Laker Leadership Programs

The Laker Lead & Serve E-Newsletter 10.7.2011

Date: October 7, 2011

The Laker Lead and Serve:

Updates from the Community Service Learning Center & Laker Leadership Team

Friday, October 7th

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-Omicron Delta Kappa Application Deadline – Friday, October 7th by 5:00 p.m. TODAY!!

ODK is a National Leadership Honor Society that recognizes and encourages superior scholarship, leadership and exemplary character.  Membership in Omicron Delta Kappa is open to Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students who have at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA, as well as staff, administration, faculty, and alumni. Click here for more information and the application!


-Venderbush Leadership Reception, October 14th – 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Kirkhof Center Room 2204

Come and celebrate leadership! The Venderbush Leadership Reception is designed to recognize extraordinary leadership. This year’s leadership lecture is by GVSU Alumnus Matt Sernaw, chairman of the board for the Grand Rapids Jaycees. The Immediate Impact Award will be presented as well as the new members of ODK National Leadership Honorary Society. Click here for more information and to register!


-Make a Difference Day, October 22nd – 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Kirkhof Center Grand River Room

Be a part of America's largest national day of doing service! Last year, almost 400 people served in the Grand Rapids area. Lib 100 Approved! Click here to register!


-Breast Cancer Awareness Month Ribbon Dedication - October 10th – 14th, Student Organization Center

Please stop by the Student Organization Center (SOC) to share a story or a name on a pink ribbon die cut to recognize survivors and to remember the lives of lost loved ones. These ribbons will then be hung across the Kirkhof Lobby the week of October 17th.


-Leadership Summit Planning Board Positions Still Available! 

Leadership Summit of Grand Valley State University is a state-wide premier leadership conference and campus tradition entering its 15th year. It is a student-run conference which strives to foster leadership development for undergraduate students, in multidisciplinary aspects of campus life. The planning board helps with all aspects of Leadership Summit. Click here for the application!


-Place Matters, October 19th – 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Kirkhof Center 2270 ~ Lib 100 Approved

This workshop focuses on the well-being of minorities living in neglected, urban areas.  Profiles and discussion of the residents include life-expectancy, disease, environmental quality, poverty and other issues that affect quality of life and health.  Public policy is also discussed and its impact on health is examined. A model for civic engagement and community activism is presented as a model for change. Click here for more information! Sponsored by the Community Service Learning Center & The Wellness Center


-Like Us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

The Laker Leadership & Service team has a facebook page “Grand Valley Leadership and Service Programs”. Join the group to get updates of upcoming leadership & service programs. Just click here to be re-directed to the group. Join Today! You can also follow us on Twitter! @GV_Lead_Serv


-Help Plan Service & Advocacy Week! November 7th – 11th  

Service & Advocacy student organizations host various programs designed to bring awareness to their causes. If your organization would like to be a part of this week, Contact Eric Stevens (


-Strengths Based Leadership Seminar, November 3rd, 10th & 17th – 6:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Kirkhof Center Room 2270

A 3-week workshop series on leading with your strengths, based on the StrengthsQuest assessment tool.  Registration deadline: 10/28. Click here for more information and to register!


-I Am Grand Valley Nominations Open

The first Wednesday of every month is "I am Grand Valley" day. If you have previously been nominated for I AM GV wear your shirt on November 2nd! To nominate a student for I Am GV by December 9th click here!


-Join Leadership University!

Leadership University is a public forum for students to plan and showcase their development as leaders. Students at Grand Valley State University work with mentors, engage and reflect on development opportunities, build marketable e-portfolios, and earn recognition for their effort and growth. Click here for more information about this new University program!


-September Volunteer of the Month! Amanda Harvey – Senior Citizen’s Club

Amanda has been an active member on the Executive Board of Senior Citizen’s Club. Amanda has been working on planning volunteer opportunities and coordinating retirement home visits for the club. A friend of Amanda’s, Mariah McEwen had this to say, "Amanda is outgoing and has a generous personality that shows her determination and drive to make the world a better place.” I would like to congratulate Amanda Harvey for all of her hard work and being named the Volunteer of the Month for September!
Do you know someone worthy of receiving this distinction? Nominate them for October! No more paper, nominate someone online today!


Other Upcoming Events!

-10/9 ~ 12:00 p.m. –6:30 p.m.: 2nd Annual MCPA Careers in Higher Education Conference, Lansing, MI

Undergraduate students looking into student affairs often do not consider the thought of working in higher education. The goal of the conference is to open the door for a career in higher education student affairs. For more information on the event please visit the MCPA web site

-10/18 ~ 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: Michigan Community Blood Drive at Kleiner Commons

-10/19 ~ 12:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.: Michigan Community Blood Drive at Kleiner Commons

-10/19 ~ 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.  : Careers in Student Affairs Workshop – Kirkhof Center: Room 2215/2216

-10/20 ~ 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.: Careers in Student Affairs Workshop – Kirkhof Center: Room 2263


-Is your organization hosting a community service or philanthropy event? If so submit your event to to have it posted on the CSLC website!


-One Time Volunteer Opportunities


-On-Going Opportunities




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