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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. 

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That carving is a piece that is now on display in corridor of Lake Ontario Hall. It’s a Palaun folklore carving, and is a donation from President Remengesau to GVSU.

From Allendale to the Pacific

Grand Valley State University will welcome back a Laker who has had a world-changing experience. Tommy Remengesau, a GVSU alumnus who is now president of the Republic of Palau, will be visiting campus Wednesday, Nov. 1, for a motivational and informational presentation from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center Pere Marquette Room

GVL/Hannah Zajac-- Dorie Sullivan, Junior and Psycology major, talks to multiple schools about grad school requirements in Henry Hall on Wednesday 25 Oct 2017.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to host alumni speakers on campus

To serve as a bridge between the classroom and the work room, Grand Valley State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is holding a series of lectures hosted by the Distinguished Alumni-in-Residence Program. Speakers from 13 CLAS departments will be on GVSU campuses Thursday, Oct. 26, and Friday, Oct. 27, to share their experiences as Laker alumni.

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Samantha Wint and her family

GVSU alumna takes passion for teaching to Tanzania

Grand Valley State University alumna Samantha Wint credits her study abroad experience with changing the course of her entire life. Now, living and teaching in Tanzania, married to a Tanzanian man and mothering their son, Wint traces it all back to her experience at GVSU, the professors and faculty members she met here, and the time she wandered into a study abroad fair on campus. 

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Fabian Haywood

Helping Flint brick by brick

With the nation’s focus on Hurricane Harvey, many have forgotten there is an ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan. However, Fabian Haywood, an alumnus from Grand Valley State University, knows there is still work to be done in Flint. Because of this, he is currently attempting to aid the community by developing stable housing.

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From teacher to life coach

There is no class on “life” for high school students and college students to prepare them for the real world. So, Kevin Spaans, an alumnus of Grand Valley State University, expanded his teaching beyond the classroom with a YouTube channel giving life advice to viewers.