November 2010 Alumni Email Newsletter
Entrepreneurial Alum Finds Niche, Honored for Success
Mat Nguyen, MBA ’07, for the third time has been named one of the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” business leaders to watch in West Michigan. The honor was announced in this week’s edition of the publication, which annually bestows the honor on select individuals under the age of 40 who have risen to leadership roles in the communities they serve and the businesses they champion.
Nguyen is president of Worksighted Inc., a Holland, Michigan-based information technology (IT) firm he co-founded with his friend, Mike Harris. The two started the company in 2000 and have grown it to 16 employees servicing several hundred clients in West Michigan and beyond. Worksighted focuses on providing IT solutions to small companies with few or no IT staff of their own.
Young Alumni Jolly Anniversary Trolley - November 11
Join the Young Alumni Council and fellow alumni in a culinary celebration of GVSU's 50th anniversary. The Jolly Anniversary Trolley will depart from GVSU's Pew Grand Rapids campus. Guests will enjoy portable appetizers and dessert as they travel to and from Allendale on the GVSU bus. The event will be held in the Performing Arts Center and feature strolling dinner stations, student performances, and a chance to visit the Multimedia II exhibit featuring works from Art and Design and School of Communications faculty.
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Multicultural Cohort Programs Reunion - November 12
Alumni of the Multicultural Cohorts Programs (MBEC, MHEC, MSEC and MTEC) are invited to celebrate the programs' successes and Grand Valley’s 50th anniversary on November 12. The reunion will begin with a reception followed by dinner, a video highlighting the program, and remarks from Dean Emeritus Don Williams and MBEC graduate Ray Bennett, ’92, Senior Vice President for Lodging Development at Marriott International. Musical entertainment will be provided by Blues on the Banks of the Grand featuring Joyce Cobb.
GradFest Volunteers Needed - November 17-18
Help welcome Grand Valley's newest graduates into the Alumni Association. GradFest is both a celebration and a convenience for our graduating students, combining commencement necessities and resources for their lives post-graduation as proud GVSU alumni. Volunteers are needed for one or two hour shifts between 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. each day. Contact Mindy Earley for more details or to volunteer.
Thousands Return to Allendale for 50th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration
Thousands of Laker alumni and friends returned to GVSU's Allendale campus October 4-9 to take part in more than 21 Wonka-themed Homecoming activities held for the sweet celebration of Grand Valley's "golden ticket" anniversary.
Careerfest 2010 Helps Put Lakers to Work
Grand Valley's Career Services office hosted 131 area employers (view list) at the DeVos Place Convention Center on October 13 for the annual fall Careerfest. More than 1,100 job seekers, including over 120 alumni, came out to look for a job and to hire talented Grand Valley graduates. GVSU continues to do its part to put Michigan back to work!
Alumni Artists Compete at ArtPrize 2010
A host of talented Grand Valley State University artists exhibited at venues throughout downtown Grand Rapids during ArtPrize 2010 held September 22 - October 10. Thirty-four GVSU alumni competed against 1,700 artists from around the world for prizes totaling nearly half a million dollars. Fellow graduates met artists and got an exclusive look at alumni exhibits during the GVSU ArtPrize Reception and Alumni Art Tour held September 28, helping launch four GVSU artists into top 25, 50, 75 and 100 spots.
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Alumni Volunteers Make a Difference
GVSU alumni and student volunteers headed to the John Ball Zoo Goes Boo event October 23 for Make a Difference Day. In celebration of Halloween at the zoo, volunteers helped pass out treats, painted faces and helped with children's games and crafts. Volunteers assisted nearly 3,000 families during the event. View photos
Regional 50th Anniversary Celebrations
The GVSU 50th anniversary celebration is coming to you! Join us at these regional receptions to celebrate 50 years of shaping lives and to hear the latest University advancements. Appetizers and refreshments will be provided.
Celebrate Grand Valley's History with Commemorative BookGrand Valley State University has published a commemorative book that celebrates the university’s five decades by highlighting its people, academics, activities and athletics. “Grand Valley Celebrates 50 Years of Shaping Lives” is just $19.95 and available online at www.gvsu.edu/ubs. The book contains more than 300 historic and newer photographs, a university timeline and countless memories of campus life.
Creating Opportunities - Changing Lives
Did you know that there are currently more than 275 privately funded scholarships available to Grand Valley students…and that 30 of these were started by GVSU alumni? Essential to Grand Valley, these scholarships are impacting the lives of students as we prepare them to be tomorrow’s leaders. Learn more about how you can make a difference!
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The communities that host GVSU's campuses are among the state's most vibrant - each enjoying greater economic health because of Grand Valley's presence. Grand Valley creates nearly $650 million in economic activity in west Michigan, leading to the creation of more than 10,000 private sector jobs. Our 77,000 alumni are the bedrock of the communities in which they live and work. Our business development centers work every day to help entrepreneurs and small business owners succeed and prosper. Our research centers in water resources and alternative energy preserve and protect our environment. We're nationally recognized as a green campus. The philanthropic community has helped Grand Valley to construct new facilities, easing the burden on taxpayers while creating thousands of construction jobs. For more details, refer to Grand Valley's Economic Impact brochure.
Grand Valley is celebrating its 25th annual Presidents' Ball amidst the university's 50th anniversary. This year's ball, The Golden Gala, will be held Friday, February 4, 2011. Alumni who have taken part in this great tradition in the past are asked to share photos, stories, and memories to commemorate this special milestone year. Please send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 31, 2010.
Have you ever wondered how you could live more sustainably or just want to know what the heck sustainability means? The new GVSU Sustainability Guide will help answer these questions and more. The guide explains what sustainability is as well as action steps you can take to live a more sustainable lifestyle. It also features stories of sustainability related projects by GVSU alumni, students, faculty and staff as well as GVSU sustainability initiatives. To view the guide, visit www.gvsu.edu/sustainabilityguide
Information Sessions to be Held for Teaching Fellowship
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation is hosting two information sessions about the W. K. Kellogg Foundation’s Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship. The Fellowship is designed for those who have degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics and are interested in teaching science or math in Michigan’s high need secondary schools. GVSU is developing an innovative graduate program that leads to a M.Ed. degree and a secondary teaching certificate. Learn more about the Fellowship at two upcoming information sessions or by visiting www.gvsu.edu/teachingfellowship.