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No Matter Where you Live, You can Participate in Community Outreach Week

This is a program that EVERY Laker can take part in. No matter where you live, your talents, age or ability, you can VOLUNTEER in the name of Grand Valley March 18-23, 2013. Other Lakers have already started organizing events like tree planting in Detroit, animal rescue work in Kalamazoo, serving in a food pantry in the Omaha area, and working at a school in Thailand. Hundreds of Lakers participate in this program every year. Do you want to be the one who doesn't?
  • Create your own project with a GROUP or on your OWN
  • Browse through existing projects, and JOIN.
  • Where do you start? Get some PROJECT IDEAS and start brainstorming.
All alumni participants registered by March 11, 2013 receive a FREE T-SHIRT.
Community Outreach Week 2012

Organized by the GVSU Alumni Association and the Community Service Learning Center.

The Celebration of Women in Sport & Physical Activity is Here!

Help commemorate the 40th anniversary of Title IX,  the legislation that put gender equality into athletics, on February 23, 2013 at the Celebration of Women in Sport and Physical Activity. This celebration will also launch the Boand & Rowe Endowment Fund. This fund provides support  for current Grand Valley students as they strive to make further advancement for girls and women in sport and physical activity.

The reception will begin at 1:00 p.m. and will feature keynote speaker Dr. Donna Lopiano, the president of Sports Management Resources, a consulting firm that helps scholastic and collegiate athletic departments in solving growth and development challenges.
More Information | RVSP | Give to the Endowment

What Do You Love About Grand Valley?

This February, think about what you love. Do you love someone you met at GVSU? Do you love an idea or concept that you first learned in a Grand Valley Classroom? Would life not quite be the same if it weren’t for GVSU? Show your love for the university by making a financial gift. Your gift doesn’t have to be a lot to make a big impact. $10 makes a difference. Please, show us some love

For questions about making a contribution, contact Heather Zeoli at or call (616) 331-6000.

The River Bank Run Laker for a Lifetime Team has Major Perks


You'll never be the last round pick on our team. Discover the power of giving with the 2013 Laker for a Lifetime Team at the Fifth Third River Bank Run on May 11, 2013. Join the team and earn *perks for hitting certain milestones. Recruit another team member and receive a free custom and personalized training plan with a GVSU wellness expert.

Learn more about how to get involved in one or more of these events.

*Perks: wicking shirt, VIP parking, FREE: gear check, food/drink, entrance to post-race party.

Input Needed for CIS and Engineering Alumni Chapters - March 14

Join CIS and Engineering alumni and share ideas about the formation of these new alumni chapters on March 14, 2013 at the Alumni Chapter Kickoff Reception. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be provided.  The reception will be held from 5:30 - 7:30p.m. in Kennedy Hall.

Please RSVP to by March 7. For more information, call Krashawn McElveen at
(616) 331-6260.

Alumni Spotlight: Tracie Coffman, '01 & '06

For Tracie Coffman, ’01 & ’06, the choice to study social work was a no-brainer. By the time of her high school graduation, she knew that giving a voice to the disenfranchised was what she was meant to do. She enrolled in the social work program at Grand Valley and “never thought twice about it.” Not too long after, she became the first financial counselor for Home Repair Services in Grand Rapids.

Coffman is a natural trailblazer. During her sophomore year, she joined the university’s first women’s rugby team. She remembers that they had to practice on the plot of land that now occupies the Alumni House.
Full Story | Alumni Spotlights

Tracie Coffman, '01 & '06

Plug into Local Creativity at the Factory - February 21

Join the Young Alumni Council at The Factory, a new and innovative space for creative collaboration, on February 21, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. Get a tour of the space and learn how you can become a part of and benefit from this unique dynamic.
More Information | RSVP by February 15.

Thaw Out Your Resume for the Winter Career Fair - February 21

GVSU wants you to succeed! Take advantage of thousands of job and internship opportunities at the 2013 Winter Career Fair. More than 175 regional and national employers will be looking for exceptional candidates to fill their job openings. Bring your updated resume and Laker spirit to DeVos Place Convention Center on February 21, 2013 and see what your education can do for you.
How to Prepare | Dos and Don'ts

2012 Fall Career Fair

Update: New Club and Club Leaders

We are happy to welcome a new alumni club in Traverse City and new club leaders, Audrey Cox, '04 in Phoenix and Brandon Avery, '05 in the Tampa Bay Area. It's even easier to stay connected with the support of your alma mater near by.
See what these Lakers are up to on their Facebook sites:
Traverse City | Phoenix | Tampa Bay Area

New Alumni Membership Rates at the Fieldhouse Fitness Center

Having an alumni membership card has its benefits. Check out the latest discounts offered at the GVSU Rec Center. A full list of alumni benefits and services can be found HERE.

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Young Alumni Event at The Factory
February 21, 2013
More Information | RSVP by February 15
Nashville Area
Alumni Reception

February 21, 2013
More Information | RSVP by February 13
Women in Sports

February 23, 2013

More Events...

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Event Recaps

Houston Alumni Reception | Recap & Photo Gallery 
Dallas/Fort Forth Event | Recap & Photo Gallery

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SURVEY: GV Magazine Needs Your Input

Grand Valley Magazine has been bringing you the university's news, successes, and breakthroughs for more than a decade, and they do it best with your feedback. What do you like about Grand Valley Magazine? What suggestions do you have for improvement? Take this brief survey by February 22 and provide input on what you would like to read in future editions. 

See the latest issue of Grand Valley Magazine online!

Treat Your Sweet Tooth and Indulge in a Cause - February 21

Make this year a little sweeter by attending the annual Women's Center Indulge in a Cause fundraising event on February 21, 2013. This event will feature endless desserts and a silent auction starting at 5:00 p.m. at the L.V. Eberhard Center in downtown Grand Rapids. Register online or call (616) 331-2748. Proceeds benefit GVSU Women's Center programs.

Questions? Email

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Spring Classic Football and Cash Draw Tickets on Sale Now!

Tickets are on sale now for the18th annual Outback Steakhouse Spring Classic and Cash Draw  on April 13, 2013. Attendees will get a preview of the 2013 Laker football team, an opportunity to chat with Head Football Coach, Matt Mitchell, and chances to win cash prizes! Order your tickets online.

Laker Sports Updates

Football: Head Football Coach Matt Mitchell was chosen to lead Team Michigan in the 2013 Ohio vs. Michigan College Football Senior Bowl. The game will take place on April 20, 2013 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio. Full Story

Track & Field: The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) named the Division II Women’s Program of the Year Award after head Track & Field and Cross Country Coach Jerry Baltes. Full Story

Track & Field Head Coach
Jerry Baltes

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Campus News


Interim Dean Announced for Seidman College of Business

The Seidman College of Business welcomes longtime economics professor, John Reifel, as interim dean. Reifel took over for H. James Williams on February 1 who began his duties as President of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee the same day.

The search for a permanent replacement will take place in the coming year, says Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Galye R. Davis. Full Story

John Reifel

Take in Some Culture at the Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration

The Office of Multicultural Affairs invites all alumni, family, and friends to enjoy the 2013 Asian Pacific American Celebration. There will be speakers covering topics such as stereotyping in the media and how to learn the Chinese language. Events will be held through the end of March and are free and open to the public.

Celebrate Black History Month at GVSU

February is Black History Month and GVSU is celebrating with events all month long. Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs for soul food, storytelling, poetry, and more. Check out the full list of activities and enjoy an event with a friend or family member. These events are free and open to the public.

Save the Date! G3 Camp Returning - June 25-27, 2013

The Regional Math and Science Center is gearing up for the second annual G3 Camp June 25-27, 2013. Grandparents and their grandkids are invited to spend three fun-filled days on the Grand Valley campus in Allendale. Scheduled events include hands-on classes, physical activities, and many other educating activities. Participants can get the full college experience of living  on campus while spending quality time with their loved ones. More Information | Register

G3 Camp 2012 Photo Gallery

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