Toast with T-Haas

Toast with T. Haas celebrates GVSU graduates

As dozens of champagne bottles popped and students conversed over drinks and appetizers, Grand Valley State University’s fall 2016 graduating class raised a glass to the end of their undergraduate careers. With over 400 students registered for the Toast with T. Haas event at the L.V. Eberhard Center at GVSU’s Pew Campus last Thursday, Dec. 8, congratulations were thrown out by Laker for a Lifetime volunteers to GVSU’s newest alumni.

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Grand Valley students donate winter gear to Mel Trotter Ministries downtown Grand Rapids on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016.

GVSU students collect winter gear to donate to homeless shelter in Grand Rapids

Though Grand Valley State University includes a select amount of students, faculty and personnel, the areas surrounding campus include a wider variety of people. Some of those people, like some GVSU students, are disadvantaged or even homeless. The specific problem of homelessness is something that a few students in professor Brandon Youker’s BSW 317 social work class looked to address.

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Lakers give back for Giving Tuesday

The end of November is reserved for some of the most chaotic days of the year. To combat the madness of Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday focuses on helping others. Grand Valley State University’s Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy teamed up with the city of Grand Rapids to introduce a new Giving Tuesday initiative called GRgives.

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Gilda's Club president Michael Bohnsack (left), Wendy Wigger (middle) and Paul Stansbie (right) accept a service award from Gilda's Club Grand Rapids.

GVSU presented with service award from Gilda's Club

Though service learning is often an essential part of the college academic experience, it often goes much further for students. Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids tries to make this happen for many students at Grand Valley State University. In fact, it has become the basis for a strong partnership between the two.


Lakers discuss 'hunger and homelessness'

While in college, there are many things that students can learn about outside of their academic classes, including issues that affect the world. The Community Service Learning Center at Grand Valley State University decided to target some of those issues through monthly discussion forums. The topic for November focuses on hunger and homelessness.