A message from the President

June 1, 2015

Dear Alumni,
I don’t know about you, but this year seems to be flying by. The 2014-15 academic year ended on a high note with another record breaking number of graduates earning their degrees, including our 100,000th alum. 

As we move the university's mission forward and expand our alumni network, I want to encourage you to join us along the way. Maybe volunteering is right down your alley, or networking and socializing at a fun event is more your style. Either way, we offer plenty of opportunities for you to get involved.

If you get a chance to visit campus this summer, be sure to see a couple of new additions on campus; the new LakerStore and the new Douglas P. Kindschi Hall of Science (opening in August). You’ll also be able to see where our newest living center will be going up in Robinson Field. View a map of campus

As we approach the end of our fiscal year (June 30), I want to remind you of a wonderful opportunity that is available to first time donors. Gifts to the university of any size up to $500 will be matched 2 to 1 through the end of this calendar year. This is a great way to support our alma mater and help our students achieve their dreams. In fact, a gift to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Margin of Excellence fund will assist students with science research projects, and all donors will be recognized on the donor wall — no matter the size of the gift! You may donate to the fund of your choice here.

I hope your summer season (or soon to be) is off to a great start!


Mike Tappy, ‘78
Grand Valley State University Alumni Association President

Mike Tappy, '78

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Introducing the Alumni Association's New Board President

Dear Fellow Alumni:

The fall semester is off to a great start and the campuses are buzzing with activity. A record freshmen class of 4,226 was welcomed in August, helping push our overall enrollment to just over 25,000 students.
When I graduated in 1978, I had no idea that in 2014 Grand Valley would play such a large role in my life.  As an alumni board member for the past 6 years and now as your new President of the Alumni Association, I am very thankful to be a part of this growing and vibrant institution that we call our alma mater. 
It is my hope that in the coming months, no matter where you live, you will find some time in your schedule to connect or reconnect with Grand Valley in your own way. Maybe you take part in an alumni club event, make a gift, or volunteer in the name of GV. No matter what you choose, your participation is vital in keeping the Laker legacy alive.

I look forward to serving the university and meeting many of you at our various events. Remember, together we can make a difference in the future of Grand Valley.

Go Lakers!

Mike Tappy, '78
Board President
GVSU Alumni Association

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