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Biannual reception will celebrate student leaders

  • Grand Valley alumnus Selma Tucker will provide the keynote presentation at the Venderbush Leadership Lecture.

Posted on October 21, 2013

Registration is open for the Venderbush Leadership Lecture, a biannual event that recognizes student leadership on campus.

The fall reception will take place on Monday, November 4, at 2 p.m. in the Pere Marquette Room of the Kirkhof Center. Register by November 1 at

Each semester the Office of Student Life hosts a reception and lecture in honor of Kenneth R. Venderbush, who came to Grand Valley in 1969 and served as associate professor, dean of William James College and vice president of Student Affairs during his time at the university.

Grand Valley alumnus Selma Tucker, director of marketing and communications at Public Sector Consultants in Lansing, will provide the keynote presentation. An advocate for energy efficiency and environmentalism, Tucker previously worked for the City of Grand Rapids where he led the BetterBuildings for Michigan program. He was the first president of Grand Valley’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies Cook Leadership Academy and is currently a mentor for the program.

New members of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honorary will be recognized and the Student Organization Center will present the Immediate Impact Award.

The winter reception will take place on March 17 in the Kirkhof Center.

For more information, contact Kate Thome, graduate assistant for Leadership and Service, at or (616) 331-2361.

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