University Communications and Alumni Relations hosted an event for current students and alumni who are twins. There are 101 sets of twins enrolled at Grand Valley, more than half came to the event.
The GVSU Alumni Association presented the Distinguished Alumni Award to Kathleen Vogelsang, '95 & '99 and the Outstanding Educator Award to Asli Yagmur Akbulut on April 25, 2014 at the annual awards ceremony at the Alumni House on the Allendale Campus. Both award recipients were also recognized at the Saturday commencement ceremonies.
Since 1985, the Grand Valley State University Alumni Association has selected Alumni Award winners, citing those alumni who have excelled in their chosen professions and reflected credit upon themselves, their communities and Grand Valley State University. The winners are selected by a panel of Directors of the Alumni Association, from a field of nominees presented by alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the University. A winner is selected for the April commencement ceremony.
This award is given annually to the Grand Valley State University faculty member who has had the most significant impact on the careers of alumni. A panel of members of the Grand Valley Alumni Association Board of Directors makes one selection each year.
To nominate a deserving recipient for an Alumni Association Award, go to: http://gvsu.edu/alumni/awards-program-15.htm
The African American Alumni Association hosted a roundtable discussion at the Alumni House for students on April 7 on a variety of career related subjects. Among the topics were learning time management tips from alumni on how to prepare for tomorrow, Transitioning from a “student” to “professional,” making the most of summer break and identifying volunteer opportunities to further your future. Attendees also had the opportunity to network with alumni before and after the roundtable discussions.
Dozens of alumni and GVSU faculty and staff volunteered during the April GradFest events in anticipation of spring commencement. More than 2,000 graduating students filtered through the designated spaces in Allendale (Monday & Tuesday) and Pew Grand Rapids (Wednesday & Thursday), which prepared them for the ceremony. Volunteers gave students information about staying connected after graduation with programs and events offered by the GVSU Alumni Association.
The Tampa Alumni club hosted one of its most well attended events to date. The group attended a pre-game mixer before heading over to Joker Merchant stadium on March 23, 2014. There was great synergy in the stands, as well, as alumni - ranging from 1972 to 2013 - shared stories and even started truly talking as friends and making future plans. Also, alumnus and current Jacksonville Jaguar Cam Bradfield made an appearance to the surprise of some Lakers.
This award winning week of service is aimed at uniting Lakers from around the globe in providing volunteer support and outreach to their communities in ways meaningful to each individual or group. This is a joint effort between the GVSU Alumni Association and the Community Service Learning Center. Volunteering has no boundaries. To broaden our Laker impact, all alumni Clubs and Chapters, students, as well as faculty/staff are encouraged to coordinate and/or participate in a community service project during this week in the name of Grand Valley.
The School of Public Nonprofit and Health Administration alumni chapter celebrated the founding of its new organization on March 11, 2014. The group welcomed 52 attendees to the Grand Rapids Brewing Company. The crowd was introduced to the new chapter leaders and professor Dan Balfour gave an update on the recent developments from the SPNHA program. This event encouraged networking and financial participation to the university.
Thirteen Laker alumni and parents attended a reception in São Paulo Brazil on March 8, 2014. The group enjoyed talking about GVSU and celebrating a mini reunion with President Tom Haas and his wife Marcia. Some of the attendees discussed participating in Community Outreach Week.
Seattle area alumni had the chance to catch up over food and drinks at Purple Café & Wine Bar. Club Leader, Eric Maino, ’05, and GVSU representatives LeaAnn Tibbe, ’00 & ‘05 and Sue Willemsen were on board to bring a piece of GVSU to the Emerald City while providing the latest University updates.
The NYC alumni club celebrated the start of 2014 with a reception at The Hill. A loyal group of alums discussed Grand Valley over food and drinks and planned their annual Community Outreach Week project.