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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. 

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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

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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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