About Us 2017-2018

What is your mission?

As a department of the Office of Student Life, the Laker Traditions team carries a simple mission to foster community at Grand Valley State University and we want students to feel like active, engaged members of the Laker family. After all, it is all about being a Laker for a Lifetime!

What is your purpose? What events do you host?

Laker Traditions was developed to align all of Grand Valley's traditions under one programming body to streamline their planning processes and to create opportunities for undergraduate students get involved with more campus programming. Traditions oversees the coordination of the Laker for a Lifetime Kickoff, Founder's Day, Family Weekend, Homecoming, Battle of the Valleys, Sibs N Kids Weekend, Presidents' Ball, Intercultural Festival, Laker ExtravaGRANDza, and Laker Remembrance.  



Executive Team

Dan

Dan Ziegenfelder

President

The President is the head of the team that works closely with both, Graduate assistants and full-time staff members. The Programming Chair is responsible for running meetings with both the executive board and entire team, and is the point person for our events.

Hailey

Hailey Merritt

Membership Chair

The Membership Coordinator is responsible for maintaining membership records for the team, recruiting volunteers for traditions, maintaining and distributing meeting minutes, in addition to managing the Laker Traditions email and OrgSync portal.

Brandi

Brandi Barno

Promotions Chair

The Promotions Chair is responsible for the development and distribution of promotions in correspondence with the ten Traditions. The Promotions Chair will be utilizing social media, tabling and developing unique creative outlets for marketing. The main focus of this position will be promoting the Traditions Team and each event.


Coordinators

Kevin

Laker for a Lifetime Kickoff

Kevin Chui (left)

Sarah Ansbro (right)

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Sarah

Year: Junior

Major(Minor): Biomedical Science (Biology, Chemistry)

Hometown: Otsego, MI

Other Student Orgs Involved in: Student Senate, Premed Club, Preprofessional Club, Kids in Motion, Microbiology Club, Eyes Wide Open

Favorite Quote: "Just trying to score brownie points." - Andrew Travis, handing out brownies

Favorite Grand Valley Memory: When I got accepted

If you could live in any sitcom, what would it be?: Friends, because it's the only one I know

What is something you don't think enough people know about?: I'm bilingual

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?: An engineer

Year: Sophomore

Major(Minor): Biomedical Sciences emphasis in Microbiology (Environmental Science)

Hometown: Hartland, MI

Other Student Orgs Involved in: Alternative Breaks, Running Club

Favorite Quote: "They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." - Andy Warhol

Favorite Grand Valley Memory: The entirety of my freshman year. I lived in Hills and became so close with my floor - I created lasting friendships that I still have today.

If you could live in any sitcom, what would it be?: Always Sunny in Philadelphia

What is something you don't think enough people know about?: I don't think enough people know the facts about the global refugee crisis or about the dangers of climate change and what we can do to reverse the damage.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?: An astronaut ballerina


Melaura

Family Weekend

Melaura Rice (Left)

Madalyn Slubowski (Right)

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Madalyn

Year: Sophomore

Major(Minor): Undecided (Chinese)

Hometown: Bolingbrook, IL

Other Student Orgs Involved in: Chinese Language and Culture Club, Student Environmental Coalition/Green Team

Favorite Quote: "Those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."

Favorite Grand Valley Memory: Presidents' Ball

If you could live in any sitcom, what would it be?: Friends or Psych

What is something you don't think enough people know about?: Environmental Issues

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?: An interior designer

Year: Sophomore

Major(Minor): Biomedical Science

Hometown: Ada, MI

Other Student Orgs Involved in: Alternative Breaks, CHAARG, Anchor Community Council

Favorite Quote: "Though she be but little, she is fierce." Shakespeare

Favorite Grand Valley Memory: Traveling to Bear Creek Lake Stake with the GVAB Path Creations trip

If you could live in any sitcom, what would it be?: I would live in New York with the cast of Friends. They go on so many adventures and Chandler Bing never fails to make me laugh.

What is something you don't think enough people know about?: That the physical act of smiling can actually make you happier!

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?: I wanted to be a geologist.


Carter

Battle of the Valleys

Carter Engler (left)

Zack Mroz (right)

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Haley

Homecoming

Haley Biondo (Left)

Alyssa Jones (Right)

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Alyssa

Year: Senior

Major(Minor): Marketing & Supply Chain Management

Hometown: Clarkston, MI

Other Student Orgs Involved in: Phi Sigma Sigma, GVSU Pink

Favorite Quote: "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible.'" - Audrey Hepburn

Favorite Grand Valley Memory: Joining a sorority

If you could live in any sitcom, what would it be?: Friends because I want to be all of their best friends.

What is something you don't think enough people know about?: Local hunger. 1 in 5 kids in Grand Rapids is hungry. Kids Food Basket is battling this by providing sacked suppers for thousands of school aged kids each day.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?: A princess

Year: Senior

Major(Minor): Marketing and Hospitality and Tourism Management. Minor: International Business

Hometown: Midland MI

Other Student Orgs Involved in: Spotlight Productions, NSCS, Beta Gamma Sigma, Gift of Life Marrow Registry

Favorite Quote: Nothing is impossible, the word itself says "I'm Possible"! -Audrey Hepburn 

Favorite Grand Valley Memory: All of them! It's to hard to choose. 

If you could live in any sitcom, what would it be?: New Girl

What is something you don't think enough people know about?: How to be green! 

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?: A singer. 


Amy

Founders' Day

Amy Blaker (left)

Lindsey Smith (right)

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Lindsey

Year: Junior

Major(Minor): Hospitality and Tourism Management (Business)

Hometown: Morenci, MI

Other Student Orgs Involved in: Book Club, Subway

Favorite Quote: "Life is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you're gonna get."

Favorite Grand Valley Memory: LTT retreat!

If you could live in any sitcom, what would it be?: Love Me if You Dare because I enjoy knowing more about different cultures. I also enjoy criminal, and romantic shows.

What is something you don't think enough people know about?: International shows are awesome!

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?: A doctor so I could save people, at least until I realized that it was too horrifying for me. I get too emotional.

Year: Senior

Major(Minor): HTM - Meeting & Events, Tourism

Hometown: Hudsonville, MI

Other Student Orgs Involved in: Alpha Omicron Pi

Favorite Quote: "Where you are is not who you are." & "Nevertheless, she persisted."

Favorite Grand Valley Memory: Joining my sorority, AOII!

If you could live in any sitcom, what would it be?: Friends. I feel like they have a fun life without a lot of worries.

What is something you don't think enough people know about?: How to balance work and life! And how to co-exist with others.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?: Wedding Planner


Greg

Sibs N Kids

Greg Ziegenfelder (Left)

Kait Kowalkowski (Right)

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Kait

Year: Senior

Major(Minor): Communications Studies (Advertising & Public Relations)

Hometown: Troy, MI

Other Student Orgs Involved in: Student Senate, Spotlight Productions

Favorite Quote: "Jason Derulo" - Jason Derulo

Favorite Grand Valley Memory: When Isabella introduced me to Kait

If you could live in any sitcom, what would it be?: F*R*I*E*N*D*S

What is something you don't think enough people know about?: The myth of Isabella River

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?: A detective

Year: Sophomore

Major(Minor): Special Education (Psychology)

Hometown: Grandville, MI

Other Student Orgs Involved in: Campus Ministry

Favorite Quote: "Today is the perfect day to start living your dreams" or the entire MLK "I have a dream" speech

Favorite Grand Valley Memory: Meeting the kangaroo at Sibs n Kids Weekend

If you could live in any sitcom, what would it be?: Friends so I can drink coffee with my friends every morning

What is something you don't think enough people know about?: "I SLAY" - Beyonce

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?: A journalist


Abbi

Presidents' Ball

Abbi Mikaelian (Left)

Isabella River (Right)

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Isabella

Year: Junior

Major(Minor): Biomedical Sciences (Chemistry)

Hometown: Plymouth, MI

Other Student Orgs Involved in: Future Alumni Association

Favorite Quote: "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I'm Possible!"

Favorite Grand Valley Memory: Being in the dorms with my best friends and going to late night.

If you could live in any sitcom, what would it be?: Gilmore Girls because it's my favorite show and I have always wanted to live in a small town like Stars Hollow, or Friends because I've seen every episode and it's like me and my friends anyway.

What is something you don't think enough people know about?: The "Heart in a Box" transplant procedure. It's where you can keep a live heart pumping blood in a box without putting it over ice and needing to re-start it.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?: A vet until I found out what they actually do, then I wanted to be a doctor.

Year: Junior

Major(Minor): Business Management

Hometown: Lake Orion, MI

Other Student Orgs Involved in: Phi Sigma Pi, PCMA

Favorite Quote: "yo" or "it's 11:11"

Favorite Grand Valley Memory: Meeting my best friends on my floor freshman year.

If you could live in any sitcom, what would it be?: Friends because I want to live in NYC with my best friends.

What is something you don't think enough people know about?: The myth of Greg Ziegenfelder

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?: I always wanted to be a lawyer when I was younger. I changed when I was in high school.


Stacey

Intercultural Festival

Stacey Gross (left)

Kadison Klausing (right)

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Kadison

Year: Junior

Major(Minor): Speech-Language Pathology

Hometown: Troy, MI

Other Student Orgs Involved in: Campus Ministry, Laker Leadership Programs, Student Senate

Favorite Quote: "If not me, who? If not now, when?"

Favorite Grand Valley Memory: Going on a mission trip to Denver, Colorado with Campus Ministry

If you could live in any sitcom, what would it be?: New Girl because I love Nick Miller

What is something you don't think enough people know about?: Peanut Butter makes everything taste better

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?: Teacher/Pop-Star

Year: Junior

Major(Minor): Therapeutic Recreation

Hometown: Rockford, MI

Other Student Orgs Involved in: GVSU Pre-OT Club, Campus Ministry, GVSU TRSA Club

Favorite Quote: "The pain that you've been feeling can't compare to the joy that's coming." Romans 8:18

Favorite Grand Valley Memory: Taking Spring Break to go on mission trips with Campus Ministry; Colorado and Tennessee.

If you could live in any sitcom, what would it be?: Friends because they all really love each other

What is something you don't think enough people know about?: Creating life connections with mentors

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?: Singer/Rock Star



Collin

ExtravaGRANDza

Collin Soltis (Left)

Samantha Wirt (Right)

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Sam

Year:

Major(Minor):

Hometown:

Other Student Orgs Involved in:

Favorite Quote:

Favorite Grand Valley Memory:

If you could live in any sitcom, what would it be?:

What is something you don't think enough people know about?:

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?:

Year: Sophomore

Major(Minor): Recreational Therapy (Psychology)

Hometown: Chesaning, MI

Other Student Orgs Involved in: Campus Ministry

Favorite Quote: "Call me, beep me, if you wanna reach me"

Favorite Grand Valley Memory: Meeting Isabella

If you could live in any sitcom, what would it be?: Modern Family

What is something you don't think enough people know about?: Otters

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?: Still a kid


Advisors

LeaAnn

LeaAnn Tibbe

Advisor


Megan

Megan Ellinger

Assistant Advisor


Graduate Assistants

Katie

Katie Gaither

Graduate Assistant

Andrew Travis

Andrew Travis

Graduate Assistant

Maeling

Maeling Groya

Homecoming Graduate Assistant

Year:

Major(Minor):

Hometown:

Other Student Orgs Involved in:

Favorite Quote:

Favorite Grand Valley Memory:

If you could live in any sitcom, what would it be?:

What is something you don't think enough people know about?:

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?:

Year: Grad Student

Major(Minor): CSAL

Hometown: Shepherd, MI

Other Student Orgs Involved in: SAGA, Spotlight Productions

Favorite Quote: "The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become." - Harold Taylor

Favorite Grand Valley Memory: LIB 100 with LeaAnn Tibbe

If you could live in any sitcom, what would it be?: Big Bang Theory

What is something you don't think enough people know about?: I grew up on a farm

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?: Police Officer

Year: Grad Student

Major(Minor): CSAL

Hometown: Bay City, MI

Other Student Orgs Involved in: SAGA

Favorite Quote: "Everything has to do with everything." - Wilfred

Favorite Grand Valley Memory: Tree watching on the Lil Mak during the fall season

If you could live in any sitcom** what would it be?: **show   Grey's Anatomy

What is something you don't think enough people know about?: About me - I'm on the Games Committee for Special Olympics Michigan. The world - That little arrow on your gas level display tells you what side of your car your gas tank is on

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?: A dog trainer






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