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2012-2013 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Student Life

Grand Valley State University reaches far beyond the typical college activity list to make life on campus exciting and enjoyable. Students can take advantage of a great variety of clubs and organizations, including cultural organizations, performing arts groups, recreational clubs, faith-based groups, social organizations, fraternities, and sororities, professional associations, special interest groups, leadership groups, and community service organizations.

Student Organizations

Academic & Professional

Students who join these organizations have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and appreciation for academic disciplines outside the classroom. Almost every academic program offers such co-curricular opportunities. Guest lecturers, field trips, special projects, contacts with professionals in the field, and networking provide opportunities for individual development.

Advertising Club Philosophy Club

American Humanics Student

Photographers Guild

American Marketing Association

Physical Therapy Class of 2006

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Physics & Astronomy Club


Pre-Med Club

American Society of Safety Engineers

Pre-Occupational Therapy Club

Anthropology Club

Pre-Chiropractic Club

Art Education Student Chapter

Pre-Dental Club

Association of Student Geographers

Pre-Optometry Club

Bachelors of Social Work Student

Pre-Physical Therapy Club

Organization (BSWSO)

Pre-Physician Assistant Club

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Club

Pre-Veterinary Club

Biology Club

Psychology Club

Center for Health Sciences Interdisciplinary

PT Class of 2007

S/B Council

Public Relations Student Society

Chemistry Club

of America (PRSSA)

Collegiate Chapter for the National Association

Radiological and Imaging Sciences

of Music Education

Student Organization (RISSO)

Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization

Seidman I.P.O/Investment Club

DPT Class of 2008

Seidman Real Estate Group

Economics Club Society for Advancement of Management

Free Thought /On Campus

and International Business

Geology Club

Society of Human Resource Management

German Club


Graduate & Professional Student Association

Society of Manufacturing Engineers

Health Service Association

Society of Women Engineers

Hospitality and Tourism Management Club

Sociology Club

La Tertulia

Student Chapter of the National Science

Law Society

Teachers Association
Les Franglais

Student S/B Council for Exceptional Children

Liberal Studies Student Organization

Student S/B Nurse Association


Student Occupational Therapy Association

Masters of Social Work Student Organization

Teachers of Tomorrow

Math and Stats Club

Tech GV

Mini Baja Club

Therapeutic Recreation Club

National Society of Black Engineers


Organization for Internal
and IT Auditing

Writer's Club

Passport Student Organization

Cultural Interest Organizations

Students who join these groups will have the opportunity to explore other cultures and share their own heritage. A wide range of activities, including lectures, concerts, and festivals, allows students to develop leadership skills and promotes culture and diversity at Grand Valley. Students need not be members of each group, but have an interest in celebrating and educating others on each heritage.

African Student Council
American Sign Language
and Culture
Arab Cultural
Asian Student Union
Black Leaders Coalition
Black Student Union
C.L.O.U.D. N.I.N.E.
Chinese Language and

International Club
Latino Student Union
Native American Student Association
Otaku no Anime
Positive Influence
Russian Circle
Student African American Brotherhood
The Multi-Racial Student Association
You Beautiful Black Woman

Fraternities and Sororities

Grand Valley State University is proud to have nationally recognized fraternities and sororities on campus. Our Greek community is value focused and participates in an annual values assessment process. Fraternities and sororities offer many opportunities for life-long friendships, leadership development, service to the community, and academic achievement. New members joining fraternities and sororities have a higher grade point average than their peers and develop a strong sense of community during their time at GVSU.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,

Order of Omega


Panhellenic Council

Alpha Omicron Pi

Phi Beta Sigma

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Fraternity, Inc.

Alpha Sigma Alpha, ZT chapter Phi Sigma Sigma

Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity

Rho Lambda
Alpha Sigma Tau

Sigma Gamma Rho

Delta Sigma Phi

Sorority, Inc.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Sigma Kappa Sorority

Delta Zeta

Sigma Lambda Beta

Greek Life Council

International Fraternity Inc.

Independent Greek Council

Sigma Phi Epsilon

Interfraternity Council Sigma Pi International Fraternity
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Theta Chi Fraternity
National Pan-Hellenic Council Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.


Beta Alpha Psi Omicron Delta Kappa Society
Delta Sigma Pi Phi Alpha Theta
Iota Tau Alpha Psi Chi
National Residence Hall Sigma Tau Delta
Honorary (NRHH)


Many opportunities for students to get involved in radio, television, newspaper, and programming are made available through the following student organizations.

Apples & Oranges
Broadcasting Network of
Grand Valley (GVBN)
Comic Association

Renaissance Faire
Scientists of Sound
Underground Film Organization
Video Game Club
WCKS Student Run Radio

Performing Arts

Student organizations having involvement in artistic performance activities are included in the following student organizations. Additional opportunities for music and dance are available through the music department.

Dance Troupe
Rhyhm in Blue
Society of Composers, Inc.
Voices (Gospel Choir)

Faith-Based Groups

Student organizations that focus on religious beliefs offer opportunities for spiritual growth and social interaction.

Alpha Omega Co-ed Christian Ministries Orthodox Christian Fellowship
Christianity on Campus Prayer Gathering
Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) University Christian Outreach
Hillel Ways of the Earth
His House Christian Fellowship Wesley Fellowship
Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship Young Life
Muslim Student Association

Service & Advocacy

A variety of student organizations provide community service-learning opportunities within the local community. Other organizations advocate a particular social issue and strive to educate the campus community.

Alpha Phi Omega
Alternative Breaks
Amnesty International
Animal CareTakers (ACT)
Armed Forces Association
Best Buddies
Campus Lions Club
Child @ Heart
Circle K International
Colleges Against Cancer
Dance Dance Marathon
Eyes Wide Open
Habitat for Humanity
Health & AIDS Volunteer
Hunger and Homelessness

Measure For Measure
Organization for the Advancement of Students with Disabilities
Senior Citizens Club
Soil & Water Conservation SocietyStudent Environmental Coalition
Student for H.O.P.E.
Students Against Sweatshops Students for a Free Tibet
Students for Fair Trade
Students for Life
Students for Organ Donation
Voices for Healthy Choices

Special Interest Groups

Grand Valley students interested in politics, academic discussions, hobbies, social action, or a variety of other concerns have many clubs from which to choose.

Alternative Realities
Aviation Club
Classics Society
Coalition Party
College Democrats
College Republicans
Contemporary Ceramics Association
Disney College Program Alumni
Harry Potter Club (The)
Hip-Hop Congress

International Relations Organization
Japanese Conversation Table (JCT)
Oldskool Society
Ongaku Organization (GOO) Pathways
Red Fridays
Ride - EZ
Science Fiction Club Scrapbooking Club
Spotlight Productions
Student Car Club
Student-Parent Support Group Swing Club

Sport Clubs

Recreational sport clubs provide opportunities for competition with other schools at the regional, national, and some at the international level through individual and team events. Participation in these team programs enables student athletes to further develop leadership skills, cognitive and social skills, and often results in lifelong friendships.

Backpacking & Outdoors Club
Bowling Team (Men's)
Bowling Team (Women's)
Capoeira Mandinga
Chess Club
Cues on Campus
Cycling Club
Dodgeball Club
Ducks Unlimited
Equestrian Team
Euchre Club
Fencing Club
Pompon Team
Pro Thunderball
Riders for Fun
Roller Hockey Club
Rowing Club
Rugby Club (Men's)
Rugby Football Club (Women's)
Running Club
Sea Kayaking Club
Shooting Team
Skateboarding Club
Ski & Snowboard Team
Soccer Club (Men's)
Soccer Club (Women's)

Foosball Club
Go Club
Gymnastics Club
Hockey Club
Kung Fu Club
Lacrosse (Men's)
Lacrosse Club (Women's)
Laker Dance Team
Laker Paintball Club Lexicon Scrabble Club
Officials' Club
Surfing Club
Synchronized Skating Team
Synchronized Swimming
Triathlon Club
Ultimate Frisbee
Vertical Earth
Volleyball Club (Men's)
Volleyball Club (Women's)
Water Polo Club (Men's)
Water Polo Club (Women's)
Water Ski
Women's Ice Hockey
Yoga Club

Student Governance and Community Councils

Students residing in the living centers can become involved in their individual living community.

Community Intercultural Council for
Stafford & Swanson
Copeland Community Council
Holland Student Organization
Kistler Multicultural Tribunal
Niemeyer, Hills, Frey Community Council
North/West Community Council
Pew, Pickard, DeVos Community Council

Ravines Neighborhood Association
Residence Housing Association (RHA)
Mark A. Murray A, South B and Calder
Student Senate
Weed, Hoobler, Ott, Johnson & Robinson
Community Council
Winter and Secchia Neighborhood Association

Student Senate

The Student Senate is an elected body of 50 students. The senate conveys student opinion to the Grand Valley Administration and the Board of Trustees in matters of institutional policy. The senate also provides a forum for discussion, investigation, and resolution of student ideas and concerns. The senate is responsible for the allocation of the Student Life Fund and for the appointment of student representatives to all university standing committees and advisory boards. The Student Senate operates through an established committee structure, which includes the Appropriations, Campus Affairs, Educational Affairs, Intercultural Affairs, Political Actions, Public Relations, and Student Resources Committees. Contact (616) 331-2333 for more information.

Spotlight - Campus Life Programming

Spotlight Productions, the campus entertainment board, selects and organizes large-scale concerts, big-name comedians, a series of free movies, monthly coffeehouse performers, nationally recognized speakers, aspiring artists, and many Grand Valley State University traditional events such as "Sibs and Kids" weekend. Students work together to choose and produce events while obtaining numerous event planning, marketing, and collaboration skills that will transfer into their professional lives. Contact (616) 331-2806 for more information.

Cultural Board

The Grand Valley State University Cultural Board promotes unity, mentoring, leadership, advocacy, and programming that celebrates ethnic backgrounds. Comprised of six registered student organizations, the Grand Valley State University Cultural Board is open to all students regardless of ethnic or multi-ethnic backgrounds. The board meets regularly to organize campus-wide cultural celebrations and to work with faculty, staff, and other students to increase multicultural awareness in our university community. Contact (616) 331-3965 for more information.


The Lanthorn is an award-winning twice-weekly student newspaper that gives students an opportunity to gain experience in the production of a newspaper. The Lanthorn office is located on the lower level of the Commons. The Lanthorn staff includes editorial, advertising, business, graphic art, staff writing, and staff photography positions. Call (616) 331-2460 to find out more information.

GVBN - Student Television

Grand Valley State University's own student run broadcasting network offers hands on experience in technical areas of producing as well as writing, reporting, promotions, directing, and acting. The channel is non-commercial and broadcasts on cable access channel 10. GVBN's office is located in the Student Organization Center, lower level of Kirkhof. Contact GVBN (616) 331-4826 for more information.

WCKS - Student Radio

WCKS is the student-run campus radio station located on the lower level of the Commons building. Opportunities for all aspects of radio production and broadcast are available to students. Contact (616) 331-2356 for more information.

Office of Student Life

Students are in class an average of 30 percent of the time during a week of college life. Students are encouraged to MAXimize their college experience through participation in a variety of campus experiences. Employers continue to look for employees who have a broad base of experiences and are comfortable working with others. Historically, students who are successful have developed a plan for how they will spend the other 70 percent of their time.

The Office of Student Life, located in the Kirkhof Center, creates an exciting environment for students to experience unlimited opportunities to interact with other students in addition to their traditional academic classroom times. This interactive environment provides a student development experience that fosters individual student growth.

Students are encouraged to participate in student organizations, attend campus events, and become involved in leadership and service projects. The Office of Student Life annually registers close to 300 student organizations. More information is available at or by calling (616) 331-2345.

The Kirkhof Center, named in honor of Russell Kirkhof, is a place for students to come and enjoy. Whether it is for a meeting, entertainment, or studying, the Kirkhof Center is a place for the campus community to gather in a formal or informal setting. Located within the student center are the Office of Student Life and Event Services, Student Organization Center, Office of Student Senate, 2020 Information Desk, University Bookstore, Women's Center, Java City/Lobby Shoppe, food services, postal services, pay phones, commuter lockers, copy center, ATM machine, game room, and giant movie theater room.

The Kirkhof Center Daytime Programs provide free entertainment and cultural events during weekdays. These events usually occur around noon in the Kirkhof Center and are great for non-traditional and commuter students that cannot attend events on campus in the evening or on the weekends.

Laker Late Night is an energized program that provides quality late night entertainment during prime social time, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., on Friday and Saturday nights in the Kirkhof Center. Laker Late Night provides a social environment where programs are sponsored by student organizations that build community through participation in music, film, dance, comedy, crafts, games, and novelty programming.

Laker Leadership Programs

Emerging Leaders Retreat

The Emerging Leaders Retreat is designed to assist newer leaders to create and enhance their personal philosophy of leadership while developing basic leadership skills and learning about the leadership opportunities the GVSU community has to offer. All students, especially first-year students, are encouraged to be a part of this program, particularly those who are interested in future leadership roles. This retreat teaches leadership through interactive activities and discussion led by student leaders and staff from the Office of Student Life. This retreat is a great way to get acquainted with leadership in a college setting.

Intermediate Leaders Institute

Opportunities are designed for those who are eager to improve their interpersonal leadership skills, team dynamics, networking, and communication abilities. This experience will help students become leaders in groups and in the community, while developing the characteristics needed to become established members of the Grand Valley leadership community.

Advanced Leaders Capstone

This program is for experienced leaders who desire to increase their impact as a civically engaged member of the GVSU community. The interactive program teaches advanced skills, focusing on societal and lifelong leadership development. Through this program, students realize the experiences at Grand Valley can be transferred far beyond the reaches of this campus, to affect future workplaces or communities. There is a special emphasis on civic engagement and citizenship, which will allow these advanced leaders to adapt their skills for life after college. Participants will also be asked to share the skills that they have gained, to influence other future GVSU student leaders to follow in their paths.

Additional Leadership Opportunities

Leadership Summit is a one day statewide conference that provides student leaders and faculty from throughout the state the opportunity to come together to discuss leadership topics with national and regional leaders while networking and sharing ideas. With topic areas such as Fraternities and Sororities, Student Government, Cultural Programming, Campus-wide Programming, Service-Learning, and many others, Leadership Summit is one of the largest multi-focused gatherings in the state of Michigan. Leadership Summit provides excellent networking and developmental opportunities for student leaders at any level.

Workshops on Demand is a year-round program that the Office of Student Life offers free of charge to registered student organizations and university affiliated non-formal groups. The program offers specialized leadership and service related workshops. This is a great way to provide educational workshops and community building experiences to group constituents.

Venderbush Leadership Luncheon recognizes Kenneth R. Venderbush who served as Vice President of Student Affairs at Grand Valley State University from 1969-1973. The luncheon features a speaker from the community, or a past Grand Valley Alum, sharing their experiences and inspirations on the topic of leadership and service.

Community Service Learning Center

The Community Service Learning Center located in the Kirkhof Center, is an outreach office that encourages the Grand Valley population to engage themselves in community awareness through community issues education, volunteer skill set training, campus-wide volunteer/service opportunities, and community agency partnerships. Grand Valley students are encouraged to become involved in a community service activity that will enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and challenge them to be committed to a life of community service. The CSLC is a clearinghouse for Kent and Ottawa counties volunteer opportunities. Individual meetings with staff and Volunteer Net may be utilized as a resource to search for volunteer opportunities and to track personal volunteer hours.

Campus Life Night

Campus Life Night, held the Tuesday evening after Labor Day in the Fieldhouse Arena, provides students with the opportunity to find out about their extensive choices for involvement on campus. Student organizations, campus departments, volunteer agencies, and area businesses set up displays and provide information.

Traditions and Festivals

Student organizations and special committees work with professional staff in sponsoring and planning campus traditions including such events as Family Weekend, Homecoming, Sibs and Kids Weekend, Make a Difference Day, Intercultural Festival, Relay for Life, Community Outreach Week (COW), Renaissance Festival, and Presidents' Ball.

Asian Festival: Each February the Asian Student Union sponsors a variety of events, the most celebrated being the annual celebration honoring the Asian New Year. An authentic and diverse type of Asian food is provided to festival participants. In addition, the festival coordinators provide traditional New Year dances and songs presented by professional artists.

Black History Month: Each February the campus community offers a comprehensive series of programs to celebrate black history.

Intercultural Festival: Students, faculty, and staff sponsor booths showcasing cultural cuisine, traditions, and crafts specific to a culture of their choice. The campus community enjoys good food, lively entertainment, and an exchange of ideas as the world comes to Grand Valley.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Each fall the university community celebrates Hispanic history and culture with a variety of events. Students, faculty, and staff educate on the diversity within the culture and offer campus-wide celebrations featuring traditional foods and presenting and teaching music and dance.

Pow Wow: The annual spring event celebrates the Native American culture. The Native American Student Association, with the leadership and permission of the Ottawa Tribal Council, shares an entire day of ceremony and trade with the campus and the general public.

Soulfest: Each February the Black Student Union shares with the campus a night of African cuisine that was adapted to the resources available during slavery, now known as "Soul Food.'' Along with a selected form of entertainment requiring audience participation, Grand Valley celebrates the legacy of African Americans.

Student Organization Center

Located on the lower level of the Kirkhof Center, the Student Organization Center (SOC) provides an exciting environment for campus student organizations to interact and conduct their daily business. The SOC provides resources and information for students who are interested in getting involved. The SOC also features interactive spaces for the organizations to collaborate with each other. Additional resources include: computers, telephones, business center, resource information, library, and meeting spaces. Close to 300 student organizations are supported by this center.

University Promotions

The University Promotions Office provides graphic design and advertising to assist student organizations in promoting their events. Students produce various promotional pieces to publicize upcoming campus activities. Contact (616) 331-2340 for more information.

Campus Events Information

Information Desk

Located in the main lobby of the Kirkhof Center, the 2020 Information Desk provides the campus community with up-to-date information regarding campus events and what to do in West Michigan. The student staff that operate the desk are there to answer questions and assist students. Contact the 2020 Information Desk staff at (616) 331-2020.

Campus Events Calendar

A comprehensive electronic calendar of events for Grand Valley is available online for easy reference. The calendar is a great resource for the campus community to stay current on the many events and programs scheduled. Check out the campus events calendar on the Internet at

For additional information on campus events, contact the Office of Student Life at (616) 331-2345 or athletic event information (616) 331-8800.

Intercollegiate Athletics

Grand Valley is a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Membership in the GLIAC includes Ashland, Ferris, Findlay, Gannon, Mercyhurst, Grand Valley, Hillsdale, Lake Superior, Northern Michigan, Northwood, Michigan Tech, Saginaw Valley, and Wayne State. Grand Valley is also a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association
(NCAA Division II).

Since the creation of the GLIAC in 1972, Grand Valley has won the President's Cup, a symbol of athletic excellence, twelve times. Grand Valley's men's teams have won conference championships in football eleven times; basketball, seven; baseball, ten; wrestling, six; tennis, one; golf, two; indoor track, seven; outdoor track, five; and cross country, four. In women's sports, Grand Valley has won championships in basketball eight times; cross country, six; softball, eleven; tennis, two; volleyball, eight; indoor track, seven; outdoor track, seven; and golf, four.

Scholarships are offered in all men's and women's sports.

Grand Valley competes in the following sports: Men - baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, swimming and diving, tennis, and track. Women - basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track, and volleyball.

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