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Homecoming 2014 is Almost Here - Back in Blue A Laker Legacy

Start planning your trip back to the Valley for Homecoming 2014! Check out the event schedule online now and take a look at the events going on throughout the week. 

Homecoming Highlights: Find all the homecoming details at

Join us at Lubbers Stadium for Music, Food and Fellowship on September 13

The Alumni Association and the School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration Alumni Chapter are hosting the annual football home opener Alumni & Friends Tailgate on September 13. Bring your family and friends to the Allendale Campus - Irwin Blue Lot from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and mingle with fellow Lakers while you enjoy live music by the Kari Lynch Band.The cost is $7 per person which includes the tailgate meal and non-alcoholic beverages. Children under the age of 3 are free.

RSVP by September 10

A Farewell Message from Alumni Association President Julie Bulson, '99 & '07

It is with mixed emotions that I provide you with my final presidential update. My term will be complete on September 13 and I am handing my gavel over to Mike Tappy, '78 to lead the Alumni Association for the next three years. I have been blessed to serve as the president of the GVSU Alumni Association since 2011 and it has been a pleasure serving on the board for a total of six years. The board of directors has accomplished a number of objectives during my tenure... 

Young Alumni Council Welcomes 12 New Members

Jim King, '06
Katie Perschbacher, '07 & '10
Ryan Kenny, '08
Sarah Nelles, '09
Wade Slaghuis, '09 & '13
Paige VanVliet, '12
Ellyse Birch, '13
Jakia Fuller, '13
Brandon Erhart, '13
Kristina Pantoja, '13
Ricardo Benavidez, '14
Michelle Guinyard, '14

These recent graduates will make up a group of 30 individuals who help advocate the needs of young alumni and help to plan and create multiple events throughout the year. Learn more

Detroit Alumni Club Leaders Making the Club Experience Enjoyable for Fellow Lakers

Diana Bushman, '99, Jessica Marcou, '07, Rachel Wion, '12 and Brad Gibbons, '08 have been leading the Detroit Alumni Club for the past several years.

They all agree that sharing fun moments with their fellow alumni is the best part of being volunteer club leaders. Some of the most memorable events have been the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, Detroit Tigers baseball outings, and Community Outreach Week. Rachel, Diana, Jessica and Brad are great examples of alumni club leaders that go above and beyond to make sure Laker graduates are staying connected to their alma mater while living in the Metro Detroit Area.

Check out the Metro Detroit Alumni Club or click here to connect with one of the other 17 clubs around the world.

L to R: Diana, Jessica, Rachel and Brad

Deadline is Nearing for Submitting Nominations for Two Prestigious Awards

Outstanding Educator Award: Nominate your favorite professor (currently teaching) for the 2015 Outstanding Educator Award.

Distinguished Alumni Award: Submit a nomination for an alumna/alumnus who is excelling in their field and is an extraordinary leader in his/her community or profession.

Learn more about the awards program and view previous award recipient names online here.

Nomination deadline is September 24

Last Chance to RSVP for the KCON Fall Reception - September 15

Join the Dean of the Kirkhof College of Nursing, Cynthia McCurren for the annual Grand Valley State University Kirkhof College of Nursing Fall Reception. Alumni are encouraged to attend this complimentary networking event in the lobby of the GVSU Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences. You'll get the chance to mingle with colleagues, friends and classmates and meet new faculty. The event will take place on September 15 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

RSVP by September 10

Back-to-School Safety: A Message from Liberty Mutual Insurance

Every fall millions of children move on from the lazy days of summer to the rigors of the classroom. These tips can help ease the transition - safely.
  • Dispel worries. Talk to your kids in a positive way and let them know it's okay to feel nervous when starting something new and exciting. 
  • Create routines. Establish daily routines at home to help children adjust. It will manage their expectations and benefit their work in the classroom. 
  • Travel with care. Whether your children walk to school or take the bus, remind them about crossing roads cautiously and being a safe and courteous passenger. 
  • Talk about bullying. Bullying takes many forms including name-calling, hitting, and harassment. Empower children to speak up if they are being bullied or witness others being bullied.
To learn more about Liberty Mutual Auto and Home Insurance or get a free, no-obligation quote, call 800-524-9400 or visit

Visit the National Safety Council website to learn more about Back-to-School Safety.

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Alumni & Friends 
Football Tailgate

September 13, 2014
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KCON Fall Reception
September 15, 2014
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Homecoming 2014
October 10-11, 2014

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Event Recaps

Rockin' on the River 80's Laker Style | Recap & Photos
Freshmen Move-In | Recap & Photos
Traverse City at Mission Table Tasting Room | Recap & Photos
Latino Alumni Chapter Kick-Off Event | Recap & Photos

Latino Chapter Kick-Off

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You Shop, Amazon Smile Gives to GVSU

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Grand Valley State University every time you shop, at no cost to you! When you shop at, Amazon will direct 0.5% of the purchase price to a charitable organization you choose... and we hope you choose GVSU.

How to get started:
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  3. Click "my account" to select charity
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Proceeds from all purchases benefit the Grand Valley Fund.

Rockin' on the River Raises $1,400 for the Pathways Scholarship Fund

On August 7, the alumni fundraiser Rockin' on the River | 80's Laker Style event hosted more than 100 alumni and friends at the L. William Seidman Center. All proceeds from the ticket purchases went towards the Pathways Scholarship Fund. A total of $1,400 was raised to financially assist students.

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GVSU Lacrosse Alum Excels at His Sport

Before embarking on his rookie campaign in Major League Lacrosse this past summer, Cam Holding, '12 cheered on his alma mater to win it's first ever MCLA Division II Championship.

The two-time All-American attackman and current Denver Outlaw  lacrosse player was also tapped to play with his fellow Canadians at the FIL Lacrosse World Championships this summer, where the team clinched a gold medal win over the United States. 

Holding led GVSU to the final four of the Division II MCLA League Championships with 266 goals in two years while at Grand Valley.

Story courtesy of GVSU Student Life Sports

Five Laker Athletes Make the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll

Five Lakers on the women's lacrosse team were named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division II Academic Honor Roll. Seniors Brooke Ingraham, Jordan Luberto, Rachel Leibovitz, Sarah Lowe, and Zoe Stiemann were among 738 total student-athletes from 162 institutions in all divisions of the NCAA honored by the IWLCA for their academic success. Only players with a 3.50 GPA or higher are eligible for the honor roll.

Story courtesy of GVSU Athletics

Watch Laker Athletics Online Now Through Athletics Youtube Channel has a new look and now allows you to watch lives games online this Fall. Games will be streamed on All home football, soccer, and volleyball contests will be available to view, as well as men's basketball in the winter. 

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Study Abroad Alumni Reunion Coming Soon

Mark your calendar for September 25 and attend the Study Abroad Alumni Reunion! There will be live music by The Crane Wives and international hors d'oeuvres. The cost is $35 for non-students. All proceeds benefit the Murray Study Abroad Scholarship, which supports students who otherwise financially wouldn't be able to study abroad. The event will be held at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market and will run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

2013 Reunion

College of Education Provides 50 Years of Quality Teacher-Education Programs

GVSU's College of Education celebrated 50 years of providing quality teacher-education programs on August 12 at the Eberhard Center with a Blue Apple Ceremony, recognizing 12 outstanding alumni. The College of Education has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is now one of the leading providers of teacher preparation programs in the state of Michigan.

Story Courtesy of GV Now

Talent Networking Event - September 9

Bring your resume to Belle Isle in Detroit on Tuesday, September 9 for an afternoon of networking. This event will provides young professionals, graduate, and undergraduate students a chance to rub elbows with DENSO, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), Square One Education Netowrk, and ITS America staff at all levels of their organization at the forefront of innovation in transportation. Admission is free and complimentary food and drinks will be provided. The event will run from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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