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GVS(You) Week will celebrate giving

  • During the second annual GVS(You) Week February 17-21, students can write personal messages to donors.

Posted on February 17, 2014

From February 17-21, students across campus can celebrate the thousands of donors, including alumni and current students, who support and give to Grand Valley every year.

The Future Alumni Association will host the second annual GVS(You) Week to raise awareness about donors. Last year, nearly 16,000 people donated to the university.

“The week was created as a fun way for students to learn about the importance of donating to our university,” said Emma Lazzar, president of FAA. “Students can share appreciation with private donors for their continued dedication and involvement in Grand Valley’s future.”

During the week, posters and banners with facts about the scope of private gifts of support will adorn landmarks and buildings on the Allendale and Pew Grand Rapids campuses. The week will kick off with a Hot Chocolate Social at the Cook Carillon Tower from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18.

On February 19 and 20, from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., students can write personal messages, thanking donors for their commitment to Grand Valley. A table will be set up in the lobby of the Kirkhof Center February 19 and in the DeVos Center February 20. The thank you notes will be sent directly to donors.

Throughout the week, students can win prizes by using the hashtag #Laker4aLifetime on Twitter whenever they spot a GVS(You) poster or banner on campus.

Lazzar said the goal is to spread awareness and show students what it means to be a Laker for a Lifetime. “They can do this by sharing their time and talents through events like Community Outreach Week or with their treasure by taking advantage of the T. Haas Challenge and supporting future Lakers with the Student Legacy Scholarship Fund,” she said.

For more information, visit the FAA website at Learn more about being a Laker For a Lifetime at

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