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.

GVL / Courtesy - Mary DeYoung 
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.


GVSU alumni start a pop band

4/5 of a new Michigan pop band is made up of recent Grand Valley State University graduates that are chasing their dreams of producing and performing music after receiving their degrees from GVSU’s school of communications.