GVL / Courtesy - Mark Schaub 
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.

GVL / Courtesy - Kevin Spaans

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. 

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 Kylie Decker and parents

Spreading the 'Laker Effect'

For some 20-somethings, life post-graduation can be stressful and chock-full of uncertainty. From finding a place to live, to trying to secure a job, to obtaining placement in a graduate program, former college students can easily get stuck in a post-university rut. For Kylie Decker, however, this was not the case.

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CEO Carl Erickson of Atomic Object

From the classroom to the boardroom

Carl Erickson was a professor at Grand Valley State University for 10 years. He taught upper-level systems courses and graduate programs in computer science and engineering. However, Erickson felt the need to move into the business world.

GVL / Courtesy - GVSU Alternative Breaks

Community Outreach Week promotes 'Laker Effect'

Whether volunteering alone or as part of a group, giving back to the community is something Grand Valley State University prides as part of its “Laker Effect.” With this in mind, Community Outreach Week (COW) was started to unite GVSU students around the globe. In full-swing since 2008, this event starts Saturday, March 18, while alumni, current students, faculty and staff members are invited to join a project or create their own.