Laker Life

Courtesy: Campus Ministry @ GVSU

Campus Ministry hosts spring break mission trips

After a long few months of classes, spring break provides most students with a period of much needed relaxation. However, for members of the Grand Valley State University Campus Ministry, spring break is about far more than relaxation.  This spring break, GVSU Campus Ministry sent 310 students on mission trips to 14 different locations. These locations included multiple cities in Texas, as well as Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, California, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Guatemala and the U.S. Virgin Islands. During these trips, students deepened their faith and their relationships with those around them. 

Courtesy / GVSU Lions Club 

GV Lions Club protects the eyes of little Lakers

On Tuesday, February 26, two student members of the Grand Valley State University Lions Club visited the GVSU Children’s Enrichment Center for their annual Kidsight event. At the event, the Lions Club members screened 24 children to detect eye problems.  Lions Club International (Loving Individuals Our Nations Safety) was founded in 1917 and now has over 1.4 million members in 211 countries. The club provides a safe space for individuals to join together and give their time and effort to their community and the world. The club’s main focus is vision, but they also help many different causes.

Courtesy // Nick Hoffman

GV Alumnus starts business that celebrates Michigan

Grand Valley State University alumnus Nick Hoffman recently started a business called Mitten on My Mind LLC (Limited Liability Company) with his brother Nate Hoffman. Mitten on My Mind is an online business that has allowed the brothers to share their passion for their state.  Mitten on My Mind sells a plethora of products such as apparel, coffee mugs and phone cases. 

Alpha Omicron Pi held their Annual Spaghetti Dinner to raise money for “IKUS” on Wednesday February 20th, 2019.  GVL / Emily Modloff

Alpha Omicron Pi serves community and spaghetti

The oldest Panhellenic chapter on Grand Valley State University’s campus hosted their oldest annual event on Wednesday, Feb. 20 to support their local charity.  Since 2006, Alpha Omicron Pi has hosted its annual Spaghetti Dinner to raise money for IKUS Life Enrichment Services. The sisters come together to string lights, lay tablecloths and cook spaghetti in preparation for this famous event. In addition to spaghetti, meatballs and salad, the chapter orders Olive Garden breadsticks every year by popular demand to serve guests and make the experience even more memorable. 

Courtesy: GVSU Bringing Together the World

Annual Sexy Accent Night comes back to GV

While study abroad provides students with a chance to dive into different cultures, not everyone is able to take part. So, Grand Valley State University’s Bringing Together the World will soon be kicking off Sexy Accent Night, where students can dance the night away while exploring unique cultures right here at GVSU. Students will be able to see and experience these cultures without having to do any traveling.  “It’s a night where students can come and learn in a fun way and not feel like they are being lectured,” said President of Bringing Together the World Alan Carter.

Grand Valley Alumni came out to the multipurpose room in the Mary Idmea Pew Library this past Tuesday to speak and answer questions regarding their time studying abroad.  GVL  / Emily Modloff

Recent GV graduates share experiences at Five Under 35: Study Abroad

Grand Valley State University has an excellent study aboard department, with opportunities for every year and major. On Tuesday, March 14, five GVSU alumni gathered for the Five Under 35: Study Abroad event to share some of their study abroad experiences. Five Under 35 was hosted in partnership by the Student Alumni Association and Padnos International Center, and took place in the Mary Idema Pew Library Multipurpose Room from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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GV to host 35th Regional Science Olympiad Tournament

On Saturday, March 23, the Grand Valley State University Allendale Campus will be home to the Region 12 Michigan Science Olympiad Tournament. This will be the GVSU Regional Math and Science Center's 35th time hosting the event, and they are excited to celebrate the excellence Science Olympiad continues to foster.  “Region 12 Michigan Science Olympiad Tournament is a regional tournament that serves as a qualifier for the Michigan State Competition in April,” said tournament Co-Director Chelsea Ridge. “Middle and high School students compete in over 50 events that are related to various science fields.”

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GVSU PR Club recognized through multiple awards

Grand Valley State University’s Public Relations Student Society of America (GVPRSSA) has recently won four awards for their outstanding impacts in the community. The club strives to help organizations and individuals establish mutually beneficial relationships with the public. As a result of its members' hard work and success, the club earned the Pacesetter award in November and December of 2018 and January and February of 2019.  The Pacesetter award is given by the Public Relations Student Society of America to chapters based on their success in areas of membership, national participation and chapter development.

Courtesy // City BBQ

Barbeque Restaurant Opens their First Location in Michigan

Coming soon to downtown Grand Rapids, Mich., will be famous award winning barbeque restaurant “City Barbeque.” City Barbeque is growing fast due to their cozy backyard atmosphere, homemade savory foods and caring staff that gives back to the community through fundraisers. Currently, City Barbeque is popular in eight different states and this will be the first ever Michigan location to open. The restaurant was established in Arlington, OH, in 1999 and will be celebrating 20 years of business this year. City Barbeque will soon be located at 3050 28th St. SE in Kentwood. This will be their 43 restaurant to be up and running.