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.
On Saturday, February 8th, the GVSU Hockey team held its annual alumni hockey game at the Georgetown Ice Arena. This year's game featured 27 former players dating as far back as 1997. Players traveled from around Michigan and Indiana to participate in the annual event which was topped off by the Division 2 Laker Hockey team beating Central Michigan.
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GVSU Laker alumni gathered from across the state of Florida to enjoy great company and cheer on the Detroit Redwings as they took on the Tampa Bay Lightning. Over 25 alumni and friends came together - including members of Grand Valley's pioneer class - and shared stories of yesteryear, while also catching up on current happenings in each others' lives and at their alma mater.
Tampa Bay area alums are looking forward to upcoming events including the Sarasota Area Alumni Reception and a Community Outreach Week Project in the coming months.
Creative minds gathered at the Meijer Regency Room at the Pew Campus to discuss innovation, entrepreneurship and how to bring their ideas to life. Panelists from area companies discussed successes and challenges in their careers. Followers of the @GVSUalum twitter account joined the discussion via #GVtweetUP. The group enjoyed conversations and cocktails while making valuable connections. The event was also streamed online.
The 2014 panel consisted of: Felip Ballesteros, '12 - Marketing Director of GR Current, Mark Holzbach - Co-founder and Chief Technology officer at Zebra Imaging, Mandy Cech, '12 - Marketing & Communications manager at Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. and Daniel Estrada, '05 - Portfolio Manager at Spectrum health with a background in software development.
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.