LipDub video to premiere at Homecoming football game

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The University LipDub video produced at Grand Valley will premiere on the giant video screen at Lubbers Stadium, immediately following Grand Valley's Homecoming football game on Saturday, October 9, against Northern Michigan. 

The song "Come Sail Away," by Styx, was selected for Grand Valley's project, which includes more than a dozen locations and celebrates the university's 50th Anniversary. Performers include President Thomas J. Haas and Marcia Knapp Haas, Louie the Laker, the national champion Rowing Crew, ballroom dancers and student organizations, individual students, faculty members and staff. "Nothing of this magnitude has been attempted by any other university so far," said Kim Roberts, associate professor in the School of Communications and project supervisor.

The international LipDub project began at Hochschule Furtwangen, a university in Germany, with a challenge to other schools. The idea is to choose a song that participants can lip sync and then shoot an entertaining video of the performance in one, continuous take, without cuts or editing. Grand Valley students Chris Coleman and Greg Kort took up the challenge and worked out the details with Roberts.

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Following the premiere, the video will be available for viewing on the Grand Valley website,, and will also be posted on the international LipDup website