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Make a 2016 Resolution to Reconnect

The new year brings new opportunities and for many, it’s a time to set resolutions. New Year’s Resolutions often focus on being healthier, living with less stress, or quitting a bad habit but have you thought about making a resolution to reconnect? When’s the last time you’ve checked-in with your college friends or grabbed coffee with a professor who made an impact in your life?

Whether you graduated in 1976 or 2015, it’s never too late to reach out to those who made your time at Grand Valley memorable. This year we hope to reconnect with Lakers everywhere through our various events and initiatives that are taking place around the globe. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event soon!

Chris Barbee, '88
Director of Alumni Relations

Women in Sport and Physical Activity - January 30

Celebrate women's achievements in sport and physical activity at the GVSU vs Hillsdale basketball game. Watch the game from the upper arena balcony on January 30 at 1:00 p.m. A formal presentation honoring Kim Hansen, '80, Courtney Jones, '14 and Doug "Doc" Woods will be held after the game. This event is $25 for ages 15+ and free for those 14 and under!  

Join us in Celebrating Women in Sport! 

Mike Lints Meet Cross Country/Track and Field Alumni Meet - January 30

The annual Mike Lints Alumni Track Meet will be held on Saturday, January 30 at the Kelly Family Sports Center. The meet will get underway at 1:00 p.m. An alumni social will be held upstairs from 3:30-5:00 p.m. and an alumni/family relay event will take place on the track at 4:00 p.m. Those who sign up by the deadline will receive complimentary food and refreshments. Get your new year off to a great start by seeing old friends and getting some exercise!

Kelly Family Sports Center

Power of 10 Tour

T. Haas is touring the country on his Power of 10 tour, and he wants you to be a part of it! You'll get updated about the future of the university directly from the president. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions. The cost is $15 per person and includes a beverage and hors d' oeuvres. Business casual attire is suggested. Alumni and friends of GVSU are welcome. Click here to find out more about the Power of 10 tour. 

The remaining cities on T. Haas' tour are: Houston (January 13), Atlanta (January 22), Washington D.C. (April 18), Denver (May 19), Phoenix (May 20), and Detroit (June 16). 


Power of 10 Seattle

China Alumni Events in March

Alumni and friends of Grand Valley are invited to join President and Mrs. Haas in China in mid-March for a couple of alumni events. Dr. Shinian Wu from the Department of English will also be in attendance for the Xi'an event. The events will provide attendees an opportunity to network and to learn about the latest activities on campus. Dinner will be provided by the Padnos International Center. For those interested in attending either of the events, please contact Mark Schaub at  

Shanghai, China:  Friday, 18 March 2016.  6:00 p.m. 
Centrally located restaurant TBA

Xi’an, China: Saturday, 19 March 2016. 6:00 p.m. 
Centrally located restaurant TBA

Shanghai, China

KCON Nursing Alumni CEU Events To Be Held in February and Survey Opportunity

Kirkhof College of Nursing alumni mark your calendar for two Continuing Education events in early February. Alternative Stategies for Pain and Suffering will be the topic for both CEU's on February 9 and 11. Guest speaker Sandy Van Brower will lead the sessions. Those completing either session will be awarded 1 Pain CEU.

In the upcoming issue of the KCON Magazine, Professional and Community Leadership will be showcased. Please take the following survey related to involvement on boards and committees. Even if you don't serve in this capacity, please answer "no" for the first question. Results will be provided in the next issue of the KCON Magazine. Thank you for your participation! You may access the survey here.   

February 9, 2016

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Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences

Resolve to Make an Impact Volunteering this year During Community Outreach Week!

It's a new year, which means Community Outreach Week 2016 is right around the corner. Create or join an existing service project in the city where you live and volunteer in the name of Grand Valley. Visit the website and check out some project ideas. You can sign up for a project, get together with a group of alumni to plan an event or create your own. The week of service begins Saturday, March 19 and ends on Saturday, March 26. Questions about getting started? Email the team at

2015 Community Outreach Participants

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GVSU Metro Detroit Club hosts Pistons vs Cavaliers Outing
January 29, 2016 
Celebration of Women in Sport and Physical Activity 
January 30, 2016 
Griffins Hockey with Young Alumni Council

February 26, 2016

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Event Recaps

Detroit Fowling Event: Recap & Photos
Santa and Louie Brunch: Recap & Photos
Toast with T. Haas: Recap & Photos
SPHNA Alumni Reception: Recap & Photos

Toast with T. Haas

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Become an Alumni Champion – Take Your Laker Pride to the Next Level

Grand Valley’s Alumni Champions are working to increase alumni participation and ownership of GVSU. Currently, we have 68 committed alumni serving in this role. Alumni Champions support students by giving to the university at the leadership level and by reaching out to peers to ask them to show their Laker pride through a gift to GVSU. Alumni Champions are strengthening the Laker network, educating their peers about philanthropy and making a significant impact in the lives of Grand Valley students! If you are interested in learning more about how to become an Alumni Champion, contact Katelyn Semelbauer at 616-331-6606 or

Alumni Champions

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WInter Sports Season in Full Gear

If you are looking for your Laker sports fix, there is plenty of activity during the winter months. Men's and Women's Basketball, Swimming and Diving, Track and Field and Women's Lacrosse are all in action over the course of the next three months. For schedule information, visit and come on out to cheer on our Laker athletic teams. 

Rowing Coach John Bancheri Named 2015 Men’s Collegiate Coach of the Year

Congratulations are in order for GVSU Head Rowing Coach John Bancheri who was recently named as the  2015 Men’s Collegiate Coach of the Year at the 23rd annual Joy of Sculling Coaches’ Conference. The award was voted on by other rowing coaches across the nation. Bancheri has been at Grand Valley for 11 years and is in his 30th year overall of coaching.   

Coach John Bancheri

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Campus News


Grand Valley Celebrates Graduates at December Commencement

More than 1,000 Grand Valley State University students participated in the winter commencement ceremony December 12 at Van Andel Arena. Students and their families and friends heard an address from Grand Valley alumnus and Lt. Governor Brian Calley. Calley, elected in 2010, graduated from Grand Valley in 2000 with a master’s degree in administration. During the ceremony, Nancy Lubbers and Andrzej ChochóB were also recognized. Lubbers served as the first lady of Grand Valley during the 32-year tenure of President Emeritus Arend D. Lubbers. ChochóB is the rector of Cracow University of Economics in Poland, which is Grand Valley’s oldest international partner. Jessica Cruz, '06, recently named as the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Northern Michigan University, was honored as the Young Alumni Award recipient.

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Top 15 Stories of GVSU in 2015

The year behind us provided many great memories for the Grand Valley community. Here are the top 15 memorable stories based on impact on campus, in the news, and on social media.

Story by GVNow

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