May 2010 Alumni Email Newsletter
Steve Foote, '82, Named Middle School Teacher of the Year
Foote was named 2010 Middle School Teacher of the Year by the Kent County Education Association during their Annual Spring Awards Banquet. Foote earned a Bachelor of Music Education from GVSU in 1982, and has been teaching ever since. He is currently the band director for Crestwood Middle School in the Kentwood Public School District.
He was one of four GVSU alumni honored at the ceremony.
Life 101: What You Didn't Learn in College - May 19
Presented by the Young Alumni Council, Life 101 is an opportunity to attend informational sessions on topics of special relevance to Young Alumni. Network with young alumni, enjoy great food and drinks, socialize with friends and learn about "real world" topics from expert presenters (who also happen to be GVSU Young Alumni!) Session Topics include; Budgeting 101, First Time Home Buying, Personal Branding & Social Networking, Cooking Quick, Easy & Nutritious Meals, Job Hunting & Resume Building, and Insurance Basics. Cost is just $10 per person and includes food and two beverage tickets. RSVP by May 12.
75,000th Graduate Honored
Chelsea Robinson became the 75,000th person to be awarded a degree from Grand Valley State University during the morning commencement ceremony on May 1. She and her family then gathered to meet university mascot Louie the Laker and receive a gift basket from the Alumni Association in honor of the milestone. Robinson earned a BS in diagnostic medical sonography. She was one of nearly 2,500 students who graduated that day. The Alumni Association congratulates Chelsea, and the entire class of 2010! Full Story
Thank You Alumni Volunteers
GVSU Alumni Relations used National Volunteer Week as an opportunity to gather and thank the hundreds of graduates who volunteered at university and community projects or served on boards and committees during the 2009-10 academic year. Of the nearly 500 total alumni volunteers, 85 attended the April 20 Volunteer Celebration to enjoy gourmet food stations, beverages and a video tribute highlighting the impact of their collective efforts. GVSU was recognized numerous times in the past year for community involvement and volunteerism, in no small part due to the ongoing efforts of committed graduates. Alumni volunteers who were unable to attend the event will receive a special appreciation gift. View photos.
Rugby Graduates Hold Reunion
The 8th Annual GVSU Rugby Alumni game held May 1 attracted 125 graduates, family and friends to Douglas Walker Field in Byron Center, MI. Both the women's and men's alumni teams defeated their college counterparts in two well-played matches. After the game, participants capped off the night with dinner, a fund raising auction and dancing. Next year's activities will be held during graduation weekend April 30, 2011.
Former Tiger is Special Guest at 2010 All-Alumni Benefit Golf Outing
The Alumni Association is pleased to welcome a special guest to the 2010 All-Alumni Benefit Golf Outing sponsored by Sleep Inn & Suites of Allendale. Former Detroit Tiger and Grand Rapids native Dave Rozema will be on hand for the entire day's festivities. All proceeds from the benefit will be contributed to Shaping Our Future: The Campaign for Grand Valley State University. More information
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.
Ann Arbor Club Has New Leader
Alaina Ebenhoeh, '09, is pleased to take over as Club Leader for alumni in the Ann Arbor area and welcomes your suggestions for fun and engaging programs and activities. Contact Alaina at email@example.com.
Student Giving to Grand Valley on the Rise
University Development extends sincere thanks to the Class of 2010 for their generous contributions during GradFest. Over 350 gifts were made (the highest total on record) to support programs like the Student Legacy Scholarship, the Grand Valley Fund, and the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning & Information Commons. This generosity truly reflects the commitment of future alumni to giving back to Grand Valley as they follow in the footsteps of over 5,400 Grand Valley alumni who annually donate to the University. Annual gifts from alumni support student scholarships, programs, and the University’s highest priorities. Thank you for Shaping Our Future! To join fellow alumni in making a gift to Grand Valley, visit www.gvsu.edu/annualgiving or contact Jill Dooley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Making a GRAND Impact on West MichiganGVSU continues to be a major economic engine driving job creation in West Michigan. According to the university's annual Economic Impact Report released April 30, Grand Valley had a total estimated impact of more than $643.9 million in the tri-county area surrounding Allendale during fiscal year 2008-09. The university created 1,230 trade and construction jobs for building and renovation projects. 5,916 students participated in internships, practica and student teaching, saving employers more than $25 million. Grand Valley students participated in 639,900 hours of volunteer service work. Full Story