Alumni Email Newsletter - June 2010
Kristine Crawford, '07
It's June and the signs of summer are everywhere. The temp. is on the rise, the days are getting longer, and Kristine Crawford is glad for the extra hours of daylight during the busy wedding season - especially now that she is undertaking multiple full-time careers. Having graduated with at B.A. in photography from GVSU in 2007 and launching her own wedding photography company, Crawford began to see the need for a one-stop wedding resource for brides and grooms in the state. To fill this void, she created and now edits InFrame Bride Magazine, produced by her self-owned company Wink Publications. Just a few short years out of college, Crawford has nearly single-handedly produced this high-end publication, featuring top photographers from throughout Michigan and unique articles on other state-wide wedding trends.
Young Alumni Big Hat and Bow Tie Party - June 18
GVSU alumni are invited to celebrate the start of summer, and being a GVSU grad at this outdoor event hosted by the Young Alumni Council. Show off your floral attire and checkered pants, put on your big fancy hats and bow ties, but keep the snootiness at home - this isn't your dad's country club party. Enjoy casual networking activities and the company of Laker friends in the relaxed atmosphere of Mangiamo's front lawn in Grand Rapids. Bring your own lawn games or play those already provided while enjoying the sounds of the GVSU student a capella group GV Groove! Cost is just $15 and includes a pig roast dinner and two drink tickets. Plus, enter to win prizes for biggest hat, best bow tie, and much more!
There is still time to get your foursome of Laker friends together for the 2010 GVSU Sleep Inn and Suites All-Alumni Benefit Golf Outing. Join us at the Meadows for this annual scramble featuring 18 holes of golf, a GV logo chair, and a post-event BBQ and awards ceremony for just $95. Not ready for the tour? Then sign up for the instructional program and get tips from a Meadows pro for just $50. All proceeds benefit the Shaping Our Future campaign which will provide student scholarships, improve and expand facilities, strengthen key programs, and provide much-needed support to faculty.
Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities also available. Contact email@example.com.
Alumni Activities Planned for Traverse City National Cherry Festival
Alumni and Friends are invited to connect with fellow Lakers in Traverse City during the National Cherry Festival weekend July 9-10.
Young Alumni Line Up for Life Lessons
60 Young Alumni gathered for an informational event on May 19. Life 101: What You Didn't Learn in College gathered together recent graduates who enjoyed networking, socializing and attending educational sessions on topics such as budgeting 101, first-time home buying and insurance basics. The event was an opportunity for recent graduates to make connections, gather with friends and hear presentations by talented alumni speakers. View event photos.
Coming soon - audio podcasts of all event sessions will be available for download!
Celebrating Laker Legacies
Are you the parent of a current GVSU undergraduate student? Watch your mail this fall for information about GVSU’s inaugural Legacy Families event, which will be held November 6 on the Allendale Campus. Want to be sure we have your family’s legacy connection? Contact Heather Zeoli, Parent & Family Program manager, at 616.331.5709.
IBM is searching for up to 60 full-time application services developers/specialists for its Michigan Delivery Center in East Lansing. IBM recruiters invite qualified candidates to a job fair at the GVSU Eberhard Center in downtown Grand Rapids from 12-2 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
Calling Alumni ArtPrize Participants
Grand Rapids is once again gearing up to host ArtPrize this fall. If you are a GVSU graduate and will be exhibiting during the event, please let the Alumni Association know so we can help get out the vote! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and specify project and venue information so you can be added to promotional materials.
GVSU graduates live in all 83 Michigan counties, all 50 of the United States, and in over 25 countries around the world. If you plan on moving out of West Michigan, find an Alumni Club near you and stay connected with your alma mater and fellow Lakers wherever you reside.
Lansing Alumni Club Gets New Leader
Kimberly Rangel, '07, is pleased to take over as Club Leader for alumni in the Lansing area after the relocation of the previous leader. Please send ideas for programs and events you'd like to see in the area to KimberlyCRangel@gmail.com. Find them on:
Rowing Alumni Chapter News
Rowing Alumnus Has Research Published - Dane Gallagher, '06, earned a B.S. in physical education and biology from Grand Valley. His research on strength and endurance conditioning of GVSU rowers was published in the May 2010 issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Head Rowing Coach, John Bancheri also contributed to the article.
Laker Navy Claims National Championship Three-Peat - The GVSU Rowing Team earned ACRA Women’s Team Points and Overall Team Points championships for the third straight year. The American Collegiate Rowing Association Championships were held May 22-23 in Oklahoma City.
Grand Valley Launches New Web Resource for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs
GVSU recently launched a new web portal at www.gvsu.edu/businessresource to help business owners and economic development professionals locate community resources vital to growing companies. The site collects 17 different entities within Grand Valley and offers both organizational and topical links to a wide range of consulting, training, market specialization, research and other services. Created by the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center at GVSU, the site is furthering GVSU's commitment to providing a comprehensive support network to the business community and economic developers.
A Year End Invitation
Looking for another way to get involved and help support GVSU students? University Development invites you to join fellow alumni in making a gift to Grand Valley. Alumni support helps make student scholarships, programs and the University’s highest priorities possible – all gifts matter! And did you know that nearly 16,000 companies match their employees’ charitable gifts nationwide? Find out if your employer matches gifts to Grand Valley. To make your year-end gift by June 30, visit www.gvsu.edu/annualgiving or contact Jill Dooley at 616.331.6527.
Grand Valley is seeking applications for the W. K. Kellogg Foundation’s Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowships beginning June 15. Qualified applicants possess a degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics and are interested in teaching science or math in one of Michigan’s high need secondary schools. GVSU is developing an innovative 36 semester hour graduate program leading to a M.Ed. degree and secondary teaching certificate. 20 applicants will be selected for each of the 15 month programs beginning in June 2011 and 2012. In exchange for a commitment to teach for at least 3 years in a qualifying school, selected Fellows will receive $30,000 to pay for tuition, fees, and living expenses while they complete the program. Learn more at www.gvsu.edu/teachingfellowship or by contacting email@example.com.
Grand Valley Wins 2009-10 GLIAC President's CupGVSU captured its 12th straight Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference President's Cup, commonly referred to as the league's all-sports trophy. The 2009-10 President's Cup is the Lakers' 17 all-time. The Laker women scored 86.5 points in 10 sports, while the men tallied 79.0 points in nine sports. The Lakers took 10 GLIAC Championships during the year (Men's Cross Country, Men's Indoor Track & Field, Football, Men's Golf, Women's Golf, Women's Cross Country, Women's Indoor Track, Women's Outdoor Track, Women's Soccer, Men's Swimming & Diving) and added six second place finishes. Seventeen of GVSU's 19 sports finished third or higher during the 2009-10 academic year.