Laker Life

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GVSU to hold Day of the Dead celebration

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, has been an integral part of the Mexican culture ever since the Spanish invaders introduced the custom in the early 1500’s. Now, Grand Valley State University aims to honor this tradition by sponsoring a Day of the Dead Celebration to educate students on the importance of the holiday.  On Thursday, Nov. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m., the Latin American Studies and Modern Languages and Literature programs are hosting the Day of the Dead Celebration in the GVSU Fredrick Meijer Honors College. True to its origin, this event is a time to remember lost loved ones and celebrate their memory. There will be an authentic Mexican ofrenda, live music and food to insure students the full Día de los Muertos experience. 

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Courtesy: Professor Roy Cole

GV professor recognized statewide for energy conservation

Grand Valley State University Professor Roy Cole has played an essential role in furthering the Laker Effect by sharing his passion for sustainability both at home and in the classroom.  Last September, Cole, a professor of Geography and Sustainable Planning at GVSU, was one of three finalists in Michigan for the Governor’s Energy Excellence Award. This award honors organizations and individuals statewide for their commitment to responsible energy production and consumption. Unbeknownst to him, Cole was nominated for the “Best Residential Projects” category in acknowledgement of the extensive work he had undertaken to conserve energy in his home.

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Event set to discuss GV’s history of diversity

Grand Valley State University was established in 1960, right in the midst of the civil rights movement. At the time of opening, GVSU was predominantly white, and it wasn’t until the end of the civil rights movement that African Americans were truly integrated into the GVSU community. Years later, diversity is not only celebrated at GVSU, but is also a major priority.  To celebrate the diversity of the GVSU community, as well as recognize the history and bravery behind it, the GVSU African American Alumni Chapter is partnering with the Division of Inclusion and Equity to sponsor an event called “Paving the Way for Future Generations: Stories of African Americans Who Were Firsts at Grand Valley.” The event is taking place on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 5:45 p.m. at the Alumni House Perry Dining Room. 

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Courtesy / Rebecca LaLonde

Students awarded Gilman International Scholarship

The prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship was awarded to 23 Grand Valley State University students to fund the study abroad experience of a lifetime.  The 23 Gilman scholars from GVSU received 8,000 dollars toward their study abroad costs for their trip in either the spring or summer of 2018. This scholarship aims to allow students the opportunity to gain skills that are essential in economic competitiveness and national security. These leadership skills that the students are encouraged to bring back to the U.S. stem from the broader understanding of cultures, languages and economies that study abroad provides.  

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Poetry slam to be held for Domestic Violence awareness

In 1981, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence coined October as Domestic Violence Awareness month. Since then, the month of October has been a time to educate people on Domestic Violence and support victims.  This October, the Grand Valley State University It’s On Us As Lakers organization is partnering with Anchored in Poetry to present the Slamming the Stigma event. The event, which is taking place this Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m., is an open mic night focused one spreading awareness on Domestic Violence.

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Outdoor Adventures Program to host trip to northwest Michigan

Grand Valley State University’s Outdoor Adventures Program will be providing students an opportunity to explore the west side of Michigan. The program will be hosting a trip to Ludington, MI on Saturday, Oct. 13.  The Outdoors Adventures Program offers a variety of programs and services, including climbing workshops and training, gear rental and a variety of different trips.  The program offers a series of four different types of day trips, which includes outings to Grand Haven, Ludington, Muskegon and Holland. The upcoming Ludington trip gives participants the opportunity to go on a guided hike and explore the nearby state park.

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Puerto Rico in My Heart exhibit celebrates 50th anniversary of Young Lords Organization

The Puerto in My Heart exhibit helps celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Young Lords organization and their transformation from a gang to political activists. The exhibit can be found in the Exhibition Space located in the Mary Idema Pew Library from Wednesday, Sept. 26 through Wednesday, Nov. 14.  Leigh Rupinski, the Archivist for Public Services and Community here at Grand Valley State University, was in charge of putting the exhibit together. “It talks about the history and it walks through some of the steps they took toward social justice,” said Rupinski. “It shows some of the activism that they participated in.”

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Courtesy / Eric Maino

Laker alumnus to speak about post-college success

On Monday, Oct. 1, a Grand Valley State University alumni will discuss how he brought the Laker Effect to the Microsoft Corporation. Eric Maino, 2005 Computer Information Systems graduate, is now the Principal Engineering Lead of Commercial Software Engineering at Microsoft.  The event, called “Love Your Work, Love Your Life,” is taking place at 4 p.m. at the Cook-DeWitt Center auditorium. At the event, Maino will be discussing his journey from GVSU to Microsoft. 

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GV freshman wins Wake Surfing World Championship

Grand Valley State University freshman Cassidy Gale won the 2018 Centurion World Wake Surfing Championship in Ogden Valley, Utah.  On Saturday, Sept. 8, Gale, a Grand Rapids native, became the World Champion Wake Surfer at age 19. The 23rd annual Centurion World Wake Surfing Championship gathered athletes from around the world to showcase their skills during the three-day tournament. Day one consisted of the first round of qualifying, where Gale scored high enough to skip the last-chance qualifying round on day two. Gale’s next surf was during finals on day three when she took home first place, and a $6,000 check, in the Pro Women’s Surf division. 

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