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Homecoming 2015, the GRANDest tradition at GVSU

Even though you're no longer a student, you will always be a Laker for a Lifetime. Reawaken your inner Laker during the 2015 Homecoming weekend on October 24. The weekend will be packed with activities for all ages including the annual epic LipSync battle, campus expo, documentary screening, and a beer garden. Check out the Homecoming website for a full list of events you won't want to miss!

In addition to taking in the sights throughout campus, you can get a workout by running or walking the Homecoming 5K! The race will begin at 10:00 a.m. on October 24 with a kids fun run at 11:00 a.m. and a pancake breakfast (included with registration) afterwards! Find more information on the 5K here and sign up today!

An event you don't want to miss!

President Haas continues ten city tour around U.S. to celebrate anniversary

Grand Valley president Thomas J. Haas, (also known as T. Haas) is visiting alumni in ten cities around the United States in celebration of his ten years of being in office. Still on his list of cities to visit are: Seattle (October 19), Los Angeles (October 20), New York (November 9), Houston (January 13), Atlanta (January 22), DC (April 18), Denver (May 19), Phoenix (May 20), and Detroit (June 16). 

Each ticket includes drinks and hors d' oeuvres. T. Haas will be there to update you on Grand Valley news and to personally answer questions about the future of the university. 

T. Haas with alums at the Power of 10 event in Chicago.

Message from Alumni Association President - Mike Tappy, '78


This time of year is always special on our various campuses. Students are back and Grand Valley is buzzing.  There is nothing better than seeing our college campus come back to life after a summer break.

I invite you to take some time this year to come back to campus and see the changes that have taken place.  The newest additions to the Allendale campus skyline are the P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science building and the Laker Store (formerly the University Bookstore).

Enjoy the remaining days of summer and I hope that at some point in the coming weeks and months you’ll be able to get involved by attending an event, volunteering or financially supporting our alma mater. 

Go Lakers!

Mike Tappy, '78

Meet new Vice President Jesse Bernal - September 23

Join Vice President for Inclusion and Equity Dr. Jesse Bernal for an evening of dialogue on September 23 at 6:00 p.m. at the Loosemore Auditorium on the Pew Campus.  Your hosts for the evening will be African American Alumni Chapter, Latin@ Alumni Chapter, and the LGBT Alumni Chapter members. Dr. Bernal is an individual with a rich background in diversity and inclusion initiatives. Business casual attire is suggested for this free event. Space is limited, so reserve your seat right away.

RSVP by September 20

Accounting Alumni Scholarship Golf Outing - September 18

Enjoy the end of summer weather while supporting a good cause. Join the Accounting Alumni Scholarship Golf Outing at The Meadows Golf Course on September 18. The fee is $100 per player and all proceeds will go to various scholarships for current GVSU accounting students. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m. The day will wrap up with a lunch reception at 2:00 p.m.

The Meadows Golf Course

KCON Alumni Reception - September 29

If you are an alum of the Kirkhof College of Nursing, join your alumni chapter as they celebrate Grand Valley and recognize faculty. The event is free and will be held at the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences on September 29 at 5:30 p.m. Hors d' oeuvres and beverages will be served as you learn about ways to stay connected and support the KCON Alumni Scholarship. 

Kirkhof College of Nursing faculty

Baseball Alumni Golf Outing - October 3

The Baseball Alumni Chapter is hosting its first ever golf outing at The Meadows on October 3. A single player ticket costs $86 and includes the use of the practice range, an 18-hole scramble, two drink tickets, a participation gift, and a post-golf tailgate for Family Weekend. The proceeds will also support GVSU's baseball program. Be a part of history in the making and sign up today!

Support GV's baseball team!

KCON alumni at Art Prize - October 3

Looking to show your Laker pride in a way that's easy and fun? Join KCON on October 3 as they hand out water to thirsty art-enthusiasts during Art Prize! Keep folks hydrated, connect with your community and fellow alumni, and help make Grand Rapids' biggest event even more grand! Can't make it? Water donations are welcomed. Email

Help out KCON during Art Prize!

Hello West Michigan Online Career Fair - September 16

Have you been considering a move back to Michigan but not sure where to start? Explore career opportunities in West Michigan without leaving your home or office by registering for the Hello West Michigan Online Career Fair on September 16. It is free to participate and you can learn about companies hiring in the region and have one-on-one chats with recruiters. Find out more about the online career fair here.

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An evening with Vice President Jesse Bernal
September 23, 2015
Baseball Alumni Golf Outing
October 3, 2015
Homecoming 2015: Once Upon a Laker
October 24, 2015

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Event Recaps

GVDC Baseball Outing: Photos
Power of 10: Chicago Alumni Reception: Recap & Photos
Traverse City Alumni Club at the Beach Bums: Recap & Photos 


Power of 10: Chicago Alumni Reception

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Volunteers needed for Academic Major Fair

Help students discover what major is best for them by volunteering at the Academic Major Fair on Wednesday, November 4. The event will be held in the Kirkhof Center from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and will give students a chance to speak to alumni professionals one-on-one about their future. Lakers helping Lakers with this important decision is a powerful thing! For a list of majors that still need representation and more details about the event.

Help students find their calling!

There's still time to support the Kindschi Hall of Science

The P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science opened its doors to students for the first week of classes. The beautiful state-of-the-art building is more than 151-thousand square feet with nine classrooms and 30 laboratories. The space is outstanding, but funding is needed for the work that will go on inside the building to provide students with more research and professional development opportunities. Please make a gift to support the fund and your name will be added to the donor wall.

P. Douglas Kindschall Hall of Science

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Women's soccer ranked No. 1 in conference

The Grand Valley State women's soccer team is ranked first in the GLIAC Conference Women's Soccer Preseason Poll, receiving 11 out of the 13 first place points. The team also holds the first place ranking in the NSCAA/ Continental Tire Preseason Rankings, making this the eighth consecutive season in which the Lakers have been voted number one in both polls.

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Don't miss out - Grand Opening of Laker Store!

Wednesday, September 16 through Saturday, September 19 the new GVSU Laker Store will be celebrating its grand opening and GV alumni are invited. The celebration will include daily contests and promotions, a $250 shopping spree giveaway, $5 tee shirts, and much more. The event will conclude with a formal dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, September 19, before the GVSU vs. Ferris football game. 

Come celebrate the Laker Store Grand Opening!

Fall Arts Celebration 2015

Art enthusiasts of all sorts, rejoice! The 13th annual Fall Arts Celebration is right up your alley - with art exhibits, poetry readings, musical performances and more. this celebration is free and open to the public. Visit the Fall Art website for the full list of exhibits and performances that will be held throughout the 2015 fall semester at Grand Valley.

Living centers renamed to make way for new housing development

Construction has begun on the new $37 million housing and academic building on the Allendale Campus. It's being built east of Mackinac Hall where Robinson Field was located. The project involved tearing down the original Icie Macy Hoobler Living Center. Four existing living centers have been renamed as a result of the new construction. North B Living Center is now Icie Macy Hoobler Living Center and North A Living Center is now Ella Koeze-Weed Living Center.

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