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Alumni Spotlight: Veronica Kirin, '09 - Fearless entrepreneur  

Starting a business takes guts. Starting two nonprofits and four businesses in only a few short years? That takes something else entirely. Whatever it is, Veronica Kirin, '09 has it. Never being one to shy away from a challenge, Kirin used a layoff to take the entrepreneurial path. Now among her other businesses she designs websites through her company, Green Cup Design and spends what little free time she has volunteering, working on her kickstarter (, and teaching a beginning course for entrepreneurs. 

Veronica Kirin, '09

Once Upon a Laker, Homecoming will be here soon

Do you ever reminisce about your college days? Travel back in time with us during Homecoming 2015: Once upon a Laker. We will have events all over campus October 23 & 24 including a 5k run, pancake breakfast, tailgate, campus expo, and beer garden.
Sign up for the Homecoming 5K today! The course winds through campus so you can take in all the sights - old and new! After the race, refuel with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast included with registration. For more information and/or to sign up, click here.

Travel back to your alma mater!

Afternoon shifts still available for Freshmen Move-In on August 25

Grand Valley welcome week is right around the corner and we need you to be the GV welcome wagon! Many alumni have already stepped up for the morning shift, but there are still plenty of afternoon shifts available. Join us for lunch at noon and hear updates about the newest housing construction, then get your workout in by helping students move in from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on August 25. For your efforts, you will receive a one-of-a-kind t-shirt, and unlimited water and Gatorade throughout the day. Going to college is a big transition. Help students feel a little more at home with just a few hours of your time.

RSVP by August 20

President "T. Haas" Power of 10 Reception: Chicago, IL

Ten years of leading a constantly growing university is no small task, which is why The GVSU Metro Chicago Alumni Club, along with GVSU Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Staff are inviting you to join them in celebrating President "T Haas" and his10th academic year. On August 10 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. President Haas will be at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile sharing updates on the university and answering questions about Grand Valley. 

This event is for alumni and friends of GVSU. Tickets are $15 and includes beverages and hors d' oeuvres. Business casual is preferred.

RSVP by August 6

5 helpful interview tips straight from a recruiter

Christian Sack, '07 has a passion for HR and recruiting. He has shared some helpful interview tips for anyone on the search for a job on the GVSU alumni blog. Interviews are a part of everyone's life at some point, so advice on how to win the interview is beneficial to all, check out what an insider in the world of interviews has to say on the subject!

Christian Sack, '07 shares interview advice

Saugy Summer Bash with LGBT alumni - August 20

Come hang out with LGBT alumni on August 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Laketown Golf and Conference Center in Saugatuck for a summer party. Catch up with old friends and help raise funds for the Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center at GVSU. Parking will be available on site and carpooling will be arranged from Allendale and Grand Rapids. For more information, check out the LGBT Chapter Facebook page.

RSVP on Facebook today!

18th Annual Women's Golf Team Outing - August 29

The GVSU Women's Golf team is stepping away from the green August 29 so alumni can take over for its 18th Annual Golf Outing. Each $100 entry fee includes use of the practice range, snacks, drinks, and dinner. If you are a Women's Golf alumna, your entry fee is only $75 and current GV staff/faculty's fee is $85. The shotgun start is at 2:00 p.m. There will be special events and contests on every hole. 

Support GV women's golf!

GVSU Global Gala in Detroit to benefit study abroad programs

Join us for a night of fun, food, and Lakers from around the globe! Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate international education on September 3 at the GVSU Detroit Center. Stories from across the world will be shared, dinner will be had, and proceeds will benefit the Mark A. and Elizabeth C. Murray Study Abroad Scholarship to help support students who wish to travel abroad. 

Support study abroad students!

An evening with Vice President Jesse Bernal - September 23

With a rich background in diversity and inclusion initiatives, Vice President for Inclusion and Equity Jesse Bernal will be at the Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium September 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to answer any questions you may have for him. This event, hosted by the African American Alumni Chapter, the Latin@ Alumni Chapter, and the LGBT Alumni Chapter is free! Business casual is suggested and please RSVP by September 20.

Vice President for Inclusion & Equity, Jesse Bernal

Baseball Alumni Chapter Golf Outing - October 3

Attending this event could lead to large amounts of fun, good company and supporting the Grand Valley baseball program. If you think you can handle an event like that, join the Baseball Alumni Chapter on October 3 at the Meadows Golf Course for their first ever golf outing. A single player entry fee is $86 and includes the use of the practice range, an 18-hole scramble, two drink tickets, a participation gift and a post-golf meal. 

The Meadows Golf Course

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Freshmen Move-In
August 25, 2015
18th Annual GVSU Women's Golf Team Outing 
August 29, 2015
Homecoming 2015
October, 2015

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Event Recaps

Annual Alumni Golf Outing: Recap & Photos
Wild Summer Nights at the Detroit Zoo: Recap and Photos
Nashville Alumni Club at the Sounds Baseball: Recap & Photos


Annual Alumni Golf Outing

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Be a part of the new Fraternity & Sorority Laker Leaders Scholarship

If you became part of a brotherhood or sisterhood in college, being greek has probably had a life changing impact on you. Now there is a new scholarship benefiting Grand Valley students that you can relate to! The Fraternity & Sorority Laker Leaders Endowed Scholarship was recently established by greek alumni to support any student on campus who demonstrates promise in leadership, service and academics, regardless of affiliation.

First time donor? Your impact will triple if you give now. Learn more at

Join your brothers and sisters!

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GV student helps take home gold at World University Games

Grand Valley rower Austin Gentry and his seven teammates came in first place at the World University Games July 7 in Chungju, South Korea. Gentry is a junior at Grand Valley and the captain of the rowing team. This is the first win for the United States in men's rowing eight since the World Games began in 1923.

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Alton Voss recognized for community service and leadership

Alton Voss, a Grand Valley junior and defensive end for the Laker Football Program has been nominated for the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team has recognized college football players from across the country who exemplifies a superior commitment to community service and volunteerism. Voss earned the nomination by speaking to groups about decision making, taking advantage of second chances and leaving a legacy. 

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Thinking about taking a year to explore the world?

Interested in taking a year or two to develop your skills, take on a new challenge and give back to the community? If so, a service or gap year program may be for you! Find out about opportunities in the U.S. and abroad at GVSU’s Gap Year Information Session | Wed. Sept. 9, 2015 | 4 – 5:30 p.m. | 2204 Kirkhof Center. Hear from GVSU alumni about their experiences and meet representatives from organizations, including Peace Corps, Teach for America, AmeriCorps, Literacy Center of West Michigan and Challenge Detroit. More info? Contact: or 616-331-2468.

University Book Store changes location, renamed GVSU Laker Store

Save the date! The new GVSU Laker Store will be hosting a grand opening event Wednesday, September 16 – Saturday, September 19 and all Grand Valley alumni are invited. The four days of celebrations will include daily contests and promotions, a $250 shopping spree giveaway, $5 tee shirts, and much more. The event will conclude with a formal dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, September 19, before the GVSU vs. Ferris football game. 
Additional details will be available soon at and the Laker Store Facebook page. Stay tuned…

GVSU named Best College by Money Magazine

Because of its excellent value to students, Grand Valley was named a Best College by Money Magazine. Colleges were ranked on 21 factors in three equally ranked categories: educational quality, affordability, and alumni earnings.  The magazine chose colleges and universities that offer "a great education, at an affordable price, that help students launch promising careers."

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GVSU art exhibit - Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal

The collaborative project of the GVSU Art Gallery and the De Pree Art Center and Gallery at Hope College looks to the contemporary familiarity found in our collective darkness during the decline of the industrial age through paintings, photographs, sculptures, and videos. This free exhibit will be revealed at the Performing Arts Center on GVSU's Allendale Campus on Thursday, September 10 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information, please visit

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