Way for Future Generations: Stories of African Americans Who Were Firsts at Grand Valley.” The event is taking place on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 5:45 p.m. at the Alumni House Perry Dining Room. 

Alumnus Joe Howard III (left) and Kevin Schultz.  Courtesy / Junk King

GVSU alumnus donates cleanup services at football game

Cans and bottles strewn across the parking lots, wrappers and cups scattered in the stands, and so much wasted food. This massive mess often requires a team of volunteers who generally have to heap everything into a trash pile and dispose of it. Grand Valley State University is no exception, which is why on Sept. 22, GVSU alumnus and local business owner Joe Howard decided to volunteer his services to help clean up after the game against Michigan Tech. 

Joel Paauwe, '15, pictured in front of the Laker Marching Band during Fan Fest August 23. Courtesy / Bernadine Carey-Tucker

GV welcomes a new voice for the Laker Marching Band

After 23 years, Grand Valley State University is welcoming a new Voice of the Laker Marching Band. Joel Paauwe, GVSU alumnus, is here to step up and fill the shoes of Tom Yackish, who retired from the role after 23 years.  In the role of the “Voice,” Paauwe introduces the Laker Marching Band to the crowd during pregame and halftime at football games. Occasionally, Paauwe will also travel with the band to some of their other events such as Bandorama and Art Prize. 

Courtesy / Hanson Photography

GV alumni paddle across Lake Michigan

In the early hours of Thursday, Aug. 9, Eric Strickler, 2008 graduate, and Daniel Bonner, 2009 graduate, set off on a 79-mile paddle boarding journey. The two Lakers started in Wisconsin and paddled all the way across Lake Michigan.  “We paddled from Milwaukee over to Muskegon, and we were paddling for about 22 hours,” said Strickler. “It was 73 miles total that we paddled; 79 miles is the crossing distance. We stopped six miles out because there was pretty trying conditions.”

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Kailee Harris during GVSU Commencement on Saturday December 9, 2017.

Alumni to speak on life after graduation

As the end of the winter semester draws near, many students are readying to take the step from being a student to becoming Grand Valley State University alumni. In order to prepare the soon-to-be graduate students, a panel of recent alumni will come to GVSU to talk to students about upcoming changes that will take place in their lives. 

GVL / Courtesy - Padnos International Center

GVSU alumni event coming to Chicago

The Padnos International Center at Grand Valley State University is excited to be hosting the GVSU Global Laker Alumni Event in Chicago on Thursday, March 29. This event has seen massive success in West Michigan, and the PIC is eager to take it to a new location and reach even more Lakers, GVSU study-abroad alumni, international alumni and friends.  

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Triota Event

WGS students inducted into 'Triota' honor society

Major-specific honor societies have the potential to make a student feel proud and connected to the subject area they study. One major-specific honor society at Grand Valley State University is Iota Iota Iota (sometimes called "Triota"), which is a national women and gender studies honor society. Triota inducted its new members for the 2017-18 academic year with a celebratory induction breakfast on Wednesday, Feb. 7, in the Kirkhof Center.