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Get spotted volunteering, win prizes during COW - March 21-28, 2015

You don't have to be in Allendale to participate in Community Outreach Week 2015. In fact, we need participants worldwide! Join fellow Lakers as they unite for this award winning week of service during March 21-28 all across the globe. Visit to find a project near you or create one of your own

Use #GVcow to share photos and videos of your experience and you'll be entered to win Laker prizes!

COW is March 21-28, 2015

Alumni Spotlight: Carrie Uthe, '10 - Improving the quality of life in West Michigan

Although Carrie Uthe, '10 took a non-traditional route during her tenure at GVSU, she made her time worthwhile. She completed her senior thesis which focused on the effect that prescription drugs have on the water systems in West Michigan. She was featured in several publications and went on to create the first-ever prescription drug take-back program in Muskegon County. She is now serving in the Regional Management Services Organization (MSO) role at the Lakeshore Health Network.

Need a reason to join the Laker for a Lifetime team at the River Bank Run?

Meet Stephanie Ewing, '13, a recipient of the Student Support Fund Scholarship. This scholarship allowed Stephanie to obtain her degree to become a teacher. By joining the Laker for a Lifetime team for the 2015 Fifth Third River Bank Run, you can help students get to the graduation finish line. Join the team before March 1, and get a free alumni pin. Visit for more information.

Click the link above to watch Stephanie's  story

The Celebration of Women in Sports is almost here!

Join fellow Grand Valley alumni at the Celebration of Women in Sports Reception as they recognize the accomplishments of those who were members of varsity or club sport teams, or were students who majored in movement science and physical education. The reception will take place on Saturday, February 21 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the Allendale campus. The cost is $25 per person.
2015 Honorees
Anna Tollefson, '08
Jill Meerman, '88
Susan Korzinek, '83
Lorin Cartwright, '79

RSVP by February 18

Sip local brews with Lakers at the Nashville Alumni Reception

Head to the Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery in mid-town Nashville on Thursday, February 19 for the Nashville Area Alumni Reception. Come mingle with fellow alumni and get caught up on the latest Laker news. The cost is $15 and includes heavy appetizers and two drink tickets. The event will go from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Free parking is included!

RSVP by February 12

Now accepting nominations for the Young Alumni Award

Young Alumni Award winners are those who understand Laker pride and the importance of giving back to their alma mater and community. He/she is one whose accomplishments and careers exceed the call of duty. If you know a recent graduate who exemplifies these traits, nominate them by April 1, 2015.

Left, Linh Huynh, '12, 2013 Young Alumni Award Winner

Nursing CEUs - Sponsored by KCON Alumni Chapter - February 10 & 12

On Tuesday, February 10 and Thursday, February 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. the KCON Alumni Chapter is offering two FREE Continuing Education Events. The following programs will be presented each evening:
  • Carol Robinson - Pain at the End of Life
  • Grace Hoyer - Creating Healthy Environments: LGBTQ Population Needs
The February 10th program will take place at Spectrum Butterworth, and on the 12th it will take place at Mercy Health St. Mary's Hospital.

RSVPs are required for these events.

SPNHA and Seidman partner for alumni social on February 25

Two alumni chapters will be collaborating for a Laker social on February 25 at the Downtown Market. Join the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration Alumni Chapter and the Seidman Alumni Association to network with other professionals. CEO of Spectrum Health Medical Group, Rick Breon will be available for Q&A.

This is a free event, but attendees are encouraged to pre-register.

Join alumni for a pregame gathering at Nemo's on March 6

Tickets to the Detroit Red Wings outing may be sold out, but you can still meet up with fellow alumni for the pregame gathering! Head to Nemo's Bar and Grill located in Detroit's Corktown Neighborhood on Friday, March 6 at 5:30 p.m. and mingle with fellow Lakers up until the game at 7:30 p.m. Food and beverage may be purchased at your own expense. Credit cards are not accepted. An ATM will be available inside the building, but we recommend planning ahead!

Lakers take over Atlanta on March 19

Join Angela Thompson, '10 as she welcomes Alexis Rangel, '10 of Alumni Relations and Katelyn Semelbauer, '14 of Annual Giving for the Atlanta Alumni Reception on Thursday, March 19. Gather up Laker friends and family and head down to Ormsby's and share some friendly competition on the bocce ball court, or play some pool, shuffle board, or backgammon. The event will go from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The cost is $15 per person and includes heavy appetizers and one drink ticket. A cash bar will also be available. 

RSVP by March 16

Tampa Bay alumni game: Lightning vs. Red Wings - March 20

Head to the Amalie Arena for a night at the rink with fellow Tampa Bay area Lakers. Watch the Tampa Bay Lighting take on the Detroit Red Wings on Friday, March 20. The cost is $40 per person and includes appetizers at a pregame meet up and your ticket to the game. The pregame meet up will be at 6:00 p.m. at Ferg's Live Tampa, followed by the game at 7:30 p.m. Bring a canned food item to celebrate Community Outreach Week. Items will be donated to Metropolitan Ministries.

RSVP by March 14

Texas Stars vs. GR Griffins with Austin Alumni Club on March 27

Watch the 2013 Calder Cup Champions take on the 2014 Calder Cup Champions at Cedar Park arena on Friday, March 27. Sport your GVSU pride and enjoy the company of fellow Austin area alumni. The cost is $15 per person and includes a ticket to the game and parking.

Support the local food pantry by bringing a canned food item to the game in honor of Community Outreach Week.

RSVP by March 19

A message from Liberty Mutual Insurance: Driving green to conserve and protect

Over the past few years, there has been an increase in reports about the impact of greenhouse gases on the environment. Take some time to rethink how you typically maintain and operate your vehicles. Try following these tips to increase your fuel efficiency:
  • Consider a hybrid car
  • Avoid idling for more than 30 seconds
  • Eliminate excess weight
  • Follow the recommendations for fuel octane in your manual
  • Use “energy-conserving” motor oil
To learn more or get a free, no-obligation quote, call 1-800-524-9400 or visit

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Nashville Alumni

February 19, 2015
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Atlanta Alumni

March 19, 2015
Community Outreach

March 21-28, 2015

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Event Recaps

Swimming and Diving Chapter Kickoff | Recap & Photos
Seattle Alumni Reception | Recap & Photos
Mike Lints Alumni Open Track & Field Meet | Recap & Photos
African American/Latin@ Panel Discussion | Recap & Photos

Swim & Dive Chapter Kickoff

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Give to the CLAS Margin of Excellence for Science Fund

The grand opening of the new science laboratory is approaching this fall, but there is still a great need for expansion of what goes on within the laboratory buildings. We want to help students discover, inquire, test their theories and ultimately uncover information that can make a difference in the world. Make a gift to the CLAS Margin of Excellence for Science fund, and allow more students to perform advanced scientific research. Your gift will enhance our science curriculum and help Grand Valley meet Michigan's increasing demand for high-quality graduates in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions.

All gifts of any size to this fund will be recognized on a donor wall in the new science lab building.

Rendering of new science & lab building on the Allendale Campus

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GV alumna receives NCAA Top 10 Award for track & field

Grand Valley track & field star Kristen Hixson, '14 received the NCAA Top 10 Award at the NCAA Honors Celebration on January 16 in Washington D.C. This annual award recognizes former student-athletes for their successes both on and off the field. Hixson was a three-time national champion and a seven-time All-American in the pole vault. She graduated from GVSU with a degree in Finance and a 3.97 GPA.

Kristen accepting her award at the NCAA Honors Celebration

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GVSU Career Fair features thousands of job opportunities

Whether you are an employer looking to hire experienced GVSU alumni, or a Laker grad looking to connect with top notch employers, you can check out this years GVSU Winter Career Fair. More than 200 regional and national employers are expected to attend and they are looking for talented Lakers to fill 7,000+ open jobs. Head to the DeVos Place Convention Center from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on February 24, 2015, and put your education to work!

COE celebrates 50th anniversary with a panel discussion - February 10

You're invited to a panel discussion with area alumni Superintendents Teresa Weatherall Neal, '97 of Grand Rapids Public Schools, Dirk Weeldreyer, '10 of Fennville Public Schools, and Dr. Nick Ceglarek, '96 of Hudsonville Public Schools. The event will take place on February 10 at the Loosemore Auditorium. Attend the reception from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. followed by the panel from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. They will discuss their challenges, hopes and vision for the future of education.

Find your next job with LiveWorkDetroit! - February 27

Looking for a career position in the Detroit area? Get the inside scoop on what's going on in Detroit from people who live, work and play in the city on Friday, February 27 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Majestic Theater. Get some employer networking time and listen to keynote speaker, Jason Hall, co-founder of Detroit Bike City. You will also receive an insider tour with the Detroit Experience Factory followed by dinner and a panel discussion. The cost is $15 per person if you register after February 13, and $10 for the early bird special. The cost includes food, transportation, and entertainment.

Get the early bird registration fee before February 13!

GVSU competing for $200,000 security grant

From January 19 to February 13, GVSU will be competing for the Stanley Safer Schools Grant worth $200,000. This grant will allow GVSU to upgrade existing systems and install new ones in order to keep its safety initiative moving forward. You can help Grand Valley by voting one time per day up until February 13.

Here is what to do:
  1. Go to
  2. Find GVSU in the list of schools/universities 
  3. Enter your email address
  4. Click "vote"

Tova Friedman, Auschwitz survivor, shares her experiences

Tova Friedman was five years old when she was taken to Auschwitz. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz prison camp on January 27, 1945. Friedman was one of the youngest of the 7,000 prisoners found alive at liberation. On January 15, Friedman relived her memories and shared her story at the DeVos Center on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

Click the link above to watch the Tova Friedman interview

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