50th Anniversary Office
1225 Kirkhof Center
1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401-9403
Phone: 616-331-2179
Fax: 616-331-3503
osipoffr@gvsu.edu

50 Ways to Celebrate

  1. Hear from President Haas at Convocation
    Friday, August 27, 11:30 a.m., GVSU Fieldhouse – Allendale Campus
    Open to the public; free.

  2. Catch up with a friend at Kirkhof Center lobby or in the atrium of DeVos Center
    The ideal places to reconnect with friends and colleagues or see a movie in the theater at Kirkhof. For showings call the 20/20 desk (616) 331-2020.

  3. Celebrate the anniversary of the date classes were first held at this campus
    September 26, 1963 was the first day classes began. For complete listing of anniversary events, visit the 50th anniversary Web site at www.gvsu.edu/anniversary

  4. Listen to Laker Lore live – WGVU Radio 1480 AM
    Selections from the Laker Lore stories that we’ve gathered over the last year will be played on WGVU radio (88.5FM) beginning fall 2010, or listen online at www.gvsu.edu/anniversary.

  5. Stretch your legs on a walking tour of campus
    Discover GVSU’s beautiful campuses, enjoy all of the newly constructed buildings and take note of the LEED certified buildings GVSU has on its 1,280 acre Allendale campus or the 38 acre Grand Rapids campus. Or, visit the campus at www.gvsu.edu/map/flash/virtualtour.swf to take a virtual tour.

  6. Experience GVSU history at the 50th anniversary Memorabilia Exhibit
    Historic photos from the GVSU archives and special collections along with memorabilia from alumni, employees and community members. www.gvsu.edu/anniversary

  7. Cheer the Laker football team to victory at Homecoming
    Come watch the Lakers take on Northern Michigan University on Saturday, October 9, 7 p.m., Lubbers Stadium, Allendale. Tickets are available for purchase at www.gvsulakers.com. Student tickets are free and can be picked up at the athletic office or the 20/20 desk.

  8. Read the history of Grand Valley
    Take a moment to browse through the official written history of our university on the anniversary Web site. You can choose to read a lot or a little. The history includes video clips, photos and sound bytes. www.gvsu.edu/anniversary

  9. Show your Laker spirit
    Wear Laker blue/white/and black. Visit the GVSU Bookstore to stock-up on your favorite GVSU novelties to show your Laker pride. Or, view them online at www.ubs.gvsu.edu.

  10. Take a tour of GVSU’s Zumberge Library and the Pew Campus Steelcase Library
    Check out the Steelcase Library’s automated storage and retrieval system. For hours and locations view the library Web site at www.gvsu.edu/library.

  11. Get cultured. Spend an evening at a performing arts event
    Choose from Opera Theatre, Shakespeare Festival, Film and Video, etc. Visit the www.gvsu.edu/artscalendar for times and locations.

  12. Celebrate by giving to “Shaping Our Future”
    GVSU’s first comprehensive campaign and as President Haas says, an effort “that will bring us to the next level of leadership and service.”  For more information visit www.gvsu.edu/development/shaping-our-future.

  13. View the official Grand Valley State University Timeline
    If you are interested in viewing the university’s history in timeline form, take a look at the timeline on the anniversary Web site at www.gvsu.edu/anniversary.

  14. Add to your nighttime reading with a copy of Grand Valley Celebrates 50 Years of Shaping Lives
    Purchase a copy of the commemorative book compiled for Grand Valley’s 50th anniversary by visiting the University Bookstore or online at www.ubs.gvsu.edu.

  15. Plan to hold your next event at Grand Valley State University
    Whether you’re planning a cocktail party, conference, wedding or concert, reserve one of the campus facilities to host your event. Visit www.gvsu.edu/meetatgvsu for more information.

  16. Take a moment to stroll through 50th anniversary exhibits by faculty and alumni
    Located in the Art Gallery, Performing Arts Center and other gallery spaces across campus. Visit the Art Gallery site www.gvsu.edu/artgallery to see the full listing of exhibits.

  17. Visit the University Archives
    Do you know that we have a wonderful archival repository?  Visit the archives themselves in Seidman Hall or visit online at www.gvsu.edu/library/specialcollections.

  18. Buy a commemorative 50th anniversary gift for yourself or others
    Gifts will be available after July 1, 2010. Visit the University Bookstore and pick up your 50th anniversary apparel and gifts or purchase online at www.ubs.gvsu.edu.

  19. Reconnect with former classmates by attending Homecoming 2010:  The Golden Ticket
    A sweet celebration honoring the 50th anniversary. Check the alumni Web site www.gvsu.edu/alumni to find a full listing of events and announcements.

  20. Show your spirit on the road with a GVSU license plate
    Did you know that $25 of your purchase goes to GVSU. Don’t forget to frame it with a GVSU plate holder. www.services.sos.state.mi.us/plates.

  21. Read the Fall 2010 issue of Grand Valley Magazine
    This issue of Grand Valley Magazine is devoted to the 50th anniversary celebration. Check it out online at www.gvsu.edu/gvmagazine.

  22. Send a 50th anniversary e-card
    Send a free e-card to a classmate, spouse, friend, co-worker, parent or anyone that will want to celebrate the university’s birthday with you! www.gvsu.edu/anniversary/.

  23. Submit a class note to Grand Valley Magazine
    Calling all GVSU alumni!  Tell us about a recent personal or professional milestone or accomplishment you’ve reached in the magazine’s class notes section. www.gvsu.edu/gvmagazine.

  24. Hear the voice of GVSU students. Read student articles and opinions in the University’s newspaper, The Lanthorn.
    Newsstands can be found in several locations across campus or online at www.lanthorn.com.

  25. Stroll through the Arboretum on the Allendale campus
    The arboretum’s primary area consists of seven acres near the blue bridge. Trees and shrubs indigenous to west Michigan are featured, although other specimens have been included because of their special characteristics, color, and texture. You will find over 700 specimens with 195 varieties represented. The pond area also includes a number of aquatic plants.

  26. Listen to the GVSU fight song and the alma mater
    Enjoy The Pride of the Midwest performing the GVSU fight song and University Arts Chorale performing the GVSU alma mater at www.gvsu.edu/anniversary.

  27. Attend Commencement Ceremonies in Traverse City
    Each spring Grand Valley hosts a commencement ceremony at our regional center in Traverse City for our graduates from that area. The commencement ceremony in 2011 will be on May 5 at 6 p.m. at the Grand Traverse Resort. For more details visit www.gvsu.edu/learn/traverse.

  28. Test your knowledge of GVSU trivia
    Take our weekly quiz, beginning in fall 2010, found at www.gvsu.edu/anniversary.

  29. Visit the GVSU Facebook page and become a fan
    Follow GVSU on Facebook at www.facebook.com/grandvalley.

  30. Recruit or be recruited. Attend the 2010 GVSU Career Day.
    On Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at DeVos Place. Numerous organizations from all major industries come to GVSU each year seeking student and alumni applicants for full-time and internship positions. The event, hosted by GVSU Career Services www.gvsu.edu/careers, is just one of the services offered to students and alumni as they continue their education and determine their career paths. Visit www.gvsu.edu/careerfairs for more information.

  31. Participate in the Silent March on MLK Day
    Scheduled for Monday, January 17, 2011. Assemble at Zumberge Library on the Allendale Campus. Visit the Office of Multicultural Affairs Web site for additional events and details at www.gvsu.edu/oma.

  32. See a student-produced animation project about our 50th anniversary
    "Shaping a Landscape" is a project created for Grand Valley's 50th anniversary. Created by Jake Wellever, Film and Video Production major (BA 2010) under the direction of Deanna Morse, Professor, Film and Video, School of Communications.  www.gvsu.edu/anniversary/

  33. Have fun and get fit in the Student Recreation Center
    Rock climbing, swimming and running are just a few of the activities you can try in the Student Rec Center. For more details visit www.gvsu.com/fieldhouse.

  34. Attend the Presidents’ Ball on February 4, 2011
    The Presidents’ Ball this year will have a 50th anniversary theme. The annual dinner and dance will be held at DeVos Place, downtown Grand Rapids. Advance tickets will be on sale at the 20/20 desk at Kirkhof Center.

  35. Play a round of golf at The Meadows
    The Meadows will feature 50th anniversary tee flags and offer commemorative items in their pro shop. For rates and hours of operation visit www.gvsu.edu/meadows.

  36. Participate in The Battle of the Valleys
    Help Grand Valley beat Saginaw Valley in one of GVSU’s largest traditions. Proceeds go to the Student Advancement Foundation of Grand Rapids. For more details call the 20/20 desk at (616) 331-2020.

  37. Attend a Student Senate Event – Last Lecture or University Leadership Roundtable
    Last Lecture gives two GVSU professors the opportunity to lecture students with the presumption that it is the last lecture they will ever give. University Leadership Roundtable is a dinner and an open discussion on a current issue that GVSU faces. For more details visit www.gvsu.edu/studentsenate.

  38. Take a tour of the Frederik Meijer Honors College
    The Glenn A. Niemeyer Learning and Living Center is home to the Frederik Meijer Honors College and features 187,000 sq. ft. of residential space and 41,000 sq. ft. of academic space. The honors college fosters integrated living and learning in this beautiful LEED certified building.

  39. Attend or join an intramural sports event
    Cheer on your fellow Lakers! Sports include dodgeball, roller hockey, rowing, bowling, tennis, and many more. Please visit www.gvsu.edu/rec for a list of dates and times.

  40. Tour the new Learning-Living-Dining facility
    This new two-story building located on south campus contains Fresh Food Service, a convenience store, a coffee shop, classrooms, study areas and more. Construction began in April of 2009, and is scheduled to open August 2010.

  41. Participate in the American Red Cross Blood Drive on campus
    Donate on one of the following dates: September 21, 2010, Pere Marquette Room in Kirkhof Center, October 28, 2010, Room 2263 in Kirkhof Center, or November 18, 2010 in the Pere Marquette Room in Kirkhof Center.

  42. Visit MAREC and AWRI at the lakeshore
    See how far technology has come at The Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center and The Annis Water Resources Institute. For an overview and directions to the centers visit both Web sites at www.gvsu.edu/marec, and www.gvsu.edu/wri.

  43. Attend a non-denominational church service at Cook-DeWitt – Allendale campus
    Morning services are held every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. An evening service is offered at 8 p.m. For more information visit www.gvsu.edu/campusministry.

  44. Check out Student Scholars Day: a GVSU tradition
    Student Scholars Day (SSD) is held once each year to celebrate the scholarship and creative work performed by GVSU students. For more information visit www.gvsu.edu/ssd.

  45. Participate in Relay for Life
    Relay for Life is a relay against cancer located in the Fieldhouse.  Community members are encouraged to join students and staff in donating and raising awareness about cancer. More information can be found at www.relayforlife.org/relay

  46. Enjoy the Farmer’s Market – healthy living made easy
    Every Wednesday beginning the 2nd Wednesday in June through the 5th Wednesday in September, purchase locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables as well as many other homemade goods from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in parking lot F on the Allendale campus. www.gvsu.edu/healthwellness/farmersmarket

  47. Come to Campus Life Night – get involved
    Join over 200 student organizations from across campus and pick up information on how to get involved. Campus Life night will be held on Tuesday, September 7, 2010 in the GVSU Field House Arena from 7–9 p.m.

  48. Join the Women’s Center in Continuing a Legacy: Women's Tea Party/Women's fashion for the past 50 years.
    This unique program celebrating the 50th anniversary of Grand Valley State University will examine the critical events that impacted and formed our nation and our college campus. Members of the campus community will model the clothing that defined the 60's, 70's, 80's & 90's. Historical highlights will include the Civil Rights Movement, The Vietnam War, Family Planning, Women Rights Movement, and Women in the Workforce. Event is located in Kirkhof Center on Thursday, March 24, 2011, 3–5 p.m. Free and open to the public, please RSVP by calling (616) 331-2748 or registering on-line at www.gvsu.edu/women_cen.

  49. Take time and enjoy the art at GVSU - Explore. Discover. Share.
    Tour your favorite building and pay attention to the art, if you would like to know more visit www.gvsu.edu/artgallery to find out about the artists and other pieces in the collection.

  50. Celebrate the 50th anniversary by attending a Fall Arts Celebration event
    The Fall Arts Celebration begins this year with the GVSU Music Department presenting John Philip Sousa’s El Capitan and concludes with Messiah by George Frideric Handel. Please visit the Web site for a list of all events www.gvsu.edu/fallarts.
  Last Modified Date: March 31, 2010
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