July 2010 Alumni Email Newsletter
Derek Bailey, '95 & '98, Appointed to National Council on Indian Education
Derek Bailey was appointed as a member of the National Advisory Council on Indian Education by President Barack Obama. Bailey earned two degrees from Grand Valley: a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1995 and a master’s degree in social work in 1998.
Bailey was sworn in as tribal chairman of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians in December 2008. He is the fifth chairman since the Grand Traverse Band was federally reaffirmed in 1980 and the youngest in the tribe’s history. Bailey is currently the chairman of the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan and also serves as chairman of the Chippewa/Ottawa Resource Authority.
Hit the Links and Support GVSU Students - July 10
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.
Lift Boxes, Lift Spirits, Life Up Your Laker Pride - August 23
Want to be part of a moving experience? Join us for Freshman Move-In! Lend a hand to new Grand Valley freshmen by helping them move into their Allendale campus homes. It's a great way to welcome the newest students into the Grand Valley community and to meet other GVSU alums. Join us for one or both shifts: 8:30 –11:30 a.m. or 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Corky Meineke Memorial Golf Outing - August 4
Corky Meinecke, a 1977 GVSU graduate, died of cancer in 1997. Corky was a sports writer for the the Grand Rapids Press, Bay City Times, Detroit News and Detroit Free Press. As a Grand Valley student, he wrote for the Lanthorn and worked in the sports information department. In 1997, members of the Meinecke family and the local print media established GVSU's Corky Meinecke Scholarship to honor his memory and host an annual golf outing to fund the scholarship. Help us continue Corky's legacy by playing in this annual event beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Meadows.
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 childrens 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.
GVSU Young Alumni - All Dressed Up and Ready to Go!
Grand Valley's newest graduates kicked off the summer in style on June 18 - Laker style that is! Young Alumni donned big hats and fancy bow ties and took to the front lawn of Grand Rapids' beloved historic mansion, Mangiamo!, for a casual and fun-filled summer evening. Guests were treated to the smooth vocals of GV Groove, a student a capella group (check out the video) and enjoyed picnic fare, networking, lawn games, and contests for biggest hat and best bow tie! View photos.
GVSU Announces Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees
GVSU has announced the Class of 2010 Laker Athletics Hall of Fame inductees. New members will include: Curt Anes, '05, football; Ed Crisman, '69, basketball; Chara Fehsenfeld, '04, volleyball; Jennifer Mackson, '05, softball; Dewey Newsome, swimming & diving coach (1984-2007); and Melissa (Sneller) Stob, '05, women's golf. They will be officially inducted at a ceremony during Homecoming Weekend October 8-9. Full Story.
Need a Summer Getaway? Alumni Discounts Can Help!
Don't forget to take advantage of the great discounts and travel resources offered exclusively to GVSU alumni when planning your vacation this summer! The GVSU Alumni Association offers alumni discounted accommodations and vacation packages for destinations throughout the state and around the world!
What Makes Grand Valley Unique? Tell Us!
What did you love most about your Grand Valley experience? Was it sitting in the student section at football games? Grabbing a coffee with friends at Kirkhof? Participating in a silent march on MLK Day? To celebrate Grand Valley's 50th anniversary, Grand Valley Magazine will list Laker favorites, but we need your help. Send a brief e-mail describing your favorite Laker thing or experience to email@example.com, with the subject "50 things," by July 14. The list will be revealed in the fall issue of Grand Valley Magazine.
Celebrating Alumni Giving - Thank You for Shaping Our Future!
University Development extends sincere thanks to Grand Valley alumni for their generous contributions to this year’s annual campaign. Over 4,900 alumni gifts were made to programs like the Grand Valley Fund and the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning & Information Commons. This generosity truly reflects the commitment of GVSU graduates who continue to support student scholarships, programs, and the University’s highest priorities – all gifts matter! View a thank you video from GVSU students and staff.
Join fellow alumni and make your gift today!
Laker Family Sports Pass Now Available
Hey Laker fans - can't get enough GVSU sports? The new Family Sports Pass (FSP) gives your family of four access to every regular season GVSU home game for just $99 (excludes football). That's admission to over 60 games and events for the 2010-11 Laker season. Get yours today by calling (616) 331-3200.