August 2010 Alumni Email Newsletter
David Garvey, '92, Finalist for Governor's Service Award
David Garvey was honored by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and First Gentleman Daniel Mulhern during the Governor’s Service Awards ceremony held June 24, 2010. He was one of just five finalists selected for the Governor George Romney Lifetime Achievement Award, the most prestigious of the Governor’s Service Awards. It honors an individual who has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to community involvement and volunteer service, and has made service a long-term way of life.
The 67-year-old graduated Summa Cum Laude from GVSU in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and has been volunteering in various roles for over 50 years. His total service is impossible to quantify, but hours logged with just a few of the organizations he has assisted over the years totals more than 6,000. A former smoker of 30 years, his current passion is in offering smoking cessation and recovery support. He volunteers for Tobacco Free Partners in Grand Rapids, having counseled more than 500 individuals through various support groups he has formed. He is a constantly available smoking cessation resource, having his personal number listed on the United Way 211 help line, State of Michigan Self-Help Directory, and in numerous doctors’ offices and hospitals.
Garvey is extremely humbled by the Governor’s recognition, calling it one of the most unexpected and exciting moments of his life. Quoting poet and artist John Ruskin, Garvey summed up the experience saying, “the highest reward is not what I get for my work, but what I have become because of it.”
Thomas Jefferson and William James College Reunion - August 14
Graduates of Grand Valley's Thomas Jefferson and William James Colleges are gathering for a reunion at GVSU's Pew Grand Rapids Campus from August 12-15. Alumni, faculty, staff and friends spanning all years of the colleges' operation are invited and welcome to participate! As part of the festivities, United Stage will be performing and hosting a series of workshops which will revisit the folk tales and children's stories they performed on campus and in the Grand Rapids community. A special United Stage performance will follow a wine and cheese reception on Saturday, August 14 in the GVSU Loosemore Auditorium. See more information and connect with former classmates.
Laker Football Tailgate Information
Enjoy food, drinks and fun for the whole family at these Laker football pre-game tailgate parties. Cost is just $5 (football tickets sold separately.)
Join us at the Renaissance Center as we take the GVSU 50th Anniversary celebration to Detroit. Rockin' on the River will feature a special anniversary video screening, presentations from President Thomas J. Haas and Athletic Director Tim Selgo, and the live vocal stylings of Detroit's own motown group Horizon. Cost is just $15 per person and includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, beverages, and complimentary parking.
Homecoming 2010: Redeem Your Golden Ticket - October 9
Homecoming 2010 will be a sweet celebration honoring the 50th Anniversary of Grand Valley State University. Look out for your Golden Ticket inviting you back to campus to join the many activities planned. Wonderful surprises and fantastic events await you!
Former Tiger Dave Rozema Joins Alumni Golfers to Help Raise Money for Students
More than 80 GVSU alumni and friends came together July 10 for the 2010 GVSU Sleep Inn & Suites All-Alumni Golf Outing to support current Grand Valley students and enjoy the beautiful Meadows Golf Course. Thanks to their generosity and through the support of our valuable sponsors, the outing raised nearly $4,500 to benefit GVSU students through the Shaping Our Future campaign. For the second straight year, an Instructional Program was held for for beginning golfers taught by the resident Meadows golf pro. View event photos and winners list.
Upcoming Golf Outings
If you didn't get a chance to hit the links for GVSU in July - you haven't missed your chance!
GVSU Again Named Best in the Midwest
Grand Valley State University has once again been named one of the best universities in the Midwest, according to The Princeton Review. Grand Valley was selected as one of 152 institutions in the “Best in the Midwest” section of its website feature 2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region. The Princeton Review said colleges and universities are selected primarily for their excellent academic programs. Full Story
Ringing in the 50th Year of Giving at Grand Valley
Excitement is in the air as the new academic year approaches and with it the celebration of GVSU's 50th anniversary of educating students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies. Grand Valley alumni continue to annually support the university’s highest priorities, including student scholarships and programs - all gifts matter! University Development extends sincere appreciation for this generosity over the past five decades. Thank you for Shaping Our Future! As we approach the final year of this campaign, we invite you to join fellow alumni in making a gift to Grand Valley by visiting www.gvsu.edu/annualgiving or contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Double your impact by finding out if your employer is one of the over 16,000 that will match your gift at matchinggifts.com/gvsu.
GVSU Trustees Adopt Budget, Freeze Salaries, Set Tuition
Grand Valley State University’s Board of Trustees kept the state’s challenged economy front and center when adopting the 2010-11 budget at its July 16 meeting. The budget implements wage freezes for university employees and shifts health care costs, with employees paying a greater percentage. The Board also set tuition for the coming year. Tuition for an undergraduate Michigan resident will increase by $229 per semester beginning this fall. That brings annual tuition at Grand Valley to $9,088, which is below the state average for Michigan public universities. Full Story.