Noreen Myers, ’72 was recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award on April 25, 2015 at commencement by the GVSU Alumni Association. Myers was the first alumna appointed to the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees of which she served an eight year term from 2005-2013. She is currently a sole practitioner specializing in employment law.
Associate professor of chemistry Brad Wallar received the Outstanding Educator Award. Wallar was nominated by his former students who recognize his dedication as a professor, adviser and research mentor. Both awardees also accepted accolades at a ceremony the evening before commencement among their friends, families and peers at the Alumni House in Allendale.
Do you know someone who is deserving of the Distinguished Alumni or Outstanding Educator Award? Nominate them at www.gvsu.edu/alumni/awards
The Denver Alumni Club held a networking reception on April 16, 2015 at The Curtis Hotel in downtown Denver. The group enjoyed hearing about the latest developments at the university and how they can stay informed and connected. They discussed plans for their next alumni event. Alumnus and Yoga instructor Danny Poole was also in attendance and finished the night out with 15 minute demonstration on some yoga moves! Connect with the Denver Alumni Club on the website or on their Facebook page.
Atlanta alumni braved traffic to gather at Ormsby's and connect with fellow Lakers. Attendees learned about exciting happenings on campus and reminisced about Michigan winters and their time at GVSU. Learn more about getting involved with Atlanta Area Alumni: https://www.facebook.com/groups/805833192819909/
On Saturday, March 14th the Grand Valley State University Roller Hockey Program hosted it’s annual alumni game and dinner. This event has become a great opportunity to connect the program’s past with it’s present, bridging a gap that can often times be difficult to conquer. The alumni event allows former players a chance to see up-close the current happenings and developments of the program that played a large role in their GVSU experience. Additionally, the game and dinner provide current student-athletes a good opportunity to meet former club members, learn about their experiences at GVSU, and potentially make professional connections for the future. While it was a short drive for some of the alumni, others made the trip from as far away as North Carolina and Virginia. The program has already began planning an alumni golf outing for this summer.
Over 50 people attended the Celebration of Women in Sport and Physical Activity on Saturday, February 21. Attendees watched the Laker women's basketball team defeat Hillsdale College, followed by a reception at the Alumni House. Lorin Cartwright was a keynote speaker, and honoree, Jill Meerman, also spoke. The first ever Boand & Rowe Scholarship for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity was awarded on this day to Ms. Danielle Johnson. She was given $1000 for the Fall/Winter 2015-2016 semester.
Despite record cold temperatures in Nashville, 22 Laker alumni and guests attended the Nashville Alumni Networking Reception on February 19, 2015 at Blackstone Restaurant and Brewery.New club leaders Jenny, '04 & Joe, '07 Lashuay were introduced. The group enjoyed local brews, southern inspired snacks and played a networking game to get to know one another. They mingled with the help of a networking scavenger hunt, reminisced about their favorite experiences on campus and learned about the latest additions to Grand Valley.
The next event will be a service project taking place sometime March 21-28, 2015 for Community Outreach Week.