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Homecoming 2012 Count Down: 14 Days!

Put some wind in your sails this fall! Come Sail Away with Grand Valley on October 19 and 20 and be blown away by Laker traditions such as Reunion Row, the 5K Road Race, and the Alumni Tailgate. With more than 20 events in two days, there's never been a better time to be a Laker!

Be Grand Valley's first mate and volunteer. All volunteers will receive a Homecoming t-shirt and complimentary tickets to the Alumni Tailgate.

Sign up | See Who's Coming | Full Event Schedule

Photo Gallery 2011

Laker Pride Contest: Win VIP Seats at Homecoming

We've got spirit, yes we do!
We've got spirit, how about you?!
Take a picture or video of your Laker for a Lifetime spirit and you could win two tickets to the GVSU Homecoming football game and enjoy food and drink in the alumni suite located at the top of Lubbers Stadium. Be creative and post your entry on the GVSU Alumni Association Facebook Page before October 10.
Full Contest Details

Laker Pride Video 2012

Alumni Spotlight: Huynh Tran, '06

Huynh Tran, ’06 and his family came to the United States from Vietnam with little more than the clothes on their back. His father, an officer in the South Vietnam Army, had spent time in prison after working with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was unable to find work after being released. Tran’s family struggled under a communist government until being approved by U.S. immigration in 1999.

After 13 years in America, Tran has built a promising life for himself; first as an architect, then as a research assistant, and now as resident physician at Basset Medical Center at Columbia University.

Dr. Huynh  Tran, '06

Fall GradFest is Just Around the Corner - Volunteer

The newest Laker alumni will be graduating soon and they need your help with commencement necessities. Share your real world advice and help them celebrate this "Grand" accomplishment at the fall GradFest, November 14 in Allendale and November 15 in Grand Rapids.
More Information | Sign Up

GradFest April 2012 Photo Gallery

Alumnus Production Returns to GVSU November 9 - 17

Months after the February premiere of his play, Distinguished Alumnus Max Bush, '72, brings An Identified Enemy back to the Louis Armstrong Theatre November 9 - 17.

Set in Bagdad and the United States, the play tells the story of ex-serviceman Jamie Foster as he searches for the whereabouts of the Iraqi man who saved his life. To purchase tickets, $6 - $12, call the Louis Armstrong box office at (616) 331-2300.

Showtimes and More Information

Accounting Alumni: Reconnect with your Peers

Accounting alumni and friends are invited to the Plaza Towers in Grand Rapids for the annual fall reunion. Enjoy refreshments and hors d’oeuvres on October 24, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. in the Campau Room while networking and catching up with your fellow classmates. Door prizes will be awarded at 6:30 p.m.
More Information | Email or call Kathy Goralski at (616) 331-7414 by October 21.

2012 Accounting Golf Outing

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Career Events in
DC, Chicago,
and Detroit
Homecoming 2012
at the Allendale Campus

October 19 -20
Accounting Alumni and Friends Fall Reunion
October 24, 2012

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Event Recaps

SoCal Baseball Game | Photos
Alumni, Family and Friends Tailgate | Photos & Recap
Denver Alumni Reception | Photos & Recap
ArtPrize Reception | Photos & Recap
KCON Alumni Reception | Photos & Recap

SoCal Alumni Reception and Baseball Game

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Show Students What Their Major Can Do

Choosing a major can be a daunting task for any student. How did you pick yours? How did it prepare you for your career? Take this opportunity to help GVSU students find their calling this fall at the 2012 Academic Major Fair. Give them a window into the professional world by representing the career that your education prepared you for.  
The Academic Major Fair takes place on November 7, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Grand River Room located on the second floor of the Kirkhof Center. To participate, please send your résumé or curriculum vitae to Kim Schmidt at or call 800-558-0541.

2011 Academic Major Fair

[Your Name Here] Make a Gift and Make your Mark

How cool would it be to have your name displayed on campus as a donor making a difference? Make a gift of any amount ($5.00 minimum via online giving) by October 20 to the Don Lubbers Excellence in Athletics Facilities Fund and have your name displayed in the newly renovated Lubbers Stadium.

This fund has been created to improve and maintain all our athletics facilities. Help us meet the need and don’t forget to come and cheer on your fellow Lakers and see the impact your generosity will make!

GVSU Swimming Team 2011

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Event will Celebrate Title IX Grand Valley Pioneers

On the heels of the 40th anniversary of Title IX, Grand Valley will host an event that celebrates the landmark legislation and honors two women who have advanced sports and physical activity for women on campus.

Joan Boand, professor emeritus of physical education, and Dr. Patrcia Irwin-Rowe, professor of movement science, will be honored on February 23, 2013 at an event that precedes a women’s basketball game. All alumni are invited to attend - visit for details.

The event will highlight current and former participants from varsity sport and club sport teams, and movement science majors. It will also kick off fundraising for an endowment fund named for Boand and Rowe that will support a scholarship and a leadership development award for students.

RSVP | Give to the Boand & Rowe Endowment Fund

Joan Boand and
Patricia Irwin-Rowe

Rowing Alumni to Compete in Boston, MA

Boston welcomes some of GVSU's finest rowing alumni for the 48th Head of the Charles Regatta, October 20 and 21. The men's alumni team heads back for a third time to race against 42 other boats from universities all over the country. This will be the first time at the regatta for the women's alumnae team, racing against 33 boats. 

The GVSU Rowing team will also be at the regatta competing in several events.

More Information | Race Schedule

2011 Regatta

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Campus News


Don't Miss this Career Building Opportunity

You still have time to prepare for the 2012 Fall Career Fair! More than 150 local and national employers will take part in the event at the DeVos Place Convention Center on October 16. They're looking for talented people like you to fill thousands of openings. Bring an updated résumé, portfolio, and your Laker enthusiasm!
FAQs | How to Prepare | Register

2012 Winter Career Fair

Seidman College of Business hosts Ethics Week: October 22 - 26

Get informed and be inspired during Seidman College's 2012 Ethics Week. All alumni are invited to the opening ceremony at Loosemore Auditorium on October 22, 2012 to hear Chuck Saylor, founder and CEO of izzy +, speak about how moral judgment drives success in business. The event begins at 5:00 p.m. and concludes at 6:30 p.m.

More Information

Wheelhouse Talks Begin their 2012 - 2013 Lecture Series

The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University kicked off its annual Wheelhouse Talks series this September. The lectures will continue through March 2013 and feature local leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators. The next lecture is coming up on October 10 and will feature Yang Kim, visual communicator and executive at Peopledesign. All Wheelhouse Talks are free and open to the public.

For more information and a full list of lectures, visit

Frederick Meijer Lecture Series Welcomes Mike Jandernoa - October 16

Mike Jandernoa, co-founder of Jandernoa Entrepreneurial Mentoring, will speak at the fall 2012 Frederick Meijer Lecture Series. He and wife Sue founded JEM to help entrepreneurs understand the risks and benefits of their chosen market. Join him for his lecture, "Passion for Entrepreneurship," on October 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Loosemore Auditiorium. This event is free and open to the public.

More Information | RSVP

Mike Jandernoa

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