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GradFest Fall 2012

Congratulations to the GradFest Laker Prize Winners!

Brittani Marshall
Sarah Smith
Hatti Koning
Stephanie Miranda
Amani Andrews
Stefani Hosford

After graduation, winning just puts the icing on the cake! To claim your prize, email with your mailing address and t-shirt size. Prizes include a hotel stay, local restaurant gift cards, a variety of Laker gear, and more!

We Need You. Volunteer, Run, Walk or Wheel with our Laker for a Lifetime Team

Save the date for the 36th Annual Fifth Third River Bank Run, taking place in downtown Grand Rapids on May 11, 2013. This year, we're rounding up Laker alumni runners, walkers, wheelchair racers, cyclers and all of their supporters for the Laker for a Lifetime Team.

Not Just for Athletes
We need volunteers to help with a series of events, including staffing our table at the Sports & Fitness Expo, Laker FUNDracer participants, official spirit station supporters, post-race party attendees and everywhere in between. Interested in joining a committee to help plan the event? Contact Abigayle Sloan at More details here

Spotlight: Distinguished Alumna Maryjean Schenk, '77

Dr. Maryjean Schenk has dedicated nearly three decades to the field of medicine. She is a leader, adviser and a mentor who has made notable accomplishments in the areas of family medicine and cancer epidemiology research. She is currently Vice Dean for Medical Education at the Wayne State University School of Medicine.
Schenk earned a bachelor of science in chemistry from Grand Valley State University in 1977 and finished her medical degree at Wayne State University School of Medicine (WSUSOM) in 1983. In addition to her daily tasks as vice dean, Schenk serves on a variety of boards and committees, including the American Cancer Society’s National Board of Directors.

Dr. Schenk (full bio) will be recognized along with this year's Outstanding Educator award winner, Kathleen Underwood (full bio) on December 7. Both awardees will be presented with accolades in front of the graduates during commencement on December 8.

Dr. Maryjean Schenk, '77

We're Coming to Texas: Houston & Dallas Networking Receptions

Houston - Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Jeremy Koger, ’00 along with Alumni Director Chris Barbee, ’88 and Senior Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Jill Dooley, ’90 & ’99 cordially invite alumni and friends in the Houston area to Pappasito's Cantina to network, catch up on Laker news, and enjoy complimentary refreshments. RSVP by January 14.

Dallas - Friday, January 18, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Join Bob Monaghan, ‘67 and Jeff Kilarski, ’94 for a networking reception with Dallas area alumni and friends at the Blue Mesa Grill. Hear all the university updates from President Thomas J. Haas and Athletic Director Tim Selgo. Refreshments and hors d'oeurves will be provided. RSVP by January 14.

Questions about these or other alumni events? Contact or call 800-558-0541.

Save the Date: Community Outreach Week - March 18-23, 2013

It's the season of giving. Why not get a jump start on planning your Community Outreach Week project(s) for 2013? Take part  no matter where you live around the world. Clean up a local park, volunteer at a local mission, or help build a home. The sky is the limit when it comes to this week of service, sponsored by the Alumni Association and the Community Service Learning Center.

Stay up to date with the latest projects as they're developed on the official COW website, or check out the COW Facebook page. There are a boat load of Lakers out there ready to volunteer. Get started with some project ideas. More details coming in 2013.

Indianapolis COW 2013

High Demand for Physical and Occupational Therapists

Spectrum Health is hiring and will host an open interview event on December 5, 2012 . Learn more about specific positions and bring your resume to the Twisted Rooster on the East Beltline from 4 - 7 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, visit the Facebook Event.

MichAGAIN Wants to Meet You - December 27

Just in case you missed the last one, MichAGAIN is hosting another employment event this month at Forty-Two Degrees North in the Detroit Renaissance Center. If you live in or around the Detroit area, or are going be in Michigan for the holidays, stop by and see why it's great to live and work in Michigan. Space is limited, so please register soon.

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MichAGAIN Employment Event
December 27, 2012
Texas Events in
Houston and Dallas

January 17 & 18, 2013

Women in Sports Celebration
February 23, 2013

More Events...

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Event Recaps

Academic Major Fair | Recap & Photos
GradFest | Recap & Photos
Metro Detroit at Gleaners | Recap & Photos
Parade of Lights | Recap & Photos
Young Alumni Holiday Brunch | Recap & Photos

Parade of Lights 2012

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Third Annual Gift Gets You a Seat in the Lubbers Society

This December we thankfully celebrate our alumni who continue their loyal financial support of Grand Valley. Donors who give (any amount) three or more years in a row are part of our Lubbers Society – named in honor of President Emeritus Arend ‘Don’ Lubbers. Alumni give to their Grand Valley passions or to the Grand Valley Fund to support students who, once like themselves, need a little assistance in reaching their dreams of a Grand Valley education. Begin a new year-end tradition and join us in showing your love and support of Grand Valley by making your gift today.

Share Your Leadership Insight with GVSU Students

Planning for the 16th annual GVSU Leadership Summit 2013 is well under way. GVSU alumni and community leaders are invited to submit a program proposal for a 50-minute workshop to be held during the conference on Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The Leadership Summit will bring together hundreds of students from at least 10 institutions for a day of leadership development, networking, and idea sharing. Program proposals are due Friday, January 11, 2013. For more information, visit

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Fall Sports Wrap-up

Women's Cross Country
The Laker women's cross country team won its second Division II National Championship in November. The team received its eighth top-three national victory in as many years and earned head coach Jerry Baltes Cross Country Coach of the Year from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Full Story.

2012 GLIAC Football Awards
Tim Lelito won GLIAC Offensive Lineman of the year, first-team honors for Matt Armstrong and Charles Johnson. Full Story.

Women's Soccer
The women's soccer team made it to the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament, but were defeated by UC - San Diego. Full Story.

Chelsea Parise, Ashley Botts and Alyssa Mira were honored with spots on the Daktronics NCAA Division II Women's Soccer All-America teams. Full Story.

Women's Volleyball
The women's volleyball team fell short in their quest to knock off GLIAC rival Hillsdale in the NCAA Midwest Regional, losing 3 sets to 1 in Indianapolis. Full Story.

Women's cross country team at D II Championships

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Campus News


Take Your Education to the Next Level with a Fellowship from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is looking for talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for its Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship Program. In exchange for a three-year commitment to work in one of Michigan's high-need secondary urban or rural schools, this fellowship offers a $30,000 stipend and admission to a specially designed master's program. More Information | How to Apply

Deadline for applications is January 31, 2013. Contact Caryn King or Barbara Lebeau with any questions.

2012 W.W. Fellows

Eight Signs Your Job Search Strategy Needs Help and How GVSU Can Assist

If you're having trouble finding a job, it might be your strategy in the way you're appealing to employers. Here are eight signs that it might be time to take a fresh look at how you're approaching your job search. The good news is, your alma mater can help! Offering free lifetime career services to alumni, here are just some of the ways the GVSU Career Center can aid you in gaining a competitive edge in the job market:
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Fall Issue of Grand Valley Magazine Now Available

Keep up with the latest Laker news - no matter where you are! The fall issue (as well as previous issues) is online and ready to be read. See what's happening on campus and how Grand Valley alumni are shaping lives all over the world.

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