Laker Head Basketball Coaches Janel Burgess and Ric Wesley, along with their staff hosted a men’s and women’s basketball alumni reunion on Saturday, February 1. Alumni, family and friends attended a reception and enjoyed a meal between basketball games in the GVSU Fieldhouse. Former teammates reunited with each other and then watched the games versus Wayne State University.
The annual Mike Lints Alumni Track Meet took place on January 17, 2014 at the Kelly Family Sports Center. Nearly 80 alumni and family members attended the alumni reception that took place during the track meet. Guests participated in a silent auction and raffle. Special thanks to Menna’s Joint in Allendale that donated and supplied the food for the event. There were 20 alumni that participated in the alumni race, along with 15 future Lakers that participated in a one lap race.
On Wednesday, January 15, the San Diego Alumni Reception was hosted by Kimberly Pettiford, ’89, President Tom Haas and Athletic Director Tim Selgo at the Urban Bar and Grill. Thirty two people attended, many of them were alumni/family/friends from the area. The group had great conversations, and were brought up to speed on the latest happenings at the university.
Nearly 60 alumni from the Chicago area attended an ugly holiday sweater festivities on December 17th on the 66th floor of the Willis Tower at the Metropolitan Club. The group mingled and voted on their favorite - most ugly - sweater while reminiscing about their time at Grand Valley. Attendees were given updates about the university, and also watched a historical video of "Grand Valley Through the Decades." The group discussed ideas and locations for their next event in March; Community Outreach Week.
The Young Alumni Council hosted it's largest holiday event to date at the Van Andel Arena for the Grand Rapids Griffins game on December 13, 2013. The group gathered in a private reception room prior to the game, sporting their ugliest holiday attire. Event attendees voted on the most spirited outfits by introducing themselves and leaving stickers on the sweaters of their choice. After happy hour, the group of more than 100 people headed to their seats to watch the Grand Rapids Griffins defeat the Milwaukee Admirals.
Metro-Detroit alumni decked in their ugliest holiday attire celebrated the season with their Holiday Brews & Ugly Sweater Party on December 7, 2013 at Rochester Mills Beer Company. More than 40 alumni attended that festive event and participated in an ugly sweater contest, and holiday themed minute to win it games. Several new graduates and first time attendees enjoyed making connections with Metro Detroit Lakers. The next alumni event will be Community Outreach Week taking place at the end of March.
Laker alumni from nine institutions, one headquarters, one association management company, nine states and eight international membership affiliations of Greek Life reunited at the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA) in Orlando, Florida during their annual meeting. The event took place on December 6, 2013 and higher education leaders discussed their favorite Grand Valley memories while catching up on the latest industry trends.
President T. Haas helps celebrate the journey taken as a Laker for a Lifetime, escorting the senior class into alumni status and into a new relationship with Grand Valley State University.
A few thousand soon-to-be alumni filtered through the semi-annual GradFest to gear up for graduation and celebrate their accomplishments. Students picked up their cap & gown, commencement tickets and graduation gift from the Alumni Association and were visited by Louie the Laker. Grads got the chance to capture their special moments with professional photography, and they also picked up their official "Laker for a Lifetime" pennant, a congratulatory gift from GVSU Alumni Relations. Graduates also received information about their free membership to the Alumni Association and all the benefits & services of being an alumnus.