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Alumni Events Summer 2021

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Fermentation & Breadmaking with Michael Hinkle ’20


On May 19, Michael Hinkle ’20, farm manager and educator for the GVSU Sustainable Agriculture Project, taught alumni how to use excess garden vegetables in home pickling and for the basics of fermented bread. Participants received a tea towel, wide-mouth jar, measuring spoons and recipe cards to make focaccia bread. 

Patty James in front of a volunteer site

There’s Never Been a Better Time: Rebuilding the Tourism Industry with Patty Janes


Patty Janes, professor of hospitality and tourism management, led a June 8 Digital Dialogue about how the hospitality and tourism industry was devastated by COVID-19. Participants asked questions about what the future holds and learned how impacted businesses are rebuilding and how people are traveling. 

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Graduate School: Positioning Yourself for What’s Next with Jeff Potteiger


Jeff Potteiger, associate provost of The Graduate School, hosted a Digital Dialogue on June 30 discussing what’s new in The Graduate School and its priorities for the upcoming year. Participants learned about new opportunities at Grand Valley for alumni to continue their education through graduate-level badges, certificates and degrees.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig is pictured

Book Discussion: ‘The Midnight Library’ by Matt Haig


On July 14, Read with Lakers provided a virtual opportunity for alumni to connect with each other through books and discuss “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig. This was the second edition of the Read with Lakers series. Participants were divided into breakout rooms with a discussion leader to dive deeper into the themes of the book. 

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Lori Staggs, top, and Susan Proctor '98 & '20

Career Resources and Connections: Partnering with You for Success


GVSU Career Center staff members Lori Staggs and Susan Proctor ’98 & ’20 hosted a Digital Dialogue on July 20 and discussed the resources the Career Center offers to support and connect with alumni. They covered topics such as job seeking, making career changes, polishing resumes, and hiring Lakers for jobs and internships. 

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