Welcome to the 2023-2024 Academic Year, Lakers!

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Welcome to the 2023 – 2024 academic year, Lakers!

Summer coming to an end can feel bittersweet, but there are so many things to look forward to this semester! This fall, we will be welcoming the largest first year class in Grand Valley history. With so many new faces to meet and opportunities to get connected on campus, we are excited for students to find community and make the most of the year ahead!  We invite you to check out Grand Valley’s social accounts below as well as visit the GVSU events calendar so that you don’t miss out on the events and programs that will take place throughout campus this year.

While our traditional welcome activities may be perceived as “for first-year students only,” I want to encourage all students to attend! Be sure to check out the Laker Welcome calendar of events for fun ways to get familiar with campus and meet fellow Lakers! If you’re looking for more to do this fall, spend some time in one of our amazing libraries, take a relaxing nature walk in the Arboretum, attend a football game, or connect with your academic advising center

The beginning of the school year is an exciting time, however it can be overwhelming. To ensure you have a successful year, there are a variety of resources for your support. Please reach out to anyone in the Division of Student Affairs, the Dean of Students Office, or the Student Ombuds if you need assistance. To take it one step further, make a connection with a supporting figure on campus — your Resident Assistant (RA), an academic advisor, your student employment supervisor, your professor, or me. I am happy to meet you in person or virtually. 

I also want to encourage you to think about your wellness and safety. Success and wellness go hand in hand. The Student Wellness website provides insight about the eight dimensions of wellness. You can find helpful information and support from the University Counseling Center as well as the Basic Needs website. By utilizing the Laker Guardian App, you can look out for yourself and others. If you have concerns about a friend or roommate, please submit a Care Referral so we can help. Whether you’re a first-year or returning student, it’s important to be reminded of student expectations and responsibility. Make sure you take time to review the Student Code: The Anchor of Student Rights and Responsibilities. As a student and a citizen, you’re sure to be challenged by ideas and experiences that are different from your own.  There are resources available to help you navigate Expressive Activity on campus.

On behalf of everyone in the Division of Student Affairs and the Dean of Students Office, we are so excited you are here and look forward to the upcoming academic year. I wish you a fall semester filled with connections and belonging. 

Anchor up! 

Aaron Haight, Ed.D. Associate Vice President for Student Engagement and Dean of Students

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